Let the Games Begin

Guest post by Bryn Huntpalmer, editor for Modernize and Her Own Wings

They call it March Madness for a reason folks! The college basketball tournament that takes place each March/April is chaotic and can easily overrun your house if you have an avid sports fan living under your roof. Luckily there are ways to incorporate the fun of the tournament without making it the sole focus of your living space.

Utilize a Swivel TV Mount

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Being able to turn the TV to one area of the room (and maybe even put it on mute!) can allow other conversations to take place in other areas. Consider rearranging your furniture to create two distinct living spaces. You can always move it back when the madness dies down.

Create a Man Cave

While you may not want a permanent man cave in your house (or maybe you do!), you can create an awesome temporary viewing space for friends during the excitement of March Madness. It doesn’t need to be fancy, we recommend moving a TV into the garage and setting up lawn chairs and a cooler for drinks of course! The room pictured here has two TV’s which would be perfect for watching multiple games at the same time.

Take it Outside

At Modernize we are obsessed with outdoor entertainment spaces and the ruckus that comes along with March Madness can certainly be better accommodated outdoors. While this may require a little more planning and probably more money, you can create a space that you will enjoy many months of the year, not just during sports season!

Hopefully these ideas have given you the inspiration necessary to take the plunge and plan a party around all of the craziness this Spring. And whether you’re an avid basketball fan or not, be sure to check out OmniMount’s #BeattheBrackets promotion for your chance to win the OC80FM mount pictured above! Let the games begin!

Who knew that simply sitting could be bad for your health?

OmniMount employees are members of Vitality, a web-based wellness program that encourages us to be our healthiest selves. Vitality sent out the following email about reducing sitting time and their tips are worth sharing.

These days, many people spend more time sitting each day than any other activity. Whether it’s staring at a computer screen, plopping in front of the television or reclining on the train on the way to work, sitting for long periods of time can impact your weight and be harmful to your health.

The more you sit, the fewer total calories you burn in a day. Being active for as little as 10 minutes at a time throughout the day can really make a difference. It is the minimum recommendation when you choose to be active, and can result in substantial health benefits—including mental well-being!

This week’s tips:

Choose to be active whenever you can during the day; it can really improve your health. For example:

• Take the stairs when you can, or walk instead of driving when shopping or running errands.
• Schedule an activity break every hour or so. Even if it’s just a brief walk down the hall and back, it helps. Even better, schedule a 10-minute walk!
• Set goals and track your activity by using a Fitbit® or other wearable device. These devices are proven to increase physical activity in people who wear them.

Want another tip? Don’t stress out over your computer and TV time, instead get a sit-stand desk mount or height adjustable TV mount to turn those sedentary activities into ones with more movement!

How to Keep Technology From Taking Over Your Space

Guest post by Bryn Huntpalmer, editor for Modernize and Her Own WingsTips to hide your TVThese days most families have a TV in their living room but many parents are also becoming more and more conscientious of how much screen time their children are getting. A great compromise is to incorporate a television in a way that doesn’t make it the center of attention.

Ditch the Entertainment Center

Entertainment Centers are bulky, unnecessary and have a tendency to make the television the center of attention in a living space. So ditch that oversized cabinet and replace it with a wall mounted solution. Create a gallery wall by adding your personal touches around the TV to keep the eye from focusing on a television that is powered off.

Hide the TV

There are so many clever ways to hide your television these days. Options range from hidden compartments in the wall, mirrors, paintings or even mock shutters.

One of many clever ideas to conceal your TV

One clever idea to conceal your TV, via Trumark Homes

 

Rearrange the Space

When deciding where to put your furniture feel free to step outside of the box and create a setup that doesn’t center around the television. A great way to accommodate this type of set-up is to mount your TV on a swivel mount so the television can adjust to the furniture rather than the furniture accommodating the TV.

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For more home ideas and inspiration please visit Modernize.com.

How do you integrate technology in the home? Have a creative solution? We want to hear it!

Running from zombies is easy if you see them coming

USA Today posted an entertaining article about a new wellness program: Run from zombies at work. We couldn’t help but be reminded of this oh-so-relevant cartoon by employee Valia Dempsey.

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You’re quicker on your feet when standing, so in case of a zombie apocalypse, you’ll be the first one out the door.

Finally enough of a reason to stand while you work? OmniMount has your back in more ways than one with these sit-stand computer mounts.

 

What’s up with women in CE?

Women in CE CEDIA breakfastCE Pro’s Bob Archer recently published an article about women in the consumer electronics industry. It’s no secret that men still comprise much of the custom CE channel but his article takes a look at how the industry is being influenced by the women in it.

I feel very lucky to work for a company that clearly values the role of women. I’ve had the privilege to work with and for female marketing leaders at the Managerial, Director, CMO and VP levels, not to mention many female colleagues in all aspects of the business. Ergotron, OmniMount’s parent company, has an executive leadership board that’s comprised almost 50% of women.

And it’s a good thing, too. As technology gets integrated into more common areas of the household, like the family room, kitchen and bedroom, women are taking more interest in the way it gets displayed. Creating a product that solves a functional need isn’t enough – it needs to address important style and aesthetics concerns as well. When women have a voice in product development, engineering and marketing, it’s much easier to meet the needs of female buyers.

