Google, homebuilder partner on smart homes
The KB Smart Home System featuring Google Assistant is offered as leveraging technology to “help make daily living easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable for new KB homeowners.” The system provides a “robust” ecosystem that can integrate an ever-expanding selection of compatible devices and features, many of which will be available in select KB Home Design Studios.
With the system, says the company, KB homeowners will be able to control the functionality of their smart home features, automate routines to their individual preferences, and live more comfortably in their new homes. The system features Google mesh Wi-Fi, two smart speakers, a Nest Hello video doorbell, and professional installation and integration of all the devices for interconnectivity by DISH Smart Home Services after move-in.
“We are pleased to be the first homebuilder that Google chose as a partner,” says Jeffrey Mezger, chairman, president and chief executive officer at KB Home. “Our new KB homes are built to fit our homebuyers’ unique lifestyles, preferences and budgets.”
“Now, with the KB Smart Home System, we can elevate the performance of their homes to provide them with an even greater degree of day-to-day personalization and comfort,” says Mezger. “With just spoken commands to a smart speaker or the touch of a button on their smartphone, KB homeowners will be able to control smart devices such as their thermostats and check who is at the front door.”
The KB Smart Home System will be included with new home sales at select communities, in Denver, CO, Las Vegas, NV, Jacksonville, FL, and in Orange County, California, and its components will also be available as options to homebuyers at the KB Home Design Studios in those markets. KB Home and Google are aiming to expand the availability of the KB Smart Home System to more KB Home communities across the country, based on consumer response.
Additional smart home products will be available at select KB Home Design Studios, says the company. These include a variety of options, including connected appliances, light controls, motorized window shades, door locks, and more.
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