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2 simplicity through specialization” . This trend seems to justify Mark Weiser’s vision of the Dis- appearing Computer [ 175 ], according to which ”the most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it” . These augmented appliances, when interconnected, they can form wireless networks, extending residential areas into smart pervasive environments. In the near future, homes will offer new automation possibilities to their residents, increas- ing their comfort level. Changes will happen to the way people live and interact with their home environments, when technology recedes into the background of their lives, when information pro- cessing is thoroughly integrated into everyday objects and activities. For example, coffee machines appeared that are able to prepare coffee automatically, according to user preferences. Fridges that offer dedicated programming interfaces for their control are being produced. By now, residential smart meters have been introduced in our lives as sensor devices that measure in small time intervals the energy consumption of a house. Moreover, smart power outlets are devices that measure the consumption of individual electrical appliances and control their operation in real-time. It is expected that soon, smart appliances would handle automatically their intended operation and function optimally in order to save energy and perform their task effectively. They may even take advantage of the functionality of the forth-coming smart grid of electricity to synchronize their operation with its current state. For example, they may respond
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