When Pete Segar, CEO of Ergotron, read Bob’s article his response was immediate. “My take on hiring women is that as long as you always choose the best candidate for the job, you will end up with women highly represented.” He went on to tell this story about Bill Gates and to emphasize that “I can now say that I am no longer trying to move the needle, I am benefitting.”

Have you moved the needle? Leave a note below or on OmniMount’s Facebook page.

 

Celebrate National Nutrition Month with a Healthy Activity Hack

Burn calories at work? Sign me up! March is National Nutrition Month and it has a lot of us paying more attention to what we eat. Tracking food choices and caloric intake has many benefits but it can sometimes feel like a whole lot of work! The ultimate goal is to turn short term benchmarks into long term habits, so in addition to making smart food choices, consider making a smarter choice about how you work. Join the Uprising, a growing community of people that stand up while using the computer. If you’re already watching what you eat, standing up is a great way to boost your metabolism and burn more calories. Start with just a few minutes and work your way up. You might even surprise yourself with how much better you feel! Have a story about how standing plays a part in your healthy diet and exercise routine? We’d love to hear it!

You have a new TV. Now what?

Dress up your displayChances are you have a friend, or maybe it’s you yourself, that purchased a new TV and tried to make it fit into an old setup. There are a lot of reasons to consider accessories when bringing a new TV home. Not only can a product like a TV mount improve the safety of your home theater, it can also help you achieve lifestyle objectives, like improving the versatility of the TV and the overall design of the room. If you or your friends are guilty of placing a brand new TV on an old piece of media furniture, know that there is another way! OmniMount is here to help with the new eBook: How to Accessorize Your New TV.

The Best Ways to Incorporate Technology Safely Into Your Home

Guest blog by Bryn Huntpalmer, editor for Modernize and Her Own Wings

When you first have a baby you are overwhelmed with all of the baby-proofing products on the market and likely you are still reeling from months of sleep deprivation and just want a quick fix. You go out and buy some outlet protectors and cabinet door locks and call it a day, right? Unfortunately, many of us overlook the potential danger of top heavy furniture or electronics falling on our little ones and when we hear the terrible tragedies of babies being crushed under a bookcase, we think “that would never happen to MY baby because I never let him out of my sight.” But, as your own mother always told you, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

“I urge parents to anchor their TVs, furniture and appliances and protect their children,” say Inez Tenebaum, Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. “It takes just a few minutes to do and it can save lives.”

Mount your TV

Install a product like the OE120IW, an in-wall television mount, for a discrete way to suspend a flat-screen TV on the wall and protect it against accidental bumps and tips. When not in use, the television can display a painting image or YouTube hearth fire video. When in use, the TV can swivel, extend and tilt, making the mount ideal for interactive games or for homemakers who habitually rearrange the furniture.

As long as you are making some tech upgrades in your home, consider some home automation options that take home security to the next level! Consider the Nest Protect, which senses smoke, detects carbon dioxide, monitors its own batteries, and sends text notifications. VuPoint sells a temperature-sensitive faucet light that glows blue when the water is cold, red when warm. Glass breakage sensors, infrared security cameras, “smart” power strips, LED multi-colored light bulbs that play music, digital kitchen splashes – all of these are actual products that you can install in your home.

Mount your iPad

iPad_Case_and_Stand_LS_5But not everyone has the deep pockets for a digital kitchen backsplash. Why not read recipes, play music or video chat during dinner preparation using your iPad or Android tablet? Place it on a 3-in-1 stand or wall mount to isolate it from countertop spills and curious children.

Mount your computer

Do you experience back and neck pain from sitting at a computer by day and bouncing a baby on your hip by night? Thankfully, the solution is as simple as a sit-stand computer mount. Recommended by the American Medical Association, sit-stand desks and computer mounts move up and down, allowing you to sit for an hour, stand for the next, and never lose a minute’s productivity. These are also really handy for when your baby starts to walk (and climb!) so that you can raise the computer safely out of their reach.

Integrating technology into the home should not require the sacrifice of space, safety or control. On the contrary, a TV, iPad or computer mount will provide you, the homeowner, with more authority and security. Plus as you pull yourself out of the trenches of toddlerhood and your chubby-cheeked kid turns into a gangly teenager you will surely be the coolest parent on the block with your high-tech home!

To learn more, visit Modernize.com

Calling all integrators!

Turning someone’s home theater vision into a reality takes knowledge and skill. So why not get recognized for your hard work? If you’re an integrator with a cool story to share, enter this year’s Electronic House Home of the Year Awards. And while you’re at it, send us your OmniMount installations to be featured on the Nuts & Bolts blog! Email pr@omnimount.com for more details.

Is your tech safe and sound?

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Just because something is technical doesn’t mean it needs to look that way! OmniMount is a big proponent of integrating technology into the home in safe and stylish ways. In our latest ebook, How to Accessorize, we invite you to explore the rooms in a house in vivid color and see firsthand how the right accessories make every activity, be it working or relaxing, better. So bring on the safe, fashion-forward and functional solutions!