Luxury in today’s high end homes is getting higher tech by the moment.
Gone are the days when a home just had to be beautiful to be high end. Now, far
beyond the programmable coffeemaker, today’s busy luxury homeowners are looking
for easier, stress-reducing living by way of electronics.
From ultramodern looking buildings to refurbished historical
houses, modern conveniences add a high tech edge to anything as long as you can
Here are a few of our favorites.
Automatic lighting systems and window shades are now throughout the
, not just reserved for the media room. Preprogrammed lighting
situations are controlled with a central panel or remotely through an iPad or
This house, pictured above, has automatically controlled
panels at the exterior of the home to help shade the hot sun. Another house,
built in Germany and featured in the article has rotating solar panels to track
the sun for maximum efficiency.
Another home mentioned in the Forbes article has electronic
glass at the windows. It behaves like sunglasses that go from light to dark
automatically, but on a much larger scale. For privacy, thermal protection or
sunlight control, there are several technologies that help window glass do more
than normal. Read more about this technology at the Consumer Energy Center of California’s website.
Similarly, security systems, fireplaces, heating and cooling, swimming
pools, water features, showers, sound and more
can be programmed for
entertaining, quiet evenings alone, vacation modes, you name it. If you can
think of it, it has probably already been done! Wireless isn’t just for
handheld land lines and internet any longer.
Heading out to your vacation home?
Press a button on your
phone, and your charming rustic cabin’s invisible butler will do practically everything
but open a bottle of wine for you. Have
a bath drawn, set temperature, lighting, sound, your favorite TV channel and
fireplaces going, all ready for you. You can even have the door unlocked for
If you love the idea of automatic lighting but don’t want to re-wire
your whole house
, check out these remote controlled LED light bulbs from Insteon!
You can convert the lamps and light fixtures you already own to a
centralized system by just changing the light bulbs and setting up the system.
Go over the top with electronically adjustable seating in your media
room in addition to lighting and sound. The old-school La-Z-Boy lever
won’t cut it in this New York home!
Wine cellars are not immune either. A centuries-old tradition can
go modern with automated temperature, humidity and security controls, not to
mention digital inventory systems as well.
The future is here and it’s only going to get better. High
tech systems will be fully integrated and easier to use. If cars can drive
themselves, houses should be able to keep us coddled and warm.
What do you think? Let us know what you’d like to see
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