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Planning for Home Automation in a New House

What You Need to Consider

Planning for Home Automation in a New House

Here in the Bay Area, a hub of technology development, we have no shortage of tech-savvy people. Most are quite familiar with home automation technology or already use some form of it; indeed, a lot of it is developed right here. Given our high level of tech awareness, it should surprise no one that smart home technology would be high on the list of features when people are looking to either remodel a home or build a new one.

We also know that there is an ever-growing array of smart consumer devices available for intelligent home control and management. Smart cameras, lights, thermostats, speakers, refrigerators, and more are readily available at local electronics retailers and online. Some of these are designed to work well together, while some will only work within a given ecosystem. Choosing a home automation system might be an exercise in frustration depending upon what you want to do, involving choices in wireless technologies that may or may not work well in a given environment as well as different control mechanisms.

The best home automation installations are a seamless experience. In the tech world, “seamless experience” is a buzzword often bandied about but a goal that's rarely achieved. From our perspective, it means that disparate functions in your home can be made to work as a well-orchestrated whole that fits your lifestyle. To accomplish that seamless experience, the right planning in a new home build or remodel will go a long way to set it up for today's smart home technology as well as tomorrow's. Keep reading to learn more.

A Look at Voice Control Systems

With Voice Control Now Practically Mainstream, How Do They Compare?

A Look at Voice Control Systems

The History of Voice Control

They say that life imitates art. In the 1960s, shows like Star Trek envisioned an era of smarter computers, intergalactic space travel, and the personal communicator - like our smartphones. That decade also saw the debut of Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction classic “2001: A Space Odyssey," featuring HAL, the talking computer. Fast forwarding half a century later, we now see that HAL predicted the future of today's voice assistants: Siri, Alexa, and Google. Did you know that the name HAL was a play on the initials IBM, the predominant computing company of that era? Did you know that IBM also pioneered the first speech recognition machine in 1962? Perhaps that’s why Arthur C. Clarke named it HAL. While HAL turned out to be a bit of a control freak, fortunately, today's voice assistants are here to do our bidding.

In the past four years since the introduction of the Amazon Echo smart speaker and Alexa, voice control technology and adoption has raced ahead at an astounding pace. The integration of your life in digital form onto computers, smartphones, and the cloud has allowed these voice assistants to become digital butlers. Through voice commands, you can ask about your package deliveries, an update on your schedule for the day, basic math questions, if a flight is on time, call an Uber - and much more.

Since Twilight Solutions is a smart home integration company in the heart of Silicon Valley, naturally, we have an interest in voice control for smart home automation. A host of intelligent devices have been introduced or integrated for smart home control with the leading voice assistant ecosystems from Amazon, Google, and Apple. There is also one more that was recently introduced - Josh.AI - that is specifically designed for smart home control. What are the differences? Read on to learn more.

Digital Lighting: Tuning into Human Centric Lighting

The future of digital lighting is helping homeowners live happier, healthier lives while simultaneously enhancing beautiful spaces and saving money

Digital Lighting: Tuning into Human Centric Lighting

Light plays a critical role in our lives, whether we realize it or not. Light can set the mood, make a space feel inviting, and even help our mind and bodies function better. Conversely, because so much our lives are now spent indoors, the wrong lighting can have an equally negative result. Twilight Solutions is passionate about creating environments through lighting that are focused on your wellbeing.

One of the secrets to restoring a healthy glow to both yourself and your home is with tunable lighting fixtures. Using the most advanced technology, tunable lighting helps you live a healthier, happier life by bringing natural light to every space in your home. Digital lighting fixtures also make your home more energy efficient and let you add more of your own style which are added bonuses for homeowners and homebuilders alike. Today we’ll go through everything LED lighting fixtures have to offer residents and builders in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Envisioning the Future: How Digital Art Is Elevating Homes

Displaying Art in Your Home Has Never Been Easier with Innovative Trends in Video Technology

Envisioning the Future: How Digital Art Is Elevating Homes

These days large-scale video walls are all around us. We see them in public places, in our conference rooms, and even at the movies. But another digital revolution is just around the corner and art lovers all over California will enjoy it in their own spaces.

There is no doubt about it, there are a variety of unique applications for video walls outside of showing the latest episode of Game of Thrones or the Warriors game. Sophisticated homeowners are seeing the benefits of merging technology and art. Want to learn more about the trends that will change the way you see your walls? Keep reading below.