In Florida, a look at the new American home

The motorized shades by Doors in Motion are automated for time of day and weather. An Internet-enabled security system by Elk Products operates by smartphone. The lighting controls (Lutron) are Smart Grid designed, so they can manage energy use based on real-time utility rate data. And the entire home automation suite (Clare Controls) is web-ready with an app for smartphone operation. (Plus it's the first you can run on a Mac.)

The home has built-in speakers, in-wall touch screens and structured wiring (by Eaton Corp. and integrated by the trade group CEDIA) for phone, TV, Internet and A/V. Each room sports an empty conduit routed to the equipment room. Additionally, an exterior service provider approved enclosure with space for future fiber-optics including power and a conduit to the equipment room is installed should any future services or cabling need to be added.

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