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How Home Automation Can Help You Care for Loved Ones:

How Home Automation Can Help You Care for Loved Ones

Posted June 29, 2017

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. But these “smart” devices are more than fancy gadgets—for the elderly, they also offer the promise of freedom.

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Five innovative ways to disguise your television: audio/video, entertainment,

Five innovative ways to disguise your television

Posted June 28, 2017

We all love nice TVs. One thing you may not love, however, is having your television be the focal point of the room. Luckily, several companies have created options to conceal even massive TVs from view. Some of the innovative solutions for television concealment range from simple TV frames to TVs that double as mirrors or artwork. Here are five of the most innovative products on the market today.

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7 HOME IMPROVEMENTS FOR SUMMER 2017: home technology,

7 HOME IMPROVEMENTS FOR SUMMER 2017

Posted June 7, 2017

Summer is almost here, and there’s no better time to upgrade your home. Evolving trends and improving technology mean there’s a lot you can do, but here are seven essential updates for your home this summer.

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CHECKLIST: Some Helpful "To Do's" Before You Take Off: safety, travel,

CHECKLIST: Some Helpful "To Do's" Before You Take Off

Posted June 7, 2017

Going on vacation is all about getting away from reality. When you’re sitting on the beach with your toes in the sand and a drink in your hand, you don’t want to spend a single moment wondering if you emptied the trash or left the lights on deter would-be burglars back home. As important as it is to be prepared with everything you need for your trip, it’s just as important to be certain things at home are taken care of at home while you’re away.

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CONTROL4 NAMED LEADING HOME CONTROL BRAND FOR 3RD YEAR IN A ROW:

CONTROL4 NAMED LEADING HOME CONTROL BRAND FOR 3RD YEAR IN A ROW

Posted May 31, 2017

With responses polled from the largest domestic dealers of custom electronic systems, including audio, video, lighting, whole-home controls, security systems, motorized shades and other electronic devices across 55 categories, the annual CE Pro Top 100 Brand Analysis report has coined Control4 once again the brand leader in the Whole-House Automation category. And for the fifth consecutive year, Pakedge has been named the brand leader in the Home Networks category, which CE Pro notes is “arguably the most important category in home electronics these days”...

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IF SOUND COULD BE “FELT”, THIS WOULD BE IT.: audio, streaming music,

IF SOUND COULD BE “FELT”, THIS WOULD BE IT.

Posted May 10, 2017

I can’t coin myself an audiophile. While it’s true that I absolutely love music and will listen to anything from Dean Martin to Radiohead, deciphering between good and stellar audio quality isn’t quite my gig. Well, at least I didn’t think it was. This week...

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Expert Interview Series: Brad Hintze of Control4 on Trends in Home Automation: builders,

Expert Interview Series: Brad Hintze of Control4 on Trends in Home Automation

Posted May 9, 2017

Our mission is to bring technology into the home that the whole family can love. Technology that makes life easier and more relaxing. It’s quite true that there is a lot of home technology available today. But the challenge has been making it easy for the whole family and something that fits naturally into home life. Control4 is focused on making your lighting smarter, entertainment easier and more engaging, and helping families feel safe and secure.

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Offset Accent Pieces with Lighting Scenes—a Bright Idea for Home Decor: smart lighting,

Offset Accent Pieces with Lighting Scenes—a Bright Idea for Home Decor

Posted May 3, 2017

There’s a lot more to lighting than your standard-issue overhead lights and lamps. When used thoughtfully, lighting can highlight artwork and sculptural pieces, direct attention to an accent wall or interesting feature in your home, or add drama to your landscaping and hallways. And now, with smart lighting, it’s easy to program multiple settings for a single room...

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Control4 Dealer Spotlight: Working with Builders: architects, builders, designers,

Control4 Dealer Spotlight: Working with Builders

Posted May 3, 2017

You may have seen our recent spotlight article with luxury home builder, Rose Barroso, of Barroso Homes. For many years now, she has worked with Control4 dealer, Premier Smart Homes in Toronto, Canada, to outfit her beautiful project builds with the best-of-the-best in smart home technology. It got us thinking...

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Smart Lighting: a Home Solution with Lots of Health Benefits: smart lighting,

Smart Lighting: a Home Solution with Lots of Health Benefits

Posted March 23, 2017

Fluorescent lights, computer screens, neon signs—there is certainly a lot of peripheral light in our lives. And to your circadian rhythms, that light can read like a lot of excess noise. Fortunately, smart lighting and scheduled scenes can help you cut back on the effects of unwanted light—at least in your home—keeping you alert throughout the day and helping you fall fast asleep at night.

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Building with Control4: Barroso Homes Spotlight: builders, interior design, smart lighting,

Building with Control4: Barroso Homes Spotlight

Posted March 20, 2017

Over the years, our projects have become increasingly larger, more complex, more beautiful, and ultimately more technology focused. I have an awesome team backing me up all the way. We all have one common goal—to make beautiful, innovative communities one custom home at a time. We all take great pride in our jobs while we focus on being a leader in innovation, technology, and energy efficiency.

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How to choose the right home security system: connected home, home auotmation, safety,

How to choose the right home security system

Posted March 13, 2017

According to FBI statistics, there were more than 1.5 million burglaries in 2015. As a homeowner, this might be alarming—especially for those who have families. There are several measures people take to help keep their homes and families safe.

