Jasco had a busy and exciting 2016. We launched new products, innovated existing products, and everything in between. Our blog followers have allowed us to share our journey, thoughts, and ideas along the way. Your favorite blog posts from 2016 ranged from DIY smart lamps to everything about surge protectors, and we are so thankful for each and every one of you. See below for your favorite top five blog posts from 2016!
Whether you've dabbled in home automation or consider yourself a "DIY weekend warrior" when it comes to home technology, some smart home projects may seem like an intimidating task at first. Not to mention the number of devices that can be integrated into a smart home is growing at an accelerated rate. However, choosing the best smart devices for your home and lifestyle may be easier than you think. Not all smart home products are overly complex gadgets. There are several options for adding products that are quick and easy to install and require little to no wiring.
First, consider your needs. Do you want to add smart technology throughout your entire home, or add smart devices one room at a time? Second, choose the types of products that would make your life easier. Think about the activities that take place in different rooms on a daily basis. Which of these would be more enjoyable or easier with the help of smart home products?
LED Smart Bulbs are one of the easiest ways to automate your home and our new Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus LED Smart bulb offers a new way to interact with your smart home and save energy. Adding to a comprehensive ecosystem of indoor and outdoor dimmers, switches, sensors and Z-Wave smart controls, the Enbrighten Smart Bulb is fully dimmable and easy to install anywhere in the home without any wiring or complicated set up required. Breathe new life into your Z-Wave smart home by upgrading to Enbrighten LED Smart Bulbs.
Whether you’d like to adjust your home’s lighting for convenience, security, or to simply save more money, we're making it easier to keep your home safer, smarter and more secure. We are excited to announce the availability of three new products joining the largest line of Z-Wave connected lighting controls. Starting today, our new GE Z-Wave Plus Smart Door Sensor, Portable Smart Motion Sensor and 40 Amp Outdoor Smart Switch are now available online and in stores at major retailers.
Star Trek, perhaps more than any other piece of popular culture, has played a special role in the history, evolution, and design of the technology that powers our daily lives. Offering an optimistic vision of humanity’s future, one mainstay of Star Trek’s onscreen universe is its portrayal of futuristic technologies drawn from the most cutting edge ideas of its contemporary scientists, futurists, and authors.
Now 50 years old and spanning over 700 hours of television, Star Trek has inspired two generations of young scientists and engineers to turn its technological vision into reality. The cell phone, desktop computer, touchscreen interfaces, teleconferencing (Skype), and the iPad – to name but a few – all have strong conceptual and aesthetic roots in Star Trek’s portrayal of the future, often decades before their appearance in the real world. But among the most alluring technologies portrayed within its cannon is the concept of the Star Trek Computer and the effortless, AI-assisted control it gives users over information and their environment. That technology is now finally here, and you can have it in your home today.
Home automation is picking up speed, and very soon there will be no slowing it down. Homeowners and tech lovers everywhere are trying their best to get their hands on a piece of the smart home, and take it for a spin to see what all the fuss is about. Now, more than ever, homeowners are gravitating towards finding a spot for tech in their homes. Can you blame them? Connected homes and home automation devices go hand in hand to turn the house into a beacon of comfort, efficiency, and sometimes laziness.
It’s hard work being a parent, especially with a busy school schedule, work schedule and not to mention the countless after school activities and week night practices. Luckily, there are an array of technological advances that can help make our lives much easier. Technology isn’t just a way to bring your home into the twenty-first century, it can also help you parent more effectively so you have more time to spend with your kids. Below are some common problems every parent faces-solved by technology. These are simple and easy solutions that any parent can use to fix small, everyday, problems.
Last week, we headed to the Big Apple for the annual CE Week event, the mid-year tech industry gathering where the trends that are driving adoption of today’s innovative technologies and new products are examined and debuted.
During CE Week 2016, countless products made their public debut and were showed off to the gathered press and public. Jasco’s Bluetooth Outdoor Smart Switch was among the select few—10 to be exact—that were chosen as official CE Week Best in Show Winners. Evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges, the industry experts and editors of the leading CE trade publication, Dealerscope, deemed the Bluetooth Outdoor Smart Switch to be one of the products that possess the biggest “wow” factor at the show.
Our homes are one of the most important things we own, and where we spend so much of our time, so it's no surprise many homeowners take on several remodeling projects throughout their life. The only downside is home projects can be extremely costly and difficult to tackle on your own.
