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Smart Fabric?!

Once you start thinking the future finally here, from AI to autonomous vehicles, something new comes along that makes you think otherwise. There are so many new ideas out there that have yet to be developed and it's exciting to see what's next.

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Smart Fabric? Are we in Back to the Future II? A fabric that can sense environmental changes, send tactile or audible signals to visually and hearing impaired users, or track a wearer's vital signs? A fabric that interweaves strands of fiber optics, nano-electronics, or other conductive or semi-conductive threads in it? Sounds almost like science fiction.

What's really intriguing to us is the ability to control devices wirelessly. Gives a whole new meaning to smart home, doesn't it?! A recent patent made by Apple hints the fabric control technology could be integrated into other devices, including their MacBook, iPad and Watch, but also even chairs, sofas, airplanes and more. What could you imagine seeing smart fabric being used for?

Thanks for the great articles Dwell and TechStory.

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Summer Home Automation Trends
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Summer is around the corner which means the kids are out of school and the temperature heating up. The kids are involved in activities to keep them busy while you go to work. You may have a few family vacation trips scheduled.

Summer can sometimes be as chaotic as the rest of the year, which means that home automation can come in handy in making your family’s life easier.

If you’re a techie who’s into the latest and greatest home automation technology, here are some summer home automation trends to be on the lookout for:

Climate Control and Efficiency

Power and electric bills can skyrocket during the heat of the summer as you’re A/C works overtime to keep your home cool and comfortable. Besides setting the thermostat to an energy-saving 62 degrees during the day when no one’s home and warming up to a comfortable 70 during the chilly nights, home automation such as those installed by SAV can now do much more, making your home comfortable, while making it more energy efficient.

Some home automation systems can sense movement in different rooms. When someone leaves a room, the lights are turned off and the A/C is shut off. Similarly, there are systems where your home can prepare itself for your arrival home after a long day at work, turning on lights, opening up the blinds and shades and adjusting the inside temperature to your preference. In the morning, tiles in the bathroom heat up to take away that cold shock in the morning.

The most sophisticated systems can even show you your family’s energy consumption for the day, week, month or year including your carbon footprint and how much your family’s energy consumption is compared to the national average.

Home Security

Home security was one of the features that brought home automation onto the map. Many home automation security systems utilize an app such as Apple’s Control4 My House, whereby you can lock or unlock your home, view activity in and around your home via live video feeds and get alerts of unusual activity all remotely.

More sophisticated home automation products can be customizable and  allow you to set timers during the day whereby the home is unlocked. This is handy for when you have children coming home from school or sports practice or when the housecleaner or gardeners arrive.  These systems are especially useful for when your family is away on vacation.

Home security systems now can even save lives. Certain systems can be inserted into the flooring of the home and can recognize and detect the footsteps of the inhabitants. These foot-sensing systems can also send alerts when an irregularity in the person’s gait is detected or when there is less than normal movement or activity in the home, making these systems great for those with elderly parents living alone or with the family.

Home Theater

During the summer, trips to the pool will become routine. However, one can only be at the pool for so long  and it likely isn’t possible to go to the pool every day. It can be hard to keep children occupied and cool during the summer.

The long dog-days of summer are a great time to escape to a cool  movie theater. Even then, you can’t go see a movie every day. Movies are time-consuming and can be expensive.

With home theater technology continually advancing, watching movies in the comfort of your own home is getting closer to rivaling that of a movie theater.

Watching movies at home on a home theater can keep your kids occupied, safe and comfortable during those days when you go to work.

Home theaters are more than fancy, large TVs with excellent 4K technology. Home theater systems such as the Kaleidescape’s Terra Movie Server, can save and store thousands of your favorite movies to the cloud, making the need of keeping all those DVDs unnecessary. The system also provides movie recommendations and has parental controls, enabling you to block certain content, such as movies that are rated R or PG-13.

Lights, sound, temperature control and TV/screen projection can be controlled with a touch of a remote.

A lot has happened in home automation regarding climate control, home security and home theater. These components come in handy especially during the hot, lazy days of summer when kids aren’t in school and you take a vacation or two.

