I may have trouble operating the television in our family room from time to time, but I’m still intrigued by the technology that’s increasingly available for our homes. Who wouldn’t be?
While chatting with the designers participating in the White Room Challenge earlier this week during the setup days of the Buffalo Home Show, I also heard about some of the cool techy things visitors can check out at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center starting today and continuing this weekend and next.
“There’s a big emphasis on smart technology. A lot of our exhibitors are promoting it and selling it, and there are a lot of new products,” show manager Ellen Carroll, of Marketplace Events, told me Wednesday.
(You also can watch a live feed of the White Room Challenge area talked about in my main story today at www.buffalohomeshow.com, courtesy Sound & Theater.)
Here’s just a sampling of high-tech things showgoers can see:
• Marie’s Sewing Center of Lockport, new this year to the Buffalo Home Show but in business almost 17 years, will be showing off the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 sewing machine that connects wirelessly to an iPad or home computer. Two apps are made for this machine, according to owner Marie Walters. With one of them, AcuEdit, you can use your iPad to create embroidery designs for the machine from the couch while watching, say, episodes of “Downton Abbey.” With the other, AcuMonitor, you can check out how the embroidery work is coming along remotely when the machine is working away in the other room. There will be other sewing machines on display as well. Check them out at booth 251.
• Ever have that sick feeling you left the garage door open by mistake, and you are 35 miles away from home with an important business meeting scheduled in 10 minutes? Hamburg Overhead Door will show you how you will never have to worry about that again.
“We will be demonstrating how you can open and close the garage door from your smartphone and that you can also check to see if it is open or closed. The technology comes from LiftMaster,” said Jennifer Kuhn, vice president of marketing and operations. You’ll find them in booth 648 on the second floor.
• And Amherst Alarm Inc. will be demonstrating the ANET 24 in booth 1006, which lets you control your security system from anywhere you are using any computer or your mobile phone, according to CEO Tim Creenan. Among the things it enables you to do: remotely arm or disarm the security system; raise or lower the thermostat; check on your kids coming home from school or your elderly parents when you’re at work; turn on your lights if you’re coming home after dark, and unlock the front door for Joe the Plumber or your weekend guests if you’re running late.
Maybe they’ll even start dinner.