How To Mount Your Projector

Whether you’re a seasoned professional installer or an ambitious DIYer, when it comes to mounting technology on your wall or ceiling, everyone wants an easy solution!

That idea inspired OmniMount to create the PJT40 projector mount, an Electronic House Product of the Year and Technology Integrator Exc!te award winning mount designed to be intuitive and make the task of mounting a projector considerably easier.

If you’re planning on installing a projector and screen in your home theater, learn the ins and outs from Audioholics with their all-inclusive article, How to Install a Home Theater Projector and Screen from Start to Finish. And see for yourself how easy the install can be by watching OmniMount’s PJT40 install video on YouTube.

Happy mounting!

WorkFit-A for Apple is International CES Innovations Honoree

2014 Innovations Award Logo

As the OmniMount team gears up for the largest consumer electronics show in January, CES, the show’s awards committee has announced some really exciting news—the Ergotron WorkFit-A for Apple has been named a CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award Honoree! There’s no doubt amongst our internal team that this product ROCKS, but being recognized by such a distinguished award on the merits of our design and engineering feels great!

The WorkFit-A for Apple and WorkFit-P for Apple, along with a slew of new TV mounts, will be on display in OmniMount’s CES booth, #26115, in the Digital Health Zone. Why there, you ask? Because products like Ergotron WorkFit and OmniMount ActionMount encourage the healthy use of home electronics.

Sitting all day anywhere is a thing of the past. We’re hoping to make the same thing true whether on your couch or in the office. If you’re anything like the average American, you’ll probably agree that you spend a few too many hours being sedentary each day. With the right accessories, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Visit us at International CES booth #26115 or start following us on social media (@OmniMount) to keep up on the latest show updates.

 

Mounting your TV? Don’t mount it too high!

The first thing someone said to me when I mounted my TV was, “It’s mounted so low.” That person might have been right, but it wasn’t done accidentally. Mounting your TV at the right height can reduce eye and neck strain—an important factor when you’re relaxing!

The general rule of thumb is to have the center of the screen at about eye level. Since most people position their TVs in front of the couch, the location should be determined by the sitting eye level.

But how do you prevent comments like the one I received about it being mounted “so low”?

Take this tip from Jackson’s Gallery, a custom frame shop and art gallery. They’re referring to art, but I think it applies to mounting TVs, too. According to Jackson’s, you need to take into account the space in which your art—or, in this case, TV—is hanging.

If you’re in a room where people are mostly sitting, such as a dining room or home theater, you’ll want to have the artwork lower than you’ll want it in an entryway or hallway, where people are primarily standing. (read the full article here)

Improve Screen Time, Reduce Childhood Obesity

Last week the Huffington Post shared an infographic: This is your teen on screens. In one of the surprising stats, 61% of obese boys and 63% of obese girls reported watching television for two or more hours each day.

According to the article, studies have also suggested that TV viewing habits in childhood can predict obesity risk in adulthood. It suggests that kids and teens should get at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day at least three times a week to increase strength and develop strong muscles.

So where can kids and parents carve away time to do this in the typical weekday of an average kid?

Maybe families work together to establish play time during daylight hours, like making it a part of the schedule right off the bus or out of the office when energy is high. Or look for after school programs that are activity-centered.

It’s understandable that poor weather and concerns about safety can deter parents from letting their kids play outside, and not everyone has access to parks, gyms, or other safe and convenient places to exercise. One easy way to achieve the recommended guidelines indoors is to rethink how technology is being used inside the home.

Products from OmniMount’s interactive series are designed to be used while standing up. That’s right, standing up!

The great thing about standing is it encourages more playing and less sitting. And the beauty of an adjustable product? It adjusts to the right height for any size user, which can aid in improving posture and reducing eye fatigue, two drawbacks of sedentary TV watching.

And while you’re at it, encourage your kids to do some of their homework standing up, at the kitchen island or counter. Even short bouts of standing help.

So even if your kid can’t be outdoors to be active, you can help them improve their overall level of activity in a few out of the box ways. Every bit helps in reversing the trends linking TV to childhood obesity.

3 steps to improve your at-home TV experience

Technology Tell recently spoke with Betsey Banker of OmniMount about how to improve your at-home television experience. Betsey points out three basic steps that you should keep in mind when setting up your TV for optimum performance and enjoyment, along with several products her company offers to help you execute them. Read the full story here.

This is my install story

IMG_20131010_161131

Before pic: original plan to corner mount the TV

Two months ago I moved into a new place. After roughly five weeks of floor sitting I got a couch (don’t ask me to post before-before pics!) and it was no longer acceptable for my TV to continue sitting on the floor.

I felt pretty sure I could mount my TV with minimal hassle. Find a stud, drill some holes, install. Done and done. But I ran into a few problems along the way and eventually called in an expert coworker to help me finish the install.

