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A DRIVING FORCE THAT'S ROLLING FIERCE

By Crystal Watts

Trust us— You'll want to be a backseat driver on this thrilling joyride.

TRENDING TECH FOR TRAVELERS

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Travel can be a real hassle. Whether you're on the road for business or leisure, there's bound to be some sort of hiccup along the way. Thankfully, a host of innovative new technologies can relieve some of the stress and make traveling a breeze... Or, at least a bit more bearable.

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Key Ingredients for the Ultimate Low-Maintenance Living Space

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A beautiful living space is a rewarding experience that makes being at home a simple pleasure - but when your living space requires repetitive, time-consuming maintenance to remain looking its best, the upkeep can make it all a little less worthwhile. Here are a few ways you can minimize the maintenance, allowing you to sit back and enjoy your home for the beautiful and comfortable place it was intended to be.

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What to expect when working with a smart home professional

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When you decide to either build or transform your home or office into a smart home, it’s essential to work with a trained and experienced professional. Hiring the right integrator will not only save you time and money, but also headaches and hassles.

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Working in phases with lighting and audio

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When it comes to smart homes, not all updates need to be done at once. Projects can be completed step by step and in phases, especially when it comes to lighting and audio. Based on your needs and budget, it's up to yiou where you start and how many solutions you want to automate. You can start small with one room or transform and control your entire home—the options are endless.

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Making your house a smart home

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When you hear the words “smart home,” your mind may go in several different directions ranging from a house alarm system to Amazon Alexa or automated lighting. A smart home offers convenience and safety and is also completely customizable as it can be built around your personal preferences, needs, and budget.

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TECH THAT TAKES YOUR OUTDOOR SPACES TO THE NEXT-LEVEL

By Joni Wittenbach

It’s essential to stay connected in today’s world, but it’s also important to stay connected to nature. Here are three ways you can use technology to turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis.

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The Tax Benefits That Come with Smart Homes

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Like other home improvements, installing smart devices in your home, and the expenses that come with them, can come with some great tax credits. So if you've installed, or are thinking of installing, smart devices in your home check out this post to make sure you really are getting the tax benifits you qualify for.

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5 innovative ways to increase your home’s value this year

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Add value to your home WITHOUT breaking the bank! Did you know things like adding an updated thermostat, shelving, and smart devices can increase your home's value at little cost to you?

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Where Were You in Y2K? The Time the World (Almost) Ended

By Elizabeth Kotz

Let’s go back to the year 1999. Only the birds were tweeting, and the “Cloud” usually came with a forecast of rain. And then came the panic of Y2K. Would life as we know it completely end? Would the two-digit code we once created literally end all technology?

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A Decade in Review: How Households Smartened Up in the 2010s

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Take a peek back through the past decade and the technology that it brought us!

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How to: Choose a Gift for the Homeowner Who Has it All

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How do you choose a gift for the homeowner who appears to have it all? From nearby restaurant gift cards to smart home tech, allow us to take the stress out of shopping for presents!

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78 Home Automation Ideas

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The possibilities for home automation are limitless, from lighting to home theater and more. Here are 78 home automation ideas to get you started!

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Showroom Spotlight: A Lights Out Location in Indianapolis

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“Our current showroom in the Indiana Design Center is all about the demo. When we have a client in front of us, rather than starting with individual categories like audio/video or lighting, we incorporate it all into pre-programmed scenes that trigger independent technologies in the home to operate simultaneously. We start the experience at the front of the showroom by pressing the doorbell on the Control4 Door Station. When the doorbell rings, the music inside automatically pauses, then the touch screen lights up and immediately displays the camera from the door station as well as exterior lighting.”

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Showroom Spotlight: A Sunset (Boulevard) Showroom

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Malibu Wired has been behind some of the most outrageous smart home projects in the LA market, delivering dream systems day in and day out.

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A Show-Stopping Showroom: Georgia Home Theater

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New homeowners want to establish their own style in a new space, and long-standing residents want to inject some fun with a home renovation.

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SMART CARE FOR LOVED ONES

By Crystal Watts

Intelligent devices are more than fancy gadgets; for the elderly, they also offer the promise of freedom. Advances in home automation products are making it easier to feel safer in our homes, automate routine tasks, and help us gain insight into our behavior. Security devices—like sensored door locks and streaming cameras—mean that the young at heart can stay in their own homes longer. Meanwhile, environmental sensors, like carbon monoxide detectors and automated stoves, can alert caretakers to potential hazards—even from afar.

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Bedroom Bliss: Four Smart Ideas for Embracing Tech in the Bedroom

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The bedroom isn’t exempt from the smart home craze. There’s plenty of super smart ideas you can employ in your bedroom to improve your sleep, streamline waking up, and generally make the room a nicer and safer place to be.

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Tricked-out Tech for Your Backyard

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Make the most of your living space by transforming your yard into your own tech-savvy oasis.

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Smart Intercoms are the Way to Go for Better Communication

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Remember those intercom boxes that passed your voice to other clunky boxes inside the home? Remember when they were considered high-tech? While intercom systems still play a part in a smart, connected lifestyle, they’ve grown so much more sophisticated in their capabilities.

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WHAT IS A SMART HOME PROFESSIONAL?

By Jamie Corpuz

What makes them experts? What do they do? Home automation specialist, technology integrator, home technology professional, custom electronics dealers—these are just a few other names for what we like to call a smart home professional...

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The Heart of the Home: Taking Your Kitchen Beyond Its Practical Potential

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In many homes, the kitchen is a room generally reserved for purely practical use. Often a sterile-looking interior whose primary function is to provide a pragmatic catering space, it’s easy to overlook the kitchen as a simple means to an end. In this post, we look at how to bring the kitchen back to its rightful place as the heart and soul of any home through the implementation of contemporary style and technologies.

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HIGH-TECH SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR BATHROOM

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The bathroom is not exempt from the home tech shake-up. In fact, some of the most exciting smart tech solutions are designed for the bathroom and offer high-tech luxury bathing, increased connectivity and productivity, or even water and energy efficiency.

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Smart Home Technology Allows Seniors to Age in Place

By Crystal Watts

The year 2030 marks an important demographic turning point in U.S. history according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 National Population Projections. By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 residents will be retirement age. This means...

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The DIY Delusion of Home Automation

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When I bought my modest 2,300-square-foot suburban home, I was pretty keen on the idea that I would automate it myself. Seriously, how hard could it be? Or, so I thought. The typical person who gets the itch to automate their own home is a lot like me: technical and self-reliant. And possibly a little cheap.

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