Is Automation Luxury or Convenience?

It is 7 am, the lights in your bedroom slowly turn on, the Lutron QED shades open letting in natural light and your favorite music begins to play over your Totem Tribe Series speakers.
You get up and walk into the bathroom, the lights turn on, the shower begins and the towel warmer turns on. After your shower you go to a Crestron touchpanel and check your stocks, traffic alerts or consult the weather channel to decide what to wear. In the nook as you are having breakfast you go to your Crestron touchpanel and catch the morning news, you hear your dog Woofy outside barking, from any of your Crestron touchpanel you can select security and now you can scan through your surveillance cameras.
You take off to work and as you are driving out the driveway you reach up to your HomeWorks car visor control and press Away , your house goes into Away mode: All lights turn off, selected power outlets turn off, your Climate control goes into a setback mode and your Alarm is activated!
While you are away the afternoon sun is beating on your windows, hardwood floor, leather furniture, and most important your art work. Your Intelligent home closes your shades therefore avoiding damage to your belongings.
When the home senses rain, the windows and sky lights close to avoid any damage, the irrigation controls gets interrupted to save water.
While at work you receive an email, it’s from your home, the garbage man attempted to use his gate code on the front door, a picture of the garbage man with a time stamp is attached to the email. Open an internet browser and log into your home, view the cameras, check your lights, and climate control for peace of Mind.
When you arrive in the evening you reach up to your car visor and press Home, a path of lighting welcomes you to the home, your garage opens, your favorite music begins to play and your climate control is back to comfort. All this was accomplished with a push of a button.
As you walk around your premises motion sensors activate lighting but if you would like to choose a special scenes or would like to listen to music you reach into your pocket and take out your I phone, push an Icon and presto you have full access to your control system. Multiple remotes are a thing of the past; any Smart phone can be used to talk to your home
Goodnight – As you enter your bedroom you simply press the “Goodnight” button and while your bedroom lights remain on as you prepare for bed, the house has automatically begun to shut down ready for your peaceful sleep or for you to read in bed.
You no longer have to check the lights around the house to make sure everything has been turned off. Your intelligent home has taken care of things for you.
Panic Button – When you hear a “Bump in the night” you immediately press the Panic Button located on either side of your bed and your Intelligent Home automatically turns on external lights and selected lighting in your home, turn on your TV and select security now you can view your entire exterior without leaving the safety of your bedroom.
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TOTEM’s TRIBE in-wall/in-ceiling speakers

Back in January when VinoSystems went to CES in Las Vegas we just happened upon this random room in the Venetian hotel. We took a chance after a long day of talking to companies about their products and why theirs were better than the other guys, so at this point we were pretty much done. But luckily when we stumbled into this room we found ourselves in front of a very amazing speaker company known in the world as TOTEM ACOUSTIC. As soon as we walked in there was the usual demonstration, different types of music playing so we could here the range of sound that was produced by their products. Overall we were very impressed, but what really caught my attention was their TRIBE series In-Wall/In Ceiling Speakers. The all-enclosed, meticulously crafted and astonishing sounding Tribe In-Wall/In-Ceiling brings Totem’s legendary imaging, off-axis performance and full-range sound to a brilliant compact, vibrant and dynamic series of speakers. Delivering the highest caliber compact speaker performance for over 20 years, TOTEM presents the ultimate series of In-Wall/In-Ceiling products. Designed to engulf and immerse the listener in a totally realistic and believable 3D sonic experience, the Tribe In-Wall/In-Ceiling redefine exactness, speed and musicality. For easy use under any conditions, they perform with astonishing presence, no matter the size of your space.
I can’t wait to bring these speakers into the North Bay. As a Automation Specialist/Systems Integrator I know that I will be spreading the word about this product line. So watch out Bay Area here comes TOTEM ACOUSTIC!!!
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Samsung 8 Series LED TV

Back in January we showed you this awesome concept ultra slim and sleek LED TV from our trip to CES in Vegas. Well six months later this concept is now reality. When Samsung got together with their designers they were like, how can we make our TV’s sell like hot cakes? Introduce LED technology and voilà! it’s like I’m watching a Chris angel show because these things are magical. For example Samsungs LED TV technology enables a true to life range of picture brightness- from pure blacks to pristine whites. Samsungs auto motion plus feature delivers smooth motion images with crisp, clear picture quality. Advanced color processing ensures that every image is as vibrant and colorful on screen as it was when it was created.
Did I mention how ridiculously slim this TV’s are? They are a surprisingly 1.2’’ deep; they are the slimmest HDTV’s yet, with all the components built in!!! No additional port expansion boxes are needed, thank you very much. Samsung has this optional wall mount that when combined with the new 8 series LED TV’s hang on your wall like a picture-less than 2’’ away from any wall. Standard LCD’s hang about 5.75’’ from the wall and the new LED’s hang at an amazing 1.8’’from the wall.
The best part about the new 8 series LED TV’s is that they are very Eco friendly. They are Energy Star compliant and use 40% less energy than the standard LCD’s. Samsung is dedicated to preserving the environment through impactful manufacturing and packaging techniques. These ultra-slim, ultra light weight LED TV’s take it even further, requiring less packaging materials and transportation need. They are also free of Mercury.
So whether you want to save some space, the environment, or some energy and money, the new Samsung 8 series LED TV’s are the right choice for you!!!
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The only solution for the digital age

