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Automate Mom's Life

on Monday, 09 May 2016. Posted in Knoxville Audio, Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Lighting Control, Knoxville Home Security, Knoxville Home Automation

Make Mom's Life Easier This Mother's Day & Always

 
 
Mother's Day is Upon us!
 
 
 
Mom's are the best..Shouldn't they get the Best Gifts?
 
 
 
 
Perhaps you've seen the latest "gotcha video", created for American Greetings, that has gone viral. It's about a company looking for a job candidate. Here is the job description…
 
Essential Duties & Job Responsibilities:
  • Oversee overall day-to-day success & development of all associates. They are fully dependent on you.
  • Provide appropriate solutions to satisfy all associate needs, including but not limited to comfort, security, support, growth, knowledge, well-being, structure, consistency, discipline, acknowledgment, preparedness, safety, mobility, capability, facility and tranquility.
  • Track daily, weekly and monthly associate development against assigned goals and expectations.
  • Process high volumes of incoming and outgoing projects, deliveries, requests, complaints, feedback and special orders from associates and corresponding outside vendors.
  • Provide operational leadership to multiple associates at once.
 
The position goes on to say you must work 365 days a year. Oh, and it's a pro bono position. 24 people actually applied and then thought the position was "inhumane."  
At the end, the applicants learned that there was a person who had already done this job. Her name was Mom. As they thought about their own mom, they could see the truth in the job description. (See Video Below)
 
Moms are the backbone of most houses and the growing family. With so many helpful gadgets this day and age, how about using these tools to make a mom's job easier?
 
 
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Shortcut Labs Flic
Shortcut Labs' $34 Bluetooth-enabled Flic is a handy little button that you can program to do your bidding.
Flic is designed to turn lights on/off, play music and even order take out. It has over 50 possibilities!
 
 
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Roku 3
What Mom can't use a media streamer? Video streams are more popular than ever and Roku delivers nearly all of the key online streaming services out there including such must-haves as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Watch ESPN, HBO, Showtime and Sling TV.
 
 
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Fitbit Charge HR
has an optical heart rate tracker and is capable of measuring your heart rate throughout the day, which helps provide more accurate estimates on calorie burn and sleep. It can also track steps, distance and floors climbed, and will notify you of incoming calls.
 
 
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BOSE Soundlink Color
an attractive little Bluetooth speaker that delivers big sound for its size, is easy to tote around and recharges with a standard Micro-USB cable. Now Mom can keep the tunes going while on the go!
 
 
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Perfect Bake
There is nothing quite like mamma's cooking! So what if we can get her something that will help her in the kitchen and maybe make her want to make us all those yummy treat more often? Well Here is its! The Perfect Bake system is a great addition to creating her favorite recipes and more!
 
 
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Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden 
This enables mom to grow 3 herbs &/or spices simultaneously with zero effect. It waters, gives out the right amount of oxygen, nutrients & light to take care of each plants every need. No green thumb needed with this independent smart pot! Click and Grow is a great addition to gadgets that can help mom!
 
 
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Mom's will LOVE Home Automation too!
 
 
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Imagine a “MommyTime” button that automatically locks the bedroom and bathroom doors and queues the speakers above so she can enjoy a nice hot bath with some great music, and no interruptions! 
 
Call iSS today to learn more about how we can help that special Mom in your life enjoy her time at home more with #BetterLifeSolutions!
 
 
 

Get Amped Up!

on Thursday, 24 March 2016. Posted in Knoxville Audio, Home Theater, Knoxville Home Audio

Meet the Sonamp DSP Amplifier!

 

♪ ♫ ♬ AMAZING AUDIO IN ANY ENVIRONMENT! ♪ ♫ ♬

If you want your sound systems to sound great no matter what type of space it is in, this amp is deifinitely the way to go! Heres why:

The new line of DSP amplifiers feature SONARC (Sonance Advanced Room Correction), which offers hundreds of presets designed specifically for Sonance speakers! They make it very easy to access with simple pull down menus. The presets enable effortless DSP without the need for additional hardware, software, and more importantly time. Additionally, should there be a need for further customization, SONARC provides options for that as well! 

 

Sometime Less can give you MORE!

DSP amplifiers are engineered to be smaller yet more powerful than ever before! The resulting power density allows for 130W or 150W in a mere 1U rack space while maintaining an industry-leading 93% energy efficiency.

Ready for the Future!

Every DSP amplifier is capable of handling a full 4608 Kbps of audio data. Most amplifiers have processing limitations that constrain the audio output, and limit the maximum amount to only 1411 Kbps. This compromises the quality of the listening experience. Why would you want that? The new line of Sonamp DSP amplifiers enables listeners to enjoy the full clarity and output of whatever audio passes through, from MP3 to full High Resolution Audio. Sonamp prepares your audio system for what’s next! And let's face it, with the ever changing and upgrading technology pace these day, this is a GREAT thing to have!

 

Amazing Audio Anywhere, More for Less, & Future Ready.... Whats left to say? Call Today & Get yours!

