LOS GATOS, CA – April 26, 2021 cyberManor announced today that its’ New Home Technology Experience Center (NHTC), in the heart of Silicon Valley, can now be rented on AirB&B. After a very successful launch of the AirB&B site to initial renters of the home in April cyberManor has decided to continue this rental offering through the spring and summer months. Guests of the home can experience first hand a residence fully controlled by Control4 and the Josh.ai voice assistants. When first entering the home a guest can simply announce, “OK Josh, I’m Home” and the lights turn on, music plays softly in the kitchen, the TV turns on, motorized shades rise, the heating system turns on, the skylights open, and even the backyard fountain turns on. With three simple words the power of an integrated Control4 home comes to life.
The home is also a showcase for the latest in motorized short throw projection and screen technology. In the master bedroom a Screen Innovations 90” screen drops from the ceiling and an LG 4K high resolution ultra short throw projector provides a movie theater experience from the comfort and luxury of a high tech bed from Bryte Bed. The adjoining master bathroom features the latest hydrotherapy shower experience from Kohler, heated flooring and towel bar, and even an Electric Mirror disappearing TV located behind the large vanity mirror where one can catch up on the latest news, personal calendar, or local traffic conditions.
The home also features the latest in energy management technology. The 12 solar panels on the roof generate enough power in the summer to fulfill the home’s energy requirements during the day with the excess solar energy stored in a Sonnen battery that is used to meet the evening’s electrical consumption needs. The battery also ensures that the home has power even when the electrical grid goes down.
According to Gordon van Zuiden, founder of cyberManor, “We completed our Control4 Certified New Home Technology Center home in March of 2020 – just as COVID-19 pandemic struck and shut down all of our in person showroom tours. So we pivoted and did a number of successful virtual tours of the showroom for our residential clients, builders, and vendor partners. We still do those virtual tours but now we’ve decided that the ultimate high tech home experience is to actually live in our New Home Technology Center for several days to gain an immersive experience of all the home’s smart technologies. We opened the home to AirB&B guests in April and the success and enjoyment of our initial guest experiences went far beyond our expectations so we will be continue this rental program through the end of summer. It will be open not only to guests traveling to Los Gatos but also to key potential clients that want to live in a Control4 certified home for a few days to help them make a final decision on using Control4 and cyberManor for their new home or upgrade project.”
Gordon went on to explain, “Once we are allowed to open the showroom home to larger groups of guests we plan to hold informational events on the latest home technologies for our builder partners as well as create an AirBnB experience where guests can visit the home for an hour or two to get a better understanding of the wide range of smart home technology experiences in the home. Before COVID hit last year we did a large AirBnB experience tour for a large group of builders from South America where they learned how they could best integrate the smart home experiences they saw at cyberManor into the homes they were building in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.”
Alma, one of the New Home Technology’s first guests wrote in her AirB&B review,
“If you’re looking to take a step into the future of smart home technology all the while maintaining the coziness of a family member’s guest home then look no further than this Home Technology Experience Center townhome! The accommodation is a luxurious yet cozy smart home that features a fully integrated Control4 system that allows you to control everything from lighting, shades, and even music from panels mounted on the walls! With all of the amazing features, the house itself became the main attraction of our entire trip. In addition to the amazing technology the house is also a beautifully designed yet warm space. This high-tech paradise is an amazing find that I can’t recommend highly enough.”
cyberManor’s mission is to design, install, and integrate Internet-empowered home networking solutions that enhance the entertainment, communications, and comfort of their client’s homes. Since 1999 cyberManor has designed and installed integrated home technology solutions for more than 2000 of the finest homes in the San Francisco Bay Area, including 4 Sunset Idea Homes, HP’s Digital Showcase home, and CE Pro’s LEED Platinum home of the year. In 2020 cyberManor completed their Control4 New Home Technology Experience Center which was honored by CE Pro Magazine as one of the top 2 experience center showrooms in the United States.
Control4 is a leading provider of automation and networking systems for homes and businesses, offering a personalized and unified smart home system to automate and control connected devices including lighting, audio, video, climate control, intercom, and security. Founded in 2003 Control4 debuted at the 2004 CEDIA Expo home technology trade show and released its first products later that year, as an early entrant in the home automation market. Over 15 years later, the Control4 operating system now interoperates with approximately 14,000 third-party products, is available in over 100 countries, currently runs in around 400,000 homes, and orchestrates more than 15 million connected devices worldwide.
Headquartered in Denver with offices in L.A., Josh.ai is the product of serial entrepreneurs Alex Capecelatro, CEO, and Tim Gill, CTO. Like Siri or Google Now, the Josh programming language is built to support natural language voice commands. This includes greetings, questions, instructions, and more. Further, Josh is built to control and connect any “smart” device, from any device. For example, with Josh you can turn on your speakers from your watch, change the temperature from your phone, shut off the lights from your desktop, etc. Initially, Josh will be focused on the smart home, but over time they envision a more general-purpose AI. Josh will go where you go, making your life easier and more productive.
Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to 4 million Hosts who have welcomed over 800 million guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer one-of-a-kind stays and unique Experiences that make it possible for guests to experience the world in a more authentic, connected way.