5 Technologies You Should Consider For Your New Home or Renovation
Recently I attended the TecHome Builder Summit in Fort Worth Texas. The summit is put on by TecHome Builder, an online magazine focused on technology in housing. The summit was very well organized and all costs for the attendees were covered by the sponsors. For anyone interested in learning more about how they can better integrate technology into their projects (both new and well established) this is a great event to attend.
Here are 5 technologies that stood out for me and will likely show up in our new builds over the next 18 months:
At under $200 this is a very low cost addition to a home automation system. The Echo is a smart speaker developed by Amazon and consists of a tall cylindrical speaker with a seven piece microphone system. It answers to the name Alexa. The device is capable of voice interaction with other home technology platforms such as Control 4 and can provide real time information on things such as weather, traffic and other items of interest.
Please realize that I have touched just the surface of home automation technology, there are many more products and services out there that may be better suited to your project. The biggest difficulty is in trying to determine what is best for your home and how to properly integrate it. Well there is a solution: There are professionals know as Control Systems Integrators who specialize in designing and coordinating the installation of your home automation systems. They are represented by CSIA .The web site has a locator for Integrators in your local area - unfortunately it does not show anyone in our local Vancouver area: if you know someone please connect them with us!
While we may not have an Integrator partner on board yet, we do have an understanding of the current technology available and have good industry contacts and experience. We have installed 'Control 4', Lutron Home Works as well as integrated audio systems. My best piece of advice is decide what technology you are interested in while you are still at concept design. Many systems such as 'Control 4' are expandable as long as the basic infrastructure and wiring are in place. A properly designed and installed system will work better and cost less. Please connect with me if you want to learn more.
Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2016