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What Is Smart Home Technology?

What if all the devices in your life could connect to the internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: clocks, speakers, lights, door bells, cameras, windows, window blinds, hot water heaters, appliances, cooking utensils, you name it. And what if those devices could all communicate, send you information, and take your commands? It's not science fiction; it's the Internet of Things (IoT), and it's a key component of home automation and smart homes.

Smart Home Hubs and Controllers

Smart devices are electronic devices equipped with wireless protocols that allow them to be controlled and activated by voice command, or more commonly, through mobile app technology that can be accessed through a smartphone or tablet.

Smart Home Surveillance Cameras

Wouldn't it be great to know what's happening at home, anytime, from anywhere? It's easy to do with a smart video camera. Just take out your phone, open your app, and you have an instant view of activity inside or outside your home.

Smart Locks and Home Security Systems

While lock technology has always evolved, only recently did it become smart enough to ditch those keys altogether. Thanks to smart home security technology, we can now enjoy keyless convenience with better awareness and control of who enters our homes.

Smart Heating and Cooling

Smart temperature-control devices — such as thermostats that learn and adjust to pre-programmed temperatures — are poised to increase comfort and save energy in homes.

Smart Lighting

When we talk about a smart light bulb, we’re referring to an internet-capable LED light bulb that allows lighting to be customized, scheduled and controlled remotely using a smart phone, tablet, or smart home automation system via an app. The app enables you to change the brightness of the bulbs, and if the bulbs have colored LEDs you can change their colors, too.

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Zoom’s Immersive View feature lets you simulate an office or auditorium in an online meeting

Zoom's Immersive ViewZoom has announced Immersive View that allows hosts to arrange participants in a single virtual background to create a more cohesive virtual meeting space. So whether you’re chatting with people from different locations or environments, Immersive View creates the feeling..

Zoom's Immersive ViewZoom has announced Immersive View that allows hosts to arrange participants in a single virtual background to create a more cohesive virtual meeting space. So whether you’re chatting with people from different locations or environments, Immersive View creates the feeling..Zoom's Immersive View

Zoom has announced Immersive View that allows hosts to arrange participants in a single virtual background to create a more cohesive virtual meeting space. So whether you’re chatting with people from different locations or environments, Immersive View creates the feeling that you’re all in one auditorium together. Assembling a group of participants, Zoom hopes it’ll create a more consistent and friendly meeting environment.

Zoom’s improved security updates explained in a video

What is the benefit of Immersive View?

Zoom’s new Immersive View feature removes any disconnection between users during a videoconference so all faces appear in one location. Not only does this feature create a sense of unity, but it’s much easier to track multiple bodies that are in close proximity with one another, rather than having to gaze your eyes all around the screen.

Best of all, hosts can easily move participants around the scene. You can even resize a participant’s image for a natural experience or to put some people at the forefront of the meeting. Additionally, you’ll have the option of automatically or manually placing participants into a virtual scene. In fact, you can make real-time adjustments, such as changing the scene or reverting back to Speaker or Gallery View at any time.

Furthermore, Immersive View comes with preloaded scenes. Or you can upload your own. So you could upload an image of your actual office’s layout to create a more realistic environment.

Zoom's Immersive View feature lets you simulate an office or auditorium in an online meeting
Zoom’s Immersive View function with a coffeehouse background

How many participants can be displayed?

Immersive View accommodates up to 25 participants in a scene, with various layouts for smaller numbers. Each scene tile presents a number to indicate the number of people that scene can accommodate. For over 25 members, you can still host a Zoom meeting, but additional participants will be displayed in a thumbnail strip at the top. But Zoom recommends using Gallery View for larger numbers.

Zoom's Immersive View feature lets you simulate an office or auditorium in an online meeting
Immersive View with a panel of participants

Overall, Zoom’s new feature is available for Windows and MacOS desktop users. It’s enabled by default for all Free and single Pro accounts using Zoom 5.6.3 or later. Check out the official website for more guidance and answers on this new feature.

What are some ways you jazz up online calls? Share your tips and advice in the comments.


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Home automation

Home automation or domotics is building automation for a home, called a smart home or smart house. ...
A home automation system will control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. ...
It may also include home security such as access control and alarm systems. ...
When connected with the Internet, home devices are an important constituent of the Internet of Things. ...
A home automation system typically connects controlled devices to a central hub or gateway. ...
The user interface for control of the system uses either wall-mounted terminals, tablet or desktop computers, a mobile phone application, or a Web interface, that may also be accessible off-site through the Internet. ...