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Plug-and-play luxury home

May 6, 2014

When it is completed in early 2018, Muse, a 49-story luxury-condo development in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., will have an automated parking system with push-button robotics to park the car for you.

Every master suite will come with biometric safes that open with a fingerprint scan. Kitchens will have glass partitions that turn opaque with the press of a button to close off the space from the living room.

In San Francisco, NEMA, a high-end rental building across from Twitter's headquarters has its own app that notifies residents when they have visitors and deliveries, and valet parking is summoned via text messaging. A business center includes a touchscreen for interactive presentations and video.

Across the US, a handful of developers and homeowners are bypassing high-tech and going high-high tech, with futuristic features that go far beyond iPad-controlled window shades.

"The ultrahigh-net-worth people didn't embrace smartphones as quickly as the younger generation did. But now they're very comfortable with those devices and they want to be able to turn on the spa when they are landing their private plane," says Eric Thies, founding partner of VIA, a national home-technology installatio company.

"Though many products come with steep price tags and require elaborate professional installation, home-automation systems and other high-tech features have become increasingly valuable as the demographic of buyers for high-end homes becomes younger," says Christophe Choo, a Beverly Hills, Calif.-based real-estate agent.

In addition to energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, these houses will have a biometric entry system activated with a fingerprint. It is also programmable for housekeepers, dog walkers, guests or others who need temporary access to the home, he explains.

In addition to the security system, the home's video, lighting and climate systems are controlled with an iPad. The kitchen, which is open to the living room and overlooks the backyard, has a 46-inch Internet-enabled touch screen to display recipes, family photos or closed-circuit camera feeds from the home's security system.

Less visible: a system of conduit tubing throughout the house that allows for easy future upgrades of wired or wireless Internet.

Malin says that in focus groups he conducted before building the house, he learned that technology can be a big selling point-if it isn't taken too far.

Plug-and-play luxury home

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Source: Iran Daily

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