WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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heating and security systems, these abilities give our clients control and comfort that their homes are performing at the highest level." Mollie Johnson, owner of Mollie Johnson Interiors, Inc., says she also has seen increased demand for smart home components with clients doing large renovation projects. What can smart homes do? The list of smart home applications is long and incredible, including having a sound system read you the front page of The New York Times while you are shaving in the bathroom, pro- gramming a cartoon to come on the TV when the kids get ready for school and having it turn off when it's time to catch the bus, turning the coffee machine on from bed, and having the lights come on in random intervals at dusk so it looks like you're home. This also can be important technology if you have elderly parents. Gibson says Elite Media Solutions has installed a system that has a camera in every room to watch an older person with dementia. This allows adult children to monitor their parents from their own homes. Having an automated house can keep seniors in their houses rather than them having to move to an assisted living facility. The technology is also bleeding over into other areas of the home, such as the exercise room. Larry Gulko, cofounder and CEO of TechnoHome, which provides very high-end fitness equip- ment for the house, says that his equipment takes advantage of the latest technology to "bring fitness to the next level." The company's elliptical machine has surround sound on the handles. The screen in front lets you access the Internet, watch TV, listen to Pandora, and Skype with friends. Most interesting is it lets you work with a trainer no matter where they are in the country. And, according to McInerney, it's just the beginning of what smart homes can do. He sees a time when you might say, "Hey, I'm kinda cold," and your house will increase the temperature. By then, he expects us to be so used to advanced technology like this that it's no different than having a smart phone. 54 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 The Smart Home M E D I A B A K E R Y

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