Ho Ho Ho Smart Home! Enjoy your holidays more with your smart home!

Ho Ho Ho Smart Home! Enjoy your holidays more with your smart home!

Customized Holiday Lighting Inside and Out Whether or not you hang holiday lights during the holidays they are everywhere and are symbolic of the holiday season. Use your smart home to sync the lights and music on a smart timer, not only for time of day but also time of year to have them turn on annually. Entertaining during the holiday season? Tap a button to turn on a holiday party scene that controls specific lights to your preferred levels, music begins playing, and even starts the holiday fireplace. Holiday spirit in a matter of seconds! I have a friend who’s home plays “The Night Before Christmas,” audio story at bedtime Christmas eve every year for the kids…how cute is that? Voice Control That Ups The “Wow Factor” The holidays come faster and faster each year and with school, holiday planning and well…life.. the season can be breathtakingly busy! Now use your Echo or Alexa with voice control to turn on your lights, lock your door, or change the thermostat as temperatures drop all while cooking dinner, wrapping presents or writing those holiday cards. You can voice control with any command you design including “Alexa, turn on Holiday” or “Alexa, turn on Cooking” can drop the temperature in the kitchen, brighten lights, and turn on your favorite foodie podcast so you can get to work quickly. Holiday Music That Rings Through the Whole Home One of the best parts of the holiday season is undoubtedly the music. Listening to festive tunes is one of the best ways to get into the spirit, and with your smart home you can...

The “Smart” Device Market Rises 30% in 2018

The global sales of smart devices are on the rise. The market for these smart products is expected to grow 31% from last year. Wow! That’s a lot of units accounting for almost 100 million units and projected to be 230.5 million by 2022. The entire smart devise market is comprised of smart speakers, video entertainment products, connected lighting, smart thermostats, and home monitoring/security products. In the 2018 sales are we see a dramatic rise of smart speakers with built-in voice assistants such as Google Home or Amazon Echo. Though the 30% increase also consists of many new types of devises, made for both inside and outside of the home. Privacy and security for smart devices remains one of the key inhibitors to adoption. And frankly, if you have read many of my blogs you know that many of these devises are constantly data collecting on you and sending it to some corporation. It sometimes feels like tattling, when you consider that your Fitbit is probably selling your fitness level to your health and life insurance carriers. Some people don’t care if their devices are listening and selling information about them. If you are one of these people buying a smart devise and plugging it in and downloading the app may be your way to go. If security and privacy is a big concern to you, I encourage you to reach out to a smart home professional. I have many blogs on the difference, but I will review quickly here. Smart home professionals like Nexus Electric create an internal server to connect all your devises to. With an internal...

Sonos Speakers PlayBox

I love Sonos!  The sound from Sonos speakers is hard to beat.  But as an Integrator, I have noticed a gap in the product line specifically with the Sonos Play: 1. . The Problem Clients were placing their Sonos speakers on a table, or anywhere only to have it get knocked around, unplugged, or have a messy chord. The Answer Sonos has answered this problem with the new PlayBox.  The PlayBox is a custom enclosure that allows a Sonos Play: 1 speaker to be recessed in to the wall in a discrete way.  This gets  rid of those annoying cables/cords and potential speaker damage. Voila!  Sonos PlayBox has three versions of the ranging from $139-$159 and they are available in both black and white.  Welcome to a more elegant solution to protecting your chord and getting a tidier look to your Sonos Play: 1… check out the...