Home Technology Trends 2017: “Jetson” Your Way Into The Future

Vendor partner Control4, the leading provider of automation
systems for homes and businesses, and Jenn-Air, luxury appliance innovator contributed to this story.

Out with the old. In with the new! This year, outfit your home with state-of-the-art technology that is operationally efficient and connected. Smart homes can expect to see a bump in numbers as we catch up to “George Jetson” from the 1960s cartoon and the 1980s primetime show that featured a futuristic lifestyle where technology left those with plenty of leisure time.

Now in 2017 advanced and sophisticated technology steadily makes its way into the inner workings of luxury homes – nothing beats synching your smart home to your smart phone! Here are a few of the latest trends emerging in the tech world.

Get connected.

Connectivity between you and your home creates a seamless functionality to match your lifestyle. Technologies like the LCD screens and connectivity used in other areas of the home such as the kitchen and living rooms, are being applied at large. Technology is everywhere: smart watches and TVs, wireless sound systems, and making purchases with your phone instead of a credit card –  why not advance your home too?

Our partner Jenn-Air is expanding connectivity to include refrigeration as well as cooking appliances, offering purposeful solutions. Can’t remember if you left the oven on? With the latest advancements in home connectivity, you won’t have to wrack your brain to figure it out. Users can control appliances such as the Jenn-Air Connected Wall Oven wherever they go just by using a smartphone app. The technology can detect when you leave your home, adjust kitchen temperatures, and even turn your oven off if you accidentally leave it on while you’re away!

One of the greatest aspects is that it provides a pipeline for delivering a steady flow of software upgrades to the consumer. So, you don’t have to worry about outdated equipment because these new-age devices have the potential to update software on a continual basis.

Talk to me. 

Cue the music, cue the lights! Immediately after entering your foyer, you can make a command to your smart home with a simple vocal note, and the technology will make it happen. According to Crystal Watts, Sr. Manager, Marking Communications for Control4, voice control is becoming more mainstream and integrating into a control mechanism that homeowners will rely on and even expect in 2017. Simply put, voice control opens the door to more convenience. Whether it’s control of one single light to entire scenes that control multiple devices in unison—such as thermostats, shades, music, and more—we see voice control as the next big feature of a truly smart home.

Manage your technology. 

As consumers continue to utilize and add devices into their smart home systems, such as Control4, having a robust network management platform is going to become increasingly critical.

Your home appliances and systems will need to rely on strong, reliable, and fast connectivity. For homes with an ample amount of streaming devices, cameras, and more robust audio video requirements, having a dealer manage a homeowner’s network—to pro-actively preempt any issues and fix them remotely before they even know they occur, is something that is growing in demand. Why not have a sophisticated home with luxury service? Network management will become an expectation from more homeowners, whether it’s just a part of the regular service provided by a dealer or part of a monthly maintenance fee.

“Clearly, connected technology is here to stay and consumers are realizing this in far greater numbers than even just a year ago. As with all home technology products, mainstream adoption is largely dependent on the simplicity of use, intuitive user interface, and pleasing design,” Steve Brown, General Manager at Jenn-Air said.

For more information on the latest high-end technology available for your home, speak to a sales representative at your Toll Brothers community of choice and visit our partner brands’ website, Control4 and Jenn-Air. Buying a Toll Brothers home? Be sure to check out our Technology in the Home Pinterest board and learn all about how you can use Digital Technology to Design Your Own Home.

 

 

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