In­no­va­tions

Alexa opens the door to to­day’s con­nected home.

Traditional Home - - Contents - WRIT­TEN AND PRO­DUCED BY SALLY FINDER WEEPIE IL­LUS­TRA­TIONS BY MATTHIEU FORICHON

You opened the door to voice ac­ti­va­tion—and to a techno­gad­get world in which an ever-ris­ing flood of mod­ern apps and de­vices seemed to have a prob­lem as old as the Tower of Ba­bel. They just couldn’t talk to each other.

Now, though, thanks to greater col­lab­o­ra­tion among com­pa­nies and to over­ar­ch­ing con­trol sys­tems, such as Sa­vant and Con­trol4, it’s never been eas­ier for you, the home­owner, to get your smart de­vices to work to­gether (with­out Jet­son-iz­ing stylish in­te­ri­ors).

Help­ing the process are (new vo­cab­u­lary alert!) “in­te­gra­tors”—pros from the home the­ater and au­dio world who are flush with tech cred. In­te­rior de­sign­ers are wel­com­ing them to the team, along­side con­trac­tors, elec­tri­cians, plumbers, and cab­i­net­mak­ers, to en­sure home­own­ers get the con­nected fea­tures they need to fit their lifestyle. In­te­gra­tors han­dle the setup; you en­joy the ben­e­fits.

With a touch of a but­ton, your tech now sets a “scene” (yep, an­other ad­di­tion to the home lex­i­con) that gets you go­ing in the morn­ing, keeps tabs on things while you’re at work, wel­comes you home, launches movie night or party time—what­ever you choose. Turn the page to step into this brand-new day.

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