If you’re looking for the latest advancements in smart home tech, you need look no further than celebrity homes. Here are four examples of interesting technology that celebs have built into their properties.
Where do you look for inspiration when you want to make home improvements?
There are plenty of websites out there offering tips and examples. They tend to cover the basic renovations and improvements that most people make.
But for the tech-minded, it can be a little difficult to find good information. After all, the concept of a smart home is still relatively fresh. That means that you might struggle to find examples of people putting modern tech to good use in home design.
If you’re looking for the absolute cutting edge, you need to go where the money is. And that means checking out the homes of some of the world’s most rich and powerful people.
When you have money to burn, you can afford to splash your cash on interesting technologies. The likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Oprah Winfrey have installed tech in their homes that’s years ahead of its time.
This article takes a closer look at some of these technologies so that you can see some of the possibilities available to you.
Mark Zuckerberg – The Automated Butler
Anyone who has seen the Ironman movies knows that Tony Stark has his own AI butler named J.A.R.V.I.S.
It’s responsible for running practically every aspect of his life and it’s even with him when he’s in the famous suit.
What you might not know is that there’s a real-life tech billionaire who has his own AI butler.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took inspiration from the Marvel film to create a Jarvis of his own. And it does a huge amount for him.
Jarvis makes use of a special app that allows Zuckerberg to deliver voice commands. The AI can also respond and essentially hold a conversation with the Facebook mogul.
The custom-made butler links to a system that controls almost everything in Zuckerberg’s house. Jarvis can adjust the lights and temperature with a couple of commands, plus it handles all of the doors in the home. It’s also linked to Spotify so the billionaire can play whatever music he wants.
But it gets even more impressive from there. Jarvis actively learns about the Zuckerbergs over time. By now, it probably has a solid grasp of the family’s musical tastes. Plus, it can pick up on little nuances in the commands that the Zuckerbergs issue.
It’s even able to make breakfast.
Zuckerberg built the app himself, so it’s unlikely that it will see a commercial release anytime soon. And that’s a real shame because we haven’t revealed its most impressive feature yet.
Morgan Freeman is the voice of Jarvis.
Bill Gates – Xanadu 2.0
In the 1990s, Bill Gates decided to build a mansion that was decades ahead of its time. He named that house Xanadu 2.0 and it’s still one of the most impressive properties in the world.
Let’s start with the standout feature – the sensors.
Every room in Gates’ mansion comes equipped with sensors. Visitors receive an electronic pin that they attach to their clothing before they enter. This pin contains information about what that visitor prefers when it comes to music, temperature, and lighting.
When the visitor enters a room, the sensors read the signal from the pin. Then, they change the room to suit the visitor’s preference. Their favoured music will play out of speakers installed behind the wallpaper. The temperature will change and the lights will adjust themselves.
There’s plenty more to appreciate in the house too. Gates has installed LCD screens that display artwork all over the property. With the touch of a button, you can change the art on the screen until you find something that you like. It’s a system that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to install.
That’s not all. Gates’ pool has underwater speakers and his library features a couple of secret rotating bookcases. He has a huge cinema room and his reception room features a TV screen that’s over 20 feet wide.
Xanadu 2.0 was a smart home long before that was even a concept in most people’s minds.
Oprah Winfrey – The Driveway Tech
Television icon Oprah Winfrey built a multimedia empire off the back of her beloved talk show. Today, she’s a billionaire businesswoman who runs her own television network.
She’s also a tech enthusiast, as anyone who has visited her home could attest.
We don’t have as many details about Winfrey’s house as we do Gates’ and Zuckerberg’s. Plus, it doesn’t seem like the media mogul has quite as much of a tech-heavy home as either of those two.
However, there are a few things that makes her house worthy of note. For one, Winfrey’s driveway has sensors that alert her whenever somebody approaches the property. That’s obviously great from a security standpoint, What’s more impressive are the heaters installed in the driveway. Winfrey’s house is in Colorado, which means snow is an issue.
When the driveway’s sensors detect snow, they turn on the heaters to melt it away. This ensures that Winfrey and her guests don’t have to trudge through the snow to get to and from the house.
Sofia Vergara – The Cable-Free Home
The star of the TV show Modern Family, Sofia Vergara is a tech enthusiast. In fact, she made the decision to go entirely cable-free when she bought herself a new home in Beverly Hills.
The property features an array of smart home systems that monitor the surroundings, thus keeping Vergara secure. The actress has also installed large screens throughout the property. These are obviously a big boon for entertainment. However, she also links those screens to the web so that she can keep up with her fans on social media.
But she has larger ambitions than that. She wants to turn her property into a smart home that’s full of gadgets that connect to the web. Vergara hopes to install a smart butler, much like Zuckerberg’s, that will handle a lot of the household chores. The only barrier, she says, is that many voice control systems struggle with her accent.
Interestingly, she’s also expressed interest in having someone develop an actual robot butler for the property. Presumedly, this robot butler would link into the smart tech that she plans to install.
Flo Rida – Tablet-Based Home Control
American rap star Flo Rida is another celebrity adopter of smart home technology.
His property features tablet computers in each room that allow him to control various things no matter where he is in the house.
This gives him the ability to change the temperature and lighting based on his needs. He can also raise and close the blinds as well as play music using the system.
It’s perhaps not as advanced as some of the other examples of home automation on this list. However, Flo Rida’s home perhaps offers the closest example of what many people imagine when they think of smart homes.
The Final Word
These five celebrities offer a small taste of what’s possible when you have the money and the imagination. Each has used smart home technology to make their own lives better.
Bill Gates is the innovator of the group. However, Mark Zuckerberg’s automated butler runs him a close second. It’s also something that non-billionaires could conceive of having in their homes. Oprah Winfrey also shows us that you can use smart home technology to solve problems that are specific to your location.
Perhaps you’re interested in installing some smart home tech yourself. Maybe you want to know what’s possible based on your home and budget.If so, get in touch with the team at Core Innovations Group. We can help you to select a home automation system that suits your needs. Better yet, we tailor our solutions to ensure you get the smart home that you want, rather than an off-the-shelf solution.