Flat-share-housing of tomorrow – the second generation
The partnership on Markgrafenstrasse between Deutsche Wohnen, the Institute of Electronic Business and iHaus AG has been up and running for some time now. The first generation of five young women moved out after about a year.
But the smart personal assistants, in the form of little speakers, still control the lighting, coffee machine and entertainment technology on schedule and by voice command. The full smart package also includes controllable light bulbs, smart smoke alarms, Wi-Fi sockets, an energy-efficient heating control system and window sensors.
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While the first set of flatmates put a lot of work into getting the devices connected and – figuratively speaking – trained up, Maren, Andreas and Timo are taking things a step further, outside the home, trying out smart modes of transport like battery-powered scooters on the road.
As for tiresome housework, and the usual flatmate debates it entails: these are also no longer an issue with the ‘smart flat-share’, as there is also an app that shares the tasks between the flatmates and awards points for completion. Incidentally, if you’d like to see just what a ‘smart home’ looks like, you can visit the flat-share website: diesmartwg.com.