Curved TV’s: why they’re a viewer favorite

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Thinking of embracing the newest “concept entry” in the world of home theater electronics? Sales of curved TV’s are exploding among mainstream consumers, not just tech aficionados eager to buy the latest and greatest. While some still call curved TV’s a gimmick, it does look like they’re here to stay.

The top reasons many viewers have fallen for the curve:

  1. The rounded nature of the TV contours draws you in for an immersive viewing experience.
  2. Depth is deeper, so perception is enhanced, similar to watching a 3D movie.
  3. Width is wider, so the image seems to stretch even further, and is accurate from side views.
  4. Better contrast and sharpness, especially at the edges, makes for a richer picture.
  5. From an interior design perspective, curved TV’s look cool!

Some viewers think the experience rivals that of going to the movies, in fact, many commercial cinemas use curved screens. One consumer electronics reporter sums up his experiment, a month after adding a curved 65-inch TV to his home theater:

“For my efforts, I’ve gained almost 6 pounds, thanks to roughly 32 bags of microwave popcorn washed down with several gallons of Mr. Pibb – and developed a suspicious numbness in my left leg. It was totally worth it…” We’ve got tips for you on staying fit and burning calories while enjoying your TV at home.

The one drawback that we hear often from people considering a curved TV purchase? They’re afraid the shape will make a wall-mount difficult or awkward. Who wants to be limited to a desktop or floor stand display? That defeats the whole home theater look and feel that has made flat screens so popular. No fear. OmniMount’s open architecture product design ensures our wall mounts are compatible with most of the new curved TV’s. They’re also future-proof, so as technology advances, you can keep up — without having to replace your mount.

More questions about choosing a mount for your curved TV? Ask your retailer for assistance or give us a call at 1-800-MOUNT-IT (800-668-6848). Phone support is available 24 hours a day, a 7 days per week.

 

New curved TV? We’ve got you covered!

CurvedYou just got a curved TV — now what? Don’t be fooled into thinking that you’re limited to a mount for only that TV type. OmniMount’s full motion and interactive wall mounts will still work on a majority of the curved TV’s now hitting the market. You have a range of choices for setting up and enjoying the immersive, wraparound effect of your curved TV.

A wall mount is the safest mount. After purchasing this popular new technology, the last thing you need is to have your curved TV come crashing down because someone knocked it over. Property damage is bad enough, but worse yet is the risk that someone may get hurt.

You need a strong and reliable mount, one that will not fail you when you need it most. Rest easy, durable OmniMount products undergo performance tests that exceed the industry’s most rigid standards.

Curved TV’s are the newest wave of technology, but are they here to stay? That depends on who you ask. Some experts say so, and others say no. Either way, open-architecture design means our mounts will continue to be useful so you won’t have to replace them anytime soon.

OmniMount mounts can be found online and at certain local retailers such as Lowes and Sam’s Club.

More questions about choosing a mount for your curved TV? Ask your retailer for assistance or call us at 1-800-MOUNT-IT (800-668-6848). Phone support is available 24 hours a day, a 7 days per week!

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Worldwide Stand Up Days!

Several years ago, most of us weren’t aware of the dangers of sedentary lifestyles and prolonged sitting. Today, we know that many people – especially office workers – sit almost 10 hours a day, which is too much. Regular low-level movement is healthier, so switch from sitting to standing every 30 minutes or so.

To remind us to sit less and move more, engage with one of these upcoming stand up awareness days:

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On Your Feet America – April 29, 2016. To learn more, visit their website, follow @getUSAstanding, share #SitLess #MoveMore #OYF16. (Organizers: Get America Standing and Active Working.)

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On Your Feet Britain – April 29, 2016. To learn more, visit their website, follow @getGBstanding, share #SitLess #MoveMore #OYF16. (Organizers: Get Britain Standing and Active Working.)

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On Your Feet Canada – April 29, 2016. To learn more, visit their website, on Twitter follow
@getCDAstanding, share #SitLess #MoveMore #OYF16. (Organizers: Get Canada Standing and Active Working.)

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Get Fit, Don’t Sit – May 4, 2016. To learn more, visit their website, follow @AmDiabetesAssn, share #GetFitDontSit #StopDiabetes. (Organizer: American Diabetes Association.)

Join us in making some simple changes so that you spend more time up off of that chair – at work and at home!

Happy Earth Day!

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Join OmniMount in celebrating Earth Day today, and every day! The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans and helped launch the modern environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world!

As an environmentally responsible company, we’re doing our part to protect the planet by reducing, reusing, and recycling. For example, our reliable PLAY25 will perform with the same ease in its 7500th motion adjustment as in its first. Plus, open-architecture design makes it easier to upgrade hardware without replacing the mount.

The theme this year is Trees for the Earth, because combating deforestation is one of the easiest ways protect our air and water. Check out this map to find tree planting and other green events in your area.

