Smart home technology may sometimes emphasize function over form, however, this month’s tech news proves that beautiful design and powerful tech often go hand in hand. 

The Curious Case of the Disappearing TV

Ask any home theater aficionado and they will tell you that a higher quality, larger screen means a better viewing experience. Ask any interior designer, on the other hand, and they will say large screens are a design black hole when not in use: dark, foreboding, and seemingly capable of siphoning all the beautiful aesthetics out of a room. There have been numerous attempts to solve this quality versus design conundrum over the years. Most recently, Samsung has created a TV designed to act as art when not in use, filling the usual void created by a powered-down screen with a tangible contribution to the room’s decor.

A few companies are taking things a step further: rather than turning screens into artwork, they’re making them completely disappear. A far cry from the clumsy attempts to conceal a TV behind cabinetry, these screens perform an almost magical disappearing act. LG has invented the world’s first rollable TV. Like a projector screen, this OLED TV rolls down into a small compartment, completely hiding itself from view. C Seed has also invented a world’s first; it’s a foldable TV. When not in use, the TV folds and slides into its base, which then drops into the floor. The problem of making a dark screen work in your home’s interior isn’t a problem any more. 

QMotion and Crestron

QMotion shading solutions allow homeowners to perfectly control the light and temperature in any room. With the tallest and widest automatic shades on the market, they’re a favorite for moderating the amount of bright Miami sun that shines through expansive windows. Now QMotion shades will have an added benefit: they can be integrated into a Crestron Home ecosystem. The ease of use and wide range of custom automation options of a Crestron Home system paired with the designer fabrics and whisper-quiet motors of QMotion shades makes for an exciting partnership. 

Savant and Black Nova

Premier home automation expert Savant is pairing with premium keypad producer Black Nova. The partnership brings a luxurious user experience to homeowners. Black Nova offers an impressive array of customization options, both in terms of function and look. Their sleek keypads enhance the design of any space, and when combined with the seamless and highly personalized experience of Savant’s automation system, provides users with an elegant addition to their home. 

Crestron Connects with Spotify

Crestron Home now enables users to stream Spotify Connect through their home audio systems. Using the Spotify app, the Crestron Home app, or any Crestron device, listeners can enjoy music in any room of the house, switching seamlessly from one zone to another, or from headphones to speakers. The integration between Spotify and Crestron also allows for different users to listen to music from their own Spotify accounts in different rooms and to mark specific songs or playlists as part of a preset for a certain zone. 

From partnerships aimed at giving homeowners greater control of their home automation to tech that truly amazes, this month’s tech news has us marveling at what will come next. 

Responsive Living, the term coined by Acoustic Architects founders, Aaron Flint and Spencer Hauldren, is the concept of seamlessly enhancing the client’s unique lifestyle using smart home technology. Responsive Living allows you to interact with your space via touch input, voice command, and predictive automation, placing you in full control of your home.

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