Smartphone And iPad Apps Gain Territory In Homes Across America
By Press Release Friday, September 06, 2013, 02:08 PM EDT
The household sanctity of the remote control. Who ever thought it could be threatened? Well, it has been of late, as have other common home systems and devices. Smartphone and tablet apps may have started out as fun accessories just a few years ago, but thanks to modern technology and innovations, they have now expanded and evolved into essential elements in making homes across America look good and work smart.
Here are some that have won rave reviews from savvy consumers and the most discerning media alike as must-haves for homeowners. We’ll start out with one that helps keep you polished and organized, the first step for anyone running the show at home.
If you’re not organized, chances are your home won’t be either. CVS, PetSmart, Best Buy, Restoration Hardware, whatever membership cards you have, can crowd our key chains and wear holes in our wallets. De-clutter by going paperless and adding your current cards to Key Ring, an app that allows you to easily keep your membership cards in one place, accessible with the push of a button. Use it to scan and store your existing loyalty cards, enroll in new loyalty programs and access exclusive coupons and discounts. Key Ring also allows users to share their cards with friends and family members. Go to the iTunes store for a free download.
For most people, the hardest part of waking up is taking those first steps out of bed. The new Hunter Douglas Platinum™ App, however, can make your mornings brighter. Use the free app to automatically raise your window shades so you can greet the morning sun each day without so much as lifting a finger. Just in time for the upcoming football season, it also allows you to preprogram your window treatments to tilt to an exact position to keep out the sun’s glare for the Sunday afternoon game. You can move all the window coverings in your home or room at the same time, or one at a time, in real time to achieve the ambient effect you desire. Or, use the timer feature to schedule a “scene” for later. And, during those precious family getaways, the Platinum ,App helps keep your belongings safe with preprogrammed shade movements that suggest you are at home.
Learn more about enjoying precise control of your Hunter Douglas battery-powered window treatments as never before by visiting www.hunterdouglas.com/platinum-app .
Filling the walls of your home with photographs and art is a tasteful way to personalize the space and make guests feel at home. Choosing the right piece of art or picture frame, from the color scheme to the quality to the size, can be a daunting task. There is nothing more dreaded, however, than a crooked wall hanging. To avoid this décor faux-pas, download, iHandy Level, which helps to properly align wall hangings and will also take various measurements without overcrowding your toolbox. Start your virtual toolbox for free by going to the iTunes store.
SimpliSafe Home Security allows you to control the temperature of your home, monitor medicine cabinets and even get flood sensor alerts, keeping you in the loop while you’re away from home. With this app, you can also effectively monitor who comes and goes through your front door. Find out when the babysitter left and when the repairman arrived by going to the iTunes store.
Phillips has created a wireless LED home lighting system called Hue. Hue, with its namesake app, allows users to control the smartest light bulbs in the world. The free app is also equipped to name and save specific room settings. LED Hue bulbs can also recreate any color in the spectrum on demand. Visit the iTunes store.
Let these apps gain territory in your home, you won’t be disappointed.
Hunter Douglas Inc., headquartered in Pearl River, N.Y, is the leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions in North America and a major manufacturer of architectural products. The company is a national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, covering windows in every Habitat home built in the U.S. and Canada.
Hunter Douglas branded products are designed, developed and custom-crafted in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.hunterdouglas.com or call 1-800-274-2985. Visit the Hunter Douglas Facebook page at facebook.com/HunterDouglas, Pinterest at pinterest.com/hunterdouglaswf/ and YouTube at youtube.com/user/hunterdouglas . Download “The Art of Window Dressing” iPad app at the iTunes App Store at http://bit.ly/wvBK4Q as well as through a link at www.hunterdouglas.com .