Of all the tech industry’s current obsessions, smart homes might have the biggest gap between fantasy and reality. We’ve been dreaming of a home that runs itself—restocking supplies, maximizing energy efficiency, and even performing some chores—but for the most part we got glorified remote controls for appliances instead.

Even if a true smart home is further off, we’ll get that much closer in 2017. Here’s what to expect next year—and what will remain elusive: Read on at Fast Company

Jared Newman – Fast Company