BY: CHELSEA LIN | FROM THE PRINT EDITION | MAY 2018
Picture this. After a long day in the office, you park your car in the garage and before you enter your home, you click an “I’m home” button from an app on your smartphone, the doors unlock, and all the lights turn on. You enter your house and it’s freezing inside. Why not change the temperature through your smartphone app?
Homes like this do exist and you can find one in Eastlake built by Lynnwood-based tech company Kirio and Seattle-based sustainable design + building company, BuildSound. Many look not just for a contemporary design when home shopping today, but also what a home offers technology wise and how it can care for its homeowners.
This home is the first project for both companies allowing users to coordinate between various smart home sources such as Nest and Sonos. Kirio has created a “brain-like” app that allows the connection between sources as well as further integrate more smart technology. The goal of this project is to help create the best possible living environment for homeowners. The plan is to create an environment that can manage itself. According to Seattle Magazine, “there’s a long list of gadgets at play such as automated blinds, lights, sound system, surveillance camera – this management system is really the crux of what makes the smart home so unique. By allowing two ductless heating/cooling systems to talk with the exhaust fan and Next thermometer, the house is able to essentially heat, cool, and control humidity itself.” The system also includes sensors that send signals to turn systems on and off and overtime, these systems will log resident’s patterns and send suggested automations.
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