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Better With Control4!

on Thursday, 10 March 2016. Posted in Knoxville Flat Screen TVs, Knoxville Audio, Home Theater, Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Lighting Control, Knoxville Home Security, Knoxville Home Automation

"Playing Nicely With Brands You Love"

 

The Control4 philosophy is as straightforward as it is simple: life's better when everything and everyone works together. From a company strategy perspective, Control4 stands behind an open platform: we are committed to interoperability so both Control4 dealers and customers can count on a system that communicates with and controls virtually anything and everything in the home.

They partner with the world's leading brands in HVAC and lighting, cable and satellite, consumer electronics, and security to ensure their products integrate seamlessly into the Control4 platform to deliver an exceptional automation experience. With support for over 8,000 devices from hundreds of world-class brands, Control4 solutions are designed to work with the consumer electronics and appliances you already trust and love.

With over 6,500 drivers from 150 different companies sometimes it feels like you need a personal IT department to manage and control all of the electronics and systems in your home. There must be a better way than having dozens of remotes and a library full of manuals. That’s where Control4 comes in

Leading consumer electronic companies and home-automaton solution providers are teaming up with Control4 to accelerate the adoption of standard control methods for consumer electronic devices used in home automation. Control4 allows all of the technology in your home to work seamlessly together, giving you more control with more convenience. As we like to say – life’s better when everything works together! When you are looking for flat-panel TVs, home theater equipment, smart lighting or even door locks, remember to look for Control4 Partners.

 

So Many Options and Much More! Call iSS Today to set up your complete home automation one stop shop!

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Enjoy An Outdoor AV Haven for all Seasons!

on Thursday, 04 February 2016. Posted in Knoxville Outdoor Technology, Knoxville Flat Screen TVs, Knoxville Audio, Home Theater, Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Automation

How to Create an Outdoor AV Haven for all Seasons:

 

How to Create an Outdoor AV Haven for all Seasons:

If you’re planning your new home, you’ve probably noticed that “interior” design has found its way outside. In modern homes, the backyard patio, deck or pool area can often be as elaborate as any inside space, sometimes incorporating a full kitchen, extensive seating and dining areas, and, of course, electronic entertainment. That means getting sound and video, normally enjoyed under the protection of a roof, safely outdoors. It also means being sure your AV equpiment is protected from the weather in all seasons.          

Outdoor Sound:

There are several approaches ranging from simply plopping down a wireless portable speaker that can be brought back inside when its too cold or the weather is bad to permanent, wired solutions.

The easiest way to get good sound outdoors today is with the new generation of high performance wireless speakers. Most use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi communication  to route Internet radio services like Pandora or your favorite playlists from your phone, tablet or computer to the speaker. Some of the newest and best options for this would be the Bose Soundlink II or one of there cheaper options might be the SoundLink Mini or SoundLink Color. Another great option would be the new Sonos Play:5 smart speaker. All have AMAZING sound and are the easiest route to go for sound. Keep in mind that Bluetooth transmission range usually tops out around 30 feet; Wi-Fi solutions will go farther.

For those looking for more permanent and wider range solutions, I recommend checking out Sonance's Landscape Series. Sonance Landscape Series is a totally scalable outdoor speaker system that delivers perfectly-even coverage and unbelievable sound quality throughout any sized space. SLS provides jaw-dropping sonic performance from small satellite speakers and below-ground subwoofers that are hidden completely out of sight amongst plants and under foliage.                  

Outdoor TVs & Screens:                

Enjoying your outdoor space can also mean watching television sports coverage by day and sharing a movie by night. Bringing video outside is more complicated than audio due to both the weather elements and the need to feed both audio and video signals along with AC power. If you only desire to keep an eye on the big game while you put away a few beers with the gang, most small indoor LCD televisions are light enough to carry outdoors in fair weather and plop down on the patio table. They can be easily brought back inside during inclimate weather or on colders days.

For a bigger screen and more permanent arrangement, you’re probably looking at investing in a dedicated, weatherproof outdoor television. Manufacturers like SunBrite and SEURA make LCD televisions up to 80 inches that are ensconced in housings designed to keep the elements (and animals) out and temperatures within normal operating range.           

 Want bigger? Of course, the ultimate outdoor big screen experience calls for home theater-style front projection, with a separate projector and screen. A permanent installation might involve the use of a glass rear-projection screen mounted on an exterior wall facing the outdoor viewing area. A dedicated projector shed can also be created with the screen mounted on the side facing a pool or patio area, though forced ventilation or even air-conditioning might be required to keep the projector cool. There are also companies like Camp Chef and Stuart Film Screen that provide easier options like The Outdoor Big Screen or Stuarts Outdoor Oasis Series Screens. These are the ultimate in portable screens!

Outdoor Control:     

Thanks to Control4 the options in automating & controling your outdoor oasis are practically unlimited now a days. There are also several great options that help you control things with just the touch of a button to help keep you cool in the summer, warm in the winter and protected from the elements. For example, we have a customer who has a mostly covered patio area but it is still subjected to the outdoors and the weather. For him we set it up so that at the touch of a button he is able to turn on and off heaters throughout the area, turn the outdoor fireplac eon and off, control the ceiling fans, and even bring down or put up bug screens surronding the space! Again the possibilites are endless!

  

Call us TODAY to Start Designing Your Own Outdoor Haven you Can ENjoy Year Round!

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