Coolest Things I Saw at CEDIA:

Coolest Things I Saw at CEDIA

By Daren Tarpenning

Being a self-declared tech-geek, my absolute favorite thing about attending the CEDIA Expo is being able to see what new, innovative products and emerging trends are being introduced to custom installers and other professionals in the home technology industry. The adventure truly begins when you set foot into the exhibit hall, where I never fail to find something exciting and intriguing. Here are some of the noteworthy products I found.

It's Showtime!

By Susan Cashen

Today, tens of thousands of professionals in the custom integration business converge in Denver for the 2013 CEDIA Expo, the leading tradeshow that showcases new home technology for home theater, home security and, of course, home automation. Hundreds of manufacturers, including Control4, will be showcasing innovative technologies and launching new products. For us home technology nerds, who could ask for more? 

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10 Years Strong!

By Martin Plaehn, President & CEO

This week, Control4 celebrates its 10-year anniversary. As many of you know, Control4 was started in 2003 by three founders and has since expanded to more than 340 employees who are working with a worldwide dealer and distributor network of thousands in more than 80 countries...

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Time for a New Issue of Home Smart Home!

By Shanan Carney

In this issue of Home Smart Home, we'll take you back 10 years—and one hundred years—with a view through the lens of home automation conveniences. We interviewed the three founders of Control4 to learn more about their advancements of a smart home from a decade ago, and while we're there, we asked for a read on the future, too. In other features...

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The Cutting Edge of Media Distribution

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My father was a pioneer in multi-room audio, although he had no idea of it at the time. In fact, even today, if you mention the terms “multi-room audio” or “media distribution”, he’ll wonder just what the heck it is that you’re babbling about. Thankfully, that’s not due to any age-related forgetfulness. Instead, for him, having music and television in multiple places throughout the house is such a basic concept that it doesn’t require a special name...  

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Control4 and China

By Paul Williams

你好 (Nǐ hǎo),   China is one of the top emerging global markets in the world today.  With a year-over-year gross domestic product (GDP) growth between 2011 and 2012 of 7.9% compared to 2% for the United States during the same period, China has a vibrant and growing economy. 

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Once You Go Rack, You Never Go Back

By Daren Tarpenning

Prior to working at Control4, I designed and installed Control4 systems. A question that clients often asked was whether they should have their A/V equipment scattered in respective areas around the home or is there a better solution?

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Don’t Become a Toppling Television Statistic.

By Crystal Watts

I tend to err on the side of caution. And by this, I mean I occasionally act like a human bumper-pad to my 2-year old, following him around everywhere to hopefully prevent any and every opportunity of him getting injured.I tend to err on the side of caution. And by this, I mean I occasionally act like a human bumper-pad to my 2-year old, following him around everywhere to hopefully prevent any and every opportunity of him getting injured.

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The Benefits of Distributed Video

By Tyler Reed

When I was a kid and my dad would take me to the local electronics store, I would normally head straight to the TV section. I loved staring at a wall of TVs that were all playing the exact same thing—typically either a sporting event or a movie. I would ask my dad how they were able to accomplish such a magical task because I wanted to do the same thing with the TVs in my house (all two of them). Neither of us knew it back then but this is what the industry pros refer to as distributed video. 

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Control4 and Android Home Automation

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My wife thinks Android home automation is a non-issue, but I beg to differ. There’s a reason that the “other brand” of home control for mobile devices isn’t really on her radar screen. She has Apple iPhone and iPad devices, and uses both to control everything in our home, from the temperature to the ceiling fans to the volume on the television. She’s extremely happy with the iOS version of Control4’s MyHome app, and she’s definitely not alone.

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Multiroom Audio in a Multi-kid House

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Up until a couple of years ago, multiroom audio wasn’t even a concern for our family. That was back in simpler times, when our kids just listened to whatever music we did, or whatever music we told them to listen to. But times have changed.

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What Whole Home Audio Means Today

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My teenagers keep reminding me how old I am, and my perspective on the topic of whole home audio is very obviously colored by my experience growing up as a teen of the 1980’s. So much has happened in the past 30 years or so to improve the home audio listening experience, it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come.

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Taking My Smarthome for Granted

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We had houseguests this week, and watching their reaction to my smarthome was really a fun experience. It served to remind me how much home automation has already changed my life, and how much it could change the lives of others.

