Our first Tech News of 2022 demonstrates that innovation is focused on balancing user experience with aesthetics and increasing technological upgrades.
Floating User Interfaces
There are times when it certainly feels like we’re living in the future, or in a version of a sci-fi movie. Parity Innovations has provided us with one of those moments. Their new user interface, the Parity Mirror, projects a floating image with which users can interact, “swiping,” “pushing,” or “tapping” without ever actually touching anything. The Parity Mirror creates light-based keypads or touchpanels from a PC or mobile device, bringing the virtual and physical worlds together. While it has yet to reach the consumer or installer markets, it shows an exciting path forward for touchless controls.
LG MicroLED TV
LG has announced they’re getting on board with MicroLED TVs; their first MicroLED TV will ship later this year. MicroLED technology uses extremely small micrometer-sized LED lights to provide the best color reproduction and brightness possible while eliminating backlight. Its unique configuration should allow for endless customized sizes, however LG has specifically mentioned a 136-inch model. We look forward to LG’s entrance into the MicroLED game.
Smart video doorbell leader Ring has paired with Masonite and Yale, mainstays in doors and locks, to create the first ever fully integrated smart door. The Masonite M-Pwr is connected to the home’s power and wifi and equipped with a battery backup, meaning that its video doorbell, smart lock, LED lighting, and more are always on.
Highlights include safety and security features that allow homeowners to conveniently monitor their entryway from anywhere via an app. In addition to the video doorbell and smart lock that can be operated remotely, a sensor informs users if the door is closed or open. Motion sensors turn on LED lights automatically, but are also programmable or remotely controlled. Available in a variety of styles, colors, and finishes to coordinate with any aesthetic. The Masonite M-Pwr demonstrates the future of even more fully integrated home technology.
Savant Ascend Keypads
Premium smart home automation system provider Savant has released a new line of minimalist keypads. Marrying function with form, the Ascend keypads sport a range of stylish finishes and a low profile while providing endless possibilities for effortlessly controlling your home environment. The Ascend lineup offers between two and five buttons that can be customized to operate anything from lights to temperature to shades.
These keypads include several smart features that enhance a smart home experience. The Daylight Mode keeps lighting in sync with natural lighting and circadian rhythms, automatically adjusting the light in various rooms to optimal biophilic levels. The Ambient Light Sensor detects the light levels in the room and adjusts the button brightness accordingly. The button lights can be switched between 9 different LED colors and can be engraved to indicate personalized control preferences. Ascend brings another powerful option to Savant’s lineup of designer keypads.
Ring Glass Break Sensor
Shipping next month, Ring has announced the launch of the Ring Alarm Glass Break Sensor. Homeowners can get mobile alerts when the alarm detects the sound of glass breaking; AI technology allows the sensor to differentiate different types of sounds to cut down on false alarms. With the ability to connect to Ring video doorbells or cameras to coordinate recording with the sound of glass breaking, the sensor elevates home security.
We’re excited about how 2022 has started in the home tech arena and will be sure to keep you up-to-date on how things continue to progress.
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.
If you would like to learn more about integrating new systems into your smart home system, feel free to connect with us. We will be happy to schedule a demo with you.
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