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How Conference Room Innovations Can Make Your Next Meeting a Success

At home or in the office, the right equipment can empower you to do so much more.

How Conference Room Innovations Can Make Your Next Meeting a Success

Technology is one of the most influential driving forces in our lives. Both our personal and professional lives are inextricably intertwined with technology on every level. This is most true, however, in our professional lives, where everything from meetings to the shortest, most basic communication is conducted via technology. Echo Workshop can help you use technology to your advantage so that you can utilize technological advances to create a conference room that takes your meetings to the next level. 

Update Your Audio/Visual Equipment

More and more people are working remotely, and meetings via Zoom, Google Meet, and other platforms are becoming increasingly common. As meetings evolve, it becomes more important than ever that you have the proper equipment to host and participate in virtual meetings. Good audio/visual equipment ensures that your message is properly communicated and your team may continue to connect and move forward as a unit. If your screen fails to transmit your image, or your audio cuts out or gets fuzzy, proper communication becomes impossible. Instead of building morale with the meeting, you are causing frustration and lowering team spirit. A great Sony projector and Screen Innovations motorized screen, along with a good laptop or computer, can extend the quality of the meeting and help foster a sense of camaraderie within the team, regardless of individual locations. The right equipment can go a long way toward making the meeting run smoothly, easily, and in the most positive and productive manner possible. 

Have a High-Quality High-Speed Network

A high-quality, high-speed network is imperative to take your conference room and your meetings to the next level. You may have the highest quality equipment, however, it won't work to its full potential if your network is less than capable. Having a network that is fast, able to transmit high levels of quality data, and reliable is a big factor in utilizing technology to the best of its ability.  Your team will need to be able to share materials and discuss them without being hindered by slow lag times and downloading issues. Having a network that seamlessly works with your team is priceless to your meeting quality, your team, and you. 

Smart Control

Smart control and integration of your technology will go a long way toward making your conference room, and your meetings, better than ever. Integrating your technology so that everything works seamlessly together makes meetings run smoother—and that means your team's morale is better. Moreover, having integrated technology that runs off a smart control will give your team confidence in your equipment, in the team's ability to communicate, and in your company. Savant Systems automation integration enables you to run your meeting without having to stop, restart, and pause in the flow of things to use different aspects of technology. Savant Systems is smart control that lets everything run without interruption, allowing your team to work together virtually and effortlessly.

Technology is one of the most influential factors in our lives today. Technology touches every aspect of our lives, both personally and professionally. Especially when it comes to our professional lives, technology is front and center. Echo Workshop is here to help you set up the technology your conference room needs to take your meetings to the next level. Contact one of our Houston representatives today to see how we can create the conference room that builds relationships and grows success. 

A Customized Setup for Your Customized Workout

Audio/video for gyms and yoga rooms will make your home workout a blast.

A Customized Setup for Your Customized Workout

Picture this: your home gym's climate is turned up a notch, just how you like it. Your favorite motivational playlist begins to thump on your custom surround sound system and your personal training video is kicking off your workout with some squat jumps; you are about to have an incredible home workout and it all happened at the push of a button.

This National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, come along to see how our custom audio and visual set-ups can boost your workout, help you reach your goals, and enable you to do it all with ease.

MUSIC THAT MOVES YOU

We all know the feeling: it's been a long week and an even longer day. You're in the middle of a workout and you hit the wall. You're just not feeling the motivation. But then, your favorite song comes on and all that changes. According to a 2018 study, music can help increase strength endurance performance, so it's not just in your head that music helps motivate you to go the extra mile.  Here at Echo Workshop, we specialize in electronic room customization so you can be sure you have the audio equipment you need, exactly how you want it, so you're always motivated to go the extra mile.

TOUCH AND GO

Upgrade your custom fitness studio with Savant, the ultimate automated home smart system. Among many other features, Savant Music Playlists allow you to create the perfect playlist for all your workout moods: calming and relaxing playlists for yoga after a long week, high energy, and intense music for your strength training, and playlists for everything in between.  Savant allows you to access all your music subscription services in one convenient place and at the push of a button, you're off and running, literally!

CAN'T STOP, WON'T STOP

Regardless of what fitness program you subscribe to, it's important to have that face-to-face interaction with your trainer. Having a customized video set-up in your home gym is a crucial way to make sure you receive the motivation and attention you need to help you reach your fitness goals. Have a favorite workout video? Great! Just pop on the video with our Savant system and you're ready to go. Is your personal trainer out of town? No problem! You can stream a training session right in your fitness room, and with customizable options such as hidden screens and speakers, you can create a multi-purpose room that is accessible at the touch of a button. 

GET YOUR TIME DOWN

With a busy and demanding schedule, finding the time to work out can be difficult, so when minutes count, Savant works in seconds. Our customizable automated system works in sync with your personally tailored fitness room so the space is always ready when you are. Climate control, lighting control, music, and more are preprogrammed and ready for action at the click of a button. With our customized set-ups, you won't waste a second of your day preparing your space; you've worked in the time, now you have the time to work out.

So what can our customized audio and visual set-ups do for you? The better question is what can't they do for you? From climate control, lighting, audio, and visual customization to security, mood-setting, and more, Echo Workshop has specialized in enhancing people's lives through electronic integration and customization since 1999, from the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area to New York City. Contact us today to find out how we can make the home fitness center of your dreams come true.

