Archive for August, 2007

Bang & Olufsen announced a partnership with Motama

Bang & Olufsen

Bang & Olufsen is will-known producer of hi-End A/V equipment such such as music systems, loudspeakers, televisions, home theater solutions and telephones. It seems that Danish company is going to provide complete home entertainment solutions with new and innovative features. To do that it has chosen Motama which offers a unique and powerful approach to digital media – Multimedia Middleware (NMM). So, let’s see what will be as result those symbiosis of stylish design and intelligent software.

[via eHomeUpgrade]

Distribute music via existing AC wiring

Russound Whole-House Music System

Using powerline devices you can avoid additional wires to connect two devices in the different rooms. For example, it’s so popular powerline adapters to organize home LAN. You may know that whole-house music system needs additional wiring. But Russound – well-known producer Hi-End A/V distribution systems, offers another way to bring music in all rooms of your home. Its new system Avenue distributes high-quality music to multiple rooms using HomePlug technology. The system contains two pieces: the Avenue Hub and Avenue Points. The Hub is placed in the equipment room with Russound’s CAV 6.6 music distribution system. Each line output from the CAV plugs into a port on the Hub, which plugs into a standard AC outlet. The Avenue supports up to six different zones. The powerline also provides a return path for control signals from the keypads, touchscreens or any other interface that uses Russound’s RNET protocol.

Each music zone is supplied by its Avenue Point that plugs into the powerline to communicate with the Hub and delivers music to the speakers (thanks to built-in amp) and RNET control signals to and from the keypad or touchscreen.

The price of Avenue is not finalized but it might cont about $4000 including one hub with three points of audio.

[via CePro]

Updates for LinuxMCE and Plutohome Orbiters

Yesterday I released an updates for the LinuxMCE 0704 and Plutohome 2.0.0.44 Orbiters. Following changes were done:

  • fixed a bug with running Orbiter from the application menu;
  • fixed a bug with incorrect destroying of the Orbiter;
  • modified a bit layout to fit captions for LinuxMCE version;
  • added appropriate description for LinuxMCE version;
  • fixed a few spelling mistakes in the ‘About’ section

Also, I’m planning perform following tasks next step: add all Orbiter’s dependencies to the Maemo extra repository and build a package for MS TrueType Fonts. The package for MS TrueType Fonts is needed because people usually forget to copy those fonts from the core to their Nokia. As result all dynamic captions are not visible.

The latest versions of the Orbiter for LinuxMCE and Plutohome can be downloaded as usual from the Maemo garage.

LCD TV is mounted in a wall bed

LCD TV In A Wall Bed

A wall bed is a good solution to save space in your room. The idea is pretty simple. The bed can be hidden in the wall niche when you don’t need it. But there is another application of your wall bed. Its front panel can used to mount your LCD TV (thanks to Hideaway Beds). So, when the bed is open you can sleep there, when it’s hidden – you can watch TV. If you want to watch TV in the bed – bad luck.

That solution is sounds really cool. But what I don’t understand is that. If somebody has enough money to buy the wall bed from Hideaway Beds (about $4000) and 32″ LCD TV (about $1000) he or she definitely should have possibility to live in the flat where space is not so critical value.

[via Smarthouse]

X10 to INSTEON translator

X10 to Insteon

X10 is a well-known, budget technology which allows to automate your home without spent a lot of time and money. But it has a serious limitations. The new technologies came to the market such INSTEON, Z-Wave or ZigBee look more power and attractive than X10. But what if you already did some automation using X10 devices and you want to extend it by modern way? Don’t worry. Simplehomenet thought about it and released EZX10RF which recognizes all 256 house/unit addresses transmitted by X10 RF devices such as keyfobs, remote controllers, proximity sensors, etc. X10 commands (on, off, dim, bright, all-on, all-off, etc.) are either re-broadcast, or translated into INSTEON Group commands or broadcast messages that are sent through the power line. The EZX10RF can also learn the codes of up to 20 X10 RF devices and associates them to INSTEON groups. Highly sensitive receiver and built-in antenna afford up to 60 meters with commonly available X10 RF devices.

You can buy the EZX10RF to extend your automation system with INSTEON devices for $114.99 including Free X10 Controller as promotion.

[via AutomatedHome]

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