Join the conversation, using hashtag #EarthDay2016.

 

Reduce your risk of developing prediabetes

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Our friends over that the American Diabetes Association (ADA) are issuing a “wake up call” about the risk of type 2 diabetes. What can you do? Participate in the ADA’s prediabetes awareness campaign, then help spread the word about this critical issue to your friends, family, or neighbors.

Here are three easy ways to get involved:

  1. Talk about it. The ADA has a suite of online tools to help thoroughly educate you or someone you love. It takes less than a minute to find out if you have prediabetes, visit DoIHavePrediabetes.org to know where you stand. You can even text RISKTEST to 97779 to take the short test over the phone or via mobile device. According to the ADA, diagnosis is key, and research backs up that once people are aware of their condition, they are much more likely to make the necessary lifestyle changes.
  2. Take steps to make a positive change in your life. Cut back on sugar and carbs. Increase your daily activity level. Sit less. Stand more. Just move! The campaign features lifestyle tips and links from the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. You may also want to consider a new app from Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute in Australia, Rise & Recharge.
  3. Support the campaign. Share your favorite prediabetes prevention tools and ideas with co-workers, your community or social networks:
  • Check out the ADA’s public service announcements prediabetes at PSACentral.org.
  • Explore their fabulous Prediabetes Social Toolkit or link to the DoIHavePrediabetes.org site (hashtags include #NoOneIsExcused from #prediabetes).
  • Tack up posters and risk-test flyers on public bulletin boards located where many people gather.

However you choose to engage, do engage. If it doesn’t necessarily impact your life directly, remember, more that 86 million people in America alone have prediabetes. Your voice counts.

Top ten TV time tips, pt. 2

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Advances in technology have morphed our entertainment viewing options almost beyond belief. How so? We can now watch our favorite shows on a variety of devices, in a range of locations: In a car, on a beach, or even on our wrists via smart watch!

This is a great time to elevate your TV management game for a boost in safety, organization, and comfort in your home. Recently, we shared some of our best advice for doing just that. (Read part one of our Top Ten List of TV Time Tips here.) Below is the second part, completing the list with tips 6-10. Perhaps this series will inspire you to an even better viewing experience.

6. Create a cable management miracle. Who doesn’t have Medusa-like cables springing from the back of their TV to various peripherals? Besides being unsightly, they can be a trip hazard too. Using cable channels or sleeves, or doing in-wall receptacles for your plugs, allow you to minimize the focus of ugly cords, and give the illusion of your TV floating on the wall. Pretty cool and it doesn’t take that much effort to accomplish.

7. Manage your peripherals like a pro. Does your entertainment area look like a flight deck at NASA? Blue lights glowing, spread across multiple surfaces? Racks or wall shelves are attractive and clean alternatives to managing multiple gadgets. Consolidating them in one area also helps you recoup some space, and looks more attractive on the whole.

8. Turn up the volume a smarter way. Consider speaker mounts for your surround sound experience.

9. View responsively. Not many know it, but sitting for long hours can be harmful to your health. Especially if you sit primarily at work and at home. But what are you to do, when downtime at home should be about relaxing and resting? One rule of thumb is to change positions every 30 minutes, from seated to standing, no matter what you are viewing. Get up to get a drink, throw in some laundry, do some dishes. Breaking up your sedentary time refreshes your muscles and your mind.

10. Teach your family how to be safe too. We just marked National TV Safety Day in February, but every day should be a safe one when it comes to home screen viewing. Check out the terrific resources at Safekids.org, and then share that with the family and set good ground rules for entertainment management.

Perhaps these TV Tune-ups are not on your life bucket list, but maybe having a home theater is. Whatever the goal, it’s important to know, many of these options take only minutes to achieve and offer expanded viewing pleasure…not only in knowing it will be safer, but less of an eyesore too. Tech should look good. Period.

What’s next, rabbit ears? We’ll save that for later. Until then, let the TV updates and upgrades commence!

 

Office Spaces: Lifetime TV Has A New Take on Office Design

Prepare to see OmniMount TV mounts and Ergotron sit-stand workstations and monitor arms on a new reality show Office Spaces™ that has aired on Lifetime Television®, at 7AM ET/PT. In this new office makeover-type reality show, acclaimed Interior Designer, Kalyn Rothaus, transforms an outdated warehouse into a sleek, modern office space.

The twist? Her revolutionary renovation is for series producer BrandStar‘s own new corporate headquarters!

BrandStar is consolidating operations into one collaborative workspace for their 135 employees. Previously, teams were spread out over four floors and two buildings, which created team silos. Kalyn was up to the challenge with help from incredible partners and cutting-edge design and office products, including OmniMount ceiling mounts among others.

The premier episode of the 12-part series was released on September 24, 2015, on Lifetime, and the series aired on February 19. Tune in to see the show’s take on the latest innovations for creating the office of the future, increasing productivity, and recruiting talent. The episode featuring OmniMount and Ergotron will be airing March 11!

