Automated Door Locks Flood CES 2013: How Smart are They?
Following leaders Schlage, Kwikset, Black & Decker and Yale, numerous start-ups introduced automated door locks at CES 2013. Here's the round-up.
Lockitron by Apigy With its new Lockitron Deadbolt, demonstrated in the Eureka Park section of CES, Apigy has created "the first device that lets you lock your door from anywhere in the world using any phone ...." Well, not exactly, but this unattractive $199 lock does include both Bluetooth and WiFi and can replace virtually any existing deadbolt. The Bluetooth 4.0 is used for keyless entry if you have an iPhone 4S or 5. Users can grant virtual keys to their Bluetooth phone-wielding guests. WiFi is available for remote monitoring and access via the Internet; Virtual keys can be granted for WiFi use so guests can lock and unlock doors via the Internet. The company explains that, for older phones, users can text the door to unlock/lock with a monthly fee. OVERVIEW: Native Communications: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Integration friendliness: 0/5 (standalone solution) Retrofit: Replaces virtually all doors and locks, even non-standard Keyless entry: Bluetooth, Internet Aesthetics/finish options: 2/5 Bonus points: 0 http://www.lockitron.comBack to article
Metra Home Theater Group’s HDM-GA1 Gigabit Accelerator Makes 4K Upgrades Easy
Metra Home Theater Group helps JVC bring 4K to home theater projection technology with its HDM-GA1, transforming hard-wired passive HDMI cables into full 4K and HDR capable systems.
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The Crestron HD-MD-400-C-E unit is a great form factor device that will allow integrators to give clients the ability to connect multiple devices to displays that only have a single HDMI input.
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UK-based Ultamation is releasing an Apple TV driver (through Gen 4) for Crestron home automation systems. Managing Director explains the magic of SIMPL# programming language.
I Was Wrong About Myxyty, the Impossibly Tall Home Automation Hub
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5 Elegant iPad Mounts from ISE 2016, Including Docks with Buttons and Spinning Stations
iPort and iRoom introduced new iPad mounts with IP-addressable buttons; Viveroo showcased spinning iPad stations; and more iPad mounts from ISE 2016.
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Complain To a Neighbor, Get a Custom Built Dolby Atmos Home Theater
A Denver homeowner received an outrageous quote for a home theater and mentioned it to his neighbor, who happened to be a professional integrator. The resulting installation is a custom built, Core Brands equipped Dolby Atmos...
Retired NFL Player Builds Fully Automated Home with Theater and Gymnasium
This 17,000 square-foot home includes a basement man cave for Super Bowl parties, home theater, workout room and even a casino, all connected to a Control4 home automation system.
Historic Wentworth Estate Home Gets Modern Day AV Upgrade
U.K.-based integration firm South Anston Ltd installs ELAN entertainment and control, multiroom audio and Lutron lighting control in this majestic 1920's residence.
LEDs Light Up Pool, Waterfall and Firepits in Luxury Backyard Space
Crestron control and Lutron HomeWorks combine to create a multicolor, multilayer lighting system in this dreamy backyard installation that won four CTA Mark of Excellence Awards in 2016.
This Wine Country Hillside Cave Features 120 Hidden Sources of Light
Lighting design by Pasolumination includes LED fixtures tucked within stonework, ceiling coves and other structural elements to illuminate this 5-acre cave on the coast of California.
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