We all love the old nob and key, but smart locks are becoming the new crush of modern-day. Or are they? Let's take a look at the pros and cons of both, and you can decide for yourself. (Before continuing below, you can find an in-depth description for both types of locks here.)
Traditional Locks: Pros
1. PRICE. You can't beat the price of a traditional lock. You can find them as cheap as $9 at Walmart, maybe even cheaper elsewhere.
2. INSTALLATION. It's pretty easy as long as you know how to use a screwdriver, or know how to read directions.
3. No technical difficulties. As soon as your lock is in place it's ready to be used, issue free!
4. Only a certain shaped key has access to the lock. No other key is designed to fit the lock. Unless you've made multiple keys, only those with the key have access.
Traditional Locks: Cons
1. The downside of having a traditional lock and key is that you need a key. Don't lose it, or you might have to crawl in through a window!
2. It's easy for these locks to be removed from your door by intruders leaving them with easy access into your home if they're good with a screwdriver too. Easy come easy go.
3. Houseguests and new roommates need the key for entry, which is an inconvenience if you can't be two places at once or don't want to make a replica.
4. Traditional locks are good for picking. Literally, since there's a keyhole someone could pick the lock, if they're into that.
Smart Locks: Pros
1. CONVENIENCE! All you need is a secure access code, no keys necessary. Smart locks are also compatible with smartphones through an app where you can lock and unlock your door no matter where you are. No worrying about needing an extra key for guests or trying to remember if you locked the door or not, just check/use the app.
2. ALERT SYSTEM. It's not as easy for a smart lock to be removed from a door by an intruder because most smart locks have a built-in siren or alarm system to let you know about any suspicious activity.
3. No one can pick your lock if you have a keyless entry.
4. Bluetooth camera connectivity. Some smart locks (there is a variety) can connect to your security camera system or come with a camera built-in which is compatible with smart lock apps and can be hooked up via Bluetooth so you can view any camera activity directly from your phone.
Smart Locks: Cons
1. "Dolla dolla bill ya'll." These things can get pretty pricey. I've seen smart locks that range up to $800, but I'd pay a lot for safety too so no judgment here.
2. Technical issues. Some smart locks require a network connection, they can also run out of battery life. While other malfunctions could mean you need an upgraded lock.
3. Code hacking! If someone has the time, or your code is simple to crack-- they can certainly hack it. Make sure not to use a birth date just to be safe.
4. Instead of depending on a key you have to depend on a smartphone or a code. Just keep your smartphone charged and/or don't forget your lock code!
There are far more pros and cons to both locks, but after this little list which one do you like more? We Are More specializes in smart locks, so if you have any more questions about those or need help installing multiple for your home or business (including alarm systems or any security control) let us know.
Generally, an Amazon Alexa listens and responds to requests like setting alarms, playing music, and answering questions that you might’ve looked up on your computer instead. The smart speaker is activated by voice commands when you address the device by saying “Alexa” before any request. People can turn any office or living space into a smart location by simply having an Amazon Alexa.
There is a long list of “smart” tasks that Alexa can do besides the general uses. There are also a variety of Alexa devices to use which include voice activated remote controls for all control systems, thermostats, security and doorbell cameras, alarm clocks and weather monitors, thermostats, outfit organizers, and of course home and portable speakers, connected by WiFi or Bluetooth. The number of devices provided leads to a wide range of smart home capability.
Aside from asking about the weather, finding immediate answers to questions, or enjoying a fuller sound system (Amazon provides Alexa subwoofers too) you can also control the rest of your home with your voice as well. Camera feeds, temperature, locks, smart outlets, lighting, door bells and so much more. Alexa has over 50,000 skills available to users, and Amazon Alexa products also come in kits/bundle packages to ensure you have the best experience for a startup smart home or smart business.
After connecting your Alexa to other devices and/or apps, such as your coffee maker, or smart vacuum, Alexa can do things for you without you moving a finger. Want your coffee ready in the morning? Ask Alexa to make your coffee at a certain time so it’s waiting when you wake up. Don’t have enough time to vacuum manually? Tell Alexa to start the vacuum for you. Need a personal gym trainer but don’t have time for the gym? Ask Alexa about her 7 minute workout. To see a detailed list about more of the significant skills Alexa can do, click here and here.
