Upgrades, partnerships, and vintage trends are spicing up the smart home scene. Here comes the sun.

Hunter Douglas Heats Up Shading

Mainstay in the automated shade market, Hunter Douglas has recently released the next generation of their controls, which are more than an upgrade. The PowerView Gen 3 is a fully overhauled system. Guided by installer and integrator feedback, it’s more scalable, reliable, and ultimately provides a more intuitive homeowner experience.

Running on Bluetooth Low Energy protocol, the system allows for a larger range, which makes ever synchronizing Hunter Douglas’ stylish range of shades, blinds, or curtains throughout a home easy. Enhanced natural language processing gives users control over window coverings with a simple voice command. Choose from three control options: the sleekly redesigned Pebble Remote, the PowerView App, and the PowerView Gateway integrator. It’s compatible with Crestron, Alexa, HomeKit, and Google Assistant. This latest generation is sure to find its way easily into the modern smart home ecosystem.

Savant Powers Up

Summer is upon us. With pool parties and days spent lounging in the sun comes an increase in extreme weather. This in turn brings up power and energy concerns for homeowners. Home automation leader Savant is addressing these concerns by increasing integrations and compatibility with Schneider and GE, energy management and storage companies.

Savant’s inCharge Power Systems and the Savant Pro App provides peace of mind for managing energy and backup power. A personalized dashboard shows a home’s current energy usage and provides options for cycling high-use circuits on and off to attain energy leanness. Users create a degree of independence from the grid and keep a home running during outages. Summer days stay bright inside, whatever the weather.

Covering the Musical Bases

The past two years witnessed the cancellation of concerts and live music events in droves. With the forced move of music listening into homes, recent years have seen record numbers of Americans streaming music. It has also been a time for a rebirth of an audio obsession: vinyl. Vinyl record sales were up 27% during the pandemic and more and more people are turning to the warmth and nostalgia of a turntable.

How does this decades-old technology fit into a smart home ecosystem? The answer is easily, with the right gear and a knowledgeable installer. If you go the “old school” route and get a traditional turntable, connecting it to a smart receiver means you can listen to your records in any room of the house. Upping the audio tech game is easy with a smart, casting turntable like Yamaha’s MusicCast Vinyl 500. With Wi-Fi connection, there’s no need for wires or receivers; control your music easily with the app or voice commands. 

This progress we’re seeing in the whole home automation market demonstrates the amazing capabilities of smart home innovation. Smart tech is making homes more comfortable, intuitive, and capable of integrating any technology.


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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