Pulte says smart home automation system will start shipping in the second half of 2018
Pulté’s smart home system, which uses sensors to monitor everything from temperature to light, will ship later this year, its chief executive officer says.
The company will ship the new system, called Smart Home Automation, in late 2018, CEO Ralf Schreiber said in a statement on Monday.
Pulte said the system will be able to control lighting, fans, temperature and humidity, along with other features that can help keep an entire home safe and healthy.
The company is not announcing the price of the smart home or the price tag for its other smart home systems.
The home automation startup has received a $25 million seed round led by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and the company has been working on the system since January, said Eric Dye, the company’s chief technology officer.
Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Pollan, a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute and author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, wrote in a blog post that the technology could save homes by making it easier to keep track of the temperature, temperature zones and humidity levels of a room.
Pulsing LED bulbs will also be a feature, as will sensors that can measure water level and humidity.
A Nest thermostat, for example, could use data from a smart device to control the thermostats and other thermostatic systems in the home.
Pulse, a smart home software that works with Nest and other home automation products, is also expected to ship in the third quarter, Pultes president and CEO Rolf Schreib said in the statement.
Schreib also said Pultep is looking to bring the technology to other markets, and it is working with other manufacturers to make the technology more affordable.