Control4 Introduces Too Many New Things for One Headline to Handle

Control4 Introduces Too Many New Things for One Headline to Handle

Control4 is unveiling a new round of updates at this week’s Integrated Systems Europe show in Amsterdam, and to be blunt there’s so much cool stuff that I don’t even know where to begin telling you about it. The gorgeous and brilliant revamp of comfort controls? The new high-definition video intercom experience? The new touch screen interfaces? The newly redesigned system remote control? Control4′s newly acquired line of AV distribution products? My job would be so much easier if I could just do an information dump straight into your brain containing all of the cool new stuff that Control4 is planning to roll out next month. But, alas, we need to do this in an orderly fashion, so let’s start with the big update: Control4 has announced the release of its latest massive software update, OS 2.7. Stay Cool, Control4 You may remember that in addition to revamping its music interface in this past fall’s OS 2.6 update, Control introduced a really cool new animated control screen for pools and spas. Now the company is bringing that same look and feel to heating, cooling, and humidity control as well. I had a chat with Control4 VP of Lighting & Comfort Products Paul Williams last week, ahead of the announcement, during which I asked him about the origins of the new interface and what his team was shooting for in terms of look at feel. Unsurprisingly, intuitive programmability was way at the top of the list. Most people, he told me, simply don’t want to bother with the hassle of setting schedules on your typical programmable thermostat. And that’s hardly news. Control4′s goal was...

Anywhere Access from Control4 Makes Remote Home Control Simple

Have you ever had one of those days where you’re so overwhelmed with responsibilities, that you start to forget even the most basic parts of your daily routine? There’s nothing worse than accidentally leaving the lights on, leaving the air conditioning on full-blast, or forgetting to arm the security system. It might not seem like a big deal at first, but those electric bills will add up. Thanks to the new Anywhere Access Controls from Control4, you can easily power down your home, reset your thermostat, or arm your security system from anywhere that has a 3G/4G or Internet connection. The entire Control4 system is controlled by your smartphone or tablet. By simply downloading the Control4 MyHome™ app or by using a web browser, you can control your entire home with a few finger swipes. Beats running all around the house to hit all the “off” switches, right? The opportunities to better manage and secure your home are endless with the Control4 Anywhere Access system. Imagine how much extra time (and how much less stress) you’d have if you could do all of the following everyday tasks from your smartphone? Lock or unlock doors View live security camera footage Adjust the temperature of your home Close or open garage doors Turn ANY electronic device on or off Not to mention, you can get custom mobile alerts when any of those things happen. It’s the easiest, more reliable way to ensure your home is safe and under control at all times. Longtime Control4 user, Joe Hageman, describes it best: “With Anywhere Access, I can get that same level of home...
Streaming Music Throughout the Home from Any Smartphone or Tablet with the New Control4® Wireless Music Bridge

Streaming Music Throughout the Home from Any Smartphone or Tablet with the New Control4® Wireless Music Bridge

Whole-home music streaming just got easier than ever thanks to the new Control4® Wireless Music Bridge. The home automationleader has launched a new product enables you, your family and guests to instantly and wirelessly connect smartphones, tablets or computers — and all the music stored on those devices — to a Control4 system, allowing everyone in the house to enjoy their personal music collection through the home’s audio system. With the Control4 Wireless Music Bridge, if you can listen to it from your smartphone, tablet or computer, you can listen to it in any audio zone in your home. In addition to stored music libraries, the new Control4 Wireless Music Bridge also provides a convenient path for Control4 customers to connect to streaming music services such as Pandora, Spotify, or Rdio from their personal smart devices– all while preserving full phone and smart device browsing and app capabilities. “I listen to Spotify so much these days that I’ve seriously been considering replacing my home theater receiver with a newer model with the streaming service built in,” said Joe Hageman, a longtime Control4 customer. “Thanks to the Control4 Wireless Music Bridge, I don’t have to. Any new streaming audio service that’s available on my smart phone or tablet is also instantly available via any sound system in or around the house.” Just walk in the door, pull out your phone or tablet, and fire up your favorite playlist via AirPlay, and enjoy your favorite music — not on a little portable wireless speaker system, but on the best speakers in the house. Combining Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity technologies into...

Control4 Unveils New OS 2.3 Software

With expanded homeowner control, new lighting experience and unprecedented interoperability, OS 2.3 delivers exceptional performance. Control4 is now delivering the Control4® Operating System v2.3 (OS 2.3) – providing a new elegant lighting user interface, new features enabling customers to personalize their own experiences, new applications for commercial installations, and feature enhancements and updated certified drivers to boost performance and interoperability. OS 2.3 represents a next significant step in the breadth and depth of the Control4® automation platform. “OS 2.3 brings a new level of performance, reliability and capability to Control4 systems,” said Control4 CEO Martin Plaehn. “Our new software packs a punch, delivering an exceptional experience for consumers and includes enhancements and purpose-built features and tools for our dealers, including hundreds of updated device drivers supporting both residential and commercial installations.” Crafting a First-Class User Experience Control4 paves the way to an unrivaled customer experience with OS 2.3. Its enhanced performance and reliability result in faster, more responsive systems, while also empowering consumers with the ability to customize and adjust specific preferences on their own. Now, homeowners and business owners can add or swap out smart phones and tablets within their Control4® MyHome account. The MyHome app also boasts additional customer-friendly improvements including optimized start-up and reconnect time, better Rhapsody Music Service integration, and additional language support for Control4 non-English speaking customers. Elegant, Sophisticated Lighting Experience One of the key attributes of the new Control4 OS 2.3 release is the introduction of a new elegant user-experience for lighting. The clean intuitive UI makes it easy for consumers to control lighting throughout a residence or business from almost any device...

Home Automation with Yale’s High-Tech, Wireless Interior Lever Locks

Home automation is a tough concept to get if you’ve never lived with it. Lighting control, multi-room audio, systems integration… it all sounds a little out there, and a bit complicated, until you’ve had the opportunity to actually experience it for yourself. But locks? People understand locks. And anyone who has ever fumbled with his or her keys in the dark with a bagful of groceries in one hand and a toddler hanging off of one hip can appreciate the value of a safe, secure door lock that allows for convenient, keyless entry and individualized access codes. Yale has dominated the automated door lock market for the past few years with its Real Living series of wireless deadbolts, which not only facilitate keyless entry, but serve as the perfect doorway into more advanced home automation. Yale Real Living locks come in a couple of wireless varieties, and integrate perfectly with home automation systems from Control4, Honeywell, GoControl, Vera Z-Wave, and others, allowing you to initiate personalized lighting scenes when you come home at different times of the day, allow friends, family, or service personal individualized access to the home on different days, or different times of the day, or even remotely unlock the front door with your smart phone if you need a neighbor to pop in and check on your home in the event of an emergency. This past week, Yale introduced a new version of its Real Living Locks designed specifically for interior door use. These beautiful lever locks bring all of the technology of the company’s exterior deadbolts—including a choice of ZigBee or Z-Wave wireless connectivity...