The holiday period is fast approaching in many parts of the world. People are packing their bags, and booking their travel to see far-flung family members. Before leaving, they prepare the house for a period of emptiness. They have their smart-lights set to turn on at random intervals. Their smart blinds are programmed to go down at dusk and rise again in the morning. All this to make it look as though someone is home. The smart cat-food dispenser is perfectly timed to keep your kitty contented, even without the owner around. Everything is ready.