A Smart-Home-District: Residents Will Find It Pleasantly Convenient Or A Little Creepy,

A Smart-Home-district: residents Find It Pleasant, Convenient, A Little Creepy

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Lennar New home Consultant Brittney Svach the sale of “smart homes” on the Amazon-experience-Center in Black Diamond, Washington, about an hour South of Seattle.

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If the Ferguson family decided that they wanted to live, in the Seattle suburb of Black Diamond, you were in the market for a smart home. But they wound up with a house Packed full of Internet-connected devices.

Fifteen-year-old Macey Ferguson loves it. “I feel Lust, just not right,” she says about Amazon’s Alexa on the light for you, or to remind you when you go to cheerleading practice. “I feel like she’s my little servant, or butler.” Her older brother used it for his math homework, her younger sister, call your grandma. Your three-year-old brother, asks Alexa for cake recipes, so he can stare longingly at the photos.

Kelli Ferguson, the mother in this household, is rather ambivalent. On the one hand, it’s nice to ask, to heat Alexa the house before she crawls out of bed in the winter. On the other, there are all these cameras. “If I were you, so the page told me to walk on the road, I’ll go on the other side of the road”, without the smart homes. “Just because I don’t feel like on each of the cameras.”

living in a smart home environment, the Ferguson’s experience both comfort and monitoring. And that is typical in Black Diamond, where Lennar Homes offers smart homes as part of the 4,800-unit development, the other builders. This neighborhood is not unique. There are smart-home developments in the suburbs outside of the cities such as Miami and San Francisco. Lennar makes Amazon-tech-standard on every one of the some 45,000 homes it builds this year.

This partnership between developers and Amazon, from which both sides benefit. Amazon wants to push for a wider adoption of its Echo intelligent speaker. Lennar continues to help on Amazon, to distinguish you from other builders in communities like Black Diamond.

But what users really need, smart-home technology?

Amazon really wants you to think so. In Black Diamond, the slope of a model home begins, on the Amazon-experience-Center, just around the corner from the Ferguson’s.

Lennar New home consultant Brittney Svach throws the commands such as a smart-home-samurai, using your voice to lock the door, start the robot vacuum, dim the lights, close the blinds, and call a feed to the smart TV of one of the at home the many surveillance cameras. “Alexa, show me the farm,” she commands. A video opens. “And now we can spy on, who’s with a drink on the terrace,” she says with a smile.

Amazon has to cover a lot of ground if he wants to build a market of consumers hungry for smart homes. A Zillow survey says that smart homes-technology is the list of the desired equipment, wide air conditioning and ample storage off. It is about as important as a Jacuzzi for those who are shopping for a house.

But Dave Garland says, the technology will decrease, when people try it. He is a Second century Ventures, an investment arm of the National Association of Realtors. “There is a new story, when it comes, which means ‘home’,” he says. “It means a more personalized environment, in which technology responds to all your needs. “

Black Diamond resident Drew Holmes buys the line. Like the Fergusons, he was not looking for a smart home, but the technology with the one he came from was like. Now he enjoys all the smart home functions. “I would not live without you,” he said.

His favorite is a Ring of the doorbell, the reports of the visitors. “I have teenagers,” he said. “It’s nice to confirm, when you come home. And I’ll prove it.”

Therron Smith had a very different reaction to the smart home field. “The idea, with cameras in each room and the possible exposure… it has just kind of nervous,” he says.

Smith is working in tech, and says, as he knows the risks. It’s not just cameras, even light switch to collect information. “That data is not just sitting there, just… empty,” he says. “Somebody’s gonna look at it and use it to try to make a profit, or try to create an ad, or try to make some revenue.”

If the novice to buy a house in Black Diamond, you are not only buying real estate – you made up a position, as far as they allow tech companies to penetrate in your life. This is something to navigate what many of them need us, when this technology as the standard also in other parts of the city.

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Published mon, 09 Nov 2019 20:04:30 +0000

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