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Home Automation & