Measure Thrice, Measure None
With CEDIA Expo 2022 on the horizon, the news coming out of the residential side of the AV industry is only heating up! To go through the top stories we have a panel of experts and allies, including Chief Content Officer for CE Pro Jason Knott and Director of Product Management for Hunter Douglas Scott Stephenson.
We start off by looking at a handful of tips for designing a small home theater. While the dream of the in-home cineplex with all the works sounds wonderful, most homeowners don’t have the space. But a quality experience doesn’t require surface area, only the right tools for the job. The article runs down the top ten pieces of advice for integrators to do a great job with the space provided. We discuss how sometimes limiters like space can actually showcase the creative abilities of integrators.
Hunter Douglas has expanded their control drivers with PowerView Gen 3. Although he’s quoted in the article, we can instead go straight to the source and talk to Scott himself about the new features involved with this upgrade to their automated shade solutions. However, there are still integrators not taking advantage of shades in their projects. How do we get past the perceived complications to show that shades are a viable vertical?
Finally, we look at alternative user interfaces within the smart home space. Touchpads, remotes and voice assistants have been the mainstay for many years, but they are not the only ones on the market. Jay Basen of Residential Tech Today took some time to look at many different displays and interfaces designed for the smart home and how they stacked up. You could almost say literally if we’re going by the Aqara Cube. Some of these are interesting experiences, while most seem quirky for the sake of quirk. In that vein, is there more to these solutions than a gimmick? Looking at the different ways to control your home and the evolution of the control space.