18K gold Airpods

Luxury lovers always look for exclusivity to add value to everything they want to buy. Making common elements very valuable, this is the case of 18K gold Airpods.

These people always have the latest items in fashion, decoration, travels…customizing and luxurious technology is booming.

The newest and most desirable stuff for wealthy pockets are the technological devices.

With an exclusive touch brought by precious metals, standing out the gold.

Jewelry is becoming more and more related to the most expensive devices.

Thank to this, there are numerous products in the market that have been revalorized and have become a great attraction to customers.

Many high standing users look for cases or exclusive models made of precious stones and metals.

They want to acquire simple accessories but, at the same time, they need to be magnificent jewels.

This is what is happening with the AirPods, the popular wireless Apple earphones.

They left behind its original white plastic cover, replacing it with a 18K gold capsule.

Furthermore, the wireless charging case is also covered in gold.

This item has become a TOP product in the luxury sector and among the exclusivity and distinction lovers

It is Spanish creation

The famous Spanish Youtube star, Pablo Cimadevila is the mind behind the 18-carat gold Airpods.

He was a Paralympic athlete who won several medals in the Paralympic Games of Sidney, Athens and Beijing.

Now, he has redirected his life to the jewelry sector, achieving fame and prestige for his creations.

The Youtube star showed in his channel how he transformed simple Airpods in a luxurious piece of 18K gold.

While watching the video, the viewer can feel the dedication and care put into this masterpiece.

The “AirGolds”, as named by their creator, went through different manufacturing stages.

First of all, the original covering was removed to create an exact replica of it.

Once the 18K gold was melt, he started to model every detail to achieve astonishing results.

To transform these airpods into a real 18K gold jewel.

He did not want to sell them, he just wanted to show his work that inspired in the “Think Different” campaign used by Apple between 1997 and 2002.

Moreover, there are companies that are specialized on modifying these products to make them more desirable for the most exquisite tastes.

This is the case for the Russian company Caviar, specialized in exclusive and luxurious products.

They were the ones who sold the last Apple Airpods model covered in 18K gold.

The price was $67.280 (about €61.000), in last October, they were not only exclusive but unique because the company made just one pair.

The golden AirPods Pro are exactly the same as the original Apple product but made into a magnificent jewel.

They have flexible silicon pads to adapt to the user’s ears, they are water and sweat resistant, have noise cancelling system (one of the main additions to the very first model) and a more durable battery.

The only difference is the weight because they are covered in gold.

They even have the same characteristics but with 18K gold covering (75% pure), the earphones and the case, which is the reason why they cost 220 times more than the originals made by the Cupertino firm.

These 18K Airpods are affordable for just a few.

There are other luxurious Airpods models that, even though they are not up to previous model level, they are exclusive enough to some buyers.

Other models

There are other more modest models than the AirPods model offered by the Russian company.

Some black earphones that are covered on python skin ($1.550).

A different green version, with a crocodile skin covered case ($1.550).

And a white crystal one ($1.320).

Covering technical products with precious materials and mainly gold is becoming more trendy.

Due to the high expectations and constant demand, companies work on the luxurious versions at the same time as the original products are being launched.

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Luxury architecture and ecology: a perfect tandem for your home

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Maybe, if you think about luxury homes, the image of mansions with the best features or baroque decoration that  worth its weight in gold comes to your mind. It is a common belief that dream house’s owners don’t care about ecology.  You may think they don’t care if they waste or contaminate just to get their way. However, although you can find examples that fit this stereotype, there is another option that is already essential when building: opting for a sustainable luxury villa.

Is ecological architecture compatible with luxury? Not only do they make up a perfect tandem but also quality, durability, timeless appeal and architecture and design of sustainable homes are all the rage. This is so much the case that the ecological issue, is the cause of the increase in the house price.

How to make a luxury home sustainable? From the facilities to the gardens, let’s review what elements should not be missing in your sustainable luxury villa.

