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Logitech's new Harmony remotes can be used to control homes

Home automation systems have charter several new courses in the last few years, but all of the different systems and standards still clash with each other specially when it comes to functionality.

Logitech has released Harmony line of universal remotes which offer a way to bring together home entertainment devices under one control system, but the reach of these remotes into controlling the rest of the home has been limited.

Logitech has now gone a step head and has decided to tackle home automation broadly with its Harmony Living Home remotes, which integrate virtually any connected lamp, lock, or other gadget you can install in your home.

The Harmony Living Home line adds supports for home automation devices like smart locks, thermostats, and lights from August, Honeywell, Kwikset, Lutron, PEQ, Schlage, SmartThings, Sylvania, Yale, and Zuli, vastly expanding the Harmony ecosystem's support for home automation.

Earlier, Harmony remotes supported Philips Hue smart lights and the Nest Learning Thermostat , but the additional home automation brands give Harmony Living Home much more comprehensive coverage of the category.

The expanded device is getting support from the new Harmony Home Hub, an upgraded version of the Harmony Hub that connects Harmony control devices and mobile devices with Logitech's free Harmony app to your network. The Harmony Hub originally only controlled home theater equipment, but the Harmony Home Hub branches out into full home control. The Home Hub is also available separately, sans a dedicated remote.

Logitech is offering two Harmony Home packages that include the Home Hub and one of two remotes. The Harmony Home Control adds a simple push-button remote that can control devices or activate programmed activities, while the Harmony Ultimate Home is a touch-screen remote.

The Harmony Home Hub retails for $99.99 as a standalone product, and the Home Control and Ultimate Home packages retail for $149.99 and $349.99.