We Are More uses an Amazon Alexa to control lighting, music, projection screens, and televisions in their office. Whether it’s a shop or business office, there are a lot of options for turning it into a smart space. Conference calls can be put on a louder speaker at board meetings, no more fumbling in the dark, just ask Alexa to turn on the lights when opening up in the morning or turning off lights when closing up at night. The most known feature and personal favorite is having control of background music, connect other smart speakers to a single device to play music throughout the store or office.
There’s no doubt that these handy devices are becoming part of everyday life for some. They’re easy to use, timesaving, and cost effective. If you’re someone who doesn’t want to spend a whole lot on installations for a smart home or smart business, then Amazon Alexa is a perfect fit for you. Take it from We Are More, they love Alexa!
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According to the US Census Bureau of 2017 County and MSA Population Estimates, “Maui’s population has increased by 11,423 residents since 2000.” As population increases, a variation of technology being used increases as well. Keeping Maui on the move through the demand of technology for the population growth considering new homes, and businesses is part of what keeps the community thriving.
Hawaii state is always progressing towards what’s next when it comes to technology. Along with its location in the Pacific, Hawaii is a “natural portal between the US and Asian high technology markets.” The population growth has led to more small business startups and more developers finding new housing opportunities. Through this, people are trying to find more and more ways to be cost effective and environmentally efficient.
The biggest way to be eco friendly and save money might be a shocker to those uneducated on the topic, but technology is what saves money and the environment. Look at it this way; what is the purpose of technology? Technology was created to make things easier, to make things more affordable in the long run. We Are More continues to offer quality technology installations and administrative help to those who want to join the move from the past to the now.
Maui is a large tourism location and with the help of technology it will continue to flourish. Adding technology infrastructure to hotels, condos, and rental homes makes the paradise life more, well, more paradise. Simple efficiencies like temperature control add to the island experience. Locals know how hot it can get, mixed with Hawaii’s humidity, it’s satisfying coming back to a room with a comfortably cool temperature that is set by the guests themselves.
With Hawaii having some of the highest electric rates in the country, electricity bills are often ridiculous for the average person. In fact “electricity prices in Hawaii are more than twice the national average.” Technology like solar panels are a perfect example on how the everyday citizen can cut back on sky rocketing monthly electric bills. Solar aids those who would rather spend a lump sum of money in one month, than hundreds of dollars every month.
There is a long list of ways that Maui can and is using technology for the betterment of the beautiful island and its people. Companies like We Are More want to help other businesses and home owners join the move. By looking into the benefits of technology and what it takes to keep up with the times. Not just to join a bandwagon, but to be more cost effective as a community and continue to care for our environment utilizing technology in any way we can.
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1. What are telecommunications? “Telecommunications, also known as telecom, is the exchange of information over significant distances by electronic means and refers to all types of voice, data and video transmission.”
2. What was the name of the first telephone for telecommunication? The “harmonic telegraph.”
3. What are examples of telecommunications? Telecommunications has a wide range of examples in the audio-visual field of which include cell phones, VoIP telephones, landlines, internet, fax machines, laptops, and all other networks. Basically, anything that can send a message through electromagnetic waves or signals.
4. What kind of jobs are in telecommunications? There’s a lot, so click here!
5. How do I start my own telecommunications company? To sum it up, you need to create a business plan, name and register your business, make sure to get all your licenses and permits, pay the Federal Communications Commission, find where you’ll be getting your money from, and that’s that. For a step by step detailed list click here!
6. What do telecommunication companies do? They provide all networking systems within wired, wireless, and satellite sectors to ensure communication for businesses, families, and the average Joe.
7. What are the types of telecommunications? According to Wikipedia, telecommunication types consist of e-mail, fax, instant messaging, radio satellite, telegraphy, telephony, television broadcasting, videoconferencing, and VoIP (voice over internet protocol).
