Jason Roebuck’s Apple Remotes

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Fresh and innovative ways to recreate an old standard into something new and exciting is not unknown to us here at Electronic Décor, and this design idea for a remote is definitely just that. The Apple Remotes (not sure how Apple will feel about the name) which come in a pack of four, can be programmed for your own personal TV viewing preferences. They respond to motion kind of like a Wiimote, but with a simpler idea in mind. When you move the apple to the left it lowers the volume and if you move it to the right it raises it.

The “bowl” that the apples sit in is their charging station, so you don’t have to constantly replace the batteries. And the charging station is quite stylish which will match most any décor. All the apples are purposely a different shade from one another so you know which one is yours. Hopefully there is a way to have one remote override another remote, or it will be all out battle trying to watch TV with two or more people controlling what you watch. At the moment the Apple Remote is just a design concept of Jason Roebuck’s but we hope that with the help of Sony the design will make it into production. Via Yanko Design.

Home Theater in Bed

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The High Fidelity Canopy or Hi-Can brings a new way to enjoy your media without leaving bed. With a built in projector, speakers, lighting, dvd player, and what looks like it could be a HTPC, you will be able to watch movies, listen to music, browse the internet, play video games, and even control your room.

A sleek control panel in the headboard is where the ability to do all these things without getting up come in to play. The screen for viewing is retractable, as well as the two screens on the side for total privacy. At the end of the bed, the foot board opens to reveal the dvd player/ htpc which are inset into the board and no cables are present; just clean, modern design with tons of function.

The details about the Hi-Can are few and far between right now. The designer, Edoardo Carlino of Deta Design is the creator of this new concept, but neither one has a release date yet. You can get a peek of the Hi-Can in action here.

Evesham Sound Stage X1

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While this does not have a TV built in it and it is not a kitchen appliance, it does have nine speakers and can house a TV of your choice. The Evesham Sound Stage X1, which reasonably priced at $585, is a good bargain if you want that home theater sound without the mess of speaker placement and wire concealment, and without spending a lot.

According to Evesham’s website, the Sound Stage X1 uses the walls in your room to bounce the sound off so you get that home theater ambiance. The nine built-in speakers include two 20W center-channel speakers, four 30W front speakers, two rear 30W speakers for the surround, and a 50W subwoofer. Here are the rest of the specs:

Frequency Response 25Hz – 20KHz
Speakers 135mm x 1 woofer, 90mm x 6 full range
Controls Main control panel and remote control
Inputs MP3, 5.1, stereo
1 x 3.5mm jack for Mp3 player
1 x twin phono for stereo input
1 x 8pin connector for 5.1 surround sound
Leads Twin phono cable , 8 pin surround cable, mains cable

remobeads

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Prayer beads + remote control = remobeads?

From the designer’s website:

Imagine a TV remote control combined with beads. You can do much better than pressing buttons, switching channels in hope to find something interesting. Shape your habitual time-spending in unusual form.

Nowadays TV-set is not longer accepted as a mere reciever – it had transformed into a cult object, the thing we can watch and interact with for hours, the source of our knowledge and inspiration. If you accept this statement with humor, as a matter of fact – go after our new design of TV remote – remote control combined with beads (remobeads).

Now you can shift between channels effortless – just slightly pressing the beads. The beads are glowing, so you can easily see them in the darkness. As an option you can add a sound – enjoy listening to your favourite mantras while switching the channels.

Linn KOMPONENT system

KomponentThe Linn KOMPONENT system speakers are built using a unique aluminum extrusion which gives the speakers a clean modern look, but looks are only a portion of the appeal here. Having owned a pair of Linn speakers for over 10 years now, I can tell you they are without a doubt some of the most musical speakers I’ve ever heard. What’s that you say, don’t all speakers play music?

While it’s true that any working speaker is capable of sound playback I’d argue that they don’t all play music, or rather convey the depth of emotion music is capable of brining out in listeners.

If you’re in the market for stereo or surround components I wholeheartedly recommend visiting a Linn dealer, not only will you see some great equipment you’re very likely to hear some great music.

The Komponent System from Linn consists of:
KOMPONENT 110 (Floor standing Loudspeaker)
KOMPONENT 104 (Compact Loudspeakers)
KOMPONENT 106 (Left/Centre/Right Loudspeaker
KOMPONENT 120 (Active Bass-Reinforcement Loudspeakers)

Readymade home theater

Custom home theater construction is often a lengthy and costly endeavor, but RBH has developed a modular on-site installation system that is said to cut installation time and the associated costs substantially. RBH’s CinemaSITE system consists of custom cabinetry and RBH’s surround sound speakers designed to be paired with an overhead video projector.

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This preconfigured approach may not be for everyone, specifically to those applications where cabinetry isn’t required. But for those who want the custom home theater look without the muss n’ fuss associated with it, RBH’s CinemaSITE system may very well be worth a look.

Onkyo CB-SP1200

CBSP1200Yesterday I wrote about an equipment rack for your flat-screen television, that held the display and associated equipment, well here’s a stand that is part of the associated equipment. The Onkyo CB-SP1200 is a sleek minimalist stand with built-in left, center and right channel speakers.

Designed for a plasma or LCD monitor, the Onkyo CB-SP1200 rather ingenuously solves the ‘where to put the speakers’ dilemma once and for all, their built in! The finish is a hand-rubbed, seven-coat black lacquer, and the CB-SP1200 includes a cable management system on the rear of the stand.

