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iPad Introduces Couple to Home Control

Arkansas family unleashes the power of their iPads to manage their home.

iPad controlled home

When you’re an owner of an iPad, consider yourself an ideal candidate for a home control system. Larry and Stacey Newcomb of Jonesboro, Ark., discovered this after a visit to a showroom of a local home systems installation firm. “They came to our design center and we showed them what was possible,” says Ryan Heringer president of Sound Concepts. Initially, the Newcombs thought they’d only need a few flat-panel TVs for their new 7,500 square foot house, but after seeing the Elan g! control system in action, they decided their home deserved much more technology than that. “By the time I told them they could turn off every light in the house from an iPhone or iPad, they didn’t want to live without it,” says Heringer of Elan’s g!Mobile app.

Today, the Newcombs use their iPads (as well as wall-mounted Elan touchpanels) to operate 156 dimmer switches, a 12-source audio distribution system, and 10 TVs which can access four satellite feeds, two Kaleidescape media servers, video from their iPods and a surveillance camera at the front door. Some of the electronic amenities are automated so that the Newcombs never need touch a button. For example, at 5 p.m. select lights turn on then switch off at 10 p.m.

Arrrg, It’s A Pirate Theater for Me

This work in progress will include a pirate tavern, ticket book and ship's deck.

Pirates of the Carribean themed home theater

If you could have a fantasy home theater designed after a favorite film, what would it be (keep it clean, nothing with Debby in the title)? I think I’d go with Excalibur or maybe Blade Runner. One lucky Florida resident is getting a dream theater styled after the Disney series Pirates of the Caribbean.

Bobby Bala, president of Elite Home Theater Seating, designed a pirate-themed theater for one client. The theater isn’t built yet, but Bala shared some of the computer designs on his company’s web site to show what’s coming. He noted that the project will take about 18 months to complete.

iPad Introduces Couple to Home Control

Arkansas family unleashes the power of their iPads to manage their home.

the iPad Home

When you’re an owner of an iPad, consider yourself an ideal candidate for a home control system. Larry and Stacey Newcomb of Jonesboro, Ark., discovered this after a visit to a showroom of a local home systems installation firm. “They came to our design center and we showed them what was possible,” says Ryan Heringer president of Sound Concepts. Initially, the Newcombs thought they’d only need a few flat-panel TVs for their new 7,500 square foot house, but after seeing the Elan g! control system in action, they decided their home deserved much more technology than that. “By the time I told them they could turn off every light in the house from an iPhone or iPad, they didn’t want to live without it,” says Heringer of Elan’s g!Mobile app.

Today, the Newcombs use their iPads (as well as wall-mounted Elan touchpanels) to operate 156 dimmer switches, a 12-source audio distribution system, and 10 TVs which can access four satellite feeds, two Kaleidescape media servers, video from their iPods and a surveillance camera at the front door. Some of the electronic amenities are automated so that the Newcombs never need touch a button. For example, at 5 p.m. select lights turn on then switch off at 10 p.m.

Supersize Me

Why go to a resort when you can create your own in the comfort of your own backyard? That was the idea behind this outdoor pool and pavilion in the Dallas area. Even the best appointed resorts would be hard-pressed to match this personalized vision of the great outdoors.

Outdoor TV

The owner of this inside-outside estate wanted TVs viewable from any angle in the cabana, and a jumbo outdoor theater that measured in feet rather than inches. Finding a projector was easy. The multi-tasking owner happed to be in the process of upgrading his home theater; the outdoor project presented an opportunity to recycle the Runco MBX-1 three-chip DLP projector that had once provided the big-screen action inside. The custom electronics (CE) pros at HomeTronics, Dallas, Texas, paired the projector with a Da-Lite 25-foot-wide projection screen.

Something Old, Lots of New

It looks like an old-world mansion, but with 25,000 square feet of fun.

We usually have a Home of the Year category for Fun Rooms, which we’ll feature in a future issue. This home, though, could have a fun category all to itself.

Home of the Year pool table

There are fun rooms peppered throughout this 25,000-square-foot Atlanta area mansion, from the wood-paneled home theater with its 127-inch screen to a cavernous music room with the owner’s guitar collection. There’s also an indoor putting green, a kids’ game room and a family style “keeping room” off the kitchen with a soaring cathedral ceiling. The 60-inch Pioneer plasma TV over the fireplace in this room actually looks small.

Just call this house a cathedral to fun. There are more than 200 devices being controlled by a Crestron home management system, via 72 wall-mounted keypads and five wireless touchpanel controllers, as well as iPad and iPhone control options. The house boasts 32 separate audio zones and 16 video zones—in addition to 144 lighting zones, 13 heating and ventilation zones, and 65 security zones with 28 surveillance cameras.

Salmander Let’s You Design Your Own Theater Seating

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So you're finally building that home theater you've dreamed of for years. Congrats. You deserve to have it your way, not some stuffy fru-fru decorator. Salamander, maker of home theater seating and entertainment cabinetry, has a nice surprise for you. With the Salamander "DYO" configurator, you can have your seating built to your taste.

 Choose straight or wedge-shaped arms to design straight or curved theater-style rows or connect armless chairs to configure loveseats, or connected rows of seats. Opt for a quiet powered or manual Mechanism and recline in ultimate comfort. Care for recessed black or silver anodized Cup Holders? 
Salamander will give you a wide selection of premium and eco-friendly Leathers and durable Microsuedes. 

Additional features can include:

3D Home Theater Features 180-inch Screen

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And from our sister online magazine, "Electronic House", comes this eye-opening story, written by Lisa Montgomery. The CE pros at Osbee Industries, Inc., of Harrison, NY created a theater in a renovated basement, comprised of a 180-inch wide, curved, acoustically transparent, Screen Research screen, which shifts shape to accommodate the aspect ratio of any film the residents happen to be watching. The projector of choice is the Digital Projection Titan Reference 1080p 3Di video projector, with an anamorphic lens attached to the unit to allow movies shot in a CinemaScope widescreen to be viewed in their native 2.35:1 aspect ratio.

Aesthetically Asian Home Theater

June 18, 2010 By Susan Sharpe 28 comments
Aesthetically Asian

First Impressions Theme Theatres’ Jeffrey Smith inherits a theme for a home theater and creates an original masterpiece.

Theater in the Round

June 4, 2010 By Brooke Lange 40 comments
Theater in the Round

Award-winning Chicago Interior Designer John Cannon weaves together an elaborate downstairs entertainment zone that revolves around an antique Parisian bar and a breathtaking home cinema, all decorated with the utmost in Art-Deco detailing.

Ravishing in Red

May 14, 2010 By Susan Sharpe 30 comments
Ravishing in Red

A developer, who has only one home theater under his belt, designs a client’s dream cinema to rave reviews.

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