"Scenes" are the new word in lighting control. Instead of just turning on a light with a switch, home owners are now turning on scenes. In well thought out lighting plans, scenes don't stop at the exterior walls. They extend the lighting feel and visual effects right on out to the landscape. This used to be hard to do. New products have reached the market that make this quite affordable.
DVI is currently a format of choice for professional installers, favored for its ability to carry and deliver uncompressed digital video resolutions up to 1080i.
Whether overt or covert, the PLC advantage is clear: Without the burden of additional cabling, and minus the hassle of installation, SecureView products turn potential retrofit nightmares into sweet dreams. And multi-channel, multi-camera systems are already in beta.
Everything is available ? there are electric locks, electric strikes to fit to existing locks, electric deadbolts (fail safe and fail secure), magnetic locks, electrically driven multipoint locks for energy efficiency and high security.
Builders, talk to your vendors about structured wiring. When you are approached by one of the fine structured wiring companies, listen to them. When a prospective homeowner asks you about structured wiring, either find a reputable company to work with them or allow them to do it themselves. Prospective homeowners, ask your builder if they offer structured wiring options. If they don't, ask if you can contract it yourself. If they say no, say thank you and find another builder.
This paper explores the emerging HCPC market, the technology behind United Home, and why it is poised to become a catalyst for sale of computing products, PCs, CE devices, wireless access points, Internet services, entertainment gear, and integrator services.
With an increasing number of elderly requiring homecare, technology that improves the quality of the caregiver's life as well as the standard of care will be increasingly important. Where as originally Vigil? sought to create a home-like environment in a facility, now it holds the key to allowing people to stay in their own homes longer.
The comparison of performance between a DSP corrected system and a traditional passive system is so dramatic that even the untrained listener will immediately appreciate the difference. Music and movies should provide pure enjoyment. DSP speaker correction offers the most advanced technology to let listeners simply enjoy home audio.
When the viewer (zone) selects a channel from a device they also take personal control of the device functionality leaving others to simply view the selected channel until the first viewer de-selects.
State-of-the art security products attempt to make home security an integral part of modern life, instead of being considered supplemental or adjunct to everyday life. Security systems, like the Safewatch iCenter, provide families with the ultimate in home security by combining home safety, with home communications and home automation, making life more secure, comfortable, and convenient.
If you have experienced an early example of ?modern home automation? that did not meet your expectations, then it is time to re-visit the new, lower priced control systems that are available in the market today. As with all technology over the past ten years, the improvements have been extraordinary.
Consider the benefits lighting control systems provide; controlling the lighting to provide a warm pleasant area for living, to brightly illuminate any area for safety and home security, increased energy savings, and most importantly, maintaining the atmosphere you are trying to accomplish with your home design.
A Media Center is a computer that is able to store and play music, video, pictures and files, and allows the user to connect and integrate this with their current home entertainment system (TV, Receiver, Satellite, Cable).
Say goodbye to expensive and time-consuming in-wall installations, in favor of high performance, invisible Audio & Video wiring solutions.
The iDP software package allows the installer to alter the precision, factory-defined frequency response for each loudspeaker and add delay to the system so that audio performance is perfectly matched to the acoustics of a particular home theater environment.
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Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!