Automating Your Home Theater

Installing a home theater is a big undertaking that results in many years of family enjoyment. It can be daunting on where to start. You need the space, design the space and get furniture and equipment to make your home theater a reality.

Home theater technology has greatly improved over the last few years as has become more accessible and convenient to watch blockbuster movies in the comfort of one’s home. Some of this home theater technology includes automation.

Home automation has been around for years and more homeowners are opting for converting their homes into smart homes where everything from lighting control, shades and blinds, temperature control and home security are all controlled automatically with a simple press of a button on a smartphone. And home automation can now be used for your home theater, giving you and your family an enhanced, stress-free movie viewing experience.

How Automation Enhances Your Home Theater

Temperature and Climate Control
Home automation controls the temperature inside your home, making it comfortable and more energy efficient. Many home automation climate control systems can be controlled using a remote so you don’t have to make your way to the thermostat.

Have you gone to a commercial movie theater and got chilled from the air conditioning? Many movie theaters crank their AC up meaning that for some movie patrons, a sweater is essential for a pleasant movie experience. At home with temperature and climate control automation, you can keep your home (and home theater) at the ideal temperature for you and your family. You can now enjoy a family movie night without needing to wear a sweater or jacket.

Lighting Control
The ability of controlling the lighting in your home offers convenience, and enhanced home security and electrical efficiency.

In movie theaters, properly-timed lighting is crucial. Lights are needed before and after the movie to allow guests to navigate their way out of the theater. It is also crucial the lights are turned out during the movie to make the experience enjoyable and captivating. With a home theater that is controlled by automated lighting, you can brighten and dim the lights with a simple press of the button on a remote or even have the lights go on and off automatically.

Surround Sound Control
Speakers are an important component of a home theater system. Having high-quality speakers strategically placed and tuned properly will give you and your family the feeling of being in the movie.

Setting up speakers, however, can be tricky, especially if you have many. High-quality speakers with more complex settings and abilities are ideal for a home theater. Setting these up properly and fully using them correctly and fully taking advantage of all they have to offer can be frustrating to figure out.

With an automated home theater system, the technologically advanced components can be easily set up and the settings saved so all you need to do is simply press a button or two on a remote and the speakers will work properly in sync with each other every time, giving you that ideal surround sound.

Projector and Ultra 4K TV
Being able to visually see the movie on the screen is what a movie is all about. Not just any screen will do. People spend money to see movies on big screens. Large screens make for better picture quality which enhances the viewing experience.

With the increased popularity of home theaters, TVs, projectors and movie players get more and more technologically sophisticated. The large screen, bulky TVs of the past with the equally bulky DVD player are no longer good enough. Large, flat-screen TVs with 4K ultra HD picture quality, with small wireless movie players such as Kaleidescape’s Strato Movie Player, are now the new home theater standard.

With the advancement in technology, one can play movies from their nearly limitless online cloud movie storage. No more unsightly racks of DVD movie cases. The new way of watching movies online allows people to watch their favorite movie wherever with superb image quality.

Home theater TVs can play your favorite movie automatically by being downloaded from Internet or cloud storage. With a few clicks of your TV remote, you can watch and record your favorite TV shows, watch YouTube videos and enjoy a family movie night.

For those with large home theaters that can accommodate a movie screen and projector, you’d be happy to know that home automation can make setting up the projector and the automatic opening up and turning up the screen quick, easily and convenient. A few buttons on a remote enables you to automatically play and stop the projector as well as roll up and down the blank movie screen.

A home automated home theater will not only give you and your family unforgettable movie nights, but also carries additional benefits including increasing your home’s resale value, additional level of security, and make your home the ultimate entertainment spot on the block.

Whether it’s your first attempt at a home theater or you’ve moved into a new home and would like to install another home theater, using home automation will enhance the home movie viewing experience and remove the stress and frustration of equipment not working properly or being ill-timed.

At SAV Digital Environments, our team of experts can design, install, and manage home automated lighting, speakers, AV, climate control, and automated blinds in your home theater and throughout the rest of your house to give your family the perfect, enhanced movie viewing experience. Contact us today to schedule an installation or to get a quote.