Lennar and Amazon have teamed up and recently announced the opening of interactive Amazon Experience Centers within select Lennar model homes across the United States, including North Creek Ridge in Bothell. Now customers in the area can experience first-hand the convenience of Alexa smart home experience and more in a real home environment. Jeff Reynolds reports on Lennar’s connected homes and the future of smart home technology in this recent Seattlepi.com article.
The Nations largest home builder Lennar has partnered with Seattle’s own Amazon.com to feature fully automated smart homes. The announcement in the USA Today also featured some of my thoughts on the future of home automation. I spoke with Elizabeth Weise who covers Amazon, technology and computer security for the paper and online publication. We discussed a variety of topics including what I am seeing from buyers and sellers in regards to new home technology, home automation and more.
More on the announcement here:
Lennar announced Wednesday that standard features in its new homes will include built-in Wi-Fi, smart locks, doorbells, thermostats and lights — all controlled by Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated digital assistant.
Each house will come with two Alexa-enabled smart speakers, an Echo Show and an Echo Dot. New homeowners will also get a free visit from an Amazon technician to help set everything up and teach them how to use it.
“This will be the hallmark of why we buy a new home,” said David Kaiserman,president of Lennar Ventures. “It’s an important step in the mass adoption of all these technologies.”
For many of you that follow the blog or our Facebook page, you would have noticed my enthusiasm surrounding the acquisition of Ring by Amazon.com. When Amazon acquired Ring.com it was abundantly clear to me that they were going to outpace their competitors like Google and Apple in the home automation race. With Amazon partnering with Lennar, they are sending the message to the rest of the homebuilders that demand for fully automated homes is picking up and they are going to the leader in the space. I see this transitioning into new condo projects as well.
Read the full article: Breaking News, Largest US Home Builder To Feature Amazon Alexa in New Homes