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  Leaving the Nest: What's Microsoft doing in home automation?
Time: 00:00 EST/05:00 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Robert Stein

"Given Microsoft's mission to morph the Xbox from just a gaming console to the center of users' living rooms, the Xbox-home-automation tie-in makes sense," I blogged last January. It's not so far-fetched to envision a device running Microsoft's SmartGlass Xbox companion app controlling users' home appliances, HVAC systems and even a fridgetoaster. Add in a Kinect sensor, and, as some have found, you can control lights, open garage doors and do more with voice and gestures.

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