Home technology: Automate with a touch of a button
Home technology has reached a point that makes it possible for people to control many aspects of their home — such temperature, fans, garage doors and indoor and outdoor lighting — from a simple remote keypad.
EL PASO, Texas — Joshua Meyer feels good about his home's security when he has to travel for business.
With a touch of a button on his door handle, he can set the alarm throughout his east El Paso home. And once he's gone, video cameras help keep an eye on the place.
AT A GLANCE
What you can do with system
• Check up on the baby sitter while at work, or your home while on vacation, through an Internet-connected video camera.
Yet when Meyer talks about the Vivint system, he admits he has more fun talking about the gadget side of wireless control systems.
For many 30-somethings who have grown up with technology, discovering what they can do with a home automation system is as much fun or more fun than using it. And while safety is a reason for looking into these systems, it's not the only one.
Sometimes called smart technology, home technology has reached a point that makes it possible for people to control many aspects of their home — such temperature, fans, garage doors and indoor and outdoor lighting — from a simple remote keypad.
For people with smart phones, which is an increasingly large population, the control is even closer — in their hand.
Eric Reynolds, operations manager for Vivint in El Paso, said home automation makes sense for people who have grown up with technology at their fingertips.