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Future House | Touring a Napa Valley Smart House

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey travels to Napa to tour a house that’s testing out a variety of interconnected smart home devices


Jason Johnson is the CEO of August Smart Lock, which manufactures the doorbell video cameras and smart lock system that integrates with a traditional deadbolt.

The exterior camera system was manufactured by Arlo, which is a division of NETGEAR.

The smart thermostats that also serve as digital assistants were manufactured by Ecobee.

Jason was able to integrate several smart home devices using the IFTTT platform.

The “smart windows” used a combination of technologies to work. The motorized windows were manufactured by Loewen and were connected to IFTTT using a Z-Wave controller. IFTTT was connected to the local weather station and the Ecobee thermostats to determine indoor and outdoor temperatures and open and close the windows according to programmed parameters.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by TE2 Engineering.