Category: Smart Homes

will builders dreams of homes of the future come true?

will builders dreams of homes of the future come true? | @meccinteriors | design bites

The following excerpt was written by Michele Lerner and appeared in its entirety in the The Washington Post. Ever thought about having a dedicated room with an operable opening on the top to accommodate drone deliveries? Or using a 3-D printer to supply hinges for your cabinets? Or imagined your home’s windows adjusting to light and …

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will the new water station mean the return of the top load washer?

will the new water station mean the return of the top load washer? | @meccinteriors | design bites

Are you among those who miss the convenience of a top-load washing machine when it comes to treating stains? I know many people who have held on to their 70s model washer for this very reason, preferring the soaking option even if it means being less energy and water efficient. Now you don’t need to …

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savvy is the smart mirror you didn’t know you wanted

savvy is the smart mirror you didn't know you wanted | @meccinteriors | design bites

The days of a mirror being simply a surface of reflection may be numbered. Smart mirrors with televisions have been available for several years already; we’re moving to the next level with products like Savvy. While Savvy is designed specifically for the hospitality (hotels, bed and breakfasts) and commercial markets, many of these features could …

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smart kitchen technology will become a daily reality

smart kitchen technology will become a daily reality | @meccinteriors | design bites

In case you haven’t noticed, an increasing number of kitchen appliances and fixtures now come with the option to sync up with mobile apps and voice activation systems like Alexa. Some appliances can communicate with each other to plan and time your meals and shopping lists. What else might the kitchen of the future and smart tech …

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snap now to design your best indoor air quality

snap now to design your best indoor air quality | @meccinteriors | design bites

Allergy sufferers know that early Spring can be less than fun, even if you’re hiding indoors. Many experts say that the air inside our homes, however, is actually more polluted that the outdoor air. Consider using a tool like the Snap Air Quality Balancer “to monitor and improve the quality of the air in your …

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do you see value in voice-activated faucets?

do you see value in voice-activated faucets? | @meccinteriors | design bites

Water Over Wire, or WOW technology, is a recent creative initiative from Pfister that developed three prototype faucets of the future, including a voice controlled faucet. “Why should a faucet be limited to simply turning on and off, and why can’t we ask it to do more?” Jamie Dorman, group marketing manager for Pfister, says …

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smart home made easy with light bulb module inserts

smart home made easy with light bulb module inserts | @meccinteriors | design bites

With increasing frequency, we’re seeing light bulbs gaining functionality. Many LED bulbs, for example, have an expected lifespan of 20 or more years. There are also many lighting systems that integrate specific types of bulbs or fixtures with lighting controls, moods, motions, and natural daylighting. TEAGUE Labs‘ Filo takes it one step further by introducing …

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does your shower need to be connected to the cloud?

does your shower need to be connected to the cloud? | @meccinteriors | design bites

How connected to technology do you really need to feel during the few minutes you shower? Is the thought of creating your ideal shower experience with the push of a button appealing? With the introduction of U, Moen is hoping that a digital showering system with Wi-Fi and mobile connectivity will be in high demand. …

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6 new and noteworthy home tech gadgets

6 new and noteworthy home tech gadgets | @meccinteriors | design bites

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas always reveals interesting new technology and innovations. Here are six that may one day make their way into your home. The following is excerpted from a post written by Clare Trapasso via realtor.com. A Better Night’s Sleep Does your partner snore loud enough to keep the …

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11 new smart tech gadgets and apps for your kitchen

11 new smart tech gadgets and apps for your kitchen | @meccinteriors | design bites

Though not the case for everyone, it seems an increasing number of homeowners are investing in spectacular renovated kitchens which see little in terms of actual cooking. Would smart apps or gadgets get you back into the kitchen and cooking? The Smart Kitchen Summit, which occurred in Seattle in October, explores “how we will shop …

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