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Delta Technology Newsletter – December 2020
2020 Has Been A Year of Change, A Year of
Adaptation, A Year of Disruption
Every one of us has been touched by the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, whether by stay-at-home quarantine, loss of jobs, loss of businesses, and worst of all, loss of a loved one. 2020 has indeed been a year to remember – but mostly, one that we wish to forget.
However, if anything has been proven this year, it is the resilience of America. Resilience of her citizens, her businesses, and her industrial core. We at Delta Technology look forward to 2021 and the recovery of the American economy, and most notably, America’s industries. More and more companies are looking to on-shore or near-shore their manufacturing facilities, discovering new and better ways to more efficiently get the job done.
Automation has come to the forefront of industrial technology, not only for the reliability and efficiency it offers, but for the safety of keeping valuable workers at a distance and away from unsafe environments.
Around the years when kids were asking for Cabbage Patch Kids and the original Transformers, there was also something being asked of them – “Can you help me hang up the lights?” For the outdoor sets, it was likely pretty cold out, there was a rickety ladder that gave you a splinter if you just looked at it, maybe even some snow to make scaling the side of the house extra treacherous, and questionable gutters whose installation probably coincided with Eisenhower’s presidential term.
Even if we survived all of that unscathed, the lights of that era – the inside ones especially – had a strict “if one of us is off, we all are” policy, and if that happened, then began the wild goose chase of finding the bulb that needed replacement, then actually locating the replacement bulbs (because as kids, we always forgot to have them ready when the detective work started), and much to our chagrin, finding out that installing a new bulb was not a guarantee of anything.
Some improvements have been made to holiday lights since then. Most notably, being able to connect strands to each other for more coverage, one bulb being out doesn’t shut down the entire circuit, and programs (like blinking, different colors, or lights dancing to music) that were activated by flipping a switch on a controller box or through Bluetooth. Smart plugs were the next innovation, and now with IoT, we can truly customize how the lights function and look, and how we interact with them, especially if we have the preferred system of many vloggers and holiday enthusiasts from Twinkly.
You can find different lengths of both indoor and outdoor use light sets from Twinkly, as well as styles such as icicles, curtains, and a pre-lit holiday tree, among other options. They are costly, but if they’ll last a few years and you’ll have the coolest lights in the neighborhood, it may be worth it to you. The company also makes a professional version, and of course, while these lights are thought of as more wintry decor, you can certainly use them year-round (thanks especially to the color options).
With Twinkly’s entry into the market, you can:
Fully control the lights and activate features via app
Direct, Bluetooth, and wireless connections supported
Smart controller and plug included
Works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
Razer Chroma RGB integration for audio visualization
Multicolored lights have over 16 million color possibilities
Free effects and patterns available for download from the company’s online gallery
Create effects, set a timer, switch lights on/off, and sync several of Twinkly’s devices using app
Diffused lens LEDs intensify effects
Amazon reviews show Android users seem to experience issues with mapping the lights much more frequently than iOS ones, but the Twinkly app on either can still be buggy. Regardless of the operating system of your device, it appears a few extra steps may be all that’s needed to avoid frustration, depending on which iteration of the lights you have.
While some accuse Twinkly of rushing their latest versions to market, when considering the potential number of different devices and software that exist, and straight out of the box their product is expected to work without a hitch, the light manufacturer’s store on Amazon has an impressive 4.7 out of 5 rating, with 91% of reviewers giving a 4 or 5. If you’re looking for a way to IoT your Christmas tree, or take to the next level other holiday decorations and celebrations throughout the year, you might want to check out Twinkly!
If you are a manufacturer looking for the best way to incorporate automation into your products and production process, Delta Technology’s comprehensive platform and automation experts can help!
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