This April we’re tracking exciting acquisitions and new releases that signal what’s to come in the world of smart home technology. 

Crestron Enhances AirMedia 

With work-from-home becoming work-from-anywhere, many companies are trying to make the ease and speed of office technology accessible everywhere. Crestron has been leading the advance with its remote meeting solutions. AirMedia, their conferencing technology, recently got an upgrade to include a wireless feature, perfectly suited to support remote work.

The new wireless conferencing option transforms any space into a high-tech office. It allows users to manage presentations, share screens, and host meetings from wherever their workspace might be. Zoom Room and Microsoft Teams compatibility makes it easy to integrate with other organizations. Crestron’s wireless AirMedia solution allows users to maintain worry-free flexibility in their work.

Crestron Takes Conferencing Beyond

In keeping with their dedication to providing the utmost in conferencing solutions, Crestron announced an upcoming acquisition of 1 Beyond, an intelligent video technology company. 1 Beyond provides intelligent cameras and automated video switching that make hybrid conferencing easy and intuitive. The company boasts such capabilities as following the presenter around the room, auto framing so people are always in focus and frame, and voice-activated camera switching. The acquisition nods towards Crestron’s commitment to making virtual meetings, whether of the board room, the classroom, or the living room, more seamless.

Sonos Upgrades and Downsizes with Mayht Acquisition

Audio mainstay Sonos has just acquired Mayht, a Dutch startup that made waves with a bluetooth speaker that was powered by light. The reasons behind the acquisition, however, might lie in Mayht’s ability to produce high-quality sound in speakers that are up to 10 times smaller than similar models. Though the merger is in the early stages, we can start looking for Sonos to integrate Mayht’s technology into their home audio lines with big (and very small) results.

Stewart Releases New Screen

Known for their high-performance projection screens, Stewart Filmscreen has recently released what is sure to be a flagship model. The Phantom HALR Plus is the latest to provide ambient light-rejecting technology, a huge boon when it comes to creating AV spaces in rooms where ambient light is present. The ALR technology maintains image fidelity and prevents washout, allowing users to enjoy an immersive experience without the hassle of black out curtains or shades. 

The Phantom HALR Plus is perfectly suited for home theaters; it can be outfitted with Stewart’s specialized surface that allows for acoustic transparency. It also comes in any size up to 40 feet by 90 feet. With deep blacks, excellent color uniformity, and customization options, it’s certain to thrill cinephiles and make for the ultimate movie night in.

From the very large to the very small to the very smart, April has witnessed some stimulating changes to the home tech landscape. We’re excited to keep you updated on what next month has in store.

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