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Vacation Mode.

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It’s vacation season, that time of year when you turn your thermostats up to an unlivable temperature, lock your doors and hire the neighbor kid to pick up your mail and newspaper—as you head out for some fun in the sun. Ever worry about what’s going on at the house back home?

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How ZigBee Compares In Wireless Home Automation

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ZigBee's use of mesh networking, low power, and low bandwidth make it an excellent option for wireless home automation, especially when used with Control4 lighting systems.

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Bahama Mama

By Shanan Carney

With three kids, three dogs, and a successful property development company to manage, Nassau residents John and Ghandi Kane, had a one-word vision when it came to designing their 10,000 sq foot home – usability. “We tried to design every inch of it to reflect us as a family,” Ghandi, a seventh generation Bahamian, says. And that's where Control4 fits in...

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Access...Denied.

By Tyler Reed

I love the Control4 Touch Screens that are placed throughout my home; however, I realized I had a slight problem on my hands when my toddler figured out that by pressing some of the pretty little pictures on my portable touch screen, the lights would turn on and off and the TV channel would change. Enter the Control4 Access Agent.

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Control4 - The Next Chapter

By Martin Plaehn, President & CEO

I am excited to share with you today that Control4 entered into its next chapter by becoming a publicly-traded company.  We are now trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol “CTRL.”  As we begin this new phase as a public company...

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MyHome, MyWorld. Join Me!

By Crystal Watts

After numerous attempts to convince my husband to "take a hike"—in the healthy way, not the divorce way—we finally hit the beautiful Utah mountains in Big Cottonwood Canyon to enjoy the sites of Lake Mary. While we were hanging out at the lake, it dawned on us that neither of us hit our "All Off" button on the keypad on the way out of the house earlier that morning...  

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Your Smart Home Tour: Come On In! [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Crystal Watts

This week, we are breaking down the smart home with a cool infographic tour. There are so many different ways you can automate your home, making it work for YOU by complementing your specific and unique lifestyle...

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Gadget Guy: iOS 7 Review

By Tyler Reed

I’ve been beta testing iOS 7 on my iPhone 5 since it was first announced in June. It has been great to be a beta tester, and overall, I’ve been very impressed with the new operating system. There are a few things I think Apple still needs to tweak or improve upon—like the background color of folders on the home screen—but for the most part, this is the best version of iOS ever released and it is certainly a dramatic change from the previous iterations. I’ve already adjusted to the new iOS. My wife is still on iOS 6 and whenever I need to use her iPhone for something it definitely feels like taking a step backwards.

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Home Automation Meets Alien Invasion

By Crystal Watts

How would your smart home measure up against an alien invasion? Ever wonder what an extra-terrestrial looks like in a bathing suit? These questions and more are answered in this awesome home automation comic from our Home Smart Home magazine. Click on the Mars Attacks! image below to see how smart home technology impresses even the most “worldly” of visitors.   

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Control4 Smart Lighting Is Now Better Than Ever

By Tyler Reed

Lighting is such an important aspect of a home, yet it often goes unnoticed. Lighting enhances aesthetic appeal while also managing energy consumption and providing comfort. A well-lit kitchen provides us with an opportunity to gather and share stories over a meal. Lighting in the theater room lets us enjoy a cinema-like experience from the comfort of our couch. And a brightly lit exterior enhances the look and feel of a home while also providing added security.

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Control4 Delivers the Lighting Control Solution of the Future…Today!

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Let’s face it: the upgrade cycle for electronics is a vicious, never-ending saga of self-flagellation. We consumers who like to stay on the cutting edge of tech are almost stuck with a sick sort of Stockholm Syndrome: We know next year’s new smartphone is probably going to sport the feature we really wanted last year; we know next year’s TVs are going to be packed with some new enticing net-connected feature. Do we buy a new receiver now, or wait until the brand we want adds Spotify or AirPlay or gapless FLAC playback down the road at a price we can afford? And don’t even get me started on the perpetual upgrade game when it comes to computers.

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Control4 Launches a New Website Experience!

By Tyler Reed

Last week, Control4 launched a complete overhaul of the www.control4.com website. This endeavor was several months in the making and the finished product is designed to deliver an exciting and visually stunning experience to those interested in automation.

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