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How Smart Homes Are Redefining Accessibility

While smart homes have become all the rage thanks to their convenience, they also serve a purpose for individuals with disabilities. In fact, smart homes are making it easier for everyone to live on their own, in their own home.

Not everyone can open locked doors, reach light switches, or even close the blinds, so smart homes that utilize voice control and remote control now allow wheelchair users and people with disabilities to participate more in the management of their homes.

Voice recognition software has allowed many people with disabilities the opportunity to text and email as well as controlling functions within the home. When dexterity is limited, pressing small buttons isn’t always an option, so voice control leads to even more opportunities for communication and engagement.

Security can also be a concern for people with disabilities living on their own – imagine not being able to look at someone’s face through a peephole when the doorbell rings. With smart home technology, homeowners can monitor security from anywhere, using cameras and door controls to know who is knocking.

Imagine an act as simple as opening the blinds on a warm, sunny day. When you are wheelchair-bound or limited in movements, even pulling a string may not be an option. Instead, motorized shades and blinds connected to a smart home system allow for window coverings to rise and fall with the touch of a button or a simple voice command.

Finally, picture a scenario where its night, your head is hitting the pillow, and you realize the bathroom light is still on. If you use a wheelchair, getting up to turn it off requires a lot more effort and time than it will take for someone with full mobility. But with smart home controls, you can turn the light off from anywhere without even needing to get up.

About the Author

EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

How Many Speakers Does Your Home Theater Really Need?

One of the main reasons people go to the movies is for the immersive experience, including hearing a film at the volume and quality it is intended to be heard at.

So why would you skimp on the sound in your home theater design?

Finding the right speakers for your home theater means looking at costs, overall quality, and the specific uses for your room. In most cases, your basic setup will have a speaker in the center, possibly a couple of speakers in corners, and a bass speaker to get those deep sounds without distortion. You can get a good experience from this setup when they are installed correctly, but you won’t have the same audial effect as you would in a movie theater.

When your budget allows it, consider tower speakers flanking your screen or placed in the corners of the wall that the screen sits on. When tower speakers have several different speaker sizes in them, viewers get a layered sound that is heightened by the smaller speakers distributed in your room. Plus, because tower speakers are tall, they can combine as many elements as needed to bring your home theater to life.

With modern technology, you don’t have to worry about giant speakers that look like they belong in a nightclub; many tower speakers are now designed to become part of a room’s overall décor, not eyesores. However, you do get the added benefit that these speakers function wonderfully with different types of sound, not just that from movies. Use them for music, gaming, or other experiences where you want a quality sound.

 

About the Author

EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

How Digital Signage Can Help Your Commercial Bar

Are your patrons getting all of the information about your commercial bar that they should be?

With digital signage, you can keep both your employees and customers up-to-date on scheduled events, select notifications, and promotional opportunities. Create your own content to engage patrons while they drink and keep them around longer.

But beyond content related to your business, you can also use digital signage to boost your revenue with advertising dollars. With this kind of setup, you’ll work with a third-party advertising company to display ads on your digital signage. The downside of these advertising platforms is that you often won’t be able to control the content, which means your customers may not find them interesting.

Sticking with either of these methods exclusively can mean sacrificing your ability to keep everyone up to date. If you only have advertising on your digital signage, people may grow bored and ignore your signage altogether. But if you just have your own content, you’ll have to keep it updated regularly.

The ideal setup is typically to have a combination of advertising and business content, giving your customers relevant information promptly. You don’t have to spend as much time devising and uploading content, and you’ll have a fresh selection of advertising that helps promote other local spaces.

Finally, remember that you’re giving your customers something to look at other than their phones. TV stations and preferences vary, so giving people a new object to look at means they’ll stay happier longer. Use that to your advantage, and see greater success.

 

About the Author

EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

How A Video Distribution System Will Make Your Healthcare Facility More Productive

Are you taking advantage of all the available audio-visual solutions that can help your healthcare facility be more productive?

If you aren’t using video distribution, then the answer to that is probably not.

With a linked video distribution system, employees and patients can have access to any of their information no matter which room they are in or who they are speaking to. And by implementing these ideas into your building, you’ll find everyone is more productive and more satisfied with their services.

Keep Track Of Shared Goals

With shared video distribution, you can ensure that all linked screens display the content you want. This can be a significant boost to productivity as it allows all employees to visualize the progress made towards these goals. If you want to conduct a certain number of patient intakes, when everyone sees the progress being made, they’ll stay motivated to keep going.

