EXTRA EXTRA! Read All About It...:

EXTRA EXTRA! Read All About It...

Posted January 29, 2013

I'm thrilled to announce the latest issue of Home Smart Home, for Spring 2013, launched hot off the printed press in Amsterdam in honor of the ISE tradeshow--Integrated Systems Europe.

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How Smart Locks and Automation Solve My First-World Problems: automation, lifestyle, lighting, smart locks,

How Smart Locks and Automation Solve My First-World Problems

Posted January 23, 2013

#1 - So my house is in need of some serious deep cleaning as I have guests coming next week. I have a cleaning crew coming to my house tomorrow while I'm at work but I don't want to leave my house unlocked and also don't want to give them my spare house k

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HC-250: 2-Part Review

Posted January 21, 2013

Dennis Burger has been a journalist in the entertainment and consumer electronics industries for close to 15 years, and has been covering home automation for the past decade-as a current editor at TechnologyTell and frequent contributor to Residential Sys

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My Sundance Wish List: events, for fun, media,

My Sundance Wish List

Posted January 18, 2013

Since Control4 is headquartered in Utah, we're very much aware of the Sundance Film Festival when January rolls around. According to Google Maps, it's exactly 37.1 miles from our corporate offices to the film festival Robert Redford founded in Park City,

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An Enjoyable Doctor's Visit?:

An Enjoyable Doctor's Visit?

Posted January 16, 2013

Ahhhh, the dreaded doctor's visit. I had the pleasure of a visit last week and it was, well, just as I expected it to be... Long, boring and semi-uncomfortable (due to a last-minute decision for a flu shot). Currently, I'm in the "market" for a new doctor

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The Coolest New Products at CES - Part 2:

The Coolest New Products at CES - Part 2

Posted January 14, 2013

Here is the second part to the coolest new products I was able to see as I walked the show floor of CES. If you missed the first part about the latest-and-greatest in AV gear, you can read it here. This post will focus a bit more on the coolest mobile tec

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The Coolest New Products at CES - Part 1:

The Coolest New Products at CES - Part 1

Posted January 11, 2013

I spent the entire day Wednesday walking the MASSIVE show floor of CES and let me tell you, I felt like a kid in a candy store the whole day. The sheer size of the CES show floor is overwhelmingly impressive. While I wasn't able see every single product s

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46 Years of Innovation at CES:

46 Years of Innovation at CES

Posted January 8, 2013

CES is upon us once again! Yep, the world-renowned tech trade show that happens each year in Sin City, Las Vegas. Every January, the "who's who" in consumer electronics venture out to show off their latest-and-greatest gadgets and technology advancements.

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Project Spotlight: The Evolution Revolution: audio/video, fitness/gym, project inspiration, smart business,

Project Spotlight: The Evolution Revolution

Posted January 2, 2013

Exercise and music go hand-in-hand - it's just natural to want to enjoy high-impact tunes to help get the blood flowing. Because many fitness centers and training facilities are extremely large, they often have multiple audio systems set up in the differe

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Home Automation and New Year's Resolutions:

Home Automation and New Year's Resolutions

Posted December 31, 2012

A brand new year starts tonight at midnight, and lots of us are thinking about how we need to change our lives, our bodies, our habits and our homes. Traditionally, the time around New Year's Day has been a time for reflection and for making resolutions a

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Holiday Traditions:

Holiday Traditions

Posted December 23, 2012

During this holiday season we would like to share with you a few traditions that members of our Marketing department enjoy most during this time of year.

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Guest Post: More Women Seeking Home Technology Solutions Than Ever Before:

Guest Post: More Women Seeking Home Technology Solutions Than Ever Before

Posted December 19, 2012

Today we are bringing back one of our excellent guest bloggers, Harry Saini, owner of Digital Smart Homes, to address an exciting trend in home technology:

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Mexico City Marvel:

Mexico City Marvel

Posted December 17, 2012

One major misconception in home automation is that, because you are bringing more electronic devices into your home, that it will quickly become a breeding ground for more boxes, wires and the like. But luckily, this is not the case. Home automation simpl

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Top Tech Gifts For Christmas 2012:

Top Tech Gifts For Christmas 2012

Posted December 14, 2012

Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for that tech savvy individual in your life or you're just looking to treat yourself this Christmas, here are the top five cool and unique tech gifts we've come across.

