PUCK – The Affordable Smart Home

18/06/2018

PUCK – The Affordable Smart Home

With PUCK, you too can enjoy the smart home experience without spending thousands of dollars to automate. We’ve made the smart home affordable, easy, and fun! Expand your digital footprint while simplifying your life and tossing your remotes. Get yours today at PUCK!

 

SmashToast: The End of Remotes

11/06/2018

SmashToast: The End of Remotes

Remote controls are one of the modern inventions of our time that have gotten more and more unwieldy as the years go by. They’re easy to break or misplace, and often times have convoluted controls. PUCK is a new invention by the software developer SmashToast, that seeks to put an end to remotes by utilizing mobile technology.

“How it works is you stick to the PUCK to a receiver in your home, like your television,” explained Barnabas Helmy, the CEO and co-founder of SmashToast. “You then connect it to your phone using Bluetooth, and you have all the options of a remote on your phone.” The product presents the option to bookmark channels, as well as control multiple devices from just your phone. “It works for anything that you can control with an infra-red remote.”

PUCK – Internal Components!

8/06/2018

PUCK – Internal Components!

Hardware

So what does this amazing hardware innovation help bring you?!

  • No line of sight – Hide all your audio/visual equipment behind closed cabinet doors.  You can control your components from up to 150 feet away.
  • No wires – PUCK uses BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), so there are no wires or cables.
  • Self powered – PUCK lasts for up to 3 years on a single coin cell battery!  No power cords and no need to recharge.
  • Zones for different rooms – PUCK uses proximity sensing, so each PUCK knows how close it is to another and creates “Zones” for component groups.
  • No limit on number of components – Attach a PUCK to each of your A/V components. There is no maximum number.*

Save time and frustration with PUCK

4/06/2018

Save time and frustration with PUCK

Save your loved ones time and frustration by helping them -PUCK it – and toss the remote in 3 easy steps.

1 ) Attach PUCK on or near a device that uses an Infrared remote!

2) Download and pair with the free PUCK Remote App for iOS and Android!

3) Toss your remotes!

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Barnabas Helmy – “Innovator of the Year” at the UIS * iSPI * SIU Illinois Capital Innovation Awards

3/05/2018

Barnabas Helmy – “Innovator of the Year” at the UIS * iSPI * SIU Illinois Capital Innovation Awards

We are proud to announce that SmashToast CEO, Barnabas Helmy of Springfield, and creator of The PUCK, was honored with an “Innovator of the Year” award at the UIS * iSPI * SIU Illinois Capital Innovation Awards. Congratulations, Barnabas!

PUCK knows how to control more than 220,000 other devices

30/04/2018

PUCK knows how to control more than 220,000 other devices

PUCK knows how to control more than 220,000 other devices, and it can learn new infrared codes for devices it hasn’t already met. One PUCK can control multiple devices, allowing users to “toss those remotes.” Get yours today by visiting www.getpuck.com! 

This Is the Smart Home of the Future

4/03/2018

This Is the Smart Home of the Future

Don’t worry: Technology may come and go, but some things never change. In the not-so-distant future, cars will drive themselves and men may become obsolete (sorry, guys), but home will always be home. It’ll just be a heck of a lot smarter.

Juicero​​​​​.
Photographer: Evan Ortiz/Bloomberg

Granted, some tech is better than other tech. No one needs a Wi-Fi-connected juice press that doesn’t actually juice anything. Gadgets that offer real utility—like a smart oven or open source furniture—stand a better chance of becoming ubiquitous. If you’re skeptical, think of it this way: In-home refrigeration was the crazy, newfangled invention of 1913. Now, few among us can imagine living without it.

What will the home of the future look like? We took stock of the most exciting tech-forward home products on the market. It’s only a matter of time until at least some of these come standard in every American home.
 
The High-Tech Living Room
Apple’s HomePod.
Source: Apple

Thirty-nine million Americans now have a smart speaker in their homes—that’s 1 in 6 people—and all signs indicate this figure will only creep higher with time. In the living room of the future, smart speakers will be a central feature, with newer models connected to every element in your home, from the lightbulbs to the lock on your front door to the thermostat. They will become so essential you won’t think twice about plunking down $400 for one.

Watching TV and movies will be a wildly different experience. Why devote precious square footage in your living room to a giant screen when you could have one that effortlessly rolls up away and out of sight, like the one LG Display debuted at this year’s CES? Or you may choose not to have a TV at all and opt instead for a superhigh-resolution short-throw projector that turns any white wall into your own personal movie theater. Sony’s new $30,000 model would fit the bill, assuming the price tag comes down.