You can get in the loop with Office Spaces on social by visiting their WebsiteFacebook page, Twitter feed (hashtag #officespaces), or watch clips on YouTube.

This show should serve to inspire your next office rebuild.

Go for the burn! Torch calories at home with ordinary activity

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Think you have to go to a gym to get your workout? Think again! Everyday activities at home can also burn calories, stretch and tone muscles, and get your heart thumping. Below, we’ll share some easy ways to torch calories throughout the day, without breaking a sweat!

Being moderately active, for even just 10 minutes at a time, can make a big difference in your health and fitness. You don’t have to do it all at once to get results in physical and mental well-being, either.

Research from Harvard Medical School indicates that a number of everyday activities can burn as many calories as brisk walking, cycling, or low-impact aerobics. When vigorous activity isn’t the only option, you can more easily fit in that doctor-recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day.

Check out these easy ways to burn calories with ordinary movement, based on an average metabolism for a 155 lb. person, per half-hour session. Your mileage may vary!:

Standing (on phone, etc.) = 47 calories

Ironing = 70 calories

Cooking = 93 calories

Unpacking boxes = 130 calories

Childcare (bathe/feed) = 130 calories

Playing with kids = 149 calories

Leaf raking = 149 calories

House painting (interior) = 167 calories

Window cleaning =167 calories

Gardening/weeding = 172 calories

Vacuuming = 180 calories

Snow shoveling = 200 calories

Over the course of a year, you can lose pounds and inches by engaging for just a few hours a week in any of these activities. Not motivated to move? Great music can put the fun in even housework, so crank up a fast-paced tune and burn some calories while you clean!

Recent research at Loughborough University suggests that people who use a standing desk at work may then slightly increase their sitting time at home. Be conscious of this all-too-human trap, called the “compensation effect,” so that you don’t fall into it.

Taking part in low-intensity physical activity while at home has a positive effect for health so get moving, and keep moving! Have you figured out some great ways to move more at home? We want to hear about them! Share in the comments below or reach out on Twitter and Facebook.

Before the big game: Is your TV ready?

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Are you ready for this weekend’s Super Bowl 50? Whether your team made the cut for Sunday’s game or they were one of the 30 not-so-lucky ones, chances are you’ll still be tuned in to watch the Panthers and Broncos battle over the 2016 Vince Lombardi Trophy and NFL Championship title!

In either case, you should have the best viewing opportunity. Imagine it’s mid-day and the sun is up and there is a glare coming in from the window. You have a house full of people coming over at any moment, sitting at every angle, tightly squeezed into the space you call your TV room. Now’s the time to get your TV ready and OmniMount has a variety of styles and models for you.

In addition to the most anticipated game of the year, Saturday, February 6th is National TV Safety day.  While prepping for the big game, remember those little kiddos — and those big ones — that you will have over. The excitement can be overwhelming for all ages so make sure your TV won’t fall over, especially in high-traffic areas.

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For extra peace of mind, secure your TV with one of OmniMount’s safety-certified wall mounts. Simply tether it to a surface with our TV safety kit. Or, better yet, mount it up on the wall with our full-motion TV mounts. Want your TV to be flush with the wall? Go with our deluxe recessed full-motion mounts!

Let us help you get ready for when the entire room jumps with joy at that winning touchdown!

Kick into gear this new year — with OmniMount!

If you’re like most people, you’ve made a few New Year’s resolutions and now you’re at risk of falling off the wagon. Some of the most popular resolutions? Lose weight is tops by a long shot, then exercise more, and finally, aiming to boost organization also ranks high on many people’s lists.

Research shows that each year 45% of Americans make resolutions though sadly only 8% of us follow through. But don’t give up, this year can be different! OmniMount has the gear to assist you in sticking to your plans, so healthy new habits have a chance to develop and unhealthy ones can be dropped.

Instead of just reading general tips on health and efficiency, how about changing your environment so that it supports you in reaching them? Here are a couple of our most popular products that can serve as your tools for success in 2016:

Our interactive TV wall mounts have you covered as you add more order and movement to your day.

Stretch! with the PLAY40 Interactive TV Arm. With effortless horizontal and vertical motion adjustment, you can move your TV or computer display up or down for exercising, gaming, and just hanging out with your crew.

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Game! with the PLAY70DS Interactive TV Arm. The heavier-duty sister model of the PLAY40, it also easily moves up and down and side to side so the whole gang can get in on the action.

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This is the time of year that many families purchase TVs, often in anticipation of the Super Bowl. National TV Safety Day is right before the big game —  Sat., Feb. 6th, 2016 —  so take steps now to anchor your TV and keep your kids safe from furniture tip-overs.

Enjoy your TV in 2016! If you have any questions about how to make the most of it, give us a shout. We’re happy to help.