Smart home devices are designed to make your home safer, more comfortable and more efficient.

Technology is leading us to a futuristic, digital lifestyle that’s very much like the classic cartoon, “The Jetsons.” (If you’re not familiar with the cartoon, it featured robots and automated services that handle all of today’s household chores.)

But did you know this trend started developing in the 1950s?

That’s right — with the little-known Echo IV computer.

Read on to learn more about ‘How Smart Homes Take the World.’

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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