Western Rim Properties Chairman and CEO Marcus Hiles has been generating luxury rental communities for Texans for over thirty years. Unmatched in contemporary design and resort-style convenience, the homes, townhomes and apartments the company has built are widely known for their cutting-edge, energy-efficient amenities. Keeping well informed about innovations in smart house technologies, the visionary real estate developer has had firsthand experience with the next generation of fully programmable appliances which give users previously unavailable levels of customization and control, all managed by cell phone. The growing consumer market for state-of-the-art smart machines has evolved to be affordable and offer convenience previously unattainable. Hiles offers his thoughts on the current additions to the network of the “Internet of Things,” and their role in an easier lifestyle.