Gone are the days when a home’s stature was based solely on its size and elegance. These two features still play a part, of course, but in 2016, home technology can truly take a luxury residence to a whole new level. Sophisticated and pristine mansions like those listed on the Christie’s International Real Estate website often couple stunning aesthetic elements typically found in high-end homes with innovative, cutting-edge technology. Advancements in security, heating, lighting, entertainment, and comfort serve to not only make everyday home life more convenient, but more energy efficient and enjoyable overall.
Heating a home is a complicated affair. Certain rooms are more drafty than others, room sizes vary, and heat dispersal must be accurate to keep a home’s temperature uniform. The Ecobee3 touchscreen thermostat system is one of the best smart thermostats on the market. Highly accurate sensors are placed within each room, allowing for the temperature to be set, adjusted, and maintained as you see fit. The touchscreen looks sleek and futuristic, and the entire system can be controlled via your smartphone.
In the world of home security, technological advancements have all but redefined the industry. With the Kevo Smart Lock, for example, there’s no need to even take your keys out of your pocket or purse when you arrive home. A Bluetooth sensor on your keyring sends a signal to the lock itself, allowing you to simply touch the powerful deadbolt with your finger to unlock it. When it comes to keeping an eye on your dwelling, Nest’s sleek Nest Cam surveillance camera records crystal-clear video and audio and is equipped with night vision.
Let there be light. The NuBryte console is an impressive touchscreen panel that uses tiny cameras to automatically turn on and off lights when people enter and leave a room. These cameras can also double as security devices. The NuBryte is highly interactive; it can be connected and controlled through a smartphone, and it can receive and display messages as well. The whole thing is very James Bond. In terms of the lights you use, LEDs have rapidly become the premier form of home lighting. The quality of these bulbs is much higher than incandescent bulbs. They also last longer and are more energy efficient. The Philips Hue LED Lighting System can be easily set to turn on and off via a mobile app.
Some of the most impressive technological advancements over the last decade have been in the world of home entertainment. Televisions simply don’t get any more impressive than the transparent Loewe Invisio. Designed by Michael Friebe, this unit appears to be a single piece of transparent glass when not in use. A true technological marvel, it’s as much a piece of art as it is a medium for entertainment. It’s also one of those items that is bound to provoke conversation.
As audio has mainly ditched its physical form, the ability to wirelessly connect an entire home with music is now not only possible, but rather simple. The Sonos wireless speaker system, which is controlled by an app, can play different songs in each room of your residence at different volume levels. The speakers are balanced, full, and powerful, and the entire system is remarkably designed and easy to use.
In 2016, the future of luxury is centered around connection. With these aforementioned devices working in unison, you can use a tablet or smartphone to control your heat, check footage on your security camera, unlock a door, turn on and off lights, play a movie, watch television, or listen to a favorite album. This is connection, and cohesion—a logical step toward higher levels of convenience and luxury.
The future of home tech is here, and it’s sleek, valuable, and exciting.