Ecological lighting

When we are designing a sustainable luxury villa, we must consider energy saving as a key aspect. For example, a good idea is to provide your house with as much natural light as possible. Thus avoid the need of turning on lights. However, at nigh-time we can face the darkness with LED light systems. They provide the necessary luminosity without wasting energy. They are always more efficient and durable than traditional incandescent bulbs. And don’t you worry, if you are thinking of putting especially opulent lamps such as chandeliers, LED bulbs will also adapt to them.

Today’s modern lighting systems with home automation, are increasingly sophisticated and practical. If you add a light control system to your sustainable luxury villa, you can remotely change the types of lighting and reduce energy consumption when you want.

Solar panels

This element is related to the previous point. Solar panel installation is increasingly becoming a popular option. Certainly, they are essential elements for those who want to live in an ecological environment since renewable energy from the sun has a leading role in energy saving.

In recent times, not only panels but also solar tiles have been developed. They allow a better adaptation to the architectural design of the roofs. These tiles have a higher price, but for those looking for something very specific in the architecture of their home without neglecting the ecological aspect,  solar tiles can be good a good option.

Energy-saving appliances

Likewise, modern appliances have an important role. The most luxurious ones are also the most energy efficient. But what is even more important, do you know how the use of a certain type of smart refrigerator can help the environment? If your fridge has a built in camera, you can see its content and buy only the groceries we need, so there will be no leftovers that end up in the trash.

Sustainable materials

Wood is a trend! Before, only those rustic style lovers might think about using this material, but it is becoming increasingly present in luxury villas. Why? Because wood with certified origin or natural stone are ecological materials par excellence.

Did you know these materials? They can be recovered wood, bamboo, cork, natural stone, recycled glass tiles, or recycled steel. They are gorgeous and looks great in at your home, besides being very durable!

In addition to the above mentioned products, you may not have considered another option to make the construction of a sustainable luxury villa a more ecofriendly process. It’s about using local materials to avoid their transportation and the negative impact of pollution caused by the long journeys.

Green spaces

Often, the most aware environmentalists seek to preserve and increase green areas in cities, called green lungs of the world. This same philosophy can be transferred to our sustainable luxury villa. Plants improve air quality, so being surrounded by nature is priceless. Therefore, in any good worthwhile architectural project, gardens can’t be ignored. Vegetation is aesthetic and attractive, it provides that chill out space that many people want, but it has other remarkable benefits. One of them is the insulating properties of green roofs and walls, which offer an extra layer, providing freshness to rooms and reducing sun heat impact.

As you can see, the sign of opulence has changed its color. Green is the new gold. If your home has a large presence of vegetation, the prestige of it will increase.

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How much is your dream home?

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You may already have the land where you want to build your dream home, if you’re exactly going through that moment, you may wonder: how much is it going to cost building my dream home? Where should I start from? It would depend on the location, materials’ quality, construction size and the investment we can afford on the infrastructure.

But the purchase of a land doesn’t allow us to build any kind of construction there. Before deciding to buy a property, we should read each community and town legislation, which is available at each town office.

We have to check the laws in terms of buildability and land-use, these characteristics are defined at each town or city’s legislation. The buildability of a land is the percentage over the whole surface in which we can build. And land-use is referred to the quantity of metres we can use in the field.

It’s important to check construction’s legislation in the place we’re going to build too. So it’s advisable to ask for help to a technician in order to understand the field’s construction legislation, as these laws can change even if the fields are in the same town, changes such as colours, materials, the number of floors and the exterior appearance.

Once you have chosen the field, we go to the project’s draft order. This is the stage when your dream home is designed and details are decided to make your project a reality. This is the longest stage of the process. Approximately, to have a final project it could last from 2 to 4 months depending on the size of the house.

The next step after having the project and the building permit would be to find the construction company, which is one of the most important factors for building your dream home.

You choose the price, as you tell the architect how we want our home to be and its qualities. It’s important to know the construction company’s reliability. Their team capacity and their commitment to finish the work at the proper time. The home style would depend on the customer’s preferences, classic, colonial, rustic, modern, minimalist… although we can find some of them in the same home. Materials are another factor to consider, and the façade’s design which is the first overview you receive from the work.

