Amazon shows off Alexa-filled homes of the future

CNN Money

Amazon Experience Centers are now open at select Lennar communities in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC with more coming soon. In a real home setting, customers can experience how Alexa, Prime and Amazon services come together to help them control smart home devices with just their voice. Learn more about the Amazon Experience Centers in this CNN Money article by Heather Kelly.

Amazon and home-builder Lennar are opening staged-homes filled to the brim with Alexa-powered smart-home products. Anyone can visit these new “Amazon Experience Centers” to see what it’s like to yell at a speaker to open the blinds, or push a button to order more toilet paper from Amazon Prime. The companies are launching the houses in 15 cities across the United States to start.

Lennar already has Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant pre-installed in all of its new homes. The company includes an Echo Show and an Echo Dot so homeowners can lock doors, change temperatures, and turn off lights with voice commands.

Its houses have a number of other smart-home gadgets to get people started, including a Sonos One speaker, a Ring video doorbell, smart locks, a connected thermostat, and a Samsung SmartThings hub.

Lennar announced the Echo integration last summer as part of the its “everything included” approach to selling houses.

Lennar is the largest home builder in the United States, and made almost 30,000 homes in 2017. It has long had fully staged model homes all around the country. Now it is letting Amazon transform some of them with even more of its products, from Fire TVs and security cameras, to Dash Buttons and Prime Music services.


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