Summer is heating up and so is the home tech arena. New partnerships and upgrades are bringing cutting-edge technology and greater levels of customization to homeowners’ fingertips. 

Halio and Marvin Bring the Future to Residential Windows 

Smart glass leader Halio is partnering with Marvin, a mainstay in windows and doors, to bring the world of smart-tinting glass to the residential market. Both companies focus on providing products that enhance living spaces as well as your well-being. With this partnership, Halio’s intuitive smart glass will be available in Marvin’s human-centered products, creating a fusion of highly responsive technology and design. 

Halio’s smart glass adapts its tint to the subtlest changes, providing an environment that maximizes natural light while keeping out excessive heat. The glass also easily integrates into home automation systems for on-demand tinting. Whether automatically or manually adjusted, Halio smart glass in Marvin products allows you to maximize the light, air, views, and energy efficiency of your home through thoughtfully designed windows and doors.  

Matter Alliance

The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) announced a new certification process for smart products aimed at promoting higher levels of connectivity and integration amongst everything from lightbulbs to thermostats to door locks and more. The certification is called Matter; it will regulate standards and provide a seal of approval for goods meeting them.

Amazon, Google, and Apple are all part of the CSA and have committed to making their smart home solutions meet the Matter certification. Other standards of Matter-certified devices include simplicity, reliability, and security. By the end of the year, Matter-certified products will be available for purchase, ushering in a new universal standard for smart home goods. 

Savant and Ring X Line

Premium home automation company Savant recently announced the full integration of Ring’s X Line of entryway solutions. This means Ring’s premier line of video doorbells, security cameras, and lights can seamlessly work with Savant systems, allowing homeowners to enjoy a wider range of options for security and entryway automation. The Savant ecosystem permits users to enjoy a custom configuration of their Ring X products, ensuring that each home’s unique requirements are met.

Yamaha Aventage Home Theater Receivers

Available just in time to screen summer blockbusters in your home theater, Yahama’s newest line of Aventage AV receivers comes with a number of upgrades that put it in line with the ever-evolving demands in the field of home automation. Though the line comes with a vast array of improvements and features, of note is 8K capabilities, enhanced technology supporting smoother and faster visual output, AI technology that optimizes audio in real-time, as well as voice control via Alexa, Google, and Siri-enabled devices. The Aventage line of receivers is ready to help you up your home theater game.

Lutron Upgrades Athena

Lutron introduced its lighting control system Athena last year to much fanfare. Now the system is gaining upgrades that enhance its ease of use and appeal. A sleek new panel manages lights and shades in multiple zones or rooms. If you’d rather use the app to control your lighting, you can now dial in a precise color temperature and intensity for the ultimate in lighting customization. Athena is now compatible with more home integration systems, including Crestron, making it easier than ever to curate your home environment.   

Pride Month

June is pride month and we’re excited to take a look at the relationship between the LGBTQIA+ community and tech. Inspiring organizations such as Lesbians Who Tech & Allies and TransTech are working on creating opportunities for more folx to enter tech and create supportive networks once there. With goals like education, visibility, and connecting members and allies, these groups are committed to improving the tech industry.

Meanwhile, groups like LGBT Tech conduct research into how the LGBT+ community adopts and uses technology, including the challenges and benefits of doing so. They use their research to help inform policy at the local, state, and national level, as well as to help them build programs that use tech tools to empower folx or address issues they face. This pride month it’s encouraging to see the productive intersection of tech and the LGBTQIA+ community.

June certainly jump-started summer with a range of upgrades and partnerships that demonstrate how the field of home automation is constantly evolving.

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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