Just as the alarm clock replaced the crowing rooster, the rise of the intelligent home may do away with that blaring box that jars you awake each morning. And it goes far beyond the alarm simply moving from nightstand to iPhone app.
Several products, like Belkin's WeMo, let you automate the functionality of virtually any electronic device. Using your smartphone, you can program the lights to come on at a certain time (and some devices slowly ramp up the brightness, gently waking you instead of suddenly flooding the room with light).
It's an idea that's catching on fast. Austin, Texas-based WigWag recently raised over $450,000 on Kickstarter—nine times its funding goal—for its automation system.