8. What are the biggest telecommunication companies? In 2018 a study conducted that AT&T and Verizon are at the top of being the largest and best telecommunication companies in the world.
9. Are telecommunications important? Well let’s put it this way, without telecommunications we wouldn’t have any communication outside of writing letters. So, you decide, is it important?
10. What is mobile telecommunication? Anything mobile is technically wireless, so wireless telecommunication would be the “exchange of information over significant distances” whether it’s transferred by sound, data, or displayed signals.
11. What’s the difference between telecommunication and communication? Telecommunication is referred to communicating from a certain distance, while communication encompasses all forms of signaling a message.
12. Is telecommunication a part of information technology? IT definitely becomes a part of telecommunications when there is a mix of unified communications and telecommunications at the same time; which would be known as ICT. Wikipedia states that “ICT is also used to refer to the convergence of audiovisual and telephone networks with computer networks through a single cabling or link system.”
13. What are the benefits of telecommunication? Click here for details, but the main benefits (especially when it comes to businesses) are improved efficiency, better flexibility, improved collaborative work, better connections, and savings.
14. What is engineering in telecommunication? “Telecommunications engineers are part of every process of creating a telecom system, dealing with both software and hardware.” Telecommunication engineers initially design, assess, develop, and restore all telecommunication soft/hardware.
15. Is a telecommunications job a sustainable career choice? The way technology is constantly changing in a progressive way, a job in telecommunications proves to be a great career choice. With that being said, it is a competitive business to run but constantly needed.
16. Who should I go to in Hawaii when it comes to telecommunication? WE ARE MORE of course! VoIP is something we’ve been introducing to a lot of businesses as a better way of communication for scalability, legacy technologies, and integration with other business systems (including hotels, condos, offices etc). Call (808)-280-1679 for an estimate!
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Majority of burglars steer clear of homes with a visible security system. If you live in a high-risk area, consider the benefits of a home security system before opting it out of your budget. Security systems can be cheaper than expected and worth the cost when the reality is that only a handful of break ins result in thieves going to jail. However, there are still people who don’t feel the need for a security system but want to take persuasions when it comes to the dangerous world we live in. Which is why I've listed 15 ways to secure a home without a security system.
1. If it’s not already obvious, lock your front door.
It’s funny because intruders usually don’t walk through the front door. In fact, according to former police officer and U.S. army Captain Alexia Chianis only 34% of thieves enter through front doors! Having your doors locked is still a good idea though, you never know if that 34% is hanging out in your neighborhood.
2. Lock your other doors and all your windows!
Without any audio or visual alarm system/surveillance, your best bet is to lock your house up! Only about 30% of burglars come through the windows or other doors (like garage doors) of a home. Including front doors, that’s a total of 64% of entry ways for a burglar to get into your house. Keeping all doors and windows locked while your away is an immediate plus for keeping your home safe! When you are home, especially when your alone, at least keep your doors locked.
3. If you’re home alone or with children, always keep a cellphone on you.
Based on a crime victimization survey by the U.S. Department of Justice, 3 out of 10 times someone is home during a burglary and 7% out of 28% of these intrusions result in violent misconduct. Having a cellphone on you during a break in will make it easier to call for help and will result in police getting to your house before anything brutally criminal takes place.
4. Keep your most prized possessions hidden or locked away in a safe.
In the circumstance that someone does break into your home, whether you’re there or not, it’s wise to keep your valuable belongings locked away. Precious, sentimental, and high-priced items such as jewelry, keep sakes, guns, camera’s, music equipment and office equipment should be kept in a separate locked up space away from master bedrooms.
5. Make sure your master bedroom is free of prized possessions.
The master bedroom is usually the first place a thief will target to steal from because this is where most people keep their most expensive things. If a burglar goes into a master bedroom with nothing to grab at, the chances of something valuable being stolen is diminished. This not only leaves the burglar confused but also gives them less time to look for something to steal. In most instances it only takes a burglar less than ten minutes to enter and exit a home with something in hand. Without anything to steal, burglars will most likely think they are running out of time and flee the home empty handed before heading to another room.
