Links of the Week #20



Businesses all over are trying to reduce costs while remaining green in order to help our environment. There’s no better way to do this than optimizing the amount of useable light from the sun during the day, and limiting the amount of electricity used.

To meet this demand, Lutron has developed a software umbrella named Quantum. Quantum is a total package energy savings and comfort setting system.

It works by managing the following under one software umbrella:
  • Lighting Controls
  • Motorized Window Shades
  • Digital Ballasts and LED drivers
  • Sensors
Employees are more productive when they’re comfortable, so by providing the right amount of light, preserving scenic views, eliminating glare, and reducing heat gain, everyone comes out as a winner in the end.

Quantum can be used for retrofit applications, and is ideal for new construction. It has the ability to control a single level, an entire building, or a campus with multiple buildings. You can also receive alerts and reports to identify any issues quickly so they can be taken care of in a timely manner.

If you’re interested in the Quantum system, click on this link to Lutron’s website and don’t be afraid to ask us how it can be incorporated in to your business.



Invisible Speakers 

Imagine standing in a space where sound is audible, yet not visibly coming from anywhere. No, you’re not going insane; you’ve just been introduced to one of the latest technologies which allows for spaces to come alive without sacrificing design style.

Invisible speakers, like Triad’s DesignerSeries, can be installed in to either walls or ceilings, and are meant to be plastered, wall papered or painted over. They utilize a revolutionary “diffuse source” vibrating sound-board technique in order to produce highly understandable, clear and clean sound. This gives you truly invisible speakers while producing amazing sound.

Even though the speakers are installed in to the wall underneath plaster, wallpaper or paint, they can be removed and reused if you move or do any major home renovations.

Break away from the norm, and follow this link to Triad’s website for more information.

Links of the Week #19


Crestron FlipTops 

Crestron is bringing your conference room to life while offering sophisticated and organized solutions with their new FlipTops.

With FlipTops installed in your conference or lectern areas, you’ll be ready to connect with any device, and have the option to charge them at the same time. Be the king of your next meeting by installing a FlipTops at the head of the table with an integrated 5” capacitive touch screen display. You’ll be able to easily control AV, lights, shades, and climate from your seat. By installing basic FlipTops at every seat, your employees and board members can also stay connected.

Optional cable retractors auto-lock at the desired length and have adjustable retraction speeds to keep you from ever having to worry about tangled cords underneath the desks again. Each FlipTops also has a tapered, notched lid which allows cables to remain connected and crimp-free when the top is closed.

For more on this product, visit Crestron's website.




It’s important to keep your employees happy. This allows your company to retain employees for longer periods, as well as improving their productivity while at work.

This is probably the “Coolest” product you could ever incorporate in to your next company retreat to keep your employees satisfied.

This cooler packs a punch:
  • A removable and waterproof Bluetooth speaker
  • A USB charger
  • LED interior lighting (if the party goes on in to the night)
  • Tie-down straps for carrying your gear
  • A divider that can also be used as a cutting board
  • A built in picnic area in the lid which stores plates and a ceramic paring knife
  • A bottle opener
  • Wide beach tires to get through rough terrain
  • A fully-functional 18v blender with rechargeable battery (Yes, a blender)
Go to Coolest's kickstarter campaign page to watch a video and to get more information. The campaign has already blown way past its original goal, and still has over 40 days to go.

Links of the Week #18


Nano LCR 3.0 

Earlier this year, Triad Speakers introduced their newest speaker bar, the OnWall Nano LCR 3.0. It was designed to be used with flat-panel televisions, and boasts 3-in-1 technology; meaning it replaces the need to have a left, right, and center speaker to deliver surround sound.

Nano LCR 3.0 can be mounted on the wall, or directly to the television display. It can be used as a standalone speaker or you can combine it with one of Triad’s OmniSubs to deliver optimal home theater performance. There is a standard size available, but it can also be built to order allowing you to customize it to the size of your television (up to 82”) and it can also be painted in any color you desire.

If you’d like more information on this product, be sure to visit Triad's website, and watch the video from InfoComm14.



Lighting Sensors 

Saving energy isn’t only good for our pockets, but it’s also good for the environment. Lutron offers a variety of lighting sensors that can help us achieve this goal.