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Other technical aspects to take into account are:

Making a topographic study.

For the foundations we have to know how the soil is and where is it. Those data are provided by the geotechnical study.

And on the other hand, the building engineer or technical architect, as this figure will be in charge of the correct work execution and will entrust himself with accomplishing the expected budget.

The periods are the following :

  • Project: between 2 and 4 months.
  • Visado colegio de arquitectos: 1 week.
  • Local permits: normally, local towns give you and answer between 1 or 2 months.
  • Work construction: with industrialised systems between 4 and 6 months. With concrete structure 8-12 months.

Another point which could be interesting for us is the funding and its requirements:

For these projects, banking institutions make available for us what we know as self-build loans, an installments kind of funding, the bank transfers the amount as the work advances. Before thinking of borrowing this loan, we have to have in mind three previous conditions:

  • Being the actual owner of the field in which we’re gping to build the home, it must be duly registered at Property Registration office.
  • Having a construction project from an architect and endorsed by theCollege of Architects.
  • Getting a building permit from the municipality where the home is.

 

These documents are submitted with the loan request. And the bank institution would review the operation’s financial viability and the needed quantity. Afterward, the interest rate to apply and the loan’s installments, which is usually a maximum of 30 years, although this depends on each bank.

About the loan’s installments:

Generally, the loaned money is from 80% to 85% of the final cost, but the bank doesn’t give the money in one go. The bank makes a first disposal, to allow the works to begin and which is a quantity between 40% and 50% of the total loan quantity. Immediately, construction stages are set up, so the bank checks the project is advancing as expected. And so after each stage we receive a new quantity of money until completing the loan’s entirety.

With these advices we don’t pretend you to follow all of them. But to help you making clear what is really needed.

 

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The 4 most eccentric villas

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On today’s post we’re telling you about those luxury villas whose owners didn’t want to give up on their most personal tastes, they didn’t have any hesitations to pay for custom services and facilities either. All of that, in order to get the most accurate to the dream home they desired the most.

It does exist a considerable list of people who have no qualms to pay any price for accomplishing their most desired dreams and self-induging themselves, as the last detail and the less important to take into account is money.

It exist an Economics term about the luxury goods, which perfectly fits with the construction of the most eccentric luxury villas. It’s about Veblen goods, and these describe demand’s behaviour conversely. This is, if a standard good reduces its demand when its price rises, Veblen goods have the particularity to increase their demand when their price rises.

This behaviour perfectly defines the most personal luxury villas’ owners tastes. So as they are obviously billionaire, they want their home to be different and unique from the rest too. And the higher the price of it is, the most exclusive it will be, less people could own it and more different it would be.

Hereafter, and by knowing how owners tastes and preferences define, we’ll show you a list of the most eccentric luxury villas, each one of these, with their peculiarities:

Acqua Liana, Florida.

It’s a luxury villa for the American real estate guru Frank McKinney. The best thing about this home is that it’s ecological and environmental friendly. This guru wanted the design to be inspired at tropical islands. It has an infrastructure fully dedicated to the house’s supply. As for example, a fleet of solar panels which take the place of a basketball court. Its rainwater collection system is so efficient that it would fill an olympic pool each 14 days. The most eccentric about this home could be it’s huge aquarium, a spa with waterfall or 11 terraces to enjoy of them.

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Versalles, Florida

It’s about the biggest familiar home ever built in the United Sates. The name of it is due to its exact similarity of the home’s entry with the Parisian Palace of Versailles. By now, it’s property of the real estate businessman David Siegel, who has it on sale for a new owner to get to finish it construction. The overall budget amounts to 100$ millions. In this property, we can find a some facilities such as a skating rink, an olympic swimming pool, a cave which leads you to 3 spas, 30 bedrooms, 10 kitchens, and a 25 metres high waterfall.