6. Get a security camera or two.
Getting a few security cameras doesn’t result in a full security system, but it does result in more security! If a home has been broken into and the burglar got away, the odds of it being broken into again by the same burglar are high. It will also be looked be vulnerable to other thieves. Having a security camera’s around will ward them off. If you absolutely can’t budge to get some cameras. A little trick is getting old security camera’s that don’t work anymore or making fake DIY security cameras to put up around your house. With the illusion of security, it’s more likely that burglars won’t bother to break in, and old thieve won’t bother re-entry.
7. Double up on locks.
Putting extra locks on doors and windows will always be a great addition to safety when your home or away on vacation. If unlocking a bunch of locks is too much of a hassle for you, consider trading traditional locks for smart locks. Never use a key again and ditch the spare key under the mat, access your home using a code instead.
8. If you have a spare key, don’t keep it at your house.
Give it to a trusted neighbor or relative to keep at their house instead. When you need your spare key, you can get it from them and eliminate all risks of having it left where potential attackers can easily find it. The smartest thing to do is keep it with you, but the second-best thing is to leave it with a friend.
9. Use peel and stick alarms.
These alarms are inexpensive compared to security and surveillance networks but still give off a warning during intrusions. Alarms like this are small enough not to be detected and loud enough to be heard by close neighbors, so you can feel comfortable in or outside of your home.
10. Replace your home mailbox with a security mailbox.
Keep mail thieves away from your holiday cards, bank statements, and personal letters by installing a security mailbox. A standard mailbox can be as cheap as ten dollars from Walmart, but will it account for stolen mail? I highly recommend spending the extra thirty dollars if you’re worried about mail thieves.
11. Keep your yard free of tools/toys.
When you have multiple things laying around in your yard, it makes it a lot easier for by passers to scope out your belongings and take things from your property when you aren’t looking. Whether it’s at night when everyone in your home is sleeping or in the middle of the day when you’re at work or school. The chances of someone stealing things from your yard are lower when there’s nothing in your yard to steal, go figure!
12. Invest in building a fence and having a gate for your yard/driveway.
Having your space enclosed will significantly decrease onlookers from coming into your yard. With a fence you don’t have to worry about the kids leaving their bikes out in the driveway or worry if someone will dismantle and take that swing set you just bought, and never have random people turning around in your driveway again!
13. Keep your house lit.
Leaving a light on at home when you’re out for the night will leave an illusion that someone is there and will influence burglars to wait and try another time to avoid being caught. Lights around your yard, or behind shrubbery will also eliminate hiding places. Without a place to hide, thieves are less likely to try breaking in because they won’t have a secure escape route.
14. Keep in touch with your neighbors and look out for each other’s property.
Criminal activity is less likely to follow through in tight knit communities where everyone looks out for each other. When neighbors are away, let them know of any fishy activity you see at their homes and communicate about them doing the same for you while you’re away on trips. This not only creates trust between you and your neighbors but ensures your property will be looked out for even without a surveillance system.
15. Make sure to turn off location services when you’re away.
You never know who could be stalking your whereabouts through social media. If you’re away on a trip, wait till you come back home to post pictures and videos. Or, if you have the “posting bug” and can’t help but do it, be sure to keep your location a secret. Don’t broadcast the dates you’ll be away either, this could potentially set up a time frame for someone to break into your home.
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1. Watering systems: Use smart watering so you don’t have to deal with finding someone to water your plants when you’re away and don’t have to sacrifice not having a garden if you don’t have time to care for it.
2. Robotic lawn mowers: How amazing would it be to wake up on your day off and not have to mow the lawn? You can! Like most smart home appliances, robotic mowers can be controlled by a mobile app that monitors all actions straight from your phone.
3. Sprinkler Controller: Yeah, a controller for your sprinklers. Also used from the comfort of your palm on a smart phone but can connect to other smart devices like Amazon’s Alexa to be controlled by voice commands.
