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“Help!  Help!  Jane!  Stop this crazy thing!”  -  George Jetson, The Jetsons, Theme Song.
The Jetsons was an American animated TV sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera originally airing in the 1960s.  The Jetsons were a futuristic family living an innovative utopia of elaborate robotic contraptions and whimsical inventions.  Their home has numerous push-button, Space Age-envisioned amenities which some helped and some did not. George Jetson's workweek is typical of his era:  an hour a day, two days a week.  Daily life is leisurely, assisted by numerous laborsaving devices, which occasionally break down with humorous results.  Despite these conveniences, everyone complains of exhausting hard labor and difficulties living with the remaining inconveniences.  Sound familiar?
This was a cartoon making fun of the changes in our technology by providing imagines of what we expect to come true but still today many find home automation to be a mystery. With technology growing at such a fast pace, it provides even more unknown equipment, complicated devices and software, and saturation of products and applications. You may find yourself asking “What is a Smart Home?” What makes it so smart? My technical definition of home automation is: “A system topology which integrates other individual systems consisting of multiple electronic and networked devices within your residence to provide easy operation and collaboration of your technology.” What?   It consists of a main processor that provides communication with all the electronic equipment so they can work together from your computer, smart phone, or smart tablet. This interface will combine control of TVs, audio receivers, DVD players, thermostats, lights, security, fireplaces, garage doors, and more. Therefore making it less complicated and useful as a whole.
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In the past in order to have TV content, you had to either get Cable, Satellite or install this big dish in your back yard. Today, we have the Internet. With services like Hulu and NetFlix we got our first taste of streaming movies and past TV shows. Then, we got AppleTV. With Apple TV we had the same Hulu and Netflix but we had Apple Movies, Music, our Photo Libraries and other individual TV channels. Apple was providing us with movies before NetFlix and even before HBO and Showtime. They provide movies to our home earlier and with better resolution than Movies on Demand.
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Now, 4K resolutions comes with the latest in HDMI technology. HDMI 2.0 is the next generation of one of the most commonly used formats in home audio/video systems. This upgrade is designed to increase both frame rates and color for your 4K viewing. There's been a lot of confusion as to if you will need to switch out the old HDMI cables with new ones. After some research, it seems like the most recent version (HMDI 1.4) only needs an upgrade with its internal microchip on your devices and sources, not the cable.
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After many responses to our first blog, “Home Automation is Dead”, we’ve decided to provide a follow-up.
Home Automation is alive and kicking!  It has never been so fluent as today.  In the past, when I met people, they would ask:  “What do you do for a living?”  I’d reply:  "I design, install and program home automation or smart home systems".  And then the puzzled look:  “Huh?”  After many attempts to explain this unknown field to them, I’d change my response to:  “I do audio and video, like speakers, TVs or Home Theaters”.  But I don’t just do audio and video.  And I definitely don’t just do Home Theaters.  We specialize in Smart Home Technology.  We design the perfect system to integrate multiple electronic and network systems within a residence to provide easy operation and synergy of technology.
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Apple is no stranger to innovating products to make them more advanced. The Apple Watch is not a new innovation since other smart watches are on the market from Samsung, LG, and others, but how different is it from its competitors?
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Dolby has been around for 50 years and they have innovated how we watch movies in our homes. With the newest line, Dolby Atmos, being released into home theater systems, your movie-watching experience will sound better than ever before!  Atmos uses a system of sound objects rather than their old sound channels optimizing how you hear details in your movies, such as car horns or a whisper right behind you. The system now allows sounds to travel around the room instead of directly at you like with older speakers.

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The newest in TV technology has been slowly making its way across the industry for about 2 years and it is now becoming more prominent. 4K or Ultra HD has been integrated into newer models of popular brands such as Samsung, Sony, LG, and many more. Adding 4 times the amount of resolution to your picture, this technology is bringing new life to what we thought was amazing quality.


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There’s no surprise that the home automation business is growing every month. D-Link is no exception to the hype when they released they were coming out with a new smart home hub. Though many details haven’t been released about the upcoming hub, it is said that it will be affordable and with the quality between a very low end system to a very expensive system.

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Harmony, now owned by Logitech, is upping their game with the new Home Hub. This system brings together your audio, TV, DVD, DVR, Blu-ray, lighting, and thermostat functions together with one small device. The hub is packed with infrared transmitters that allow your smart phones to control your home theater products with a few simple clicks.

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