I've always wanted to have a house like Tony Stark (and if you haven't seen the brand new trailer for Iron Man 2, go here: Iron Man 2 Trailer on Apple.com). I don't have the money for something as elaborate as Stark has, but I do have 14 dollars to spare to read an e-book on the subject of Home Automation.
Most people already have a network, either wired or wireless, in their house for use with the internet. What you need to have in place to control a house set up for automation is a network and if you have one already set up for surfing the web, you are ready for the next step.
So what is all this automation stuff? Well, imagine being able to integrate your audio and video sources and send them to whatever room you like. How about turning the lights on and off remotely without the use of bulky timers? Concerned about going out of town and not being able to check on your house? Well, integrate video surveillance equipment such as cameras and digital video recorders to store data and you can access that information anywhere and at any time.
I personally think it would be a great idea to buy this book just to be able to control heating and cooling remotely. And e-books are instantly available via password. This particular e-book even comes with a 90 day money back guarantee. Everybody wins.