Welcome to the BYTE, where we serve up the latest home and tech news from the last week for you to sink your teeth into.
This week we’re taking a BYTE out of total home domination, one Musk trying to do it all, pre-built homes, bathroom popularity, and a home finally being built to actual size. Dig in!
They Can Do It All
Up until now a smart home has been a bunch of smart products from various companies connected together by a hub. Amazon is done with that and wants their products to do everything.
Is This A Big Deal?
Actually, yes. Up until now Alexa, Google Home and everyone has relied on third parties to do the automations and connections between devices. The new Amazon products, such as the Echo Plus, that they are rolling out should be able to connect to other smart devices almost seamlessly. Not only that but with all of the added functions and extra products Amazon announced, it quickly put itself in a strong position to be the front runner when it comes to fully controlling a person’s home. Whether it is the Echo Connect, that lets you make landline calls, Echo Buttons, Fire TV, or the Echo Spot. Amazon is trying to have a product for each and every function your house has, something that the other big tech companies haven’t been doing.
He Musk-n’t Stop
Closest Thing To Teleportation
You may have heard about the time that Space-X landed a rocket for the first time, then re-used that rocket and landed it again. Now Space-X/Elon Musk has announced that they plan on eventually getting people to travel via rocket. Imagine you slept-in in NYC and need to be in Shanghai in an hour, no worries Space-X will get you there in 39 minutes. When announced, Musk was light on details such as when he wants to test or have flights actually going. In other Musk news, Tesla, is helping those in Puerto Rico, where many are still without power, by sending Tesla Powerwalls to help keep the lights on.
Built In X
Pre-built or manufactured homes are starting to catch on in the U.S., as it has in other developed nations. With the labor shortage that the home and construction industry is facing, especially in wake of the many natural disasters that have destroyed homes across the country, manufactured homes may be the answer. Europe and Japan have found great success in pre-fabricated homes and we’re starting to take a lesson from their playbook with more factories and distribution being built as you read.
Tub or Shower?
There are two types of people in this world and right now the shower people outweigh the tub people. According to the Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, 27% of homeowners are ripping out the tubs to make room for bigger, statement showers. Not only that but high-tech toilets are on the rise and have been for some years now, with self-cleaning being the most sought after feature.
Your First Home
For many of us our first home was one we built ourselves, with Legos. Now everyone’s wish of that home being at least three times that big has come true. The Lego House is officially open to the public. Simply travel to Denmark to see all of your wildest Lego dreams come true right before your eyes.
If you’ve ever thought Prince’s had too much, this little girl stealing Prince Harry’s popcorn couldn’t agree more.