4. Robotic Pool Cleaners: This was already a thing, but we’re closer to the days of pool boys coming to an end with this one. Why pay someone to clean your pool every week when you could make a one-time purchase for a lifetime pool cleaner?
5. Smart Mattress: Smart beds have sensors to help you fall asleep faster and more comfortably. Learn about your sleep schedule alongside your bed, now able to adjust and follow sleep patterns so you get the absolute best out of your nights rest.
6. Smart Robots for Cleaning the floors: The nifty vacuuming robot has been around for a while, which we all know as “Roomba” but what about a mopping robot? They’re a thing these days. Never have to worry about cleaning the floors again.
7. Smart Kitchen Appliances:
a. Perfect Bake Pro: if you’re a baker, this would be your best friend for all measuring. Even non-bakers would want to have a smart baking scale.
b. Smart Coffee Makers: Have coffee made and waiting for you in the morning. Skip the hassle of not having time to make your coffee and stopping at a drive through all together.
c. Wifi Crockpots: Control the temperature and time of your slow cooker from your smart phone.
d. Smart Microwave: Did you ever put something in the microwave for too long or not long enough? Start it up again. Talk to your microwave via voice command after connecting it to Amazon’s Alexa.
e. Precision Cooker: an appliance such as this actually allows you to monitor and cook food without you having to be there. Connected to WiFi, an app lets you monitor the process.
f. Smart Conventional Oven: Conventional ovens have been replacing microwaves everywhere as a healthier alternative. One smart conventional oven called “The June Oven” also has an air fryer, dehydrator, slow cooker, broiler, toaster, and warming drawer and on top of all that you can control it from your phone! I predict these will be the next big thing in kitchen appliances.
g. Smart Refrigerator: Along with touchscreen memo boards, recipes, access to grocery lists, built in coffee makers, nutritional facts, and more, they also have built in cameras that allow you to look inside your fridge from the grocery store.
8. Thermostats: A smart thermostat can be easily controlled from outside of your home as well as indoors. It’s a hot day, want to keep the house cool for when you return? Adjust your temperature before you get home to ensure you walk into a comfortable space.
9. Smart Lighting: connect all your lights to smart devices like your phone or an Amazon Alexa speaker so they can be accessed via voice command or text. Opting for LED lights are the best option for your wallet and the environment.
10. Smart Switches: If you’re someone whose not crazy about having an Amazon Alexa speaker out on the counter at all times, or don’t want your toddlers grabbing at it, maybe you’d be better off with a smart switch. Ecobee is a company that integrated Amazon Alexa into a light switch and does everything Alexa does and more.
11. Control Panels: Much like a control switch, control panels are touchscreen tablets mounted on walls (or wherever you want) and used to control all smart devices in the home, any lighting, audio-visual appliances, temperature, and even checking your security cameras can be accessed all from this single panel.
12. Smart Remotes: If you’re not into voice commands or don’t want to fiddle with a smart phone, and don’t want to get up to check a mounted tablet on a wall-- what about a universal remote? It’s not just for your television, but also for your speakers, your lights, or any other Bluetooth appliance you own.
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13. Security Systems: Having smart security appliances are the best way to keep you and your family safe. Intruders are a rising issue in our world but so are natural impositions like flooding, leaks, and fires. Stack your options with smart locks, a home security system, surveillance cameras, sensors, and more.
When it comes to smart home devices, there are plenty of options to go around. Whether you choose to use any one of these appliances in the near future or all, you’ll have a great experience. Majority of the things listed don’t require installations but be sure to call We Are More for any system installments or products. We’d love to help!
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There are three main types of lighting;
1. Ambient lighting creates lighting that’s as natural as can be. It isn’t overpowering or straining to the eyes and covers the whole space with natural lighting.
2. Accent lighting puts attention on it’s subject. Lighting like this is usually for displaying items such as sculptures, showcased collections, or bookstands.
3. Task lighting is for none other than doing tasks. When you cook, read, or knit, task lighting shines light on what you’re doing with concentration lighting to help you do your tasks.
