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TODAY and TOMORROW
Forward-thinking manufacturers have gone beyond just making their devices work; they've put tremendous thought and
effort into making devices that people want to have in their home. Aesthetically pleasing finishes have become important.
up such that it's possible to reveal a big theater screen, change
the lighting to improve the ambience and control what's going
on with the music - all from a single app. Furthermore, parties
in smart media rooms sound great because the sound can be
incorporated into the walls and distributed to the homeowner's
liking. The future of smart-home design seems to bring us
everything we ever imagined from a theater experience.
Incorporating the Home Office
All these technology modernizations unintentionally prepared
our homes to host us for remote work. The home office was
completely reinvented during the pandemic. Gone are the days
of the clunky black-box workstation, with bad lighting and slow
broadband. Many of us have transformed our work-from-home
spaces into things of art and beauty; which empowers us to
achieve an elevated level of productivity and comfort, as well as
a positive image. High-quality spatial audio, noise-cancellation
technologies and immersive video experiences have never
been more important to job satisfaction and to collaborating
effectively with colleagues and customers.
Many of the remote-working tools have themselves transformed.
Forward-thinking manufacturers have gone beyond
just making their devices work; they've put tremendous
thought and effort into making devices that people would
want to have in their home. These days, aesthetically pleasing
finishes have become just as important as reliable functioning.
Ultimately, these home-office modernizations will become
incredibly important as organizations continue to adopt and
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embrace hybrid work. In order to feel comfortable working
remotely, individuals need to be able to utilize tech tools that
make them feel good. That, in turn, will make them more comfortable
and confident during business calls.
Truly savvy commercial integrators have recognized the
connection between the smart home and the new home
office, and they've worked to blend enterprise-grade technology
- equipment designed specifically for the home office
- with the smart controls and devices that people already use
in modern homes. The result provides harmony where, in the
past, there would have been chaos and conflict.
Final Thoughts
What was previously the domain of sci-fi movies is becoming
reality. Having a smart home is the way of the future. Using
smart-home devices, we will focus more on our comfort,
well-being and security. Smart-home design allows us to take
full advantage of the practical benefits of an automated home
system while, at the same time, ensuring that one's home looks
aesthetically in tune with current interior-design trends. Coordinating
and blending those smart-home designs with remote
workstations is becoming a win-win. Understanding both the
enterprise-integration domain and the residential-integration
world is an obvious way for integrators to stand out in this field
of growing importance and interest.
Evan Kirstel is cofounder and chief digital evangelist with
EvIRA Health.
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