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CTA’s Take On The Future Of The Builder Market

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Americans are increasingly living digital lives, and when it comes to buying or building your home, technology has become an essential component. Elliot Grimm with the Consumer Technology Association shares the latest findings on the rise of home technology installations and what it means for the home builder market.

CTA’s annual State of the Builder study found the market for built-in home technology is undergoing serious growth and helping the home builder industry bounce back from the recession. One-third of U.S. home builders say they have seen revenue increases due to tech home installations.

The Internet has become a fixture for new homes, with nearly 90 percent of houses built with a broadband connection.

Among the most popular installed home technologies, structured wiring remains at the top, followed by monitored security and home theater systems.

Homeowners are seeking more control than ever, with than two-thirds saying they want to control their homes remotely with a mobile device. Among the most popular installed home technologies, structured wiring remains at the top, followed by monitored security and home theater systems.

To learn more visit cta.tech

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Jerry in Minnesota listens on KNSI 103.3 FM and asked:

I’m looking for software to put on my phone to download my car maintenance, that will tell me MPG and keep track of and check my oil change and plugs and wires as well as brakes.

You will need more than just software if you’re want to get any information from your car. You will need some kind of device that gets the information for you.

There are plenty of OBD2 port devices that will try to pull diagnostics and performance data from your car, and some of those will display it on your phone.

There are plenty of OBD2 port devices that will try to pull diagnostics and performance data from your car

Automatic, for example, is a very famous $100 device that seeks to turn your car into a smartcar that can interact with your smarthome. Automatic will give you fuel consumption data, performance data, driving habits data, and more.

There are other options, like cheap $10-15 units that should be able to talk to your phone via bluetooth, but won’t have any smart features.

They will all have limitations though, your OBD port probably won’t have much to say about the state of your brakes, or any plugs or wires that are still functional.

On-board computers are just not checking every aspect of your car’s health yet, so some things will still need to be done the old fashioned way, even if you have a smartphone app to give you on-board diagnostics data.

Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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