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Unique Smart Home Features You May Have Never Heard About: smart car, smart home, smart lighting,

Unique Smart Home Features You May Have Never Heard About

Posted March 2, 2017

All the connected devices in my home give me the ability for control from apps on my phones, tablets, and computers, which is great in itself, however ‘Home Automation’ should take things one step further.

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Wi-Fi: What it is, Why You Need it, and How to Make It Work Better.: networking, pakedge,

Wi-Fi: What it is, Why You Need it, and How to Make It Work Better.

Posted March 1, 2017

Wi-Fi used to be considered a nice convenience in the home — now it’s an absolute necessity. The number of connected devices will reach about 50 billion in the next five years, according to Dave Evans, former chief futurist at Cisco.

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Control4 Acquires Triad Speakers, Inc.: entertainment, speakers,

Control4 Acquires Triad Speakers, Inc.

Posted February 28, 2017

Entertainment is at the heart of the connected home which is why we are thrilled to announce that Control4 has acquired Triad Speakers, Inc, a leader in advanced audio technology and high-end speakers. Read for more information

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Perks of Regular Home Maintenance: home improvement, lifestyle, spring cleaning,

Perks of Regular Home Maintenance

Posted February 17, 2017

We tend to take care of our nice, expensive things. We regularly change the oil in our cars and go to the car wash. We polish our shoes and dry-clean our clothes. However, we often skip routine maintenance tasks on our homes—arguably our most expensive and best investments.

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"Alexa, Turn on Apartment." Introducing Whole-Home Voice Control for the UK.: amazon alexa, smart home, voice control,

"Alexa, Turn on Apartment." Introducing Whole-Home Voice Control for the UK.

Posted February 7, 2017

That's right. You've been asking, and we're delivering. Control4 integration with Amazon Alexa is now available in the United Kingdom. See it in action...

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Even Batman has a Smart House. Er, Smart Batcave, that is.: audio/video, for fun,

Even Batman has a Smart House. Er, Smart Batcave, that is.

Posted February 3, 2017

You know what they say, “Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman, then always be Batman.” So as the February 10th release date for the much anticipated “The LEGO Batman Movie” approaches, we’ve come up with some ways you can have an automated home, similar to Batman’s automated bat cave. (Check it out in the video!)

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5 Easy Updates for a Safer and Smarter Home in 2017: home automation, safety, security,

5 Easy Updates for a Safer and Smarter Home in 2017

Posted December 20, 2016

With the coming new year on the horizon, it’s a great time to audit your home for easy safety and technology improvements. There are many simple upgrades you can make to improve your home’s safety—all you’ll need is a few smart devices and some tried-and-true hacks.

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Using Smart Lighting to Stage a Home: home automation, real estate, smart lighting,

Using Smart Lighting to Stage a Home

Posted November 28, 2016

Homebuyers are most amenable when they’re feeling bright and happy, so generally, flooding your interiors with warm, yellow light really gets them in the mood to sign. However, with a smart lighting system, you can use programing to cycle through various scenes that a buyer might go through in their day-to-day lives, helping them project themselves into your home’s spaces.

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BITS & PIECES: FROM HOME SMART HOME MAGAZINE: for fun, home smart home,

BITS & PIECES: FROM HOME SMART HOME MAGAZINE

Posted November 28, 2016

Check out these fun facts in this infographic featured in our most recent issue of Home Smart Home magazine. Download this issue for more fun, inspirational and entertaining articles and stories about automation and technology.

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Is Online TV Killing Traditional TV? [INFOGRAPHIC]: audio/video, movies, streaming,

Is Online TV Killing Traditional TV? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted November 14, 2016

With the rise in SVOD (subscription-video-on-demand) streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, the internet has become increasingly important in the way that consumers now watch television. But is online TV killing traditional TV? Check out this infographic with statistics on how people in the United States and the United Kingdom are consuming their shows and movies.

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7 reasons to put Alexa in your conference room: amazon alexa, conference room, voice control,

7 reasons to put Alexa in your conference room

Posted November 7, 2016

Now that the smaller and outrageously low-priced Echo Dot is hitting the market it’s becoming harder to resist trying what many consider to be the most convenient piece of tech they’ve bought in years. Most Echos end up in the kitchen (where hands-free timer setting and DJing tend to be the most helpful), but we’ve been wondering about its potential in the conference room. We put one in ours and here is where it shined.

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VOICE: THE NEWEST INTERFACE FOR YOUR SMART HOME: amazon alexa, amazon echo, voice control,

VOICE: THE NEWEST INTERFACE FOR YOUR SMART HOME

Posted September 14, 2016

Utilizing one type of interface to control your home is not always ideal. You may want a handheld, tactile remote to enjoy your video experience in the living room, a touch screen with a large display in the kitchen to browse and play music throughout the home, a keypad next to the garage door that allows you to shut the entire house down with one touch as you head out, and a smartphone or a watch on your wrist to offer insight to what is going on at home while you’re away.

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HOW'S YOUR HOME NETWORK?: cedia 2016, network, pakedge,

HOW'S YOUR HOME NETWORK?

Posted September 14, 2016

Stop for a moment and think about the number of devices in and around your house that rely on your home network. Ten years ago, this might have amounted to no more than a laptop, a desktop or two, and maybe a DVR. Today, your network is likely congested with tablets, TVs, media streamers, music systems, multiple smartphones—including those of your frequent guests—and maybe even a few appliances. And that’s not even considering the fact that the home network forms the foundation for any home automation system.

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