All of it is controlled by the phones and tablets your family already uses. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The system allows home owners to see guests from the moment they walk up and ring the bell. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Mark Florence (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Have you ever said, "My phone is smarter than I am?" Now it's not just your phone. Smart technology is such a part of our lives, it's seeping into almost every aspect of our lives, including, as you might have heard, our homes.
Our smart phone or tablet is never very far away from you when you've left your house. Now it makes sure all the comforts of home are right at your fingertips to control them, no matter where you are.
Welcome home to the smart home of the future, so smart that you see guests from the moment they walk up and ring the bell. Mark Florence with Century Entertainment and Furnishings showed off a smart doorbell.
"This actually has a microphone and a camera in it," said Florence. "We can program this to trigger your lights, let you know someone's at the door." He says the display shows up on an LCD screen in your kitchen or family room so, "Now he's going to see me at the door."
Florence and Century Entertainment and Furnishings put smart home technology into one of the houses on display at Homearama.
"It's going to control as much as you want to control," he said. "It can control your TV; you can get rid of all your remote controls. You can control your lighting, HVAC, security system."
All of it is controlled by the phones and tablets your family already uses. "For instance if I touch watch, now this is the TV remote control," Florence said. Want to turn the lights on or make them brighter? The app does that. "We have a floor lamp right over there. I can just slide this up and just increase it to whatever percentage you want the light."
At the Century showroom, Florence showed us some of the advanced features: how the system works together to make life easier. "If you came home in the evening, you would unlock your door -- this little display shows you that your door is locked -- so you put in your code, so your door would open and at the same time, it would light your house up, turn the TV on," he said. Or he says, if a guest like your mother came over while you were out of town or stuck in a meeting, "You could see her on the camera, you could disarm the security system, open the door for her, let her in and there you go."
Florence says it's not only for new homes. Older homes can be retrofitted as well. The cost? "If you just want to get rid of the remote controls on your TV, you can get into that for maybe $800 to $1000 and if you want to control the whole house, a 15,000 square foot house it might cost you $40,000 to $45,000 if you want to control everything about it," he said.
There's also an additional cost -- at least with this system -- if you want to access your home's smart technology from outside of your house. For this system, a hundred dollars a year will let you control anything in your home, anywhere you have access to the internet.