When it is completed in early 2018, Muse, a 49-story luxury-condo development in
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.
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
"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
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.
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