Luckily not all home improvements have to carry such an expensive price tag. Through careful planning, creative ideas and the clever use of electronic accessories, you can make a bunch of fun and affordable upgrades with these easy home improvement projects.
If celebrating Earth Day inspired you to make your home more eco-friendly then you're not alone! With a growing emphasis on sustainability, energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important and the push to go green is a win-win for your household and the environment. Fortunately, reducing your energy usage isn’t as difficult (or expensive) as you may think. By unplugging electronics, turning off or dimming lights and recycling, you can make a big difference in your daily energy consumption, help reduce pollution and even save some green by going green!
As warmer weather quickly approaches, now is the perfect time to reduce your family's energy usage. Here are some easy things you can do to reduce your energy bills and consumption this season:
We are looking forward to being a part of the truly exciting TecHomeX event this year beginning Monday, March 22nd through March 23rd. Look for Jasco (booth #405) to be at the forefront of home control with award-winning product innovations and technology built to simplify our lives and connect our homes.
With simple, affordable and customizable solutions that range from single room solutions to total home control, we offer a diverse portfolio of solutions for builders, service providers, retail partners and end-users alike. Event attendees will have the opportunity to be among the first to see the latest GE branded product introductions at TecHomeX2016.
CES 2016 has come and gone, but all the buzz from the show continues to make headlines, and for good reason! The newest technology innovations are unveiled during the much anticipated Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and Jasco was excited to be a part of it once again! Here are a few highlights from CES including interviews with Jasco's CEOs, Jason and Cameron Trice, and recent news articles covering the latest GE branded products unveiled this year at CES 2016.
Jasco had another incredible year at CES! During the past week, we announced a handful of new, innovative products that we're excited to launch in 2016. For those of you who couldn't make it to Vegas this year, here are some snapshots from the show floor and a full recap of CES 2016 in case you missed anything.
This past week Jasco's home was in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show, presented by the Consumer Technology Association. Returning for its biggest year ever, CES 2016 broke records across the board with over 2.4 million square feet of tech and gadgets unveiled to the world.
Running since 1967, CES remains an event that celebrates the latest in high-tech gadgets and electronic wizardry. For CES 2016, celebrities, TV personalities, radio hosts and professional athletes from Ryan Seacrest to Shaquille O'Neal were on hand to lead panel discussions on how technology is changing and improving the way we live, work and play. However, the real stars of CES were all the technological advances soon to be shaping our lives in years to come. Visitors had the opportunity to interact with new gadgets centered around home automation, virtual reality, drones, 3D printing, home security, mobile technology, power gear, wearables and much more.
With so many things to see at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), make sure to visit the Jasco booth in Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center and see why millions choose GE and Jasco for their connected home and mobile solutions.
Jasco is located at Booth 9005 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Look for Jasco's booth as you enter the C1 entrance from the Grand Central Lobby.
Join us and make a difference in the world by stopping in at our Water4 exhibit. Plus you won't want to miss these top 7 things to see the Jasco Booth (#9005, Central Hall).
We recently announced Jasco is partnering with Water4 this year, a leading non-profit organization providing access to clean drinking water to a quarter million people and counting, at CES 2016 to help save lives and benefit thousands around the world. Together, we're working to transform the quality of life for people and entire communities around the world by helping rapidly increase the number of people with access to safe water.
A recent announcement by Nielsen shows just how much has changed in home entertainment in recent years. The consumer research company is planning to overhaul its metrics to better measure viewership across platforms. Though Nielsen's existing criteria are only 9 years old, a lot has changed during that time.
When Nielsen rolled out its current metrics in 2006, iPhones, tablets and connected streaming devices like Roku did not exist. Networks were beginning to offer some streaming content on their websites, but Hulu was still a year away from launching and Netflix only offered its snail mail DVD option.
You’ve made your list and checked it twice, now it’s time to start on your shopping! Not sure where, or how, to begin? Whether you're looking for gifts for a DIY-er, TV lover or the techie in your life, let us help you with some gift inspiration. We’ve designed a simple, easy-to-use Holiday Gift Guide that will help you find the perfect present for everyone on your list.
Families and friends everywhere are gearing up for the start of the holiday season. In addition, retail stores and online dealers are stocking up and preparing for the upcoming - and hectic - shopping season.
Whether you're a homeowner or renter, there are numerous ways to prepare for these next few months. Hosting weekend parties or weekday get-togethers can be spontaneous or thoroughly planned, but either way, there are some important items you'll need to host a successful gathering.