Thursday, April 18, 2013

Inspirational High Tech Homes

By Jennifer Adams

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 afford it. 

Here are a few of our favorites.

Automatic lighting systems and window shades are now throughout the house, not just reserved for the media room. Preprogrammed lighting situations are controlled with a central panel or remotely through an iPad or cell phone.

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 yourself!

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 automated!

Photos courtesy of Forbes Magazine website.

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