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((MIKE)) LAST

WEDNESDAY.....DAN TOOK US ON A

TOUR OF THE HOME OF THE FUTURE.

((DAN)) WE'RE GOING BACK TO

THE FUTURE.....OF THE

HOME.....TODAY. WE'LL GO FROM

THE KITCHEN TO THE

BATHROOM.....AND HAVE A LITTLE

GUY GO WITH US.<<((Dan

Reynolds reporting: "Ballie"

is a personal assistant. It

looks like a tennis ball. It

also looks a lot like

B-B-Eight, the popular droid

from "Star Wars." Ballie

follows you around the house,

anticipating your needs and

acting as a companion.

Samsung expects it to resonate

especially with pet owners.

Ballie can keep an eye on

animals who are home alone.

Cute little rascalal. Smart

phones, smart cars...and

now...smart trashcans? This

trashcan does more than hold

trash. Townew says its

self-sealing. The smart can

has an overload feature to let

you know it can't take anymore

of your garbage. Push a

button and it automatically

seals the bag and opens so you

can take it. Once done, the

trashcan puts a new bag in the

can. The bin also lifts the

top compartment catch any

excess and prevent spills. It

will cost you one Benjamin and

comes in white or teal. Do

you start your day with

coffee? Any idea where the

coffee originated? Some want

to know. IBM with a new app

for those supporting a

sustainable coffee business.

The "Thank My Farmer" app

traces your Joe from the

store...to the farm where it

came from. It promotes

ethical and environmentally

friendly coffee e suppliers.

The app is expected to launch

sometime this year. The best

part of waking up is Folgers

in your cup. As smart devices

take or our homes, don't

skip the bathroom. There's

more to the Kohler Numi smart

toilet I showed you last week.

You can listen to your

favorite music through high-

quality built-in speakers. If

you prefer calm, enjoy ambient

lighting. If you need to shop

-- Alexa is at your beck and

call. The Numi two-point-o

Intelligent Toilet will set

you back seven-to-eight-

thousand dollars, depending on

color. And don't forget to

take your little friend with

you. >>((MIKE))>>

EIGHT-THOUSAND IS A LOT MONEY

FOR A TOILET.....EVEN IF IT

DOES PLAY MUSIC AND HAS ALEXA.

((DAN)) SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY

IS INTERESTING.....BUT

SOMETIMES THE COST IS A BIT

MUCH. AND DO YOU REALLY NEED

A SMART TRASHCAN? I DO LIKE

BALLIE. I'M GOING TO KEEP

TABS ON THAT LITTLE GUY. GO

TO MY WABASH VALLEY DOT COM

FOR THE LINKS. CLICK ON NEWS.

THEN TECHNOLOGY MATTERS AND

FUTURE HOME-PART 2. PART ONE

IS ONLINE IF YOU MISSED. I'LL

LINK THIS STORY FROM FACEBOOK

AND TWITTER TOO.

((MIKE)) COMING UP... WE'LL

HAVE SOME TIPS... TO MAKE SURE

YOUR KIDS ARE GETTING

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