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Xfinity Home Tour Showcases Smarthome Tech in Seattle

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If you’re like technology blogger Chris Pirillo and other tech savvy Seattlites, your home is completely wired. The big problem is you wish all those smart home components like cameras, remote door locks, thermostats, lights and smoke alarms could operate seamlessly across one system.

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Enter Xfinity Home with its simple-to-use dashboard.

“If you know how to use your smartphone, you know how to use this system,” Chris told us shortly after he became a “beta tester” for Xfinity Home. “In the day and age where everything is an app, that’s exactly what I want to use for my smarthome.”

Comcast outfitted Chris’s Issaquah home with the latest and greatest in smarthome technology. This is the home Chris shares with his wife, Diana, another video blogger and who is due this month to deliver the couple’s first child.

Comcast Vice President of New Business Dennis Mathew recently visited to get Chris’s first thoughts about Xfinity Home and to talk with others about the product. Dennis and Chris gave a demo and tour of the smarthome to the newspaper in Chris’ hometown, Issaquah. You can read the Issaquah Press story here.

“Xfinity Home is intuitive to operate and adjusts to the needs and wants of any individual homeowner. We don’t want you to be afraid of your security system,” Dennis said. “We’ve created a unified smarthome experience, not a disjointed experience.”

You can check out the video at left for how Chris described Xfinity Home and his first reactions. Xfinity Home also showed up in Chris' annual home tour, which he conducts every year on his birthday for his YouTube audience. To see one of the references to Xfinity Home, click here.

Meantime, while he was visiting from Philadelphia, Dennis Mathew made other visits in Puget Sound, including to New Day Northwest, a morning TV news and chat program on KING 5 TV. Dennis told host Margaret Larson that many people use door monitors and cameras to keep an eye out for children and pets; he told the story of a friend who found out from a distance that his pet-sitter was not spending the time the person had promised with a pet. Dennis also talked about Ecosaver, which helps guide the smart thermostat more efficiently, taking into account the preferences of the homeowner. To hear Dennis explain Xfinity Home and how smarthome tech helps, click here.


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