For more than three decades, Western Rim Properties Chairman and CEO, Marcus Hiles has been developing luxury rental communities across Texas. They are unmatched in contemporary design and resort-style amenities, and the homes, townhomes and apartments Hiles has built are highly regarded for containing cutting-edge, energy-efficient amenities. Staying well informed about innovations in smart home technology, the visionary real estate developer has had firsthand experience with the next generation of fully programmable appliances, each providing users previously unavailable levels of customization and control—and all by cell phone. The ever-growing consumer market for modern smart machines is proving to be cost effective as well as offer convenience like never before. Hiles shares his astute opinions about the latest additions to the network of the “Internet of Things,” and what they are doing to usher in an easier lifestyle.