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...

Invisible Systems: Options for Hiding Televisions and Other Equipment

Do you want the big picture and big sound, but don’t want to see the TV or the rest of your equipment when you aren’t using the system? The good news is that you don’t have to! By installing an ‘invisible system’, you don’t have to have a large television set and a stack of equipment constantly in view. For the video part of your set up, the following products are available to conceal the display when they are not being used: Motorized lifts for projectors and retractable screens that descend from the eiling for viewing, and then retract—out of sight—when they are not being used. Motorized brackets that lift TVs out of a cabinet or lower them from an access door in the ceiling. Mechanisms that hide a wall mounted TV with a painting when not in use. TVs that have a mirrored surface that look like a normal mirror when the set is off, but the picture appears when you turn the set on. Amplifiers, cable or satellite boxes, Blu-ray players and other components can be hidden in a cabinet or closet as it is now possible for both audio and video to be sent to the rest of the house from a central location. Years ago the idea of one central location for most of the electronics might not have such a good idea. In the past a significant percentage of the content that we viewed or listened to came to us on a disc or a tape and having to go to one location to load a tape or disc could be inconvenient. If you...