CBS New York: A Look Inside The New ‘Smart Home’:

CBS New York: A Look Inside The New ‘Smart Home’

Posted March 19, 2014

"It's one app that controls the entire house," says Brad Thurman, who chose Control4 home automation to control the security, lighting, television and audio within his home. Control4 dealer, Panos Anassis with AVI (Audio Video Invasion) did the installation on this great project and is featured in this segment from CBS New York titled "A Look Inside The New ‘Smart Home’."

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The Ultimate Innovative Smart Home: audio/video, automated piano, home automation, security, smart lighting,

The Ultimate Innovative Smart Home

Posted March 19, 2014

When I imagine my dream house, it not only has an amazing gourmet kitchen, a lovely patio and backyard retreat to escape to, plenty of room for my kids and all their stuff, a personal gym, room for all of my husband’s “toys,” and of course showroom quality furnishings, fixtures and flooring. But it also has to have the latest technology and smart home features to really fit my definition of “dream living.”

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Upgrading Your Home Automation System...Why Should You Do It?: home automation, owners, smart home, upgrade,

Upgrading Your Home Automation System...Why Should You Do It?

Posted March 18, 2014

From time to time, your Control4 dealer may have announced upgrades available for your Control4 home automation system. But your Control4 system has been working great—so why “fix” something that isn’t broken? Well, let's talk about it...

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Going Mad for March [INFOGRAPHIC]:

Going Mad for March [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted March 14, 2014

...This will be the first year that I won’t have to go to a sports bar to get the ultimate watching experience that I crave, which consists of all live games playing simultaneously during that first weekend. The Control4 HDMI Matrix Switch I installed in my home several months ago will allow me to take all satellite sources and put them on my video wall so that I can enjoy that unique sports bar experience in the comfort of my home. No need to change out of my sweatpants to watch the games...

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Sci-Fi Technology Has Become a Reality:

Sci-Fi Technology Has Become a Reality

Posted March 13, 2014

It is now 2014 and there are still no flying cars. However, many technologies that were previously only found in science fiction have now become science fact. Amazon's revelation of its proposed Prime Air delivery drone is just the latest futuristic technology that could soon become commonplace. Some of these products are still in development but many, like the Apple iPad, have become smart-household items. Here are just a few of the remarkable technologies that were first featured in sci-fi but are now for real.

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Living the High Life in a Smart Penthouse: audio/video, home theater, penthouse, window shades,

Living the High Life in a Smart Penthouse

Posted March 7, 2014

...This change also means that warmer weather is approaching. And for those lucky enough to live near the beach, you'll be able to soak up the rays for that additional hour. I can think of few places where it might be more enjoyable to spend some of those summer days and nights than this incredible penthouse in Miami, Florida, nestled right at the Atlantic ocean...

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And the Winner is…Wireless Lighting!:

And the Winner is…Wireless Lighting!

Posted March 4, 2014

The award-winning Control4 Wireless Lighting family recently added another prestigious industry accolade to its list of wins when it was named the 2014 Electronic House Product of the Year. In its review, Electronic House notes, “Control4 Wireless Lighting meets the needs of most residential and commercial projects worldwide and addresses the evolutionary adoption of LED technologies...

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Fully Automated in Fort Wayne: audio/video, comfort, home automation, smart lighting, window shades,

Fully Automated in Fort Wayne

Posted March 4, 2014

Feast your eyes on this gorgeous new condo in Fort Wayne, Indiana; it’s hard to imagine anyone ever wanting to leave it. In addition to its pristine-yet-inviting modern design and breathtaking skyline view, it’s an absolute technological wonderland, packed with the latest in luxury AV solutions, like a 65-inch XBR-65X900A 4K Ultra HD display and FMP-X1 Media Player from Sony, a 7.1-channel Focal Electra 1000 Be surround sound system, and a Dish Network Hopper with Sling Whole Home DVR...

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Gotcha!:

Gotcha!

