Have you ever been driving home from a summer vacation and suddenly thought: "Oh no, the house will be warm and stuffy, the floors need vacuuming, and do I need milk?” Now, technology can help put these worries out of your mind! In this course, students will learn about smart home platforms, popular smart home devices and appliances, and how these devices can help make their life easier. The class begins with an overview of hubs and technologies that allow smart devices to communicate with each other and automate tasks. Students will then be introduced to several popular home automation devices (e.g., Nest thermostat, Roomba, Philips Hue, Amazon Echo, etc.) and get hands-on demos of several devices during class. A basic knowledge of how to download smartphone applications is recommended. By the end of the course, students will have the fundamental skills to start designing and implementing their own smart home technologies. Lecture (plus Questions) Hands-On Activity (e.g., Computer, Art) Facilitated Discussion.