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Barbie Malibú Manor

It’s a 1000m2 manor fully dedicated to Barbie’s world and you can find it at the coastal area of Malibú, California. It was build by the famous interior designer Jonathan Adler due to doll’s  50th anniversary celebration. What attracks attention the most about this is manor is its pink colour. And all the references it touches upon Barbie. It’s a museum around Barbie. From a vanity with an exclusive collection of 25 dolls, to a living room worth to mention. A chandelier made of Barbie’s wigs and a mirror which frames are made of 64 dolls.

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The Manor, Los Ángeles.

It was the home for the renowned TV producer Aaron Spelling, sagas’ creator as for example of Charlie’s Angels TV series. Although it’s currently on sale, it was the dream of Aaron to live there with his family. The house’s counts on 123 rooms, an indoor skating rink, a bowling alley, and a room which only goal is to wrap presents inside of it. It also counts on sports courts and several swimming pools.

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Certainly, these luxury villas stand out for their eccentricities, and it is that luxury sometimes doesn’t know of bounds.

All of these luxury villas have in common the personality of each of their owners. And all the element required to build them up.

In iLuxenio, luxury and exclusivity defines us, and the first thing we have into account is the customer’s will. In every respect, we provide them with different options to make their dream home a reality.

As you can see in our works’ portfolio on the website, each villa is so different itself as their owners’ tastes. We are in charge of it until the end of the process. The result turns out to be even better than expected.

 

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How are new luxury brands?

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On today’s post we’re telling you about the most valued luxury brands in the world. The most renowned and their creations. A 90% of luxury brands included in the TOP ranking are European, and besides, them are the most valued in the world.

Globalization is one of the main causes which changed the model of social relationshios. This created an increasing homogenization at tastes and fashion.

Hence in this industry, they exist many kinds of Premium experiences, from travels to jewelry, going through clothing or tehcnology, it attempts comsumers and it’s adapting to new purchasing experiences. And great luxury brands didn’t stop growing.

But the most exclusive luxury brands increased their value between 2006 and 2017. Hermès, second at BrandZ Ranking, rised a 385%. In comparison, Louis Vuitton, leads this luxury BrandZ Ranking, it growed a 50%, and the value of other luxury brands rised up to a 29%. Super luxury brand in this ranking went from weighting a 27% in 2006 to a 41% in 2017. The highest positions in the classification are completed by Gucci, Chanel, Rolex and Cartier.

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In the last year, luxury brands consider the alternative of widening their audience, including the possibility of renting luxury ítems to specific occasions, but with the need of protecting luxury exclusivity”, points out Kantar Millward Brown report. Luxury brands kept doing traditional advertising, by trying to increase their audience while they retain loyal customers”, marks out Kantar Millward Brown. Just one out of three brands count on online and mobile sales channels. According to Luxury Spain data research. (A Spanish Luxury non-profit Organisation registered at National Organisations Register with the purpose of gathering professionals of Spanish companies and luxury brands).

While Apple, Google and Microsoft are the three most valued companies in the world. Louis Vuitton takes the first place in the list as the most valued luxury brands, with 19 years of experience, thanks to its relevant brand-culture relation. But, according to 2017 Interbrand Best Global Brands ranking, they sum up the most valued brands in 2017 according to their economical value and their ability to influence at customers’ choices.

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1.Louis Vuitton (19) — $22.9 billion USD

2.Hermès (32) — $14.2 billion USD

3.Gucci (51) — $9.9 billion USD

4.Cartier (65) — $7.5 billion USD

5.Tiffany&Co. (81) — $5.3 billion USD

6.Burberry (86) — $5.1 billion USD

7.Prada (94) — $4.7 billion USD

8.Dior (95) — $4.5 billion USD

(Source: itfashion)

Hermès got a great growth in the last two years, coming from the brand’s integrity protection and for the committed to preserve its cultura of excellence.

The key factors at luxury brands industry:

-Liable products range dimensioning to be part of luxury industry.

-But, which is the purchase decission-making process. A luxury product is normally related to something which purpose isn’t just satisfying a primary need.

– Buyer’s purchase power: something more decisive than the life style or a social class belong.

Globalization caused, two consequences: an easy access to luxury products. And then the entry into worldwide market of new actors coming from emerging countries.

