Simulating the concept of a smart home can be difficult when the target audience cannot observe one in real life (or they haven't seen superhouse.tv), so the next best thing is to add automation to a model house. This process has been demonstrated by Ian Jennings from PubNub, who shows how to use the PubNub service as a home automation control system.
The PubNub service allows you to cotrol an Arduino in real-time from an Internet-enabled device such as a smartphone, and with an Ethernet-enabled Arduino at the receving end the rest is quite simple. Review the following video for some interesting demonstration footage:
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