Home Depot is focusing on smart home technology and creating dedicated sections within its 2,200 stores to show off the possibilities of internet- and voice-controlled heating, lighting, plumbing and more.

The retailer, which is on pace to build 40 smart home showrooms inside stores by the end of the year, is betting on smart homes — homes equipped with lighting, heating, plumbing and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by a phone or computer — as a big opportunity as technology advances and prices come down.

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