-It turned complicated due to counterfeiting appereance.

-There have been an evolution from brand consideration as a logotype to a brand as as relation model.

-Expected quality, we can say that luxury always means quality, but nowadays they what they look for in luxury is more distinction and exclusivity.

How do luxury brands differentiate?

Finally, the answer to this for the most part is related to intangibles, as they are customer service, and making of purchasing act an unique experience.

-Customer service. At online buying, it’s very complicated to find an online valued relation with the customer.

-Turning the product selling and the product itself into an experience. As these are very difficult to replicate.

Because of this, all the brands had to define the “customer journey”. about buying process. How to achieve a purchase from a potential customer, but above from all, what to do to maintein the loyalty; and what to offer to turn them into a prescriber of the own brand.

 

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The best sustainable villas in the world

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On today’s post we’re telling you about some of the essential elements which define iLuxenio’s activity. Our subject is not other but the construction of sustainable villas.

After reading this post, you’ll know what actually means a sustainable home, which elements are them composed of. As well as the reasons of the customers to choose this kind of construction. Finally, after explaining you the current scenario for these, we’ll leave you a list with the best sustainable villas in the world.

A sustainable home is that which bases its performance and construction on sustainability principles. This will imply a clean energy consumption and even energy self-sufficiency. We can also talk about homes made of ecological materials, or which performance (apart from coming from clean energy), it doesn’t provoke any impact on the environment.

The main reasons for buyers to go for sustainable villas are:

  • Comfort: living in a sustainable house guarantees you the maximum comfort with nature, although visually it doesn’t seem to be like that. Feeling, breathing and touching a home made of fine materials always make you feel good.
  • Health: inside a sustainable villa, it’s impossible to perceive signs of excessive moisture, lack of ventilation, etc. This would help the increasing number of people who suffer from respiratory diseases. As it avoids allergy problems, asthma, migrain or skin irritations.
  • Savings: the fact that sustainable villas are built in the best conditions, talking about thermal insulation, orientation, or cross ventilation would mean that it’s easier to reach a constant temperature and that it wouldn’t require a greater energy performance for it, due to low-quality enclosures, or an inadequate construction as much as for materials as for home’s orientation. If we really want to have a full sustainable home, we won’t regret about the great advantage it brings at long-term.
  • Regulations: the Technical Building Code (TBC), on its Basic Document of Energy Savings binds all new constructions before December 31st 2020 to be considered as nearly-zero energy.
  • Lifestyle: if you feel yo owe nature, ori f you think you could be more responsible with it. The peak of a healthy lifestyle isn’t only affecting to diet or exercising, but to all the activities we’re daily doing.

How to identify sustainable villas? Which elements make them different?

First of all, the wealth of natural materials.

Sustainable villas are made of fine and local materials, and make use of them for its correct functioning. We talk about locals because of obtaining easily resources. And because these materials are naturally made for adapting to the environment where they’re extracted and where they’re going to be built.

On the other hand, the plants multitude. Those help to mantain a constant temperature and moisture in the home. Apart from it, it’s ideal to use plants which require of very few water resources an those covered with rain collected water.

Secondly, by its design and orientation.

Sustainable villas projected on a plane seem to be perfect bioclimatic architecture works. But on the ground, these could mean a pain in the neck.

On the ground, the correct orientation of the home could be something impossible to get, or the correct functioning of the house not as efficient as expected. The same thing could happen with design, the work execution has to respect and understand the villa’s performance so the inital purpose of the construction doesn’t ruin itself.

Finally, the use of renewable energies and technological elements.

Sustainable villas are match really well with technology, although we apparently match sustainability with natural and ecological. Technology is able to control some certain elements of the villa in order to reach ideal temperature conditions (smart home). And obviously, another differential element would be to see renewable energy devices joined to one of the adjacent parts of the villa.

