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EU showcases 'smart-home' concept

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"Smart-home" technology that allows people to control household appliances via their mobile phone or other gadgets is being shown off in Germany.

The EU-funded i2home project is aimed at giving greater independence and freedom to older and disabled people.

It uses so-called "middleware" to allow heating, air conditioning, lighting, and other gadgets to be controlled by any user's chosen interface.

Geoff Adams-Spink reports.

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