Instead of allowing end-users to discover individual smart home devices by themselves, pre-installing smart home packages in the new house might be another option for them to adopt the new technologies.
California-based homebuilder, KB Home, has followed up this strategy and announced an entire community of new houses designed and functioned with Apple HomeKit.
This HomeKit-enabled community locates in San Jose, California. KB Home offers different smart home packages for its home buyers. The basic option, which costs about $4,000, includes a smart door lock, thermostat, lights and a fan which support Apple HomeKit and can be controlled by iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. It also provides devices such as an iPad and an Apple TV to let users interact these home devices remotely.
As these new homes are designed to support an unified smart home platform, the user is able to control every device in one place – the Home app.
Apple’s Home app has just hit the market the second of the year, with its latest operating system iOS 10. The launch of the Home app has brought Apple’s HomeKit platform more power because the user can finally control their various smart home devices from one single place.
KB Home’s new project has become the first community built around Apple HomeKit. In the real estate industry, however, other companies have also tried to bring the smart home concept to the customers and increase sales. For instance, real estate franchise Coldwell Banker has provided “Smart Home Staging Kits,” which includes gadgets from Nest, smart lightings and smart locks, to its customers.
Besides gadgets, KB Home will also offer a complimentary concierge service for the home buyers, which includes connected devices support. Also, these homeowners can add more smart home appliances based on their preferences as they moved in.
The price for KB’s HomeKit-ready houses, a three-story and four-bedroom townhouse, starts at $900,000. The company has prepared a home model in San Jose to showcase the smart home features.