Hold Better Meetings

Tired of lagging video displays when you try to hold a meeting with remote clients or partners? A video distribution system will help make sure that you’re always ready for any meeting, and so is your digital technology.

Celebrate Your Staff

One of the most tried-and-true ways to increase employee productivity is by keeping them happy. Using video distribution can be a simple way to get a celebratory or congratulatory message out to the office; list someone’s birthday or special achievement to stimulate conversations between employees and a more positive atmosphere for visitors.

Incorporate Touch Screens

When patients can check in with a video screen, you’re moving them along quicker, and they feel as though they’re getting an immediate response.

 

About the Author

EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

Audio Visual Solutions For Coordinating Huddle Spaces In Commercial Offices

Having one or more huddle spaces in your commercial office is a great way to allow employees to collaborate and communicate in settings less formal than conference rooms, and less distracting than offices.

An ideal huddle space has room for several people to sit comfortable, enough desk space that people can write and/or setup laptops, and an audio/video distribution setup so that ideas can easily be shared with the group.

But as with any commercial office technology, you can’t expect a seamless system to work without some help. These audio visual solutions are ideal for coordinating huddle spaces in your office.

Reserve Spaces Remotely

One of your employees received an email on the way to work regarding an unexpected change that requires the team to meet immediately. Rather than waiting to get onsite, a scheduling app will allow your staff to reserve a room whenever they need to, and from anywhere. As a bonus, that employee could share their huddle room reservation with the rest of the team simultaneously, saving lots of time in the process.

Preprogram Spaces

Rather than fumbling with light switches, monitors, or sound when you’re in a huddle room, what if they could be preprogrammed with your settings beforehand? Allow staff to set desired room temperature, music, and lighting to increase their efficiency.

Optimize Displays

When your commercial office employees are strategizing over an issue together, give them a space to work out ideas where everyone can see them. A smart whiteboard can help everyone keep track of what gets written down, and large display screens can help employees share digital assets.

 

About the Author

EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

HDMI Cable Categories: Understanding the Differences

In audio/visual installs of all types, from residential to commercial to healthcare, the HDMI cable has become ubiquitous. We at Experience Audio Video see it just about everywhere we work. This cable type gets run just about anywhere anyone might need a video signal, and it’s easy to see why. HDMI is a great, highly capable standard, and the cables are fairly inexpensive.

Understanding HDMI Cable Categories

When dealing with commercial installs, you’ll want to know that not every HDMI cable is created equal. There are three different categories of HDMI cable. They look the same, but they are capable of differing data transfer speeds.

Category 1 HDMI Cables

Sometimes called standard speed cables, Category 1 HDMI cables can transmit at speeds sufficient to carry a 720p or 1080i video signal. Both of these are below full HD.

Category 2 HDMI Cables

Category 2 is sometimes called high speed, and it has about five times the transfer speed of Category 1. With Category 2 cable you can transmit video at 1080p (that’s full HD) and at 60 frames per second. You can also transmit a 4k signal, but it’s limited to 30 frames per second. You’ll also be able to do certain advanced features with Category 2 cabling.

Both Category 1 and Category 2 cables support HDMI standards up to 2.0.

Category 3 HDMI Cables

Ultra high speed Category 3 cable has an even higher transfer speed. It can accommodate everything in the HDMI 2.1 standard, including up to 10k resolution and upscale audio formats transmitted over eARC. (See a couple blog posts back to learn more about eARC.)

Which Category Is Right for You?

All that said, which is the right category for your business? Experience Audio Video recommends Category 3 for most customers because it supports 4k and 8k and thus prepares them well for future upgrades. But the truth is every situation is different. Schedule a free consultation today for a customized answer to this question.

 

Can You Legally Install Security Cameras In A Commercial Space?

Having security cameras installed in your Orange County commercial office will help make sure your employees, customers, and important assets and data are protected. Modern cameras can provide you with a live feed that you can view at the office or even via an app when you’re away from it. Should something ever happen, you’ll have a full visual record to help resolve the situation immediately.

But having security cameras also means that your employees and every client who walks through your door are recorded as well. And that can lead to some tricky grounds to navigate when it comes to whether or not you can legally install cameras in your California office space.

Can You Use Security Cameras in U.S. Offices?

There is no explicit law in the US that prohibits you from installing cameras in your workplace. However, if the cameras aren’t clearly visible to employees and you haven’t told employees about them, you could be vulnerable in certain states.

Can You Use Security Cameras in California Offices?

