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.
Join us for a presentation at MWT (Motorized Window Treatments)
March 19, 2015 – 10:00 am to Noon
Motorized Window Treatments – Showroom: 1521 Bourbon Parkway – Streamwood, IL 60107
More and More clients are installing home automaton systems. Integrating their window treatments is a major part of that. Do you know the questions to ask to get that accomplished? With MWT’s assistance, we’ll give you a refresher on motorization and help you step into this exploding market with the basics of how it works, what it looks like and what you need to know to be a player in the game.
John Brisk, Director of Business Development and Senior Sales Consultant here at Sound Specialist, will be a guest speaker. He’ll answer questions such as: When do you bring a Technology specialists into your projects? What can they do for you and your clients?
Learn what to look for and what to ask so your not leaving money on the table when it comes to motorization and integration in todays ever growing smarter homes.
10:00 – 10:40 Celeste (President) speaks on WCAA business
10:40-11:30 Matthew- Power Point & Showroom Product Demonstration
11:30-12:00-John Brisk – Sound Specialist – Home Automation, lighting, sound and media specialist.
Join us at Sound Specialists Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (CST)
Sound Specialists Inc 1661 North Elston Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 View Map
Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM (CST)
1661 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
Sound Specialists will be hosting two AIA ASID/IDCEC continuing education courses at our Showroom. Each class will be approximately one hour with an hour break in between. During the break complimentary refreshments will be provided along with demonstrations of various interior technologies.
The classes are free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP.
The first class (starting at 1:30 PM) will be “The Lighting Renaissance II” – an advanced overview of Lighting Control systems presented by Sean Cadley from Lutron.
- Explain dimming technology: lighting loads, configurations, ganging and derating
- Recognize the differences between single zone, single room, and whole home lighting control strategies
- Demonstrate when to use a localized, centralized, or optimized whole home lighting control system
- Describe how effective daylight management plays an integral role in a total home control system to increase occupant comfort and save energy
The second class (starting at 3:30 PM) will be “Wiring Requirements to Support Electronic Systems” – Supporting the multitude of technologies found in today’s connected homes requires planning, specialized installation, and a solid infrastructure in place presented by John Brisk, CEDIA Registered Outreach Instructor
- Outline today’s consumer technology needs and expectations
- Define the technology offerings that can be incorporated in the home
- Identify the main components of a structured wiring system and the unique characteristics of:
- Head end equipment
- Types of wire needed to support the technology
- Digital conversion and its impact on home networks and cable and bandwidth requirements
- Wired and wireless technology
- Convenience outlets
- Recognize the importance of proper design and documentation
- Recognize the essential timeline for engaging an electronic systems professional in the design and build process
Seating is limited, please RSVP with number of attendees and whether you will be staying for both classes
Please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes before the class start time.
Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM (CDT)
Sound Specialists Inc
1661 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Sound Specialists will be hosting two AIA continuing education courses at our Showroom. Each class will be approximately one hour with an hour break in between. During the break complimentary refreshments will be provided. The classes are free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP. The first class (starting at 1:30 PM) will be “Controlling LEDs to Meet Customer Expectations” – presented by Sean Cadley from Lutron.
- Describe the features and benefits of LEDs as a general illumination light source, and the applications that are best suited to LEDs
- Explain the components of an LED system and how each of these components must be compatible with one another to ensure efficient, effective, and reliable operation
- Compare existing control types and standards to identify the differences between power line, 3 wire, and low voltage control (analog and digital)
- Recognize LED drivers as a critical component in LED lighting systems and identify their important characteristics
The second class (starting at 3:30 PM) will be “Designing to Disguise: The Art of Hiding Technology” – presented by John Brisk, CEDIA Registered Outreach Instructor.
- Review various residential systems and technologies and the unique approaches that can be used in the concealment process.
- Discuss how advance planning, design philosophy, and product selection affect the proper functionality of the installed products without compromising design integrity and aesthetics.
- Discuss methods and strategies for hiding technology in safe, convenient, and secure methods.
- Analyze technology implementation planning process.
Seating is limited, please RSVP with number of attendees and whether you will be staying for both classes.