Posted February 28, 2014

There are a lot of things I love about my Control4 system. The whole-house audio system which pipes rock in the backyard while I’m barbecuing, watching multiple basketball games on the TVs in my den like I’m in my very own sports bar, using one button to turn off all the lights my kids seem physically incapable of shutting off when the leave the house, and so on. But last night, I had one more reason to love my smart home...

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How Control4 Saved My Marriage: ip cameras, safety, smart locks,

How Control4 Saved My Marriage

Posted February 27, 2014

...So how did Control4 save the day? With Bond like reflexes, I reached into my dress jacket pocket, pulled out my Android device and fired up the MyHome mobile app. Within seconds, I was automatically connected to my home over 4G service. I handed the phone to my wife, and with a quick tap of her finger, she locked the front door. The door lock icon on my screen confirmed it was locked and we received another confirmation when the sitter called , a bit startled that the door had just locked itself...

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Interior Designers and Home Builders Increasingly Rely on Technology Integrators:

Interior Designers and Home Builders Increasingly Rely on Technology Integrators

Posted February 26, 2014

...This trend has shifted, as home automation becomes more desirable to families rather than an expensive luxury. Interior designers and builders are increasingly turning to professional smart home integrators to help them design and build smart home technology solutions for their customers. According to a recent Better Homes & Gardens real estate survey, “When it comes to the next generation of homeowners, more than half (56%) of Millennials believe home technology capabilities are more important than ‘curb appeal’.”

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Oscar Extravaganza!: audio/video, for fun, oscars,

Oscar Extravaganza!

Posted February 26, 2014

We celebrate a few non-traditional holidays in our house like they are Christmas. The Superbowl and the Oscars. As a diehard Broncos fan, the Superbowl this year was devastating, and embarrassing, and something I’d like to forget. We can only hope that the 86th Annual Academy Awards this Sunday turns out better. We have a group of equally nerdy, movie-buff friends who gather for Oscar night every year. We crowd around our 70” Sony TV—usually reserved for Sunday football and weeknight basketball games—to watch from the first red carpet interview to the final sign-off from Ellen.

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Wiring Guide for Smart Home Building: builders, smart homes, wiring guide,

Wiring Guide for Smart Home Building

Posted February 22, 2014

It’s starting to feel a little spring-like in Utah, and unlike much of the country where major snow and ice storms in December and January have stunted winter home-building efforts, we’re starting to see a lot of new construction. The big building season is starting to heat up, much like the weather, and according to Forbes, “homebuilders should be optimistic” about the overall demand for new homes in 2014 and 2015.

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Step Inside Our Virtual Smart Home: home automation, smart home, virtual home tour,

Step Inside Our Virtual Smart Home

Posted February 21, 2014

Home automation is fun! It really is. It’s exciting to be able to control all of your devices from one interface and be able to program “scenes” that allow you to turn on your TV, lights, and adjust the temperature, all from the push of a single button. But in order to really understand just how cool home automation is, you really must experience it, not just read about it...

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Winter Olympics—Facts & Video Wall [INFOGRAPHIC]: for fun, media distribution, olympics,

Winter Olympics—Facts & Video Wall [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted February 12, 2014

The Winter Olympics are upon us. I love the Olympics and I’ve discovered there is just no point in watching the Olympics casually. Sure I could watch NBC’s nightly recaps, even though Twitter has already announced all the winners and there seems to be more commercials than actual competition. But there are only a few sporting events per year that give us the chance to truly take advantage of a full video wall, allowing you to watch every event as they happen...

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Sweets & Smarts—A Tasty, Automated Combination for Valentine’s Day: automated business, for fun, holiday, smart business, valentines day,

Sweets & Smarts—A Tasty, Automated Combination for Valentine’s Day

Posted February 12, 2014

Valentine’s Day is all about showering your special loved one with candy, chocolate and the like. But what would be the real icing on the cake? Taking her to pick her own goodies in a fully automated sweet shop.

