Luxury Homes to Receive iPad Home Automation System

Scottsdale, Arizona's newest affluent community will be the first subdivision in the state to have an Apple-based home automation system in all of the houses.

Each residence at the Village at Paradise Reserve will have the Savant home automation system. Homebuilders, Cullum Homes, has partnered with Cyber Sound to implement the installation of the industry's only "Apple to Apple" product.

The Savant system is managed by a combination of in-wall and wireless iPad, iPod and iPhone devices that interface with a Mac operating system. Security, lighting, climate control, motorized window shades, home theater, audio, Internet activity, and other functions are managed by the award-winning system. Electric House magazine named Savant the winner of its 2011 "Product of the Year" award in January.

With the Savant system utilizing both hardware and software from the same source, the costs are substantially lower. Programming time is reduced by as much as 50 percent. Additionally, by using iPads, iPods and iPhones instead of customized panels, the cost of the system comes down as much $3,800.

"Not only is it substantially less expensive overall, but it is miles ahead of the competition in terms of functionality and user-friendliness," said Jon Summer, president of CyberSound. "Besides, who doesn't love playing with an iPad?"

Each house in the subdivision will include one in-wall iPad in the kitchen, one in-wall iPod Touch in the master bedroom, and a concealed seven-foot hardware rack containing a Mac OS X operating system and audio/stereo components.

Rod Cullum, founder and president of the LEED-certified Cullum Homes said, "It's revolutionary in the home automation industry. It uses universal, cost-effective Apple technology that is already familiar to consumers across the nation."

The new upscale neighborhood has 29 residences still available, priced from $1.5 to $2.1 million. The living space in the remaining residences for sale ranges from 3,321 to 5,593 square feet.


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