Home Technology: TrinSPIN – Design and Living Magazine

You now have a home theater, installed a security system and brought your audio/visual dreams to life to take your home to the next level. But with more technology comes the trouble of figuring out how to efficiently control all of it. Technology is supposed to make your life easier, not make it any more complicated.

Trinity Schaff, owner of TrinSPIN, shares how his team can automate your home by taking control of all your technology systems and putting them into a single, easy-to-use control system.

Control Systems
TrinSPIN makes it possible to manage the technology across your home through one localized and easy-to-use platform. With the touch of a button, you can control your lighting, sound system, thermostat, garage doors, door locks, sprinkler systems and almost anything else you can imagine.

“They can control virtually everything,” Schaff said. “The one I’m writing right now will control everything from the client’s water feature, to turning on the fire pit, to being able to monitor the temperature in the swimming pools and the hot tubs, to light control, to operating the shades, to the whole house audio system, to the furnace and the doorbell system.”

From just one device, like a tablet, smartphone or touch panels installed throughout the home, anyone can control these various systems. A tablet or other smart device is all one needs to host the control system. Since most households already have a tablet, the main component for installing a control system is already taken care of.

“To have one common platform, without having to open up a bunch of different apps is just another way to make one’s life a little easier. This also allows you to see the entire status of your home in a single view. Great for the main home, your lake home or a seasonal home.”

The control system has pages that display what’s playing in what room or what temperature it is in what room. You can even view footage from your security cameras all through one application. Is everything on, everything off? Are all your doors closed? Did I shut the iron off?! All of this and more can be determined through TrinSPIN’s customized control systems.

“The main thing is to allow the client to control what they need to, or what they do most commonly, with the fewest button presses or no button presses at all,” Schaff said. “Say you’re on your way home from work, you pull up and its dark, your outdoor lights turn on to lead you up to your garage, the garage door opens, garage lights turn on, the door from the house to garage unlocks, the security system disarms, the lights turn on in the home to lead you to you your go-to spot, your garage door shuts, your garage door lights turn off, TV is turned on to your favorite station and playing through your surround sound system. All that is left is to sit down and enjoy. All you had to do is pull into your driveway!”

Now that you have a control system, TrinSPIN goes one step further. Schaff and his team are able to customize the control system itself to the client.


“Our specialty is building a system for our clients,” Schaff said. “We don’t do anything cookie cutter so every one of our systems has a unique flair to it. Right now we’re working on an NDSU Bison control system for a huge fan of the Bison. We make all of our own icons, make all of our own buttons, make all of everything and bring it to life for them, when they pick up the control it is theirs, built for them, the client.”

On this particular NDSU-inspired system, the brightness of the lights is manipulated by moving footballs up and down the field’s yard lines. The scoreboard below shows the level of the lights, the possession arrow lets you know if the lights are on or off, the time clock at the bottom shows the current time for your time zone. Pause a TV show? Expect a time out to be called out on the screen, and the sound of a whistle when you press resume.

“I just give some quirkiness and a little personality to it,” Schaff said. “I have a few clients out there that started off with just basic one-room worth of lights and now their whole house is on there, their theater systems, the whole house audio is on there, they got the weather modules and more. I think a lot of them don’t know if they’re going to use it and then they start seeing the value in it after a while.”

TrinSPIN’s dedication to creating the perfect automated home experience for each of its clients is evident in the time and energy put into personally customizing every control system.

“That’s what it’s all about. It’s just simplicity, making their life more simple by just pushing a button and having something happen,” Schaff said. “What drives us too is to see that end result where the client can just pick up the remote. I’ll hand it over and I come back in to do training and they’re like, ‘Yeah, we got it all figured out already.’ That just puts a smile on my face.”

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