Will homes soon be powered and operated all from a smartphone? "There are smarter phones, so why not smarter homes?" Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud CEO, told USA Today. "It's perhaps natural that the phone is a remote control for a lot of things. Touch-screens are replacing buttons." A range of home devices could soon all be controlled by a phone or tablet, from kitchen appliances to washers and dryers, lights, pools, and windows, says tech experts.