KB Home is offering a package of home automation features designed to be controlled by iPhones and iPads as an option on houses in two of its new neighborhoods in the Bay Area, reports Troy Wolverton of the Bay Area News Group.
The move marks the first time nationwide the home builder has offered buyers such an option. Wolverton writes:
Jacob Atalla, vice president of sustainability initiatives at KB, compared the home industry to the car business. In recent years, the number of advanced technological features included in cars — from large touch-screen displays to automatic braking — has rapidly increased.
“We are focused on innovation,” he said. “It’s important to people’s lifestyles.”
The basic option package, which will cost around $4,000, includes an automatic door lock, a smart thermostat and lights and a fan that can be remote controlled. Users can add other devices to the system either when they design their homes or after moving in.
The package will also come with an iPad to control the home automation system inside the house and an Apple TV that will allow homeowners to interact with their smart home devices remotely. KB will offer complimentary concierge service to help homeowners set up their systems.