Open source furniture from Tom Dixon via Ikea.
Source: Modsy

In the coming years, it’ll be much easier to design your living space. Apps and online platforms such as Modsy and Hutch will use virtual and augmented reality to help you visualize how a couch or chair will look in your home. You’ll have lots of options: Modular, open source furniture will dominate interior design trends, taking the lead from Ikea’s Tom Dixon-designed Delaktig couch, which has more than 97 different configurations. Choose wisely, because you’ll be spending more time on the couch than ever: Facebook Inc.’s forthcoming living-room-geared video chat device will reportedly use smart camera technology to make people on both ends feel like they’re sitting in the same room.

Also, expect your living room to be even more of a central hub than it already is. Deliveries will arrive here instead of on your front porch, thanks to Amazon.com’s new Prime service, which will let verified delivery persons carry goods right into your home.

And don’t for a minute think ultramodern gadgetry is only for the younger set: Homes for the elderly will be outfitted with internet-connected gear that allows adult children to monitor their aging parents.

Smart Cooking in the Kitchen

The June intelligent oven.
Photographer: Evan Sung/Bloomberg

Ultimately, the goal of kitchen technology won’t be to do the cooking for you. It’ll just make you a better cook. Smart ovens such as those from Junewill be outfitted with cameras and digital thermometers, helping you monitor your food as it bakes. And instead of just hoping the “medium-hot” setting on your gas range is hot enough, smart skillets will take guessing out of the equation by sizzling food at a precise temperature, which you’ll set on a connected app.

Smart refrigerators will help reduce waste by letting you know when the carrots in your fridge are about to go bad, and offer up several recipes for them to boot. The smart fridge from LG will even send cooking instructions to your smart oven. Meanwhile, 3D food printers will help you create intricately shaped pasta, and smart-technology-equipped ice cream makerswill automatically sense the hardness of the mixture within and keep it ready until it’s sundae time.

Tech Enters the Bedroom

Eight Sleep’s smart mattress.
Source: Eight Sleep

The latest wave of home-focused technology is about making everyday life better and easier, and that begins with a good night’s sleep. Sleep trackers such as Eight’s smart mattress and smartphone apps Sleep Time and Sleep Cycle will use sensors to measure your sleep metrics, while smart alarm clocks like Amazon’s mini Echo will help you begin your day on the right foot with time, weather, and news.

Need a gentler wake-up? The smart aromatherapy alarm clocks from Nox Aroma will sense when you’ve reached your sleep cycle’s lightest point and release a wake-up scent of your choice.

Once you’re up and moving, it’s time to get dressed: Your closet will be filled with clothes you don’t just wear. They will actually interact with you, tracking health markers and habits. Among them: MadeWithGlove’s still-in-development smart gloves, which promise to detect skin temperature and provide heat accordingly. Your clothes might even change shape or color based on your feelings, as will the Sensoree mood sweater, now available for preorder.

And if you want a new wardrobe, you won’t have to even leave the house to find the best-fitting clothes: Amazon’s patented mirror will let you virtually try on outfits from the comfort of your own bedroom.

Yes, Even in the Bathroom

Moen’s smart shower system can be operated with Amazon’s Alexa.
Source: Moen

In the future, spa-like experiences at home will be the norm. No need to draw your own bath—your digital assistant can do that for you with smart shower systems like those from U by Moen. High-tech tubs such as those from Toto will induce relaxed brain waves, while nose-geared gadgets like Olfinity will let you program and control your own aromatherapy session from your iPhone while you soak.

Sound far-fetched? Remember a decade ago, few of us could have imagined being so attached to our smartphones, let alone ordering groceries off the internet or barking commands at a digital assistant. With time, even the strangest things can become normal.

PUCK is All Over the Country!

12/02/2018

PUCK is All Over the Country!

Take a look and see just how geographically varied PUCK users are throughout the United States!  Get your PUCK today and join the thousands across the country seeking an affordable and easy smart home solution: www.getpuck.com 

Toss your remote in three easy steps with PUCK!

22/01/2018

Toss your remote in three easy steps with PUCK!

Hate remotes? Get PUCK and toss out outdated technology forever in just three easy steps!

Step 1)
Attach PUCK on or near a device that uses an Infrared remote

Step 2)
Download and pair with the free PUCK Remote App for iOS and Android

Step 3)
Toss your remotes!
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Live-action shot from SmashToast’s PUCK booth at CES 2018!

10/01/2018

Live-action shot from SmashToast’s PUCK booth at CES 2018!

The activity around the CES2018 SmashToast and PUCK booth is electric! Here’s a live-action shot of our dedicated team in action – fielding orders, inquiries, and excitement around one of most affordable smart home gadgets on the market. We will continue to bring live shots from CES2018 to our clients and supporters from around the world the rest of the week!

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