Highlights of Blinds and Shades in the News
If Blinds Could Talk… (They might be able to soon!)
A new open source software project spearheaded by Linux and Qualcomm is in development that would potentially change the way we operate our homes. This software would allow “smart” products throughout your home to communicate with each other, regardless of their brand or operating system. Shades Shutters Blinds offers “smart” blinds already, with motorized controls and the timers programmed to automatically roll your blinds or shades up or down. (See these products HERE). Similar technologies have been developed for lamps and lighting, and some of these “smart” lamps may already be in your home. This open source software project hopes to develop a way for your blinds to communicate with your lamp, your coffee maker to chat with your garage door, and your refrigerator to text your smart phone.
How is this useful?
After sunset your lamp could communicate with your blinds so that your shades are rolled down and your indoor lighting is turned on.
Your garage door could communicate with your coffee maker so that coffee is already brewing by the time you walk in the door.
Your refrigerator could text your smart phone to let you know you’re out of milk or cream and it might be time for a trip to a grocery store.
Sounds like something out of the futuristic novel 1984, doesn’t it?
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Reduce the Glare, Save your Vision
Stare at a computer all day? You’re not alone. Approximately 40% of Americans spend 3 hours or more on the computer each day. [Source: American Optometric Association] PR Newswire recently released an article citing Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center, which suggests that as more and more people work from a computer, it has become increasingly important to reduce the strain on your vision when possible. One tip is to rest your eyes. Look away from your screen every 20 minutes and focus on another object for 20 seconds.
Work near a window? Reduce the glare on your screen by closing/adjusting your blinds or shades until the glare disappears. If your window is uncovered, consider installing roller shades to reduce the glare for those squinty-eye moments of sunlight.
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Hunter Douglas Announces New President
Hunter Douglas, the leading manufacturer of custom window treatments in the US and Canada, announced on December 10, 2013 that Ron Kass has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer effective January 1, 2014. Marv Hopkins, current President and CEO of Hunter Douglas North America is being promoted to Chairman in addition to his continuing role as CEO. Kass will report directly to Hopkins.
Source: Hunter Douglas Press Release
WindowTreatments.com Now on the Market
Category defining domain name “windowtreatments.com” hit the market late last week, which will prove to be a game changer for the window treatment business. The domain’s short length and SEO advantages will make this domain name extremely attractive to potential buyers. According to PR Web, WindowTreatments.com already gets 550,000 searches a month. BrokerageFirm.com has exclusive rights to the sale of the domain. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with this “hot”, pricey domain name!
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US News Stresses Importance of Cord Safety for Children
Although October was National Cord Safety Month, US News stressed the importance of cord safety for children once again on December 10, advising parents to use safety precautions for children for window covering cords in accordance with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Read our article from National Cord Safety Month HERE for more information.
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