Voice-Activated Assistants Provide Hands-Free Assistance

Even natural and earthy log cabins and log homes can be tricked out with some of today’s most advanced technology. If you enjoy listening to music, checking sports statistics, keeping tabs on the weather, or relaxing to the soothing sound of an audiobook, a new generation of smart devices may be just the thing for you.

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Voice-Activated Assistants: Options for Your Home

While there are an increasing number of contenders on the market, the primary competitors remain as Amazon’s Echo – the first widely-accepted product on the market – and the newer Google Home. A simple phrase, like, “Okay, Google,” or, “Alexa” (referring to the Amazon Echo’s software platform), wakes the unit and makes it ready to accept your commands. You can then ask it to play your favorite music or look up a random fact that comes up over a dinner conversation.

Voice-Activated Assistants: Performs an Endless List of Requests

These units can interface with online services, your “cloud” accounts, and many third-party gadgets to bring you a startling array of functionality. Collectively, these tiny marvels can:
●  Stream a playlist for a dinner party
●  Help you determine if the rain will hold off for a day of fishing
●  Settle an argument with the spouse over which movies an actor has played in
●  Give you directions to that new restaurant in town
●  Order flowers to be delivered on your anniversary
●  Play voice-activated games
●  Check appointments in your calendar
●  Tell you how much fuel is in your gas tank
●  Open and close your garage door
●  Tell you how well your stock portfolio is performing
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●  Text or email memos to yourself
●  Arm your home security system or turn off the lights
●  Order pizza or an Uber ride

…and so much more, all without having to get up or reach for your smartphone.

So, the next time you find yourself sitting around the back deck with a group of friends as the fading aroma of a charcoal grill wafts gently through the air, perhaps you will be the one to say, “Hey, Alexa…let’s have a trivia night.”

Another Successful Log Home Planning Seminar

Last Saturday Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes hosted another successful Log Home Planning Seminar.  Nearly 70 log and timber home enthusiasts gathered to gain a better understanding of our design, manufacturing and building processes.  Guests traveled hundreds of miles — from all across Pennsylvania and Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia — for the one-day event at Timberhaven’s facility in Middleburg, PA.

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From concept through construction, Timberhaven’s professional staff informed attendees how to compare log home manufacturers, what considerations should be made when finalizing a design and purchasing land, and walked attendees step by step through the manufacturing process.  Guests toured the manufacturing facility on 1081 Salem Church Road, Middleburg and had an opportunity to see first-hand how the company’s logs are engineered, planed, profiled, and assessed for quality per Log Home Council’s grading standards.  Insights were also shared regarding building site preparations and delivery-day techniques.

Attendees confirmed their overall experience was beneficial and would definitely recommend this seminar to other log home/timber frame enthusiasts. Here’s what a few seminar-goers had to say about Saturday’s event.

“This seminar was great! The information and sessions were very worthwhile.”

“Thank you SO MUCH! The knowledge I gained at this seminar makes me feel confident in choosing a log home as my first and hopefully forever home.”

“We learned so much today, we aren’t even sure what else is needed. This has been an excellent seminar!”

Have you done your research and due diligence?  Have you visited your preferred log home or timber frame manufacturer?  If not, we encourage you to do so.

There is always an open invitation to visit Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes. Feel free to contact us today to schedule your personal visit or mark your calendar for our Fall Log Home Planning & Construction Seminar scheduled for October 14th.

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