I’ve traded my two $70 thermostats for $500 worth of thermostats, and I’m not yet sure it has been worth it. This week we welcome Ecobee’s co-CEO and discuss Apple’s watch.
Home builders are getting hip to the smart home, with Lennar signing a deal to put Savant’s smart home control software in one of its developments and KB Homes apparently installing an energy management system that will lay the groundwork for later home control upgrades in all new homes it builds. An article in the Silicon Valley Business Journal has an interview with a KB Homes VP about how the homebuilder has so far implemented technology into its homes, and the user reaction. I wish there was indication on how open KB’s systems are, but it’s still worth a read.
This week Kevin huffs candles, I lose my car and a visit to the Savant demo home makes me reconsider how I view the future of the smart home. Listen to this week’s podcast.
As the smart home heats up, players at the high end are going downmarket with products that help consumers automate their homes without having to play with complicated software.