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Helping Your Family Feel Safe During the Holidays and all Year long

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The holiday is a time for family gatherings and family dinners, and it’s often a time to think about your family’s safety in your home especially when you can’t be there.

The professionals at Hometronics Lifestyles provides products and services to help with your family’s safety and peace of mind when you’re at home or away from home. From automated lighting, heating, security systems, motorized shades, and HVAC systems, we provide all your smart home needs.

Holidays are often a time when you leave your home for a vacation or to visit other family members. Hometronics Lifestyles can help you to enjoy your vacation or family time away. Our smart home features can make your home seem occupied when you are not home. And all our features can be controlled remotely with web access or via your mobile device.

You can view the status of your home (the security settings, thermostat controls, and lighting) all through a browser or a mobile app. It’s all at your fingertips so you can modify any setting or event from your Apple or Android Device.

You can set your home away alerts to notify you when there is a change in your home’s status or set your heat to lower your temperature settings when you are away. You can also program your lights to turn on and off at certain times of the day.

With our smart doorbell features, should you get packages delivered you can alert neighbors or other family members to secure the packages until your return home. In addition, smart doorbells allow you to view live video remotely if someone is at or around your home. You can also program automatic sensor detector lighting or alarms to go off should someone get too close to your home after hours or tries to open windows or doors. This can also set off alerts that go straight to your mobile device or alert emergency personnel.

Staying home for the holidays, Hometronics Lifestyles also specializes in home theater, distributed audio and media rooms. From holiday movies, sports and holiday music, your entire family can enjoy the latest in smart home audio and visual technology this season. We offer the latest in Frame and OLED TV technology as well as wireless distributed audio throughout your home.

Call us today to see how we can make your holiday season more peaceful and enjoyable at 800-468-9418.

From our family to yours, we wish you the Happiest of Holidays this season!

Give a Masterpiece in TV Technology This Holiday Season, Sony’s Master Series TVs

Whether you are updating your home theater or hoping to delight an avid sports enthusiast or movie buff this holiday season, Sony’s Master Series A9F or Z9F TVs will not disappoint.

In August of this year, Sony released the Master Series TVs, and both lines are getting rave reviews from home theater enthusiasts to techies across the board.

“The Z9F LCD, available in 65-inch and 75-inch sizes, could be the next reigning king of LCDs while the A9F OLED, offered in 55-inch and 65-inch screen sizes, looks to continue Sony’s dominance in the OLED arena,” says TechRadar.

Sony’s Video On its Master TV Series

 

With Sony’s A9F Master Series OLED TV the top features include 4KHDR, X1 Ultimate, OLED technology, Pixel Contrast Booster, Acoustical Surface Audio and is IMAX enhanced.

Sony’s A9F Master Series LCD TV. The top features are 4KHDR, X1 Ultimate, X-Wide Angle, X-tended Dynamic Range (XDR Contrast 12-X), Dolby Vision and are IMAX enhanced.

The A9F OLED and Z9F LCD Master Series share some similar features. Both lines have full-color management systems with automated professional calibration process which includes a new special “Custom” mode already calibrated for consumer use. The new X1 Ultimate processor is also included in both TV series, which helps to improve image quality and enhances the sharpness.

“What we saw at the Sony unveiling with these Master Series TVs was, to say the least, quite impressive,” says 4k Technology.

The A9F OLED includes a Pixel Contrast Booster, boosting colors at high brightness levels, with deeper blacks for a wide-viewing angle. The new Acoustic Surface Audio+ channel sound system includes an additional center actuator and 2 side-facing subwoofers providing a full in theater like sound that comes right from the screen itself.

“The Sony A9F MASTER Series OLED Ultra HD display is a phenomenal achievement, one that is no doubt worth the premium you’ll pay for it,” says Andrew Robinson of Home Theater Review.

In a market dominated by two competing TV panel technologies, LCD and OLED, the Z9F attempts to bring the deep blacks and contrast afforded by OLED while overachieving in every facet of LCD TV: intense brightness, punchy HDR, and a massive palate of colors, which benefits those of us who watch TV in pretty much any place other than a dedicated dark room. Indeed, the Z9F appears to succeed at that goal. And then some, according to an article by Digital Trends.

“Both TVs have a lot to offer,” according to TechRadar magazine. “The Z9F is taking on some of the biggest limitations of LCD TVs that AV enthusiasts have struggled with for years, while the A9F looks set to take OLED’s audio closer on par with its video skills. Both screens come with remotes with microphones and include Android TV with hands-free Google Assistant help … whether you find that a feature or a potential sore spot is up to you.”

Ōlloclip: A Pro Photo Lens for your iPhone (and Samsung Galaxy 5)

Straight From NYC’s CE Week, 2015

These days everyone fancies themselves to be an amateur photographer. It’s no wonder as everyone that has an iPhone in their pocket has instant access to a pretty impressive camera. In a short amount of time smartphones have made the mobile phone a contender for the “best mobile camera” award.

Well, when I was at the 2015 CE Week in New York, I saw the newest option in Galaxy and iPhone accessories that is going to clinch that title for smartphones with ease. The attachments offered by ōlloclip take mobile phone photography to the next level by giving their customers easy access to a variety of high-quality photo lenses. What really caught my interest were the ways it could help those in the A/V custom integration business. When marking wires in a room, the wide-angle lens makes it easier to view the entire room for identification and location purposes. With the fisheye or macro lenses, getting images in a tight spot without pulling the whole rack out is a great way to get serial or product numbers.

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Read on to get a sense of what ōlloclip can provide for you:

The Versatile ōlloclip 4-in-1 Lens:

The ōlloclip 4-in-1 lens gives you the best bang for your buck. The 4 advanced-optic lenses work with both the front and rear-facing cameras on iPhones, allowing for altered views from any angle. They are pocket-sized and can be easily carried around either on the included keychain pendants or in the microfiber bag that doubles as a lens cleaner.

With the fisheye iPhone lens your camera view turns ultra-wide, almost like you’re looking at the world through a fishbowl. The wide-angle lens doubles the size of the image that you can capture with one click, which is great for large buildings or groups of people. Lastly, the 10x and 15x Macro lenses allow for intense magnification of objects, so you can capture the ridges in a fingerprint or the beads of dew on a blade of grass.

Specific to iPhones: Telephoto, CPL, and Ultra-Wide Lenses

If you have an iPhone, the 4-in-1 lens isn’t your only option. Ōlloclip has a variety of other lens combos that grant access to a wider array of camera views. The telephoto lens, for instance, utilizes a 2x optical zoom, which is perfect for capturing objects that are far away, or adding incredible detail to close-up subjects.

The ultra-wide lens is great for action shots, group selfies, and stunning panoramas. And the Circular Polarizing Lens (CPL) reduces glare when shooting reflective surfaces such as water or windows, and also accentuates your photos by making colorful scenes really pop.

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Downsides: No Flash or Phone Cases

Unfortunately, ōlloclip lenses, for the time being, are not compatible with the flash function on your smartphone. This isn’t the biggest problem in the world, as it is often relatively easy to find a light source to add to dark scenes that will allow you to use your lenses anywhere and at any time.

Your phone also needs to be “naked,” unless you purchase ōlloclip’s new phone case. It is also highly unlikely that they’ll be adapting to specific case designs, such as Otterbox, as they would never be able to meet the demands of the rapidly expanding case market.

The bottom line is that ōlloclip is an affordable and highly functional accessory for your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy 5. The camera autofocuses with one tap of a finger and the lenses work with all of the best photo and video apps (Instagram, Vine, SnapChat, etc.). In sum, ōlloclip is a convenient and cool addition for your next adventure.

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