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Add the Wow Factor to Your Projects with Integrated Whole-Home Video

Add the Wow Factor to Your Projects with Integrated Whole-Home Video

As homes become smarter and more sophisticated, homeowners look for more ways to make it easier to manage their homes. One area that has typically been a source of frustration for many is the management of audio and video entertainment. In the AV and smart home industry, one of the fundamental reasons homeowners bring us in is to integrate audio and video equipment to make it easy and intuitive to use. No one likes multiple remotes, interfaces, and methods of doing the same thing in their home.

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Elevate Your Builds with Integrated Home Audio-Video Solutions

Elevate Your Builds with Integrated Home Audio-Video Solutions

Just as floorplans, appliances, and finishes are key decisions in the home design-build process, integrated technology is becoming an equal consideration for homebuyers as they search for their next property. Beyond smart lights, locks, and thermostats, your clients may want in-wall speakers in every room, an outdoor audio-video system, and the ability to control everything from one platform.

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Barrett’s Technology Solutions Wins ASID Illinois Design Excellence Award

Barrett’s Technology Solutions Wins ASID Illinois Design Excellence Award

An Expert Collaboration of Smart Home Technology and Smart Design Barrett’s Technology Solutions has always believed in form and function. As a smart home company in the Chicago area since 1966, we’ve seen a lot of forms and an equal amount of function come and go. But one thing remains constant: We believe great technology and design go together, and we strive to achieve the balance of each with every project. This year, we’re very proud to have been chosen by ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Illinois chapter for a 2020 Design Excellence award. The home theater project was a collaboration between our company, CinemaTech (home theater design, seating, and acoustics), the client, the contractor, and some skilled local craftsmen. Often in any successful endeavor, the devil is in the details. Keep reading to learn more about this award-winning project; we hope it inspires you to embark on yours! SEE ALSO: 3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades The Award ASID is a national organization that represents and advances the interests of interior design professionals across the country. In Illinois, membership includes over 1100 design firms, students, and industry partner members. The award is part of ASID Illinois’ Celebration of Design, where projects are submitted for consideration across 25 categories. The Project                                     The client wanted a custom home theater that evoked some of the design characters of classic movie houses, but also one that was clean and not “over the top.” The client had specific ideas about what they wanted, like a... read more
Now Is the Perfect Time to Build Your Own Home Theater System

Now Is the Perfect Time to Build Your Own Home Theater System

Recently, Regal Cinemas, one of the largest commercial movie theater companies in America, announced that they were temporarily closing over 500 theaters, including 9 in Illinois. This unprecedented move resulted from a decrease in business due to the ongoing concerns of the pandemic. Additionally, the health crisis also slowed down the production of new movies, resulting in fewer theatrical releases over the past several months.

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Meet Crestron HomeTime, the Home Video Teleconferencing Solution

Meet Crestron HomeTime, the Home Video Teleconferencing Solution

Stay Connected with Family and Friends with Pro-level Videoconferencing at Home The Coronavirus pandemic has yet to run its course, and right now, many of us are still doing the majority of our work and education from home. Chicago public schools reopened in September virtually, employing platforms like Google Classroom to facilitate remote learning. Major technology companies like Google, Facebook, and many others have announced plans to continue remote work for professionals well into 2021. In this environment, connectivity, communication, and collaboration from home have become essential. But communication is not merely for work and school; it’s important to keep up with family and friends and continue participating – however remotely – with your social groups. Crestron has long been a worldwide leader in home automation, as well as a staple in Fortune 500 conference rooms with commercial automation and audio-video solutions. They have brought their considerable expertise to bear on a new home video teleconferencing solution, one that can turn your Chicago living room into a comfortable boardroom for keeping touch with anyone and everyone without hunching over a laptop. Ready to learn more? Keep reading! SEE ALSO: 3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology   Taking Home Conferencing to the Next Level Crestron’s unique capabilities with automation and AV make it the perfect company to take video teleconferencing into the living room. The company partnered with Logitech, which also has broad experience with both consumer and professional products, to use the Logitech MeetUp 4K camera for wide-angle videoconferencing. The MeetUp’s 120-degree field of view lets the whole family sit on the sofa and hold a conversation... read more

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