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Shelly Palmer Radio Report – June 26, 2014

What if your house knew you were on your way home after a long day at work? And what if your house could then turn on the air conditioning so you always returned to the perfect climate? That’s the goal behind Honeywell’s new smart thermostat Lyric. Unlike Nest’s smart thermostat, which learns your habits to raise or lower the temperature, the Honeywell Lyric uses geo-fences to set the temperature of your home. The Lyric tracks your cell phone to see how far away you are, and adjusts temperature accordingly. On your way home? Lyric can optimize for comfort. On your way out? Lyric goes into energy saving mode. You can tell Lyric to start optimizing for comfort when you’re a couple miles away from home, or when you’re right outside. Lyric also has humidity sensors that can keep your home cool without turning the air conditioning on. Got a separate add-on humidifier? Lyric can control that, too. If you like the sound of Lyric, it’ll be available this August for $279.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.