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ClareHome Will Control the 2012 New American Home

For the event's 29th year, Architectural Electronics will install the Clare Controls system.

ClareHome iPad app

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is getting revved up for its 29th year of the New American Home—and home control will certainly be a part of it.

Clare Controls has been selected by Architectural Electronics, Inc., to be included in the project. The annual event showcases industry construction technologies and products, and serves as the NAHB’s official “show home.”

Architectural Electronics will use the ClareHome system to “configure, deploy, service and monitor from the cloud, while the system runs locally in the home.” The end-users, on the other hand, can customize that interface on their own, by adding audio, video, lighting, security, and other services from the cloud-based Applet library. No installer is needed.

Tell VOCO What You Want To Listen To

Wi-Fi music system uses voice activated Android app to control your music.

The VOCO

Today I received a press release for VOCO, an IP music system operated by voice control.

I was skeptical at first. OK, I’m still skeptical because I haven’t actually seen the system yet, but the more I think about it the more I like the idea.

Imagine walking into a room where your kids are blasting the Glee soundtrack and all you have to do is shout, “Turn that down,” and voilà, the volume goes down.

Of course it’s not as simple as that. The voice control comes via an app on your Android smartphone or tablet (iPad/.iPhone app coming later), so you still have to pull out your device, open the app, and then tell it what to do. You probably have to speak slowly too, but I really don’t know yet.

German iPod-Based VooMote Controller Now Available

The VooMote One is now selling at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, BrandsMart, and other retailers.

Now you have another reason to justify that new iPod or iPhone purchase. Berlin-based company Zero1.tv has announced that its VooMote One control solution is now available nationwide.

The VooMote One snaps right to your portable, and uses a compatible (and free!) app to turn that device into a remote control for devices all over the house. No PC is necessary to control TVs, DVD players, and other electronics. According to the company, it can be paired with almost any infrared-controlled device.

From there, you can create personalized remote control layouts, which allow you to create a chain of commands with one click.

Review: The Sonos iPad APP

With a little practice, anyone can control all their music easily.

Sonos' iPad app

Are you, like I am, tired of fighting with your sluggish and ill-behaved laptop computer? Are you fed up with juggling multiple remote controls when switching between Pandora, the radio, and your personal music library? When you get home from work and all you want to do is unwind to some relaxing tunes, the last thing you want to do is battle with temperamental technology. If you’re nodding your head in agreement, waiting for the solution to our (very) common problem, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. There’s just no other way to say it: the SONOS Controller for iPad makes music fun again.

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Save $909 on Yamaha’s YSP-3050 Digital Sound Projector

Dell has a very nice deal on the all-in-one audio component.

Yamaha YSP-3050

Some people don’t have the budget or the space for a big AV setup. If you fall into either (or both) categories, Dell has got the perfect deal for you.

Right now, Dell.com has the Yamaha YSP-3050 Digital Sound Projector for just $489.99. The single-component audio solution has an MSRP of $1,399.95, so this is quite a hearty discount.

Boasting multi-channel surround sound from a single component, the YSP-3050 features 21 drivers and two woofers, as well as corresponding digital amplifiers for the entire lot. It also has three Cinema DSP programs for the best possible delivery of movies, music and sports.

Sony Updates Binoculars for 3D Audiences

The DEV-3 and DEV-5 include HD recording, 2D and 3Di capture and playback, and more.

Sony's new 3d binoculars

There haven’t been too many thrilling innovations in the world of binoculars. Sony is giving the outdoor accessory a high-tech twist, adding 2D and 3D recording to the DEV-3 and DEV-5.

According to Sony, these are the world’s first digital binoculars to record in the AVCHD 2.0 format. Both models use G Lens optics by Sony with Exmor R CMOS sensors and BIONZ processors to capture in full HD, with stereo sound to boot. There’s also a 3D mode, to make your video capture just a teeny bit more lifelike—and compatible with your 3D TV.

Each one has options for electronic and manual autofocus. The DEV-3 can do magnification of 10x optical (5.4x in 3D mode), while the DEV-5’s magnification range can go from 0.9x up to 20x digital.

Screen Innovations Zero Edge Works in Bright Rooms

An alternative to large flat panel TVs.

Screen Innovations' Zero Edge

The ultimate home theaters are based around projection systems, but many people mistakenly believe putting a big screen in their room will look terrible. At the same time, those people are very willing to hang a big flat panel TV that protrudes several inches from the wall and requires heavy mounting hardware and new wiring (well, Ok, projectors require wiring too).

Anyway, Screen Innovations, a projection screen company, has come up with a screen designed to satisfy the aesthetic complaints and also work perfectly in a normally lit room rather than be restricted to a dark theater

The Black Diamond Zero Edge screen is billed as an “affordable flat-panel alternative.”

ThinkFlood Announces RedEye Control for Android

When paired with RedEye hardware, the new app can control AV, lighting, HVAC and more.

ThinkFlood's RedEye home control app

Android users can officially start seeing red—in a good way. ThinkFlood has announced that its RedEye home control app is now available for Android.

RedEye first launched for the iPhone and iPod touch in 2009. The app does not work alone; it needs to be paired with RedEye or RedEye Pro networked products to provide control over home theater products, as well as lighting, HVAC, and other equipment.

“The iPhone was a great start for us because it is such an elegant and popular device. But it was never our goal to have an exclusively iOS platform,” said Matt Eagar, founder and president of ThinkFlood. “Instead, we designed RedEye with the idea that you can pick up any networked device—iPhone, PC, Android device—and control your system from anywhere you have a network connection.”

Paradigm’s New Streamlined Monitor Series 7 Speakers

The new speaker line aims to be as aesthetically pleasing as they are aurally pleasing.

Paradigm's Monitor Series 7 speakers

This week Paradigm pulled the wraps of its new Monitor Series 7 speakers, a redesign of the monitor series that incorporates both aesthetic changes as well new acoustic tweaks. The Monitor Series full line covering towers, bookshelf and centers.

Did you know that speaker grilles can capture some of the sound before it hits your hears? To address that Paradigm designed a honeycomb architecture to help retain more of the acoustic integrity. The new grilles also are magnetically attached and self align. Overall, the speakers have taken a 20 percent reduction in footprint—meaning they’ll take up less room while still making as much noise, um, music.

Two Creative Solutions to TV Installation

Dallas integrator knows custom means creative.

Theater Advice's work

David Huse, owner of Theater Advice in Dallas, TX, knows that custom electronics integration means solving problems and satisfying customer requests. When a customer invites him into a home, Huse never knows exactly what kind of issues he’s going to find.

Patio TV

In the first project, the client wanted an outdoor TV for his cover, but not totally enclosed, backyard patio. The client didn’t want to spring for a more expensive weatherproof TV, so Huse’s job was to create a protective enclosure that would shield the TV from most of the elements (it would take six feet of water to get this TV wet) while also allowing it to be hidden away when not in use.

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