It now makes perfect sense to me why foldable phones are starting to pop up everywhere. The trend in the smartphone space is to keep bumping up the screen size, but with the other trend of tiny homes also taking hold, we need a way to fit those phones through the front door—hence flexible displays.
(Sorry for the bad dad joke.)
Needless to say, Control4 recently demoed perhaps one of the most elegant and high-tech tiny homes that we’ve ever seen during the recent International Builders Show in Las Vegas. There, the home automation company debuted its Tiny Smart Home, a 250-square-foot home on wheels that packs in all of the latest automation technology. Not to be overlooked, though, is the elegant design of the space, which was intended to give architects, builders, and designers on hand at IBS 2019 an example of a design-forward smart tech experience unlike any other.
The Tiny Smart Home was designed by Sprout Tiny Homes and features a fully-loaded smart home system that spans a lofted bedroom, a compact kitchen, and a divided living space. In it, Control4 packed in dozens of entertainment and control devices that can be engaged through custom-engraved wall keypads, handheld remotes, touch screens, mobile devices, or voice control.
“The Control4 Tiny Smart Home is the best way for design professionals to begin envisioning how technology can be orchestrated to suit their design talents, perfectly complementing a homeowner’s lifestyle,” Brad Hintze, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Control4, said in a statement. “Though it’s packed with a whole-home automation system, the technology is discreet so there is no compromise to the design aesthetic.”
Despite its tiny stature, the Tiny Smart Home has everything that you’d expect out of a full-blown Control4 home automation system. A simple tap of a button or voice command can initiate specific scenes and adjust lighting zones, speakers, fans, and shades simultaneously. A ring at the doorbell will initiate a live audio and video feed from the Intercom Anywhere platform on a nearby touchscreen, or via the TV if it’s already on. An “Outdoor” scene brings the entertainment and smart home experience to the exterior of the home. And the list goes on.
The Tiny Smart Home made its debut at IBS 2019, but it’s safe to assume that the company will certainly bring this miniature abode with it to other corners of the country and other future tech and home shows. It’s a unique take on a multitude of trends, and a prime example that you don’t need a massive living space in order to implement all of the latest smart home tech you can possibly imagine.