Home-builder KB Home answers competitor Lennar’s smart home with a model of its own. The showdown for smart home supremacy is on.
Nationwide home-builder KB Home is rolling out a completely new smart home model powered by Google technology, in what appears to be an answer to the Amazon-powered design recently debuted by Lennar.
The smart home fight is on
Focused on artificial intelligence assistant Google Assistant, homes outfitted with the KB Smart Home System can make use of phones or voice commands to play songs, control thermostats and enjoy a video feed of their front step, among other things.
The nuts and bolts include the Google Wifi “mesh” network which provides reliable wireless internet service, voice-controlled smart speakers Google Home and Google Home Mini along with a Nest Hello Video Doorbell.
Home-buyers will also be capable of slap on a range of other products, including connected appliances, light controls, motorized window shades and door locks.
New home sales in a few communities in Denver, Las Vegas, Jacksonville, Florida and Orange County, California will include the system. Buyers may also purchase system components at KB Home Design studios in those markets.
KB Homes is showcasing the system at its Stapletown Starlight Collection community in Denver. Prospective buyers, agents and others in the Denver area can see the technology actually in operation by going to an open house on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stapleton Starlight Collection, located at 9301 59th North Place in Denver.
The new smart system would appear that KB Home’s solution to a smart home model recently created by Lennar Corporation. The home-builder unveiled a smart home design in May that bakes together Amazon’s artificial intelligence assistant, Alexa, along with other smart home devices from Amazon, including Echo Show and Echo Dot.
Lennar also said all of its new homes consists of built-in Wi-Fi, smart locks, doorbells, thermostats and lights controlled by Alexas – which might amount to 35,000 new smart homes by the end of the year, as outlined by USA Today.
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