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Congrats to our ISE Award Winners:

Congrats to our ISE Award Winners

Posted February 7, 2014

As ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) comes to an end, we want to congratulate our incredible dealers who were selected as winners for our 2013 EMEA Dealer-Distributor Awards. With a grand total of 27 awards presented within 9 distinct categories, this year hit a record number of submissions—which reinforces the growth of our EMEA custom installation channel.

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Why Control4 Is A Great Home Automation Solution for Builders:

Why Control4 Is A Great Home Automation Solution for Builders

Posted February 6, 2014

My clientele is increasingly becoming more and more tech dependent. The younger customers have grown up with technology and they expect it to be part of their lives no matter where they are. And, of course, the popularity of mobile devices that can control virtually everything has led them to the question, “Why shouldn’t I be able to control everything in my home too?” The ability to connect to and control the devices in a home has become an essential feature, for homes today and homes of the future, in order to maximize efficiency and entertainment.

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Smart Super Bowl Spots...TOUCHDOWN!:

Smart Super Bowl Spots...TOUCHDOWN!

Posted January 30, 2014

Our dealers work on a lot of cool projects, and these particular ones certainly don't disappoint. In fact, they have been coined our top five automated Super Bowl pads. Be sure to check out all the extended details here. But here are some of the highlights:

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Ultimate Fan Cave Showdown for the Super Bowl -- YOU VOTE!: for fun, man cave, super bowl,

Ultimate Fan Cave Showdown for the Super Bowl -- YOU VOTE!

Posted January 29, 2014

We asked two of our dealers—one from Seattle and one from Denver—to give us their thoughts on an ultimate man cave proposal for the Super Bowl. What would they do to completely outfit a Seahawk or Bronco customer’s fan cave? We think they did a pretty good job. But YOU get to decide who will get the win.

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Ultimate Broncos Fan Cave: for fun, man cave, super bowl,

Ultimate Broncos Fan Cave

Posted January 28, 2014

We’d start with an HC800 to power the Fan Cave and the rest of the house. We’d have a Control4 video switch powering the 16 video zones in the home, including 3 outdoor TVs since the Colorado weather is so much better than Seattle. A Control4 audio matrix switch would power the 24 audio zones so that the game can be on everywhere in the house.

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Ultimate Seahawks Fan Cave: for fun, man cave, super bowl,

Ultimate Seahawks Fan Cave

Posted January 28, 2014

My ideal "Fan Cave" would have a Control4 8x8 HDMI Matrix Switch to control the eight displays in the room. For control it would have a 7" portable touch screen remote, with a HC-800 doing the paddling. It would include an in-wall Control4 Keypad, with blue and bright green back-lit LED buttons—since blue and green is a much more desirable combination than blue and orange.

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And The Award Goes To…: audio/video, grammys, music, whole house audio,

And The Award Goes To…

Posted January 24, 2014

...I wouldn’t say I’m necessarily an audiophile. Although whole house audio was the first thing we added when we had our Control4 system installed. And whenever we have friends over, it’s all about passing around the Control4 Portable Touch Screen, as we each take turns controlling the speakers to blast our newest flavor-of-the-week.

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The Business of Home Automation: connected home, control4 partners, home automation,

The Business of Home Automation

Posted January 22, 2014

If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check out our President and CEO, Martin Plaehn on Bloomberg's "Money Moves" segment, discussing the state of home automation, Control4's integration with over 7000 3rd party devices, and delivering on a promise to provide the best solutions for the connected consumer.

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The “Internet of Things” and Home Automation:

The “Internet of Things” and Home Automation

Posted January 21, 2014

...The rapid expansion of these connected devices, or “Internet of Things” technology as it is often called, is very exciting. By connecting these devices, we are gaining more control than we have ever had before. We can adjust the thermostat from the office, check the security cameras from the movie theater, or turn the lights off or close the garage door from just about anywhere—whether you’re next door or across the world.

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