With occupancy and vacancy sensors, you can easily move from room to room without ever forgetting to turn the light off behind you. This is especially useful for those with small children. With a variety of sensors, you can pick whether you want the lights in a given room to come on automatically when you enter, or you can simply press a button and walk away. With either option, upon leaving the room, the lights will automatically shut off.

Check out Lutron's website for more information and informative videos on these products.

Links of the Week #17


Transparent Displays 

At InfoComm14, one of the highlights was LG’s multi-touch 47” transparent LCD display.

Innovation drives inspiration, and the like. It’s just natural that we strive to make the world around us come alive with information. Right now LG’s focus is on the commercial side, but it doesn’t stop there; the possibilities of in-home use could be grand as well.

These displays first made headway a few years ago, but are starting to gain traction as the technology improves.


  • Smart refrigerators that become transparent when you walk up to them to save you from having to open the door to see what’s inside
  • Business fronts which could show promotions or ads based on the information it gathers from your cell phone
  • Walking up to a vending machine that interacts with you while showing an ad right on the front, but the product inside is still visible
  • Jewelry cases showing the prices of the items you’re looking at while also displaying information about them
  • Going to a museum or zoo and seeing information displayed on the front of the exhibits

We could go on and on, but we’ll let you continue imagining what could be done with this technology.
Check out this vine if you’d like to see the display in action during the conference.



Lampless Projectors 

Most of us can remember a time when our teachers would wheel out that big, hefty overhead projector and would demand that we take endless notes, while they continually slapped one transparent page after another on the screen. They also had to constantly change out the lamps because they’d burned out quickly.

Projectors have come a long way since then. Panasonic has developed and launched their Solid Shine Series of lampless mounted projectors, which use a newly developed LED/Laser-Combined light source. Panasonic even won a Reader’s Choice Award for Projector Manufacturer at this year’s InfoComm14.

Now, these lampless projectors have been out for a few years now, but recent technology allows the newest projectors to boast:

  • Approximately 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation
  • Long-lasting picture quality
  • Superior color reproduction
  • Quick start and quick off
  • Capable of 24/7 continuous operation
  • Run more efficiently

For a video explanation of these new projectors check out this YouTube video from July 2013, or go directly to the Panasonic's website to read more.

Links of the Week #16


Bionic Pancreas 

With the explosion of technology and new ideas on the forefront each and every day, it’s no wonder so many people are trying to make their mark. One father is taking his knowledge and trying to make a difference in people’s lives by saving them.

Ed Damiano’s 15 year old son, David, has been dealing with Type 1 Diabetes since he was just 11 months old. Every night, David is hooked up to a glucose monitor that will alarm his father when his blood sugar gets too low.

In an attempt to battle this, and to prevent deaths, Damiano has developed a bionic pancreas which monitors and controls the patient’s blood sugar wirelessly, sending the information through an app available on an iPhone.

This bionic pancreas is unique in that it analyzes the data and sends signals to two pumps instead of just one. One of the pumps contains insulin which helps to regulate the patient’s blood sugar by reducing the levels if it gets too high, and the other pump contains glucagon which raises it when it gets too low.

David will be going off to college in a few years, so Damiano is still trying to get the device approved by the FDA and hopes that it will be available before his son’s first night alone at college. The preliminary tests have showed promising, and Damiano has been approved for a new round of testing.

For more information on this device, visit NPR's blog and listen to the story.



People are becoming more health conscious and their decision to do so is fueling a revolution of change in the technology world.

A company called Mark One has created a unique cup, named Vessyl, which can track the user’s intake levels and displays the information on both the side of the cup and on an app for your smart phone in real time.

Vessyl features lenses which are specific ways to track anything from:
  • losing weight
  • staying hydrated
  • regulating caffeine intake
  • building muscle, sleeping better
  • regulating sugar intake.

So, say you’re focusing on losing weight and tracking your water intake throughout the day. Vessyl can recognize each drink you pour in to it and show you caloric values, sugar levels, and much more in real time. It can also track your water intake to keep you in your prime hydration zone.

Vessyl features a spill-proof, easy-open lid so you can take it with you wherever you go no matter what you’re doing.

Visit Mark One's site to see what Vessyl is all about and to watch their video.

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