This month’s tech news is seeing transformations everywhere from an NFL stadium to your living room. Between advances in lighting, new product launches, and dedication to high-quality audio, there’s a lot to be excited about this August. 

Crestron lights up Lambeau Field

The NFL’s preseason started this month and the Green Bay Packers returned to a better, brighter Lambeau field. This historic venue is the oldest continuously used stadium by a single team in the NFL and it was recently treated to a facelift. Leader in lighting and lighting control Crestron was selected to replace the outdated, disjointed lighting system. The decade’s old system was replaced with a single, secure, easy-to-use lighting ecosystem that provides cutting-edge technology to the 81,000-seat stadium. Game nights will shine brighter and smarter in Green Bay this fall. 

Mixed on Focal

Focal Naim, the result of a merger between two world leaders in audio equipment, has stepped up its dedication to delivering audio as the artist and sound engineer intended. They recently released a playlist called “Mixed on Focal” that features songs mixed on their Focal Professional Series. 

The playlist includes such greats as Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson along with more contemporary artists such as Nicki Minaj and Diplo. Mix engineers and the specific equipment they used are prominently highlighted. It’s available on high-resolution streaming services so that audiophiles listening at home on their own Focal speakers can experience the true sound of the music. 

Crestron and Josh.ai

Crestron and Josh.ai have expanded their partnership, allowing homeowners using the Crestron Home operating system to use Josh.ai’s natural language controls to operate their homes more efficiently and easily. Once the Crestron system and Josh.ai are connected, you simply speak as you normally would. The identification of natural language and context allows Josh.ai to operate any connected device, no matter how extensive or complex the system. 

Step into your home theater and say “OK Josh, let’s watch Ted Lasso” and Josh.ai recognizes what room you’re in and plays the show on the correct screen. The integration means that control extends to lighting, temperature, shades, locks, and much more. This powerful partnership provides endless possibilities for unifying devices across the home and controlling them with ease. 

Smart Safe

When it comes to security in a connected home, the first thing that comes to mind is keeping our data safe from hackers, but we have physical property that needs the same attention. Yet we all still have certain things that need to be protected. The Space Safe is a first-of-its-kind smart safe, designed to protect everything from important documents to jewelry and more. 

With two cameras and WiFi, you can keep an eye on your valuables from anywhere. Among its many features, it includes a battery backup in case of a power outage, advanced motion detection, and biometric access. With a sleek monitor, it blends into its surroundings, disguising the fact that it’s safe. This unique blend of savvy tech and super strong construction gives you the perfect place to safely stash your valuables.

USAI Lighting Little Ones

USAI Lighting recently made a not-so-small announcement: the release of Little Ones, their new line of ultra-small, recessed LED lights. These tiny lights may be micro-sized, but they retain the power we’ve come to expect from USAI. Coming in at either 1” or 1.25”, these lights are as unobtrusive as it gets, but provide the same amount of light as ones that are much larger. The Little Ones are engineered to provide precise, uniform lighting with low glare and high quality. These lights prove that sometimes it’s the smallest things that pack the biggest punch. 

This month’s tech news has certainly illuminated the advancements in smart home technology. 


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