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My Favorite (A/V!) Things From 2013

At Electronic House we are lucky to be exposed to the best new technology and most impressive. In the spirit of Julie Andrews’ rendition of “My Favorite Things” (or Carrie Underwood if you prefer) from The Sound of Music, we bring you our favorite things from 2013.

LISA MONTGOMERY:

Homes

Sophisticated Library Includes Hidden Lighting Controls I love it when custom electronics professionals get creative, and the book spine that was fitted with buttons for controlling the room’s lights is the epitome of thinking outside the box.

Smart Glass Creates a Home Office Hideout It’s not often we run across a home where smartglass has been integrated into a control system. Here, a curved wall of glass goes from clear to frosty when a button on a Lutron keypad is pressed.

Frosted office

NetZero Home Gets 600 LEDs Controlled by an Automation System To me, a story about an automated home is always more interesting when the owner of the house is intimately involved in the project. In this story, the owner was not only involved … he actually built a product that would expand the functionality of his professionally installed home automation system.

Trends

5 Up and Coming Technologies for the Home It’s fun to look into the future ball of home technologies, and this story does just that.

WiFi Strengthens its Position as a Home Control Protocol I always like cheering for the underdog, and in this story I do give a big hurrah to Wi-Fi, as it makes inroads as a very viable home control platform.

Integrated Control Vs. Multiple Apps for Home Automation Smartphone and downloadable apps have had huge implications in the home control marketplace. This story investigates the advantages and disadvantages of using apps to rule your house.

Products

Super Shading Solutions Get Motorized Of all the electronic systems available to the home, motorized shading is one of my favorites, mostly due to the fact that shades look about as low-tech as a throw pillow. Add a motor to them, though, and they can do some amazing things. This story discusses what’s possible.

High-Definition Artwork for Your TV This story came to my by surprise. I received a very well written email about a new technology that solves a very real problem facing anyone who owns a flat-panel TV: what to do with the screen to make it look better when the TV is off. This solution, unlike many others, is super affordable, easy to implement and lets you change the look of your static TV screen on a whim.

TV Art

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Posted by ryan Tue, 24 Dec 2013 21:29:00 GMT

Control4 Remote Recharging Station Makes Dead Batteries Obsolete

The Remote Recharging Station, which ships in April for $130, features a low-profile design and a charging indicator LED.

It’s a bummer when you go to use gadgets, only to find dead batteries. Imagine if you need that gadget to turn on lights! Something like that should always be ready at a moment’s notice, which is probably why Control4 has introduced the Remote Recharging Station.

The new Recharging Station is designed for use with Control4’s SR-150 and SR-250 System Remote Controls. Instead of having to replace batteries all the time, this option adds in a lightweight, high-power-density rechargeable lithium polymer battery.

Control4's new remote dock

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Posted by ryan Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:57:00 GMT

A Comfy Throne That Explodes Into Plush Stools To Seat All Your Guests

A king or queen is nothing without their subjects, so if you’re on the hunt for a comfy chair that’s worthy of your greatness while not leaving everyone else sitting on the floor, the Quartz marks the end of your search.

When fully assembled its modular cushions form the perfect nook to bury yourself in with a good book, just make sure all the change is out of your pockets before you plunk down. And when company comes a-callin’, the segmented cushions all pop out of the Quartz chair providing ample places for everyone to sit.

The Quartz throne explodes to make stools for many people

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Posted by ryan Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:29:00 GMT

Waterproof Crestron Remote

For those who want to keep their remotes outside or play with them in the pool or jacuzzi, Crestron has an answer: a weather-proof remote. It even floats!

Crestron describes their UFO Waterproof Wireless LCD Remote (UFO-WPR-3ER) as “A rugged, waterproof remote with extended range RF performance and advanced color LCD display.” Its color screen and large, easy to press buttons can be used to control your outdoor lighting, jacuzzi, TV, music, and more.

Go here to see a video of it in action where we most recently installed it:

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Crestron's Floating Remote

Posted by ryan Fri, 15 Mar 2013 20:47:00 GMT

Yale Offers Crestron Connected Wirelessly Controlled Door Locks

Yale Locks & Hardware revealed that its wirelessly controlled door locks now integrate with Crestron control systems to provide direct communication, control, management and monitoring of home security.

The Yale Real Living line of access control locks—the first Crestron Connected residential door locks—enable homeowners to lock and unlock doors remotely from a Crestron touch screen or a mobile device, set schedules, and personalize access to the home.

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The Crestron Connected initiative embeds Crestron control intelligence into a wide selection of third-party source equipment and display devices, such as projectors, displays, and audio/video receivers, to operate seamlessly with Crestron control technologies. Using Crestron infiNET EX wireless protocol, the new Yale Real Living wirelessly controlled door locks receive commands and send information to the Crestron controller, allowing other devices to come to life based on the lock’s activity.

Homeowners can lock or unlock doors from anywhere in the house using a Crestron touch screen or remotely using Crestron Mobile Pro/Mobile Pro G for Apple and Android mobile devices. When the door is locked or unlocked, the Crestron system can simultaneously turn lights on/off, adjust shades and temperature, and set the alarm. Homeowners can also give access to others and create a schedule to allow guests to enter the home on specific days, and program other settings tailored to each person. Each family member and guest receives a unique PIN, so the homeowner can monitor system activity. For example, the system can be set to automatically send a text message to parents when a child has arrived home from school. The system also monitors battery and alarm status. A Crestron Connected device is recognized natively by the Crestron processor and allows for full control capabilities out-of-the-box, without any special drivers or modules.

