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The emergence and recent developments of the smart home have been briefly introduced in this review. Initial developments of smart homes comprised of computer-based housing to support elderly and challenged persons at home during daily living through the automatic monitoring of the usage of home infra structures. In light of the rapid growth of the aging society, which has created what might be regarded as a longevity crisis, healthcare is also one of the most serious and worldwide issues to address. From this background, the smart home with health care management has rapidly been pushed into the spotlight.