Stay Connected With Mom & Dad With Presto


Is your mom or dad missing out on communication from you and other family and friends because they don’t use a computer or the Internet? The Presto Printing Mailbox is your solution.

By using Presto in their home, you make it easy for your whole family to send them emails, digital photos, calendar reminders, documents, and more. They don’t need a computer or Internet service, just the Presto Mail service and Printing Mailbox. The Printing Mailbox receives messages from family and friends, and automatically prints them out for your mom or dad to enjoy!

Special Offer

Considering Presto for a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift! Home Controls is so excited about this amazing product that we are offering the Presto Printing Mailbox for only $49.99. That’s 50% off! 

  • No spam or junk mail
  • No checking email – messages are retrieved automatically
  • Receive digital photos and/or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) documents
  • Includes free articles, puzzles and games

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Bedside Fire Alarm & Clock Is New & Improved

Whether you’re asleep or awake, make sure you know when there’s a fire with the Lifetone HLAC Bedside Fire Alarm & Clock with Bed Shaker. Designed for people with mild to severe hearing loss, the Lifetone clock listens for the sound of your smoke alarm and when an alarm is detected, the clock alerts you with a secondary voice alarm, visual alerts, and a vibrating bed shaker. No complicated installation is necessary. Just plug the clock into a power outlet and enjoy new peace of mind.

  • Voice alerts in English or Spanish
  • Big, easy-to-read backlit display
  • Bed shaker vibrates under your mattress or pillow
  • Suitable for use as a daily alarm clock
  • Plugs into power outlet – no wiring needed
  • Battery backup lasts 7 days or more

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Quattro 4.0 Offers Maximum Flexibility for Hearing Loss & Difficult Listening Environments

As an all-in-one personal listening system for people with mild to moderate hearing loss, the ClearSounds Quattro 4.0 Adaptive Bluetooth System is the ultimate portable amplification system. The Quattro 4.0 hangs around your neck like a pendant, and delivers audio from any Bluetooth-enabled device (like a smartphone) directly into your hearing aids, cochlear implants, or the included SmartSounds Earbuds. The neckloop also features a removable mic, so you can talk on the phone hands-free, or place the mic away from you to amplify nearby audio or people talking in the same room.

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  • Delivers audio directly to hearing aids
  • Receives audio from any Bluetooth device
  • Removable mic for remote audio pickup
  • Touchscreen controls for music, calls, etc.
  • 3.5mm jack for external headset
  • Supports two paired devices simultaneously

When combined with a ClearSounds QLINK (sold separately), which adds Bluetooth connectivity to an audio device, the Quattro 4.0 can be paired with any audio device that has a 3.5mm jack. Just plug the QLINK into the device, and pair it with your Quattro 4.0.

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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.

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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


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