After knowing these features of sustainable villas, here we leave below some of the best sustainable villas in the world:

sustainable villasYing Yang House by: Brooks+Scarpa

It’s a full efficient villa located at Venice, California. It’s a single-family home which adapts to the needs of a family with children.

sustainable villasZEB Pilot House by: Snøhetta

It’s located in Norway and it’s the perfect example to build rustic sustainable villas.

sustainable villasLa Casa de los Vientos: José Luís Muñoz

It’s a villa located in the province of Cádiz. From its balcony you can watch Sotogrande, the Mediterranean Sea and even the Rock of Gibraltar.

sustainable villasS-House by: KO+KO architects

In this case, the villa not only stands out for its meandering shape with S form. But for being one of the fews which provides itself with geotermal energy.

 

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Technology at home, how does it improve amenities?

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Nowadays we’re sorrounded of technology at home, we are basically living connected to it. It’s very complicated to imagine our daily routine without pending on our smartphone or browsing through at a computer.

Now more than ever, we’re finding technological products for home which are useful to interact with them, thanks mostly to the Internet of Things.

We encounter from devices to keep your house clean without moving, to different kinds of gadgets or security cameras.

Here we tell you about some gadgets which introduce technology at home to improve comfort day by day.

LED technology for your home

Smart lights which allow us to save up, at the same time that we get to set desired light intensity.

We can control all of these kinds of lights from our Smartphone, with voice assistants and connecting it to another remote device.

One of the brands we recommend you is Philips and its Hue’s poduct line: lamps, bulbs, LED strings and a great services’ interaction as it is IFTTT which allows you to create automatic tasks (for example, to switch on the garage lights when we are arriving home).

Robot vacuum cleaner

Another technology at home to improve comfort and besides, to have your home gleaming without moving a finger is a robot vacuum cleaner.

These robots clean dust with a rotating brush above an horizontal axis.

Also, some of them count on small brushes on over vertical axes to remove dirt under the vacuum and they collect with the main brush.

Each robot has cleanliness programmes, which you could choose according to your needs and schedules.

They charge at a loading station, or a charger which connects to the robot.

They are actually very trendy, and we can find different models as they are RoombaLGiLifeVileda or even Xiaomi.

Intelligent cameras

New intelligent cameras models have noticeably improved to blend into decoration. Besides, it includes new functions as WIFI technology connected to the house or work’s network  .

This way we control at any time what is happening at any room from the Smartphone.

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WIFI video door phone

 If anyone rings the doorbell, we can see it directly from the Smartphone as if we were at home. Models such as Ring Automotive are able to detect movements at exterior environments, sending alerts to your Smartphone.

Electronic lock

It can action from the Smartphone, a remote control or introducing the fingerprint. But these last identification methods don’t include it, you have to buy them apart.

Intelligent thermostats

To create smart spaces in every aspect, with the ability to adapt taking into account the situation. Those play an important role to reduce home energy costs and with them, you can customise heat programmes and create them.

Smart plugs

These can be remotely controled by a remote control, and there are others which already add intelligent functions, with remote control from the Smartphone and they can be programmed with the ability to integrate with other devices.

We also tell you about some of the advantages and disadvantages of technology at home.

Advantages of having technology at home

  • Energy costs decrease for rooms’ temperature control, lighting, and electric consumption control, obtaining as a result higher savings and environmental care.
  • Comfort at smart homes is fine, and it manages through internal environment control by specific schedules programming for conditioning equipment, lighting, etc.
  • An automated system allows to integrate any device which isn’t intelligent to the system.
  • It is able to link to mostly any kind of device with Internet access.
  • Security, you can detect any intruder in your home, a fire, a gas leak or a water leak.
  • Besides, by security cameras you can see what is happening from any place and this way deciding what to do.

Disadvantages of having technology at home

  • The investment is a bit high depending on the required system.
  • If any faulty occurs at the system, it would block all of the network and its functions would remain annulled.
  • As it’s  Internet, it’s exposed to be invaded by a software contributing to manipulation and monitoring without any permit.

This is our brief analysis about the current domotics and how it adapts to a luxury home.

As a result, we reach to the conclusion that advantages are more beneficial, that’s why we recommend to install this technology at home.

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