Introducing the TV Ears 5.0 Product Line

TV EarsHome Controls is excited to announce the release of the updated TV Ears 5.0 television listing system. This new product line presents a few new features, such as improved styling, better batteries, a new ear tip design, and more compatibility with your existing home audio systems. TV Ears has kept the system simple to use while upgrading the design and the behind-the-scenes functionality. You will enjoyably notice a increase in overall sound quality, comfort, and compatibility.

You have your choice between four great, new systems: 5.0 Analog, 5.0 Digital, 5.0 Dual Digital, and 5.0 Dual Digital with Speaker.

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Dakim BrainFitness Is Named a 2013 Silver Edison Award Winner

Dakim BrainFitnessThe Edison Awards, celebrating 26 years of honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, announced that Dakim BrainFitness was voted a silver winner for innovation at the April 25 event at Navy Pier in Chicago.

Being recognized with an Edison Award is one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements literally changed the world.

“Our judges recognized Dakim BrainFitness as a true innovator out of the many products in its category,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards.

Dakim BrainFitness is available at Home Health Tech:

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Who Is Best To Install A PERS?

Rich Miller of Security Systems News has been covering the evolving PERS (Personal Emergency Response System) market. His latest story covers a survey his publication conducted on who should be installing these systems, a common topic on our blog.

Battlefield PERS: Readers break down outlook for security

PERSHere’s the story: The market for personal emergency response systems is rapidly expanding, but can security companies looking for a share expect to compete with home health-care providers?

Thirty-five percent of respondents to SSN’s April News Poll said yes, giving the edge to security companies on PERS because they already have expertise in monitoring. But 42 percent said no, pointing to a tool that could give home-health companies significant leverage in the future: existing databases of potential PERS users.

Many of the readers who commented said that gaining market share would require looking beyond senior citizens, who have been the traditional PERS demographic.

“Cellphones have now siphoned off much of the original PERS business of 30 years ago when pendants had a short range of about 50 feet from the two-way voice controller and [the phones] were very expensive,” wrote Lee Jones, owner of Support Services Group of San Clemente, Calif. “Much of that outdated PERS technology is still offered today to reach a very narrow market of ‘infirmed’ that could be captured by professional health-care providers. We believe other markets for the short-range pendant could include younger stay-at-home families where accidents happen with children.” Read more of this story

Who Is Going To Support The Growing Senior Community?

For years, the editors at CE Pro magazines have been reporting how the senior and independent living communities is the next best market for home automation dealers and integrators. Now, the security market is joining the conversation, with Security Systems News publishing a story headlined “Security companies, others eye growth of PERS market.” Is this the next best thing? Are dealers as interested as the media? What do you see as your advantages, and your disadvantages? We’d like to know!

PERSHere’s the story: YARMOUTH, Maine – With the market for personal emergency response systems projected to grow substantially in the coming years, it’s easy to see why financial analysts and security companies alike are taking an interest in it.

Fueled by factors such as an aging population, the potential cost savings for seniors who stay in their own home, and the relative resilience of the market, growth is in the forecast for PERS (personal emergency response systems). However, the projections tend to belie two important points: First, that it’s not easy for security companies to enter the PERS market, and second, the market is still defining itself from a technical standpoint.

A potential challenge to entering the market, according to Josh Garner, CEO of AvantGuard Monitoring Centers, based in Ogden, Utah, is that the barriers are not the same as those for traditional security companies.

“The biggest barrier to entry in the security industry might be technical skills, or how expensive and complex it is to start up a central station,” Garner said. “The PERS industry is not complex and not technically difficult. The biggest barrier to entry in the PERS industry is finding a market channel.”

Garner said a lot of PERS startups or companies adding PERS devices to their security offerings underestimate how difficult it is to identify and establish a market. The upshot is that these companies often end up spending a lot of money trying to find a marketing channel, but not getting anywhere because, Garner said, “they don’t find the right vein.”

This is often a function of misperceptions about whom they’re trying to engage.  » Read the entire story here

Automatic Extinguisher Protects Your Home From Dryer Fires

There are over 15,000 clothes dryer fires every year.  These result in an average of 10 deaths, 300 injuries, and millions of dollars in property damage. Now available at Home Health Tech, OnGard is specifically designed to automatically extinguish these dangerous fires before they grow out of control.

The unit is mounted to the wall near the dryer and the tubing is fed through an existing opening in the back of the dryer. In the event of a fire, the flame causes the heat detection tubing to rupture, immediately releasing the patent-pending HEP-1 agent. The HEP-1 is able to penetrate every area of the enclosed space better than existing dry chemical suppression agents and even flow up the duct to follow the flames. Read More »

New: iPhone Apps for Baby Boomers!

Home Health Tech by Home Controls is pleased to announce our new iPhone & iPod touch Apps specifically for independent living and caregivers!

Log on to and you’ll not only find  digital products for today’s Baby Boomers, but you’ll also find the latest and greatest apps  for your iPhone® and iPhone touch® devices! Apps include medication reminders, weight management systems, blood pressure monitors, caregiver assistance and more.

Looking for an app and don’t see it here? Let us know and we’ll see if we can find it for you!

NOTE: These apps are available directly from the Apple iTunes Store®. Once you have found an iPhone App you like at Home Health Tech, click on the iTunes button to connect directly with the iTunes Store.

Visit Home Controls at CEDIA Expo 2011!

CEDIA Expo 2011 opens this week in Indianapolis, IN. As one of the best shows in the residential electronic systems industry, CEDIA Expo offers you the most networking, incredible special events and speakers, and the world’s leading education and certification.

If you attend, be sure to stop by booth 4754 and introduce yourself to the Home Controls team! We are showcasing out new Home Health Tech by Home Controls. Also, find out more about the product lines available at Home Controls. Some of our features manufacturers that will be showing at the CEDIA Expo include:

For more information on CEDIA Expo 2010, check out the CEDIA website.


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