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Installation Inspiration

Pinterest OmniMountOmniMount is on Pinterest! Sometimes it’s much easier to see TV mounts in context than to talk up and down about features, so OmniMount has started some Pinterest boards to inspire, educate and act as a design and inspiration resource.

In the coming weeks and months you’ll see new pins and boards filled with design advice, DIY tips & tricks and before & after installations. Let us know the content you like best with re-pins and likes and we’ll be sure to deliver more of it in the future!

Meet the Very Visible Designers Behind a Very Hidden Wall Mount

OmniMount OE120IW In-Wall TV MountOmniMount’s latest TV mount, the OmniElite In-Wall Mount, has a super low profile. So much so that it actually gets recessed in the wall. The hidden design is so clever that it seemed appropriate to share more about the inspiration behind its creation.

Meet Mike Murphy and George Runger, two of the OmniMount designers that worked on the OE120IW. They saw a need in the marketplace and developed just the right solution.

What fueled the creation of the already award-winning OE120IW?

GR:  The desire for a truly ultra-low profile mount that doesn’t have the issues that one would normally associate with such a low profile. Such as assembling a variety of ad-hock parts or not having access to cable connections.

What’s your favorite part of the design?

George

GR: The completeness. We made provisions for every detail of the installation and use. The mount is extremely flush to the wall. The profile is literally limited by the height of a standard lag bolt head, but can also be pulled out to aid in cable connections or to pan the TV to view from a remote location. Cables are routed and secured all the way from the VESA plate until they are inside of the wall box, via integrated cable channels in the mount arms. The inside of the box has provisions for power connections and cable routing through the wall. It works with OmniMount’s OPK2 in-wall power kit. You can even take it to the next level with a keystone style wall plate that can be mounted to the inside of the wall box.

MM: There are so many decisions that drive the design process. Ultimately, the goal is to make a product that’s accessible and meets a consumer need. I like that we are doing so in a way that the OE120IW achieves a look that is compact and clean. It makes holding and moving a 120 pound TV look easy. I think George said it best, it is that ‘complete solution.’

What factors influenced the aesthetic design?

GR: Mike had a pretty clear vision for the arms. He wanted something polished and high-end that still put performance and strength at the forefront. Fitting everything between 16” on-center studs was the biggest challenge. It sounds like a lot of space, but it is used up very quickly when working on a left/right symmetrical mount.

Product Designer Mike Murphy

Mike

MM: At the first stage, since the mount is part of the OmniElite Series of products, we focused on simplicity and quality materials. We also spent time looking at industry trends, so the aesthetic of the product is complimentary to current consumer electronics. In particular thin flat panels and theater components, as well as broader design influences. My wife is an interior designer and she’ll tell you firsthand the importance of style, so I also wanted to create a mount that would fit into a space and complement the technology and décor that surrounds it.  This included narrowing the appearance of form when it comes to proportions by introducing faceting and some other subtle cues. The trick is to be mindful that the product needs to exude confidence. We wanted the design to reflect beauty and strength so people trust it to hold their expensive TV.

Who can benefit the most from this product?

GR: Surprisingly enough I’m not going to say “everyone.” The OE120IW is for the most discriminating customer. They will know everything has a place inside the wall mounted box even though they cannot see it during day to day use.

MM: We have respect for someone rolling up their sleeves and making improvements to their lifestyle at home. Our hope is that both professional installers and do-it-yourselfers will find all the considerations of the product true to their needs.

Curious if the OE120IW will work for your in-wall installation? Visit the product page or call OmniMount customer care at 800.MOUNT IT.

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!

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.

see the zombies coming

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!

Holiday Look Book 2014

Bringing Technology Home for the Holidays Cover ScreenshotGet inspired this holiday season with sleek and sophisticated mounts that will make your tech sing. Be it a TV, iPad or computer that needs some attention, OmniMount has a mount that will not only function beautifully, it’ll improve the safety and aesthetics of your technology as well! So before the hustle and bustle of the season is upon you, let OmniMount help you deck the walls!

 

 

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)

This is my install story

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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.

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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.