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1. Hubs: Command Central

In the connected home, every thing communicates via a radio language: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave, or proprietary ones developed by manufacturers. It’s a virtual tower of Babel — they can’t all understand each other. Enter the latest, and most important, piece of the puzzle: the hub, a device designed to translate the various languages. In addition to letting you control everything with one master app, a hub also enables things to operate in concert. Nest and Apple are currently developing technology that may supersede the need for such devices, but at the moment, here are the four most robust hubs on the market, and the smart product languages they understand.

Staples Connect
Bluetooth, Lutron ClearConnect, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave. Starter Kit, $90. staples.com

Wink
Bluetooth, Lutron ClearConnect, Kidde, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave. Hub, $50. homedepot.com

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1. Hubs: Command Central

In the connected home, every thing communicates via a radio language: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave, or proprietary ones developed by manufacturers. It’s a virtual tower of Babel — they can’t all understand each other. Enter the latest, and most important, piece of the puzzle: the hub, a device designed to translate the various languages. In addition to letting you control everything with one master app, a hub also enables things to operate in concert. Nest and Apple are currently developing technology that may supersede the need for such devices, but at the moment, here are the four most robust hubs on the market, and the smart product languages they understand.

Staples Connect
Bluetooth, Lutron ClearConnect, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave. Starter Kit, $90. staples.com

Wink
Bluetooth, Lutron ClearConnect, Kidde, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave. Hub, $50. homedepot.com

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2. 4K TV

Ultra-high-definition televisions have four times as many pixels as standard TVs, resulting in super-sharp images. They’re called 4K because the picture is about 40,000 pixels wide. In terms of physical size, they’re big — most are at least 55 inches — and just about every major manufacturer is making them, including Samsung (from $1,499, samsung.com ) and Panasonic (from $2,800, panasonic.com ). Sony has a stunner: The 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector, (shown), beams a huge hi-def picture onto a wall from a sleek console ($50,000, sony.com ).

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Smart TV

First Roku came out with an easy-to-install, Wi-Fi-enabled device that streamed hundreds of channels and platforms like Netflix to a normal television. Now it has upped the ante with Roku TV — sets come with fully integrated streaming that also works with gaming consoles and other devices. From $350. roku.com

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4. Window Blinds

Remotely control your shades and — with some systems — automate schedules and configurations to save energy or set the mood. Bali, from $360, baliblinds.com ; Serena, from $369, serenashades.com (shown); Hunter Douglas, from $400, hunterdouglas.com

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5. Aromatherapy Diffuser

The stylish Aromax cone — made from 100-percent recyclable anodized aluminum — houses a whisper-silent operating mechanism and can be adjusted to control output. Choose from dozens of all-natural essential-oil scents to relieve stress, eliminate odors, or discourage germs. $300. air-aroma.com

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6. Thermostats

Nest (left) learns your habits and programs itself to turn the heat up or down according to your routine. $249. nest.com

A glimpse into the future? The app-driven Tado (right) setup, currently available only in Europe, uses phones’ geo-location capabilities to detect when a home’s residents are near and get the house nice and toasty in advance. tado.com

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7. iPad Stand

The simple, elegant design of the Yohann — a Kickstarter darling — holds iPads vertically or horizontally, on hard surfaces or soft. Available in four woods and two lacquer finishes. From $69. yohann.com

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8. Ceiling Fan Control

Through Wi-Fi, the Vizia RF+ Fan Speed Control can adjust a fan to low, medium, or high, switch it off, and set it to start on a specific speed. Can coordinate with light dimmers! $165. leviton.com

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9. Flooring

Cutting-edge carpets and floor textiles track your every move and show you the way.

Laid under conventional flooring, SensFloor (shown) detects motion via integrated sensors and transmits messages. future-shape.com

An as-yet-unnamed carpet collaboration between Philips and Desso has LED lights integrated into its fibers to display info and enhance ambience. newscenter.philips.com

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10. Sound Systems

The BeoLab18 speaker towers (left) operate on a frequency not affected by other wireless networks, for crystal-clear sound. $6,590, per pair. bangolufsen.com .

Inside the Wi-Fi-enabled Play: 5 (right) are five amps and five speakers that produce extraordinary sound. $399. sonos.com

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