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Make Your Home Fitness Smarter

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"Don't Be A Dumbell, Make Your Home Fitness Smarter" Control4.com; Accessed August 17th 2021

Sleep Technology

"For the sleep obsessed, there’s a plethora of technology available designed to keep an eye on your sleep quality and habits, from wearables and sensors you place on your mattress to headbands that aim to measure brainwave activity. If you’re already using an Apple Watch or a Fitbit, you’re probably familiar with their built-in sleep tracking functionality. However, there’s a couple new companies offering wearable products that are geared more narrowly towards rest and recovery, like the Oura ring or the WHOOP band. The Whoop tries to parse out the data taken from your everyday life and break it into three categories: strain, recovery, and sleep, then gives you an overall percentage grade of readiness for more strain so that you have some feedback about whether you’re ready for a workout or should be prioritizing rest. The Ouro uses a similar system, but their tracker is a minimalist ring with sensors inside the band."

 

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Home Theater Design - 3 Essential Ingredients

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"Home Theater Design - 3 Essential Ingredients" HTA Certified; Accessed July 6th 2021

Home Theater Design - 3 Essential Ingredients

"Are you in the process of planning a home theater? Possibly you are well into the design or even already have some construction underway. Or, you may have only recently started to consider the possibility. In any case, you have likely been overwhelmed with copious, confusing and often misleading information on just exactly what creates a great home theater experience. To make sense of it all, it is a good idea to step back and consider what is possible, and what is essential to attain the results you desire. This article will consider three key ingredients of proper home theater design.

To be clear by what is meant by the term "home theater" in this article, we are referring to a room dedicated and optimized for movie, music, TV, and increasingly, video gaming. Other synonyms home technology professionals may use interchangeable for the term "home theater" are "home cinema" and private "screening room". What we are not referring to here are dual-purpose rooms that may double as the Living Room, Great Room, etc, that are open to other rooms in the home and that are not able to be optimized for high-performance audio and video. In home technology professional speak, these dual-purpose, more casual rooms are called "media rooms".

 

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5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Crestron Home

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"5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Crestron Home" Crestron; Accessed July 27th 2021

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Crestron Home

If you haven’t heard about the new residential platform from Crestron, then now is the time.

With Crestron Home™ software, we’ve taken a new approach to residential system design, configuration, deployment, and user experience. Even if you’ve actively followed the progression of the platform, it’s easy to miss or forget some of the many new features. Since the inception of the platform in the fall of 2019, there’ve been three major updates. We expect to release another update around the time of this blog post. Hopefully, you can take away at least one useful thing from this post and use it to provide value to your upcoming job.

 

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Illuminate your path with Human-Centric Lighting!

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"Human-Centric Lighting - The Next Big Thing In Home Design" HTA Certified; Accessed June 29th 2021

Human-Centric Lighting - The Next Big Thing in Home Design

"Of all the amenities in a home, lighting can have the most impact on design, ambiance and even your sense of well-being. Set at the appropriate brightness and color temperature, lighting can accentuate the architectural features of your home while affecting your mood and well-being. Smart lighting has the ability to touch every part of our lives in some very positive ways, and the continual evolution of LED lighting technology is largely responsible. LED lighting has also introduced a new approach to lighting design, called Human-Centric Lighting, or HCL*. Able to simulate daylight and dusk and develop a deeper connection with the outdoors, Human-Centric Lighting offers an exciting new approach to home lighting. "

 

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5 Tips for Implementing Home Technology Systems – Without the Pain!

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"5 Tips for implementing Home Technology Systems - Without the Pain!" HTA Certified; Accessed July 26th 2021

5 Tips for Implementing Home Technology Systems – Without the Pain!

In a recent conversation with a very experienced builder, it was clear that he and many builders are looking for direction on the best way to have a home’s technology systems installed. He admitted it is difficult for builders to wrap their heads around the myriad technologies and brands available today. He said something that resonated deeply, “We don’t know what we don’t know” about home technology. Yet, technology has undeniably become an integral part of our lives. It is no longer a question of if the home will have technology systems in it, it is a matter of how much technology it will have. Yet, having technology installed in a home has historically been a frustrating experience for many home builders and homeowners alike.

 

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The Smart Home: What You Need to Know

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"The Smart Home: What You Need to Know" HTA Certified; Accessed July 6th 2021

The Smart Home: What You Need to Know

"So, what’s holding you back from adding a smart home system to your home? Maybe it’s the cost that is intimidating you. Perhaps you’re skeptical of the reliability of the technology. Or in the back of your mind, you may be thinking that it’s going to be a hassle to have it installed. These are all valid concerns, and years ago when smart home technology was in its infancy, this logic was legitimate. But as with any budding technology, smart home systems have grown increasingly smarter, dependable, and economical. Yes, economical. Over the past several years, big names in the smart home industry have taken huge steps in making their professionally-installed system more affordable. Today, you can have a very capable smart home system installed and configured by a professional integrator for less than you would spend on a family vacation."

 

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How a Control4 Lighting Automation System Simplifies Security

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Whether you’re trying to avoid tripping over shoes left at the foot of the stairs or illuminating the perimeter of your property, lights can help make your nights a little safer. Featuring both indoor and outdoor solutions, Control4 Smart Lighting can brighten up your home with ease. Thanks to centralized control, customizable configurations, When >> Then personalization, and more, you’ll never have to walk into a dark room or yard again.

How can Control4 keep your Atlanta, GA home safe? In this blog, we’ll explore the important role your lighting automation system plays in the safety and security of your home.

Control4 Unifies and Simplifies Lighting

Control4 Smart Lighting simplifies use of all your lighting fixtures with centralized control from a smartphone, tablet, wall-panel, or dedicated controller. Its easy-to-use interface lets you dim or ramp up the lights in one room, multiple rooms, and throughout the entire property with a few swipes or with a simple voice command.

Completely customizable, Control4 can orchestrate and unify even the most expansive lighting systems. Imagine automating smart lighting fixtures throughout the yard, in the pool, on walls, under the stairs, and along pathways that can be scheduled, triggered by motion sensors, or set to come on at sundown. Imagine being able to control and even modify lighting scenes around your home from anywhere—whether you’re in the garage or on vacation. Total home control and peace of mind is possible with Control4.

When >> Then Lets You Adjust and Personalize

Not sure which routine or lighting scheme works best for your lifestyle? With When >> Then, a feature of the new OS 2.10.4, you can adjust and personalize your lighting scenes and other smart home settings without having to contact a pro. For instance, if you’ve become concerned by mischief in your neighborhood, you can intensify your outdoor lighting and set all perimeter lights to turn on automatically when you lock the door at night so you never forget. With When >> Then your home is yours to command.

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