Three Ways Home Automation Can Facilitate Aging in Place

Home automation can help you and your loved ones stay safe and comfortable.

Three Ways Home Automation Can Facilitate Aging in Place

You and your loved ones have built houses and made them homes. As people age, they are likely to expect to remain in these homes as able. According to a 2018 study conducted by AARP, more than 75% of Americans hope to remain in their homes for as long as possible, even if that means that they might require outside assistance. But "outside assistance" does not necessarily have to mean in-home care. In fact, home automation — equipping your home with smart technology that can be accessed via web apps inside or outside the home — can be a great resource for helping seniors age in place. 

Read on to discover three key ways that home automation can be beneficial for you and your loved ones who have chosen to remain at home. 

Top-notch security and safety

Perhaps the most paramount concern that you might have about yourself or a loved one choosing to age in place is safety. Thankfully, home automation addresses many of these concerns. Home automation allows for much more consistent communication and monitoring of a security system than previous systems do, as much of the controls can be handled remotely. The Savant system, for example, can be controlled with the touch of a button on your smartphone, allowing you or your loved one to activate alarm systems, see 24/7 security camera footage of different rooms, and monitor the surrounding neighborhood (and who's on their doorstep) whether you're near or far.  

Ease of use with entertainment

As people age, it may be harder for them to perform tasks that they have been doing their entire lives. Fidgeting with the knobs and buttons on a radio or television set may become difficult, and with home automation, these finicky things can be a way of the past. Home automation, like the Savant system, allows for voice-controlled media systems, allowing you or your loved ones to turn on the big game, increase the volume when the home team scores, and turn down the volume after the team has won all by speaking it into existence. 

More efficient energy controls

Home automation controls so much more than security and entertainment. Much of the energy that a home uses can also be controlled remotely or from within the home with the touch of a button. Lighting controlled this way can be particularly useful, for example, if someone wakes in the middle of the night and needs to use the bathroom. Controlled lighting from a nearby smartphone can allow the person to see where they are going and ensure they get there without walking into anything accidentally. Gone are the days of walking completely in the dark and feeling around for a light switch, only to run head-on into a door. 

Aging in place is important as it can be seen as a way to maintain independence and dignity as we all grow older. The safety, security, and ease of use that a home automation system can provide for you and your family are second to none. With home automation, you'll no longer have to worry about consistently checking in with someone who has chosen to age in place. They will be able to continue life as they had already been living it, with some marked improvements. 

To learn more about what a home automation system can do for either you or a loved one in the greater Houston, TX, area, give us a call. We are a family-owned and operated smart home company that has been working with the Houston community since 1999. 

How to Make the Most Out of Batman Day 2020 With Your Own Home Theater

A home theater installation can make your favorite superhero movies come alive.

How to Make the Most Out of Batman Day 2020 With Your Own Home Theater

With the recent announcement of the impending Batman Day, it's time to dust off your capes and nestle up in front of your “Holy home theater, Batman!” Old references aside, you are going to want to make this moment special. DC announced the date as September 19th and time is short, so here are some of the ways to get the most out of your home theater.

Gotham is a dark and ambient place

Ambiance can turn a small, cozy night into a backdrop for something magical. With the proper lighting, no matter the size or grandeur of your home theater you can obtain that dark, solemn cave-like feel of The Dark Knight. Turning off all the lights is one way, but using Lutron smart lighting technology you can take it to the next level. It is a small piece of the puzzle, but lighting does play a huge role in getting you in the right mood. 

Feel the noise

If you want the gruff voice of Batman trembling throughout your room, you'll want to turn up the volume on your perfectly calibrated surround sound system. Turn it up as loud as the neighbors will tolerate or soundproof your theater to get it as loud as your ears can stand. Action movies rely on sound effects to make you feel as if you are a part of the action, so don't let that budget go to waste and fully wrap yourself in audio splendor. 

Hidden projector to make the magic

So far, it's just been you enjoying a popular hero classic, if you have a friend or family member who is equally obsessed with the cape crusader, let them have some fun, too. Why not give them a Batman Day to remember as well? With the easy installation of an automated roll down projector screen, you could be making movie magic in your own home. Imagine the look on their face as you press a button and your regular living room transforms into a perfect hero worthy entertainment space. Hidden screens also have a dual benefit of allowing you to maximize space. Smaller homes can still have a home theater worth its salt, as having a screen hiding in your ceiling gives you more space.

Integrated control

Every facet of a home theater on its own is grand, but if you link them all together something greater can be achieved. Tying ambiance, sound, and the display are a lot simpler than you imagined. Integrated control can mean that from the comfort of your own couch, you can close the blinds, turn the lights to perfection, roll down a hidden screen, and get the sounds going at the click of a button. Alfred is also a wonderful name for a remote controller, don't you think?

We all miss the theater, but there is no reason to dim the lights on fantasy.  Just like Batman, our home theater is the hero we deserve during these times. Enjoying a little night to ourselves can melt our troubles away and remind us of the joys in life. Whether big or small, your needs matter, and we want to help. If you live in the Houston, Texas area, contact us today. We may not wear capes, but we do want to serve our local community in any way we can.