5 Homes That Are Basically Robots

03/05/2015 02:55 pm ET | Updated May 05, 2015

By Jessica Chia for DETAILS.

Deluxe pads that would give Siri a run for her money.


(photo: Judice & Araujo)

This listing is serious vacation-home material. What could be more relaxation-friendly than a home wired so you can regulate the pool's temperature and lighting with the touch of a button, come and go by merely scanning your fingerprint, and let the cameras and motion sensors keep watch while you lounge poolside?


(photo: Judice & Araujo)

Location: Biometric-accessible contemporary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Price: $7,504,972
Size: 8,611 square feet


(photo: Partner's Trust)

Siri, meet your (much bigger) match: From a biometric-accessible Brazilian villa to a Croatian home you can manage from your tablet, these high-tech homes are wired to make your life easier. You wish you lived here. Every tech perk in the home prioritizes function over flashiness. Case in point: a salt-less water-softening system, an alkaline deionizer drinking system, a single-ply green-roof system, folding plate-glass panoramic doors, and a steam/sauna aromatherapy-shower system with massage jets and music (okay, so maybe a little of it is for show).


(photo: Partner's Trust)

Location: Modern smart home in Pasadena, California
Price: $2,750,000
Size: 3,266 square feet


(photo: Sotheby's)

It may be in the midst of serene wooded acres, a pond, a creek, and 167 feet of white-sand shoreline, but the home is hardwired for maximum security: a motion- and glass-break-sensing alarm system, perimeter cameras, and systems set up to let you monitor and control what goes on even while you're not at home. Not-so-scary extras include custom lighting and 18 high-def TVs with surround sound.


(photo: Sotheby's)

Location: Maximum-security mansion in Charlevoix, Michigan
Price: $10,500,000
Size: 20,000 square feet


(photo: Hilton & Hyland)

This super-sexy contemporary is outfitted with a projection screening system in place of a TV, plus remote-controlled lights, sound, video, heating, cooling, and security cameras.


(photo: Hilton & Hyland)

Location: Remote-control contemporary in Los Angeles
Price: $5,495,000
Size: 3,932 square feet


(photo: Kempinski Residences)

Views of the Adriatic Sea and the Alps are so much sweeter from this high-tech home: a transparent glass that, when you flip on a projector, becomes a high-definition viewing screen, and LED lighting, curtains, audio, video, and a surveillance system that all answer to your iPad.


(photo: Kempinski Residences)

Location: iPad-friendly villa in Istria, Croatia
Price: Upon request
Size: 8,891 square feet


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