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Home Automation: Mystery, Mayhem, or Magical?

on Tuesday, 10 November 2015. Posted in Home Automation Industry

“Help!  Help!  Jane!  Stop this crazy thing!”  -  George Jetson, The Jetsons, Theme Song.

The Jetsons was an American animated TV sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera originally airing in the 1960s.  The Jetsons were a futuristic family living an innovative utopia of elaborate robotic contraptions and whimsical inventions.  Their home has numerous push-button, Space Age-envisioned amenities which some helped and some did not. George Jetson's workweek is typical of his era:  an hour a day, two days a week.  Daily life is leisurely, assisted by numerous laborsaving devices, which occasionally break down with humorous results.  Despite these conveniences, everyone complains of exhausting hard labor and difficulties living with the remaining inconveniences.  Sound familiar?

Has Apple changed the way we watch TV?

on Thursday, 01 October 2015. Posted in Home Automation Products

In the past in order to have TV content, you had to either get Cable, Satellite or install this big dish in your back yard. Today, we have the Internet. With services like Hulu and NetFlix we got our first taste of streaming movies and past TV shows. Then, we got AppleTV. With Apple TV we had the same Hulu and Netflix but we had Apple Movies, Music, our Photo Libraries and other individual TV channels. Apple was providing us with movies before NetFlix and even before HBO and Showtime. They provide movies to our home earlier and with better resolution than Movies on Demand

Here we go again...HDMI 2.0

on Tuesday, 01 September 2015. Posted in Home Automation Products

Now, 4K resolutions comes with the latest in HDMI technology. HDMI 2.0 is the next generation of one of the most commonly used formats in home audio/video systems. This upgrade is designed to increase both frame rates and color for your 4K viewing. There's been a lot of confusion as to if you will need to switch out the old HDMI cables with new ones. After some research, it seems like the most recent version (HMDI 1.4) only needs an upgrade with its internal microchip on your devices and sources, not the cable. I think the sky is the limit with the newest technology coming out. It's crazy to know that TV technology has come so far from the original 16 frames per second rate.

Home Automation is Alive and Kicking!

on Tuesday, 04 August 2015. Posted in Home Automation Industry

After many responses to our first blog, “Home Automation is Dead”, we’ve decided to provide a follow-up.

Home Automation is alive and kicking!  It has never been so fluent as today.  In the past, when I met people, they would ask:  “What do you do for a living?”  I’d reply:  "I design, install and program home automation or smart home systems".  And then the puzzled look:  “Huh?”  After many attempts to explain this unknown field to them, I’d change my response to:  “I do audio and video, like speakers, TVs or Home Theaters”.  But I don’t just do audio and video.  And I definitely don’t just do Home Theaters.  We specialize in Smart Home Technology.  We design the perfect system to integrate multiple electronic and network systems within a residence to provide easy operation and synergy of technology.