I got a very interesting press release today from my good friend Jennifer Breitigan publicist at KWPR Group, Scottsdale. One of their clients Cullum homes announced that all the homes in their new and upcoming The Village at Paradise Reserve will have a state of the art home automation system powered by Apple’s Mac OSx.
Anyone who knows me, knows I am a total Mac geek these days. My desktop and laptop are both Apple and my phone is an iPhone and I have an iPad too. So this seems like a great idea to me.
The release states
“Lighting, climate control, motorized window shades, security, home theater, audio, internet/communications, and other functions are managed by a combination of in-wall and wireless iPad, iPod and iPhone devices, which interface with the Mac operating system.
By replacing expensive custom touch panels that can cost around $3,800 for hardware alone with inexpensive iPads and iPods, plus leveraging a 100 percent Apple-based programming infrastructure, costs for the Smart Home system are substantially reduced. Not only does the touch panel slim down to around $499 for each iPad – with the addition of functionality only limited by the apps you chose to put on the iPads, iPhones and iPods – but programming time is reduced by as much as 50%.
The integration for those interested in upgrading their own luxury properties home automation features was done by Savant.
“The technology is stunning. You can use images of your home to control virtually anything. Just imagine picking up an iPad off your coffee table, “pinching” open a photo of your living room, and simply touching a light fixture on that photo to dim the lights, touch the television to have it rise out of its hidden location and turn on. Via the iPad, you can also close the window shades, set the alarm for your security system, turn off a forgotten light in the kitchen, turn off your stereo and turn on your fireplace. It’s revolutionary in the home automation industry,” stated Cullum Homes Founder/President Rod Cullum.
I’m always looking for cool app’s for my iPad but this just may be the coolest yet. I can’t wait to see these properties in person and the two model properties are scheduled to be ready towards the end of March, 2011. So if a fully automated home is on your wish list gives me a call and I can set up an appointment when the homes are ready to view.