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Posted by ryan Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:00:00 GMT

“Papertab” paper tablet is your flexible friend

View full article here. Flexible e-ink displays are one thing, but an actual working tablet that’s as thin as a sheet of paper – that’s impressive. And that’s exactly what the Papertab is. Developed by researchers at Queen’s University, Canada, the Papertab is a fully interactive touch-sensitive 10.7-inch sheet of plastic able to display documents, images, videos and the like. Paper tablet looks like a sheet of paper in a page protector View full article here.

Posted by ryan Fri, 11 Jan 2013 19:54:00 GMT

Crestron Launches Motorized Shades with Quietest Motor

Debuting at CEDIA Expo 2012, Crestron’s motorized window coverings are available in roller shades, Roman shades, skylight shades and drapery track systems.



By Julie Jacobson, July 23, 2012



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We knew something was up with Crestron when a patent application came through in July for a “Drapery Assembly with a Powered Carrier.”

Indeed, leading home automation provider Crestron Electronics is launching its own line of shading controls to compete with category leader Lutron Electronics.

In a press release issued today (reprinted below), Crestron says it has the “quietest motor on the market” – a superlative generally bestowed on Lutron.

True to form, Crestron is launching a complete line, including motorized roller shades, Roman shades, skylight shades and drapery track systems. “Designer-inspired” fabrics and hardware finishes complete the line. The company says the line can be integrated with non-Crestron control systems.

Over the past decade, Crestron has added several subsystems to its home integration line, including A/V switchers and receivers, thermostats and lighting controls. The video switchers and lighting in particular have lured many integrators away from specialty manufacturers of these lines.

Meanwhile, many of the specialty vendors, such as Lutron (Radio Ra 2), Key Digital (Compass Control), Gefen (GAVA), URC (Total Control), somfy (TaHoma) and Remote Technologies Inc. have expanded into Crestron’s realm of home integration to offer their own multifunction control systems.

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Posted by chantal Thu, 26 Jul 2012 17:00:00 GMT

Samsung 75-inch ES9000 smart TV makes stateside debut

BY SARAH SILBERT

POSTED JULY 18TH 2012 3:58PM

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The mammoth 75-inch ES9000 LED smart TV that Samsung recently unveiled for the Korean market is making its way stateside. Today the 3D-capable, LED-backlit set was on display in New York as part of the Sammy-sponsored SpaceFest marking the Space Shuttle Enterprise’s arrival at the Intrepid. How smart TVs relate to Space Shuttle orbiters is beyond us, but the ES9000’s US debut is welcome news for those with a massive living room to fill, and were disappointed after the ES8000 75-incher shown at CES and even given a price tag earlier this year failed to materialize. Detailed specs are currently MIA, but as we noted before in our hands-on, the 75-incher’s bezel measures just 0.31 inches, and the frame sports a rose-gold finish. There’s also a built-in web camera that retracts when not in use, and the TV comes with four pairs of 3D glasses. Being a smart TV, this guy also includes the full suite of Smart TV features, such as Smart Interaction for enabling gesture and voice controls and Smart Content for sharing media across several devices. Samsung also used today’s occasion to introduce a new Angry Birds app for its smart TVs, which lets users play the game entirely with gesture controls. The app will be available for a free download later this month, and the ES9000 will go on sale in August for a super-sized price of $9.999.

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Posted by chantal Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:57:00 GMT

Nest Learning Thermostat Added to Apple Store

By Stephanie Mlot May 30, 2012 09:49am EST



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The Apple Store is slowly becoming an all-in-one shopping experience, today adding the Nest Learning Thermostat to its inventory.

The thermostat, which is reminiscent of an iPod classic click wheel, is available now for $249.95, just $0.95 more expensive than its suggested retail price. It was added to Apple.com this morning after some brief downtime, prompting speculation in the Twitterverse about everything from new MacBooks to Skynet coming online.

The Nest thermostat already has an Apple connection. Tony Fadell, Nest co-creator, is a former Apple senior vice president, and was part of the creative team behind the original iPod and iPhone. While the thermostat has no direct connection to Apple products, its Wi-Fi capabilities allow control of the Nest from any iOS device — iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

The thermostat also works with a PC or Android smartphone to adjust scheduling, change the temperature, and check weather.

Old-fashioned twisting and button-pushing also work to control the climate; you can turn the dial or navigate through its menu by pressing the LCD screen. The modern thermostat can program itself by tracking the temperature settings used over a week, and energy-saving Auto-Away settings lower heat and cooling while you’re not home.

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Posted by chantal Mon, 04 Jun 2012 16:22:00 GMT

Sanus Ships FMS01 Furniture Mount System

April 19th, 2012



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Sanus said this week that it is now shipping the Sanus FMS01 Furniture Mount System. The product offers users the ability to put up a mounted TV without having to drill holes in the wall.



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Posted by chantal Thu, 31 May 2012 16:13:00 GMT