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...

Tech Trends to Watch: Report from CES 2013

It’s an electronics paradise… thinner-than-thin TVs, Bluetooth speakers, voice activated everything, and the “second screen.” All of these and more were hot topics at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which saw more than 3,000 consumer electronics manufacturers descend upon Las Vegas to launch more than 20,000 new products. So, what are the top consumer trends coming out of this year’s show? 4K If you thought high-def looked good, wait till you see 4K (aka “ultra” high definition TV). This technology has four times the resolution of HDTV, creating an image so breathtaking, it’s like you are there. The 4K sets shown this year were big, from 55 to 85-inches. Of course, while some manufacturers are already selling 4K models, the technology isn’t quite consumer-ready, considering the lack of content for consumers. Nevertheless, it’s hard not to be impressed and excited about the possibility of 4K resolution in home theaters and home systems in the future. OLED We’ve been hearing for many years that OLED technology—which makes current TV sets look positively dull—is just around the corner. However it is very hard to manufacture at larger sizes, which is why you’ll typically only find it on phones and gadgets. While some manufacturers have plans to sell large OLED TVs in 2013, they will come at a premium ($12,000 for a 55-inch set). A couple of manufacturers demonstrated large sets that were OLED and 4K, which were absolutely spectacular but clearly prototypes. Smart TVs & Voice Command This year, TVs got so smart, they can practically read minds. Okay, we’re exaggerating, but some TVs featured the ability to suggest...