BOSTON (MainStreet) -- The 21st century house doesn't have a Star Trek food replicator or George Jetson's robot maid just yet, but "smart-home" technology available today can text you if there's a break-in or scold toddlers who get too close to the hot tub.
"It's generally not techie people that are buying this stuff -- that's maybe 10% to 15% of the market," says Peter Shipp, a Winter Park, Fla., smart-home installer and board member of the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association. "Buyers are usually people who have the money and are willing to spend it to simplify their lives."
Smart-home systems start at around $2,000 and top out above $1 million, offering homeowners remote-controlled lighting, window shades, swimming pools, door locks, thermostats and security cameras -- not to mention cutting-edge sound systems and home theaters.
"You can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on big lighting systems or motorized shades," Shipp says. "And when you add in an entertainment system, the sky's the limit."
The latest trend involves tying your smart home into an Apple
"You can relatively easily put a pressure sensor in your refrigerator to find how much milk you have left, sending you an email when you need to buy more," says Dave Pedigo, CEDIA's senior technology director. "And in the next five or 10 years, you'll be able to monitor pretty much everything in the house. You'll know when a light bulb is about to burn out, or when your daughter is watching TV when she's supposed to be grounded."
Click below for a look at what smart-home technologies you can buy at various price points, from $2,500 to nearly $2 million.