The integrated left, center and right channel speakers are rated at 40 watts each, so while the stand would provide adequate sound reproduction from a small receiver or the speaker outputs from a plasma or LCD monitor, a beefy dedicated home theater receiver might be over kill.

The Elac Imago, on-wall speaker system

imagoLet’s face it, even a gorgeous speaker still occupies precious floor space, but the Imago’s from Elac aren’t typical floor standing speakers. The Imago is actually an on-wall speaker that resembles artwork more than hi-fi, but to be perfectly honest the Imago’s aren’t speakers at all, they’re sonic transducer’s, meaning the flat panels ‘radiate’ sound as opposed to the audible vibrations created typical cone speakers.

Don’t be fooled by the technical specifications however, the Imago’s are meant to be seen as well as heard. The speaker is in essence a ‘picture frame’ with a screen-print front adhered to the transducer, on which various renderings, themes or even known artists can be displayed.

Plasma perfect speaker system

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The idea of combining left center and right channels in a single cabinet, under plasma’s might not be new, but Mirage appears to have a product on their hands, which redefines how it’s done. The UNi Theater speaker system takes the LCR in one cabinet, beyond just simple driver placement. The divers of the UNi-Theater incorporate Mirage’s “Omnipolar” technology, which is said to give a much larger sense of spaciousness than the typical closed baffle design of other manufacturers.

Note: the above photo shows off the driver layout, but keep in mind, the included one-piece grille cover, would be much easier on the eyes for final installation.

Ruf-Cinema

 rufAlong the same lines as the (The M.I.S.S – Music Image Sofa System) comes the Ruf-Cinema, this seems to be a popular idea of late, but to be honest I’m just not feeling it. Perhaps I’ve heard the ‘No TV’s in the bedroom’ speel one too many times, or maybe I’m just to tired to do anything but zonk out when I make it to the boudoir, but hey to each their own.

Regardless the Ruf-Cinema includes all the needed accouchements for bedroom cinema minus the actual projector. The screen (included) pops up from the foot of the bed via a remote control. Price you ask? $11,000.

Feng Shui your audio video system

 feng_shui_standI can’t say as I’ve actually ever been a follower of Feng Shui, but I do understand and incorporate a few principles of the ancient methodology into my designs. Well low and behold what do I run across, an article over at CE Lifestyles about just that.

The basic premise isn’t new, (blending your electronics into their surroundings) but in practicel these are all sound (pun intended) ideas here. The biggest one I’m in accordance with is ‘dumping the old CRT televisions’, I have to hope the days of 15″ deep TV’s are long since passed.

Sony Qualia SACD player

qualia_007Ask anyone ‘in the know’ what has been one of the hottest names in consumer electronics recently and Qualia has to be in the top ten. Sony (Qualia) introduced a snazzy new SACD player at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, The Qualia 007 (gotta love that name). This is no mere ‘CD player’ as evident in how the discs are moved through the transparent display. A ‘show’ of sorts take place in preparation of playback, reports from CES indicated it has a rather unique way of handling and cueing up to disc’s prior to play.

The 007 includes built-in 75-watt per channel S-Master digital amplifier. Sony also designed a set of custom speakers for the 007 as a bundled option. The system will read both SACD and CD audio discs, but before you place your order prepare for the sticker shock. How about a hefty 10k for the system itself or 12k for the package with speakers. Qualia products are sold exclusively though it’s stores in New York and Las Vegas and Cierge dealers.

Optoma redefines ‘Home Theater’ in a box

optoma_movie_timeAmong the home theater equipment introduced at this years CES 2005, was Optoma’s Movie Time, The Movie Time features an integrated digital DVD player, speaker system and short throw lens projector, easily turning almost any room into a instant theater. Setup and playback is quick easy and with a suggested retail of $1499, affordable.

In theory this projector could pull double duty as a self contained presentation projector by week and home theater entertainment center by week’s end. This is a great idea and I’m honestly surprised someone hasn’t packaged such a unit together in the past, at least one as aesthetically pleasing as the ‘Movie Time’.

Sofa or theater?

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Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most impressive. Want to incorporate a home theater into an existing space, but didn?t plan for it ahead of time, or simply just don?t have enough extra space? The M.I.S.S (Music Image Sofa System) incorporates a Dolby surround system with subwoofers built into the arm rests and a retractable video projector that uses the M.I.S.S. media cabinet as a projection surface. All in all a self contained home theater system/sofa. In my line of work you really couldn?t ask for a better blend of form and function.

More information at Cassina USA

Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 7

BeoVision7Typical consumer electronics have never been B&O’s forte. Some would argue that the Danish electronic designers should have fell in-line with more ‘mainstream’ manufacturers years ago, but B&O remain true to their stylish but simple roots, at least aesthetically. Most consumers have little knowledge of the real innovation that goes into these products, ‘under the skin’ of their metal housings.

The BeoVision 7, B&O’s latest entry in video displays, is a 32″ LCD television with a built-in DVD player. One interesting feature is the optional motorized floor stand that allows the display to be panned left or right according to the viewer’s preference. In addition to that rather handy feature, something I’ve long wished for in a video display is included here; the BeoVision 7 can automatically adjust picture quality to match current lighting conditions. Using VisionClear technology, i.e. the brightness, contrast and other picture settings can recognize changes in room light and compensate accordingly.