August 3 2018

Lennar Sets the Trend in Homes of the Future with Amazon Alexa

by Kelley

Amazon Alexa Lennar Homes

If you haven’t heard already, Lennar has partnered with Amazon to make Alexa standard in every new home. Each Lennar home will include built-in Wi-Fi, smart locks, doorbells, thermostats and lights – all controlled by the voice-activated assistant. This roll out comes shortly after the merge of Lennar and CalAtlantic, now making Lennar the largest homebuilder in the nation and more accessible to millions of homebuyers. Customers currently have the opportunity to experience the Alexa smart home environment with Amazon Experience Centers at select Lennar communities in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC with more markets to come.

 

While experiencing Alexa in a real home environment, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the benefits of using the digital assistant first hand. Features of Alexa include putting your home on auto-pilot with “good morning” and “good night” routines, ordering household essentials, scheduling home services, notifications for doorbells, entries, exits and more. Included in the flagship Amazon Experience Centers are the latest smart home products for lighting, locks, entertainment, sprinklers, shades, car chargers and so much more.

 

With Lennar being the first home builder to implement Amazon Alexa as a standard feature, it seems like a safe assumption that we’ll see a rise in demand for Alexa smart home solutions in new home communities across the country.  This may open a larger door for Amazon to dominate the market for digital voice-activated assistants and custom solutions for each market, in house training, education, marketing and installation make this partnership all the more appealing for home builders.

 

To experience an Amazon Experience Center, tour a Lennar home near you.

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February 8 2018

NuTone Knock Video Doorbell Launching Fall 2018

by Kelley

NuTone Knock Video Doorbell

The saying that you can’t be two places at once has almost become obsolete with the technological advances of today. Now with modern conveniences you can work an 8 hour day, run errands, or travel the world and still be around to make sure everything is running smoothly at home. In addition to convenience, the need for added security has become a larger necessity for homeowners today. Now, thanks to the NuTone Knock Video Doorbell, concerns for convenience and security are seamlessly tackled in one easy to use device.

 

With the NuTone Knock Video Doorbell, you can view and talk to anyone at your door from anywhere in the world. Thanks to integrated motion sensors, an alert will immediately be sent to your smart phone or tablet when someone arrives at your door.  From there, you can choose whether to accept or decline the two-way audio and your visitor won’t even know if you’re home or not.

 

NuTone Knock App

Installation is easy because NuTone Knock connects to your existing doorbell wiring. The built in voltage detection allows enough power to service the chime, video and audio so you won’t ever have to worry about switching out the battery. The strong Wi-Fi signal allows NuTone Knock to be farther away from your router and still maintain a reliable connection with HD resolution. The low maintenance, durable design of NuTone Knock was made to withstand water, dust and temperatures that range as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit and up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Added features include a night vision camera that allows you clearly view anyone at your door in low light conditions and cloud recording stores up to 15 seconds of video before a motion event and 30 seconds after. Subscriptions for cloud recording are available for $3/month or $30/year, with the first month free. The NuTone Knock Video Doorbell is priced at $249 and will be available for purchase this fall on Amazon, Build.com or with a local NuTone Dealer. To find a retailer near you, visit http://www.nutone.com/dealers.

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