Then there’s different forms of lighting within each type category. Whether it’s lighting for weddings, parties, concerts, bedrooms, churches, dining rooms, offices, kitchen, or theater lighting, the following are some types that you can use to your personal preference.
4. Pin spot lighting is a form of Accent lighting, highlights certain features such as a center piece, or certain plants outdoors.
5. String lights, to hang around the venue either vertically or horizontally would be ambient lighting. Weddings typically display this type of lighting but in homes, this decoration is often found in bedrooms as a recreation of stars indoors.
6. Color wash lighting changes the tone of any landscape or room with colors. Lighting with different colors is a fun way to express different moods and play around with different hues and vibes.
7. Another fun way to do lighting is by putting stencils over the lights to create designs on backdrops, this is called gobos lighting. Fun for children’s rooms or having pretty patterns on stages or at weddings.
For any of these options it’s best to use LED lights. LED means “light-emitting diode.” They don’t heat up as much as regular lightbulbs and they don’t take up as much energy making them cost effective. They’re used as smart bulbs because they can be linked to WIFI and synced with smart home devices to turn off and on with voice commands or through certain apps.
No matter what type of lighting you use or need, there’s a form for you and all your lighting needs. Call We Are More for any lighting installations or set ups at events, theaters, weddings etc. We can make your dreams come true!
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We know boats can’t educate themselves, so We Are More does the job. Installing smart features on your water vessel is all it takes. Smart marine technology consists of everything that a smart home would, plus a few extras. Just to name a few, security systems, audio-visual systems, WiFi, radar, distress signals, autopilots, GPS, air conditioning, thermal imaging, monitors, drones, and more.
Imagine having a sonar device reachable from anywhere on the boat, or trackers for fishing. If you’re a fisherman, pulling out a phone or tablet might not be so easy on the water, good thing you can install charging and mounting devices to have electronics easily accessible.
Using a single smart device to wirelessly manage all systems on a smart boat isn’t just easier on the captain but also on his wallet. Instead of installing multiple devices for different tasks, racking up a costly amount, owners can opt for single installations that work throughout the vessel as a network. Using a single control panel or app no matter where you are.
Even after leaving a boat at its dock, people can continue to feel safe with security system installments. These systems can be accessed through any mobile smart device from anywhere in the world. Continually keep an eye on your boat while travelling, without worry. Since most boats are usually unattended it's smart to stay connected to them.
Aside from security camera’s giving off visual, you can also set up a sensor alert system that tells you if there’s activity around your boat, or if your boat is being maneuvered when you aren’t there. Security features aren’t just for intruders to get caught; you can also watch for rising tides, electrical problems on board, weather conditions and so on. Owners can also feel safe while on the water, with a control center that monitors everything from engine temperature to alerting you if the anchor is still down.
Tap into all sound controls and lighting as well. Turn up the tunes, change the songs, or shuffle your playlists through voice commands, a smart device, or control panel. Switch from dim dinner lighting on the water to neon hues in seconds or keep it casual by simply having regular lights you can turn off and on without having to flip a switch. You can also install features that’ll have everything on the boat turned on and ready to go before you step onboard.
There are almost an endless number of features that you can equip your boat with to make it smart. These fast-moving technologies are making their way to boats all over the world. Call We Are More for any estimates or installations, we have all your solutions. Having more flexibility on the ocean is a must, give it a try.
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“Influential” is a title given to something or someone who has an impact on the actions of another person or thing. We all know, whether it’s good or bad, celebrities are influential people. How about their homes? These are a few of the most influential smart homes owned by celebrities. Houses like the one pictured will make people re-think using a control system in their own home or business. These mansions are tailored to wealthy homeowners, but any building can be turned into a smart home, even for those with a budget.
