What the Home of Future Looks Like

Fantastic five-minute video from Corning to show you how a family of the future might interact with everything in the home and workplace.

What will the the connected home of the future look like? How will we interact with displays and controls?

Glass manufacturer Corning offers its vision of the future with this amazing 5-minute video.

The company foresees interactive screens everywhere, and I mean everywhere! In the bedroom, bathroom, refrigerator, kitchen countertops, bus stops, automobiles, workplace and of course, the home theater. Not to mention portable flexible glass screens also. Each screen communicates with the smartphone and immediately transfers data, and, of course, each system depends on some sort of glass (that’s where Corning comes in!). But the real crux of the video for integrators is the connectivity.

The video, called “A Day Made of Glass,” is nearly a year old but has 16 million views on YouTube. While watching it, I couldn’t help but think about all the digital signage and displays in the movie “Blade Runner”, but this Corning video paints a much brighter picture.

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Average Insurance Discount for Home Security Is 20%

Average Insurance Discount for Home Security Is 20% – CE Pro Article from CE Pro.

Average Insurance Discount for Home Security Is 20%

Data reveals that monitored fire detection portion of home security system is key, since fire and lightning claims are almost 10 times higher than claims for burglaries.
According to a survey of the nation’s 10 largest insurance companies, the average premium discount for a home equipped with an alarm system is 20 percent.

The study was conducted by the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice and provides a compelling benefit that can aid CE pros who are selling security systems.

“A survey of the 10 largest insurance companies offering homeowners coverage found premium discounts up to 20 percent if a home is equipped with a monitored alarm system,” says Dom D’Ascoli, president of the Electronic Security Association (ESA). “The discounts can be substantial enough to pay a portion of the monitoring costs or installation of the system.”

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Multiroom Audio Benefits Residents with Alzheimer’s

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Multiroom Audio Benefits Residents with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s facility in Tulsa, Okla. has two CasaTunes servers and seven XLe expansion boxes that deliver music to as many as 12 rooms each.

Sadly for patients and loved ones alike, Alzheimer’s sufferers may be trapped in the now, unable to recognize family members or summon memories.image

But music has been known to bring Alzheimer’s patients out of their reverie, reminding them of people and experiences gone by.

“We believe it can help to revive memories,” says Rob Garrett, principal of Cypress Springs Residence, an Alzheimer’s facility in Tulsa, Okla. (A second residence is under construction in Oklahoma City.) “For some of the residents, music was a big part of their lives.”

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Blog: Should You Buy Home Control from ADT, Comcast?

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Should You Buy Home Control from ADT, Comcast?

The mega companies are straying from their bread-and-butter, but will you buy in or go with a custom electronics pro?
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December 14, 2010 | by Julie Jacobson

If you live in the Houston area, you may be seeing some unusual activity from ADT and Xfinity (Comcast). The giant security and cable companies, respectively, are working double-duty to install home automation systems on top of their traditional security and entertainment services.

What should you make of these mass marketers straying so far from their comfort zones? Can they provide good, cheap alternatives to the home-control systems offered by specialty home integrators? Should you trust them with your lights, thermostats, surveillance cameras, home networks and remote access?

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“Smart” devices may help dementia sufferers remember to shut off stove, live at home longer

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From the country that brought the world George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four comes a new, friendlier kind of Big Brother. This one is here to help people with memory loss live on their own longer. Engineers at the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME), at Bath University in England have designed and tested an integrated system that not only monitors people’s actions, but can speak to them, contact help, turn off appliances and faucets, and even e-mail family and caretakers.

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