On September 23, 1962 the Jetsons premiered on American television. Produced by Hanna-Barbera this show was a futuristic counterpart of The Flintstones. The exact date of when the cartoon takes place is not known, however some believe that it was set in the year 2000 or 2062. The cartoon showed us what the future might hold for us in 2000s—talking watches, video calls, flying cars and robot maids.
Hmmmmmm…Fast forward to today and most of the technology that was imagined in the show is actually in existence. Through the years we have made advances in the technology we use to make our day to day lives safer and more convenient. From automated blinds, to wearable devices that keep us connected. Our imagination is limitless and we need to give a shout out to George Jetson for planting a seed in our young minds back in 1962.
We might not have flying cars or Rosie yet, but we do have awesome gadgets that push us a bit closer to the futuristic world in the cartoon. Take for instance the Smart Home.
Smart Homes used to just be a concept you learned about on the Carousel of Progress at Walt Disney World, or a few booths you find at CES (Consumer Electronics Show). Now builders, architects and homeowners are customizing and building smart homes that control just about everything. The concept of the smart home is not to just be smart, but to be engaging and resourceful. People use “smart” nowadays with just about any product that is wireless. However making your home “smart” is more than installing and controlling things via WiFi. It is integrating technology seamlessly with your lifestyle to provide safety and comfort at a tap of a screen.
Imagine you come home from work and your house is ready to greet you with the perfect setting just as you like it. Your blinds are set to expose the sunset, while your dishwasher just finished drying your dirty dishes. An alarm gently reminds you that the wine you have chilling in the refrigerator is now ready to be uncorked, as you walk to the kitchen to pour a glass of wine music fills the room with your current playlist. Mood lighting throughout the house slowly comes on to the desired level. This is the type of comfort your home can bring you.
Besides comfort “smart” homes can also bring you security. From an alert at the first drop of water on your floor to a broken window, to even notifying you when someone has entered the grounds of your home…all of these safety features are now possible.
So isn’t it about time you get acquainted with your old friend George Jetson and begin to delve into learning and designing your smart home? Sound Specialists is on the forefront of smart home integration in the Chicago area. Our focus is to provide our clients with state-of-the-art lifestyle technologies that adds convenience and safety to your everyday life. We design and install a truly custom solution that fits today’s needs and is designed to be upgraded to accommodate emerging technologies. Give us a call to learn more about how to integrate smart technology into your lifestyle.
We have all heard the buzz words 4K and UHD…but what are they and what does it mean to us and our electronics? First off let’s explain what 4K and UHD mean. 4K and UHD (ultra high definition) means the television screen has a minimum resolution of 3,840 pixels wide and 2,160 pixels high. Basically it is 4 times the detail as the current 1080p HD we are viewing.
Ok wait…so what are pixels you ask? Pixels are squares that make up an image, at almost 4,000 pixels (4K) you are getting exceptional clarity and detail. In order to broadcast this technology companies are working to bring this signal into every home. In the next few years it is projected that 4K will replace the standard HD we typically have. So in theory just how HD (1080p) has replaced the standard definition (480i), 4K (3840p) will soon replace HD as we know it. Many manufacturers are currently developing products that will help deliver this incredible technology to your home. A few television manufacturers are currently selling 4K televisions. Movie theaters will soon be projecting 4K and UHD movies. But, it isn’t just televisions and movie theaters we are talking about; 4K will upgrade cameras, smartphones, tablets and computers. 4K will affect anything and everything that displays still images, videos or records videos. With resolution size this clear, it also means that 4K will have an impact on video streaming and there will be a need to boost broadband networks to be able to stream 4K/UHD videos and images. 4K and Ultra HD are on the horizon and Sound Specialist has positioned itself as a leader in 4K home automation integration. Whether you are looking to upgrade your technology in your home or are building your dream home, Sound Specialist is ready to assist you in your project scope.
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This month, we are teaching this complimentary continuing education class for AIA, ASID, IDCEC credits. This class is targeted towards Architects and Interior Designers. It will be held in our showroom from 1pm – 3pm, on Thursday March 26th, refreshments will be provided. There is no charge, but seating is limited so we request RSVP.
Controlling and isolating sound is tricky—without the correct tools, the right people, and the proper design, the results are often disastrous. Participants in this course will review the needs for creating sound isolated specialty spaces and discuss how much sound isolation is needed in varying circumstances. In addition, attendees will dive into the three tools of sound isolation—mass, absorption, and mechanical isolation and the role of each in the design and build process, while discussing the process of designing and constructing a specialty space. This course will also outline the benefits of working as a team with other trades to provide the client the expertise in bringing about a well-designed and functional space.
Sound Specialists is proud to announce that we’ve been awarded Biggest Baddest Home by Crestron.
Biggest Baddest Home
This five-level Chicago home packs a punch. Featuring a fully automated Crestron system, the home includes control of 32 stereo audio zones, 16 DigitalMedia™video zones, 34 climate zones, 91 motorized shades, 392 lighting loads, 124 security zones, and 39 CCTV cameras. All of the systems are controlled from Crestron handheld remotes and in-wall touch screens throughout the home, as well as from the homeowner’s iPad® and iPhone®. By the client’s request, many advanced features are accessible from multiple interfaces, including the ability to enable or disable occupancy sensors throughout the house. For the automatic lighting pathways and advanced control options, Sound Specialists created an easy to use iPad GUI. This simple, yet high-tech GUI displays zone information and simple device controls on an intuitive floor plan. Sound Specialists even created different user modes for the husband and wife to suit their different needs.
“The Crestron Integration Awards honor the year’s most spectacular and innovative system designs,” said Crestron Public Relations Manager, Joyce Essig. “Sound Specialists amazed us with their ability to push the envelope and create new and unique applications of our Integrated by Design™ residential solutions in their award-winning Chicago home project. We congratulate them on this award.”