You are allowed to place security cameras in your California office so long as you are doing so for security purposes, which means you cannot put cameras or use two-way mirrors in places like bathrooms, changing rooms, or other similar areas.

Keep in mind that California requires two-party consent for both audio and video recordings, so try to avoid installing cameras in areas where employees may gather for private conversation.

Where Can I Place Security Cameras At The Office?

It’s generally a good idea to keep your cameras in places where they will serve their purpose — security. Front and rear entrances and any other means of egress are potential entry points for theft. Your lobby is also an excellent place to monitor to ensure that no unruly person injures or disrupts everyone else.

 

About the Author

EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

Beef Up Your Home Theater System With One Easy Change

There are plenty of factors to consider when you’re designing a residential home theater. From seating to sound control, you have ample decisions to make when customizing your own space.

But there is one thing that will ultimately raise your home theater to the next level, and it doesn’t have to do with what kind of chairs viewers will be sitting on or what accessories you may have. Using a video projector instead of a large-screen TV for your theater display will make all of the difference anytime someone sits down to watch.

First of all, finding a flat-screen TV at movie theater screen size is impossible. The larger the screen you’re looking at, the more expensive and the less reliable it often becomes. With a projector, you can arrange your home theater so that you are giving viewers the absolute largest viewing space possible. Go as big as your theater space allows, recreating the theater experience at home. Or if you need to, shrink your screen down for more intimate viewings.

While projectors – even high-end ones – will ultimately cost less money and resources, they’ll also make the viewing experience easier on your eyes, literally. With a large screen, images and text are always big enough to be seen without squinting. Additionally, TV screens emit the light that hits your eye, which is harsher than projector screens, which only reflect that light. That means a more comfortable viewing experience for everyone.

Finally, using a projector means cutting down on space usage. Modern projectors hold a lot of capacity in a small device, which means you can quickly move or store yours when it’s not in use.

 

About the Author

EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

Audio Visual Solutions To Improve Commercial Office Communication

Is your commercial office missing something? Look around, do employees and customers look like they know where they’re going or who they need to speak to?

If not, it’s time to consider audio-visual solutions that will boost communication within your office walls and beyond. These are five ideas to get you started with a range of potential upgrades to make your facility more productive and professional.

  1. Intercoms: It’s helpful to have a way for employees to receive information quickly without needing to answer a phone or check an email. Intercoms can help you get information out to anyone, immediately.
  2. Video entry systems: If your commercial/health care office isn’t a storefront than you may be opening the door remotely each time someone arrives. But if you’re relying on sound rather than video, do you really know who will be walking through your door? With video entry systems you can see who is coming and be ready to welcome them when they arrive.
  3. Boardroom and conference room displays: Some of your most important work is done in boardrooms and conference rooms, whether it’s hiring a new employee or presenting to a new client. The right audio setup and video display will help your conference room look and perform at the level you want.
  4. Music and entertainment: Do you want your employees to feel better about the day? Or clients to feel happier while in your waiting area? Playing music throughout your facility is easy with the right setup, and can help bring new energy and productivity to everyone who walks through the doors.
  5. Directional displays: There’s nothing worse for a client than getting stuck on the wrong floor when trying to make their way around your office. Display signs prominently located near elevators, stairways, and doors will help everyone get around smoothly.

 

About the Author

EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

Video Distribution in the Boardroom: 3 Essential Tools

There are several kinds of communal meeting spaces in most commercial offices:

  • Huddle spaces provide intimate areas for employee collaboration.
  • Conference rooms offer a larger space for more people and more extensive meetings.
  • Board rooms are where the highest-priority meetings happen, which often require a setting conducive to presentations.

If your board room isn’t outfitted with the right audio-visual technology, both presenters and listeners will have a hard time communicating effectively.

The good news is, an expert audio-visual installation team will be able to help you upgrade your healthcare office’s board room so that you have the right tools on hand, every day. These are three things your board room needs in order to have an effective and efficient video distribution system.

  1. Immediate, Centralized Control

Depending on the size of your office, you may or may not have A/V staff on hand that are experts in your boardroom’s setup, and the members of any given meeting probably aren’t either. You want your room to be ready to go with the touch of a button, which is what you can get with a central video distribution system.

  1. Appropriate Connections

Whether the person presenting needs to connect their laptop or a camera, there should be multiple jacks available where your presenter sets up. There should also be a power cord, so no devices die during the middle of a meeting.

  1. Multiple Quality Displays

Ensure that everyone in the room can see what is being presented with multiple displays, and for larger spaces, pair screens with a central high definition projector.