There’s no question that the digital age is here today. The products you’re using now won’t work for much longer. Crestron DigitalMedia is the only soution that answers the challenges of tomorrow-today.
Crestron has released and is shipping its revolutionary new DigitalMedia™ product line, the only complete, integrated solution that manages, controls and distributes all analog and uncompressed digital content over twisted pair or fiber. The core of a Crestron DigitalMedia (DM) system consists of matrix switchers, repeaters and receivers. Flexible and modular, DM matrix switchers accept every type of signal and transmit them long distance as digital DM signals. Exclusive built-in QuickSwitch HD™ technology pre-authorizes HDCP keys and maintains a constant handshake for fast, uninterrupted HD switching. At the end points, DM receivers output HDMI and control to the display. Crestron DigitalMedia is the only solution that answers the challenges of tomorrow – today.

Instant HDMI switching. Not only does it handle the one to many HDMI/HDCP problem, but the delays in source to source switching – delays that everyone encounters using a reciever or any single display switch – are gone. Switching is almost instantaneous. The display doesn’t go through another handshake.

Mixed Fiber + Copper. Less than 100′ or okay to use a repeater? Use copper. Over 100′, use fiber. Mix and match in the same switch.

Integrated USB extension. With the combination of USB + HDMI in/out we get remote placement of computers + gaming stations without losing flexibility of use or control. A game station can live inside a family room but be used in the playroom too. Or the console can live in a rack and all the controllers plug into a plate inside a family room end table cabinet. Or your laptop plugs into the office but a small keyboard lives in the kitchen and the bedroom allowing you to pick up the display there. And so on…..
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All the music you want, all over your house!

Music from every source imaginable.

Sonos plays it all. Music from your personal collection stored on your computer. More than 25,000 free Internet radio stations, shows and podcasts. And music services that let you stream and download their vast collections of songs from the Internet to the rooms of your choice. Sonos gives you the freedom to listen to whatever you want, wherever you want. Play a classic album from your music collection in the kitchen and the living room. Wake up to a local radio station in your bedroom or tune in to a podcast from another continent. Whatever you’re into, rock or rap, interviews or instrumentals, Sonos gives you instant and endless music gratification.
Wireless that works like magic.

Sonos takes wireless to a whole new level. Their mesh network technology provides whole-house coverage, ensures synchronous music playback, and avoids sources of wireless interference. Which means the music gets to all the right rooms — near or far — at exactly the right time.
A multi-room system that’s flawless, flexible and fun.

At Sonos, multi-room is their mantra. They don’t think about individual pieces of hardware or software. They think about the system as a whole and how to flawlessly deliver synchronized music to every room with total flexibility and total control. Plus, They made it easy to add more rooms of music without adding wires. Now what could be more fun than that?sonos-controller
And now you can control SONOS with your iphone!!! Watch the video here!!!

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A Complete Multi-Zone Entertainment Server

The Kaleidescape Mini System, an innovative product that puts your entire collection of movies and music at your fingertips. The Mini System is the first Kaleidescape product to integrate a complete multi-zone Kaleidescape System into a single component, and the first to include a remote control. Its elegant industrial design is beautifully suited for a living room, and it installs as easily as an ordinary DVD player. Priced about 40% less than the current Kaleidescape System, the Mini System is affordable and well-suited for a variety of projects.
Key Features:
Stores Up To 225 DVDs or 2,500 CDs
The base Mini System stores up to 75 DVDs or 825 CDs and can be expanded by adding Disk Cartridges to store up to 225 DVDs or 2,500 CDs, or any equivalent combination. Content stored on a Mini System is protected by Kaleidescape’s RAID-K technology, and need not be re-imported if a hard disk drive fails.
Stunning 1080p Output
The Mini System creates beautiful high-definition output from DVDs, providing a viewing experience that rivals Blu-ray.
Two Additional Music Zones
Along with the 1080p movie zone, the Mini System includes two more independent music zones so that a movie can be watched in one room while music is enjoyed in other parts of the home.
DVD/CD Playback from Disc
A DVD or CD need not be imported into a Mini System in order to enjoy it with the Kaleidescape Experience. High resolution cover art and other details are displayed whenever a DVD is inserted. Select Play to directly start the movie or television show without trailers and advertisements – even for rented DVDs!
Simple Installation
The Mini System installs easily by connecting it to power, the Internet and a television display. With the included Kaleidescape remote, it’s ready for immediate use. It is shipped configured as a free-standing component, but it can be adapted for rack-mounting with the included kit.
Expansion
The Mini System works with other Kaleidescape products so that your System can grow to handle a collection of thousands of DVDs and CDs and a home of any size.
For More Info Watch The Kaleidescape Experience Video

The New Mini System Is Now 40% Cheaper!!!

The New Mini System Is Now 40% Cheaper!!!

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Axonix has Blu-Ray… So what!

After watching a demo of Axonix Media Deck system, I was not impressed. Slow movie load times, GUI is not that great. Does not look that great after seeing Kaleidescape. Axonix had lots of features but does none of them well. The only thing they had going for them is that they do Blu-ray and you can use any network attached storage device for extra hard drive space.
Its like putting “duct tape”  all over it. Axonix is great if you want to still spend a lot of money but in the end hate your self for doing it. So why don’t you just give me $10,000 and I will give you my axonix shirt and you will hate your self less.

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