The beautiful home above is in Colorado and owned by none other than Oprah Winfrey. It features an in-home theater, a jacuzzi room, a guest house and more. The billionaire also has smart home automation set up with remote-controlled systems throughout her household, such as being able to water her plants while she’s away. Not to mention her “smart” driveway, with a heated ground during the colder months to keep it clear of ice and snow buildup, as well as notification sensors that tell her when people arrive at her home even when she’s on vacation.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, uses the luxury of having a smart home to a different extent. He has an electronic butler installation within his house. The voice automation is named “Jarvis,” after Iron Man’s own AI butler. He’s run through an app wired to listen and respond to typescript or speech. Unlike Siri and Alexa, “Jarvis” is used to control everything in the home from locks, lighting, entries, audio-visual sound systems, temperature, and he’s even able to perform meal preparation.
A mansion like Bill Gates’ can’t go unnoticed in this category. Even his pool is equipped with an underwater sound system. There’s nothing like being able to listen to music under water, right? Touch screen tablets in every room allow his guests to control music, lights, and temperature in their own space. However, his home automation goes even farther, guests are given devices that connect them to all smart home controls throughout the entire mansion.
Actress Sofia Vergara knew exactly what she wanted out of her Smart Home and got it. She’s able to relax and enjoy as her automation systems manage all security, appliances, and any entertainment within her home. She’s also planning on moving up the scale by adding an in-home robot much like Zuckerberg’s J.A.R.V.I.S. to do things around the house. By the looks of it, she’ll have that installation done as well.
Feeling influenced? Everyone deserves to stay connected, safe, and valued. Whether it’s a sound system, security, lighting, temperature control, all the above or more, look into smart home installation and see what you would want out of it. How could it help you? If money is an issue, remember that depending on what or how much you want done, you don't have to be a billionaire to put some smarts into a structure. We Are More specializes in automation installments and would be happy to assist any home or business with an interest in this leading technology.
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Who else likes to boost their audio-visual experience with surround sound? In the average home theater, there are usually no more than seven speakers and no less than four. Along with those speakers, every booming sound system has a subwoofer. Each speaker has a separate task, which I’ll explain below. aside from the subwoofer, there is a center channel speaker, a speaker to the left and one to the right, these would be your front speakers, then you have the surround speakers.
The subwoofer is a loudspeaker component designed to reproduce very low bass frequencies. It's what makes vibrations during the intense scenes in a movie. Whenever there is an explosion, an earthquake, or something of the sort in any film, a subwoofer is the reason you can feel the room shaking. The low rumbling you hear and feel is a result of the sub. It’s not only the bass in the room but also the base for the rest of the sound system.
Front left and right speakers are used to get a sound that travels the width of an amount of space. If you were sitting in a home theater, these are the speakers that would normally be facing the audience on opposite sides of the room (hence one on the left and one on the right). These speakers move sounds from one side of the room to the other by accommodating the center channel speaker to put you in the action on your screen.
No one likes watching a movie where the sound is lagging behind the lips moving on a movie. Yet, you know exactly what I’m talking about. A center channel speaker is important-- aren’t they all? -- because they’re the reason that what you see on screen matches the sound you hear. It’s the speaker that spills all dialogue and gives out majority of special effect sounds throughout films.
Surround sound speakers do exactly what their name says. They give you surround sound. These speakers have different placement based off personal desires but typically they are behind the audience; either placed on the ground, up on a table/desk of some kind, or up on a wall. Surround sound speakers are like the toppings on your favorite ice cream sundae. They complete the set up. These speakers give off the sound that submerges the audience in whatever is on their screen. They lock everything in place.
You don’t need to have an actual theater in your home to have a home theater system set up. These speakers come in many sizes and can be adjusted to make any sized room feel and sound like an actual theater room. systems like this are great to set up just for listening to music as well. Just as an extra tip, if you’re one of the few who don’t know, you will also need a surround sound Receiver aka an AV Receiver. A receiver is the heart of a home theater system. The way a human heart pumps blood in and out of itself and then throughout the human body, a receiver pumps input and output frequencies of sound throughout the speakers. So go try it out!
Call We Are More if you need help with installations or if you need to purchase any speakers; fair warning though-- we will only offer you the best of the best.
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Samara Shaw does We Are More's PR & Marketing which includes writing our blogs! She was born and raised in Hawaii and writes content to help our audience have a better insight on technical solutions big and small.