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Need a Little Summer This Winter?: communication, security, smart business,

Need a Little Summer This Winter?

Posted December 11, 2012

As we're nearing Winter solstice, I am blown away that somehow the summer came to a close without me sharing the details of a very special visit I made to a girls' summer camp in Pennsylvania this past July. I must be jonesing for some sunshine.

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Automation in a Winter Wonderland:

Automation in a Winter Wonderland

Posted December 6, 2012

Last week I decided it was time to put up my lights for the holiday season. (To be honest, my wife actually did the deciding. She decided and I executed. That's the way it works at our house.) Since my home seems to get smarter and smarter with each passi

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Don't Just Make It Pink! A Woman's Perspective On The AV Industry:

Don't Just Make It Pink! A Woman's Perspective On The AV Industry

Posted December 3, 2012

As a woman working in the tech-industry, I found this article, It's Complicated: Understanding a Woman's Relationship with A/V Gear by Adrienne Maxwell in Home Theater Review, to be both incredibly enlightening and equally entertaining. Whether you are a

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Sony Announces The First Delivery Mechanism For 4K Ultra HD Content:

Sony Announces The First Delivery Mechanism For 4K Ultra HD Content

Posted November 30, 2012

Some of you might recall that I wrote a blog post a couple of months ago about 4K Ultra HD televisions. Other than the cost of entry ($25k!), the main barrier to 4K Ultra HD technology adoption is the content delivery (or lack thereof). Movie studios have

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Mobile Computing Drives Thanksgiving Weekend Retail:

Mobile Computing Drives Thanksgiving Weekend Retail

Posted November 28, 2012

It was a record-setting weekend. In addition to a record box-office bonanza for Hollywood (led by Twilight, Skyfall and Lincoln), many have hailed this past Thanksgiving weekend as a welcome relief for worried retailers. According to the National Retail F

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Conferencing ... in Style.:

Conferencing ... in Style.

Posted November 26, 2012

Looking back to when I first started my journey in the working world, the conference rooms I remember were nothing more than glorified cubicles. Thin walls, a pull down screen, a long table and a door. Quite simply, boring. Nowadays, businesses are taking

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How The Smart Kitchen Can Enhance Your Thanksgiving:

How The Smart Kitchen Can Enhance Your Thanksgiving

Posted November 21, 2012

We hope everyone in the US has a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Please take the time to read this article that was recently featured in our Home Smart Home magazine. This article explains how a smart kitchen can greatly enhance your Thanksgi

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Puttin' on the Ritz:

Puttin' on the Ritz

Posted November 19, 2012

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Chicago, Magnificent Mile is one of the latest additions to the Ritz-Carlton suite of luxury residential homes. What sets this one apart? Each of the units comes with a Control4 touch screen equipped with the Integrisys Inteli

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DHCP vs. Static IP—Which Is Better?:

DHCP vs. Static IP—Which Is Better?

Posted November 16, 2012

People often talk about the home controller being the "brains" of a smart home installation. Extending that metaphor a little further, you might consider your home network as the "nervous system" of your home automation setup. Your home network allows all

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Selecting The Right Screen For Your Home Theater:

Selecting The Right Screen For Your Home Theater

Posted November 14, 2012

Often times, when considering a theater room in a home, there is one important piece of equipment that gets ignored and yet directly impacts the experience: The Screen. A lot of money is spent on the projector, the receiver, the speakers, the media player

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Project Spotlight: Sky Zone Sports:

Project Spotlight: Sky Zone Sports

Posted November 12, 2012


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