Read more »

Back to the future!

JustStand.org

Changing the world doesn’t always require time travel. Just a few days ago the American Medical Association (AMA) cited “Health Risks of Sitting” and “Recognizing Obesity as a Disease” among the new policies they voted to adopt during their annual meeting. It just so happens that reducing sitting time and the health risks linked to it are at the forefront of Ergotron’s 3rd Annual JustStand™ Wellness Summit, slated for July 17 at the McNamara Alumni Center (University of Minnesota campus), Minneapolis, MN.

The Summit features top researchers and organizations who have explored alternatives to reducing sitting time and other “out-of-the-box” approaches to producing healthier, more active and more productive individuals!

Attending the Summit is a great way to impact the future.

1. Hear from the businesses who are blazing the trail. Organizations like Oberon (a brand of Sálo LLC), the Blue Zones, Rodale, Inc., American Council on Exercise (ACE) and David Martin Consulting Group are pioneers in creating healthier cultures for employees and the businesses they serve. Hear about their challenges and successes, and gain insight into how you might bring that knowledge back to your organization or family.

2. See and experience the solutions designed to help people reduce sedentary time. Come see the full-line of WorkFit sit-stand workstation add-ons, desks, and carts for any business or home environment.

3. Become a catalyst for change. It just takes one person to see the vision for a healthier, more productive home, office or lifestyle. Come get all the tools you need to spark a sit-stand Uprising in your community. Education is the first step to creating a culture of movement and that’s why we created Juststand.org as a resource and launch pad.

Ready to make your mark on the future? We hope so. REGISTRATION is easy.

If you have questions, contact us at info@juststand.org or tweet us using hashtag #JustStand.

Don’t Fall Victim to a Falling TV

Having a huge flat screen TV is the pinnacle of home theater entertainment. The perfect place to catch a game, watch the kids play video games or round up the whole family for a movie night. But if your TV is sitting on a piece of furniture, it also comes with a hidden danger—the possibility that it can be bumped or tipped off its stand.

You might be surprised to know that in a three year span, close to 19,000 reported injuries resulted from falling televisions and 47% of TV tip-over related injuries happened to children under the age of five.

Luckily, there’s a mount for that.  

The safest way to ensure a flat panel TV won’t fall over, especially in high traffic areas, is to mount it to the wall where it’s safe from prying hands or rogue toys. A product like the EZMount OMH takes less than 10 minutes to install and has a locking system that prevents your TV from being bumped off of the mount. The fact that it’s UL certified offers added peace of mind.

Keep your most precious possessions safe with a simple, DIY project. See for yourself how easy the OMH is to install by watching our installation video or visit the OMH product page for more details.

Reference: November 2012 Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report “Product Instability or Tip-Over Injuries and Fatalities Associated with Television, Furniture, and Appliances: 2012 Report” https://www.cpsc.gov//PageFiles/135118/tipover2012.pdf

Sweet Summer Swag!

The summer months are perfectly designed for spending time outdoors with friends and family, but when it’s time to beat the heat, head indoors and keep the good times rolling with a little help from your friends at OmniMount and Ergotron.

We’ve teamed up with Ergotron and JustStand.org to bring you the Summer Fun giveaway, giving you the opportunity to win a TV mount or sit-stand computer mount of your choice!

The hardest decision is which product to choose. You can pick a TV mount from OmniMount’s ActionMount series, like the PLAY20, PLAY40 and PLAY70, for an even more exciting round of Dance, Dance Revolution and picture-perfect movie watching; or choose an Ergotron WorkFit sit-stand computer mount, like the WorkFit-A, WorkFit-S or WorkFit-PD, for gaming, keeping up with friends on Facebook or writing that great American novel you’ve been dreaming up.

No matter your decision, you can’t go wrong, since every product offers incredible functionality. Whether your indoor activities involve playing with the TV or computer, we’ve got a mount for that!

So beat the heat in a healthy way with mounts designed to move you. And while you’re at it, join the JustStand Wellness Uprising and follow @JustStandNews on Twitter for more tips and tricks on healthy and ergonomic ways to use your electronics.

Sign up for your chance to win! We’re giving away a product a month all summer long.

Building Healthier Lives

OmniMount walkers at the Phoenix Heart WalkFinding the time to support a good cause isn’t always easy, but that didn’t stop Team OmniMount from supporting the American Heart Association with some good-ole fundraising and participation in the Phoenix Heart Walk this year!

Last Saturday, a group of OmniMount employees, family members and friends (both the two-legged and four-legged variety) walked in a 5K to support the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives. The walk followed several months of fundraising among employees, both in the Phoenix, AZ and Eagan, MN offices.

To learn more about the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives visit www.heart.org. You’ll also find tips for reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke. If you have other ideas to build healthier lives, share them here! Plus, check out OmniMount’s Facebook page for more photos from the event.