Lights, Camera, Automation! These were some of the first things we saw as we entered the Denver Convention Center for CEDIA EXPO 2014! We enjoyed the coolest tech demos during our second day. The advancements in home automation are astonishing. Laser technology being integrated into projectors will dramatically increase the longevity of your projector. These are just some of the amazing things we cover in part two of our re-cap from this year’s CEDIA EXPO:
Epson’s latest projectors use lasers! They are bringing a state-of-the-art movie theater experience to your home with new Pro Cinema LS9600e and LS10000 projectors. They feature 3LCD Reflective laser projection technology that deliver incredible picture quality and color brightness. We definitely believe this after the demo we saw with the LS10000. It delivered extremely black blacks and an amazing color pallet. The big benefit with the laser projector is you will get up to 30,000 hours of operation. That’s a long time! Plus, the projector will email if there are any problems or if you request details. Seriously, you can talk to your projector! The demo we saw displayed both 4K and 1080p content. The 4K content was sharper but both offered extremely high quality picture and incredible picture.
Sony is all about giving their products that next step. They believe it’s not just the panel or projector that will give you great picture quality but it’s the processors and software that make it shine. Sony’s latest innovation is an incredible short throw 4K laser projector. This is their first 4K short throw projector which means you can stand extremely close to the screen without obstructing the view of the projector. Their integrated laser technology allows for crystal clear picture and vibrant colors, even at a close viewing distance. The coolest part is you can put two projectors together to get a bigger and longer picture with Sony’s edge blending technology.
Crestron believes “One app is all you need.” Crestron’s newest innovation is called Pyng. It’s an app which allows you to create a personalized home automation experience at the touch of a button. Build your house. Pair your devices. Group shades. Create scenes. Customize and schedule. Control your entire home within one app. You can set lights, shades, door locks, thermostats, and even the security system. A big feature is the app will record all of your scenes and schedules. If you accidentally delete a room or scene, you can recover prior saves from the cloud.
A cool new add-on to the existing Crestron platform is called PinPoint. Paired with a PinPoint Proximity Detection Beacon, your iPhone or iPad will know what room you’re in and give you options on what to control. Move into the family room and instantly start controlling the lighting, shades, and home theater system in that room. There’s no need to manually select your current room from a menu. Crestron believes PinPoint will unleash new automation possibilities. “As your day begins, you awaken to your favorite Internet radio station playing in the master suite. Then as you move on to the exercise room, the kitchen, and the study — carrying your iPad or iPhone along with you — the music follows, playing through the speakers in each room as you go about your morning. Room temperature, lighting, and shading scenes can also change as you enter and exit each room.”
URC announced an array of new products and features at CEDIA. Vivido Lighting by URC give you access to the most modern, vivid RF lighting available. You can use URC remotes, mobile apps or keypads to set lighting for entertaining, and one-touch controls for “home”, “away” and scenes.
The coolest part is you can activate events with Vivido and a URC control system. Automate lights to turn on and off nightly. Set a pathway of lights to the kitchen for safety. Have lights turn on to preset levels in the morning. You can control it all.
The best part is URC now offers URC Mobile for iOS and Android. You can now access multiple locations, control entertainment, lights, security and more in one app. (Both landscape and portrait view.) Plus, URC allows for more access and integration with the addition of Honeywell, Sonos, Aqualink and Philips.
Sonance speakers systems blend into anything. They are responsible for inventing the world’s first architectural speaker but you can call it an invisible speaker. Their speakers blend into walls, ceilings and even the foliage outdoors. Their high quality in-door sound systems are perfect for the kitchen. Sonance showed off a new line of outdoor speakers they call SLS or Sonance Landscape Series. It is a scalable outdoor speaker system that delivers even volume coverage and unbelievable sound quality throughout any size space. The demos we heard were very impressive with a great volume of bass.
They also showed us an adjustable width sound bar which can fit your TV even if you upgrade to a larger panel. It will match the dimensions of any 50” to 80” flat screen display and features a true 3-way speaker configuration.
Where is all that music coming from? There was no speaker to be seen. But that’s what James Loudspeaker does. Their products are specially designed with minimal visual presence. They are able to integrate their speaker systems into anything so you have sound that follows you wherever you are in your house; inside and outside. Custom sound bars that fit flush against your TV. They even have audio in furniture!
They were able to pack some high quality sound inside this cool bench. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but you can get some heavy bass out of all of their products. Their outdoor speaker systems included a 21-inch in-ground subwoofer! Even if you have a big backyard, you’re going to feel that extra kick of bass.
Kaleidescape releases their new interface November 30th! This an update to the existing Kaleidescape software and allows you to buy and download straight from your TV. With this update, you can insert your DVD or Blu-Ray and buy the movie so you don’t have to worry about buying a disc vault or keeping up with the disc itself. A HD version starts at around $2. Plus, you’ll gain access to a lot more movies. They have recently added Lionsgate and Sony Pictures to their widely-expanding movie library.
We even heard rumors of a 4K Kaleidescape system in the works…