This Lennar model in Florida houses an Amazon Experience Center.

Here's a look at what Lennar is doing with Alexa. "Alexa, please turn on the video from The Mercury News."

From the outside, homebuilder Lennar’s model home in Vallejo could be any other house in a new suburban development. But that’s where the similarities end and the future begins, courtesy of a new smart-home partnership with Amazon.

This week, Amazon and Lennar began showing off what they are calling the Amazon Experience Center, a pre-wired, voice-activated smart home at a North Bay Lennar housing development, along with similar model homes in seven other locations across the country.

Lennar — one of the nation’s largest homebuilders — plans to build Amazon’s Alexa voice-assistant technology into the design when constructing all of its houses nationwide from now on. Because of the partnership with Amazon, this technology package will come standard and will not add anything to the base cost of the home. Alexa will be able to handle many of the mundane, everyday tasks that those who buy the developer’s homes currently do on their own.

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