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

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:

One of the most exciting trends that we are seeing today is women increasingly seeking out digital technologies—in fact, often much more than men. There are a number of reasons as to why this is occurring.Guest Blog

To begin with, digital home technologies have the power to secure home and family. For instance, systems and outdoor lighting sensors can assure that lights go on at the proper time and that pathways are always lit. This not only protects homes from predators, but greatly decreases the chance of personal injury.

Additionally, smartphone and tablet apps can align with the latest technologies to indicate whether door locks are unlocked, for example, or whether the garage door is open. No matter where in the world one is, she can close and lock doors. By having the power to assure the security of the home, it is possible to have peace of mind when traveling out of town or returning home.

Further, digital technologies can ease the frustrations of controlling numerous home media devices. There are few challenges that frustrate busy individuals more than confusing, difficult-to-control media devices.

Digital media technology offers universal remote controls that can control everything from the TV, to the wireless music system, and everything else in between. It is also possible to program a TV to turn off after a predetermined amount of time to assure kids are staying focused on their studies.

Another reason is that appliance control and monitoring makes home life much easier. In fact, kitchens will never be the same, now that digital makes oven monitoring possible at all times. This lessens the likelihood of the oven being left on for hours or the overcooking of a favourite dish. And all appliances can be constantly monitored to assure they are running efficiently and not wasting precious electricity.

Finally, home heating and air conditioning control both helps make the home more comfortable and less energy intensive. For example, the furnace can be activated from the comfort of one’s bed via an iPad app and the air conditioner can be programed and coordinated with electronic blinds for effective temperature control throughout the day.

While the above technologies make a defined difference in the lives of both men and women, it appears that our female customer is increasingly becoming the key influencer. When questioned about the problems digital home technologies solve, our customers often point to security, efficiency, and simplicity.

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4K TV Resolution: Is it the new “3D” or something more?

4K TVI recently read a blog post from Electronic House explaining that the most recent 4K resolution trend that is just being introduced to the market is more important than 3D. They even claim that, down the road, it will be more widely accepted than 3D as well. For those of you that have never heard of 4K resolution, it is basically quadruple the image quality of full HD, plus it has the capability to produce passive 3D content that you’d actually consider watching.

As the author mentioned in his article, TV makers have been trying to push 3D down our throats for the past several years now. In spite of this it has just never taken hold—mainly because of lack of 3D content and the requirement of wearing special glasses while watching TV. Most people multi-task when they watch TV and that becomes much more difficult with 3D glasses on. I have a 3D-capable TV but almost never use the 3D features for that specific reason.

So what do 4K and 3D have to do with each other? Other than both technologies starting with a number followed up by a letter, there appears to be a shift in the market of TV manufacturers moving away from 3D to promote the 4K standard. Sony and LG have both displayed their 4K TVs at CEDIA recently, and they will be hitting the market this fall.

Here in the Control4 offices we actually have one of these Sony 4K TVs and I’ve been able to look at the picture with my own eyes. The problem, though, is that I still can’t tell you what a true 4K resolution looks like because there just isn’t much (if any) content that exists yet that will play in true 4K resolution. If the TV makers expect this technology to take off they will need to continue to advance and improve upon the 4K upscaling technology. Sony does a great job with that on their new line of receivers as well (including these awesome receivers that have Control4 technology built in).

Bottom line, 4K technology has the opportunity to revolutionize the TV industry and the way we all watch TV at home, but of course, so did 3D. It’ll be interesting to see which (if any) of these technologies do finally catch on.

Let us know your thoughts on 4K technology in the comments.


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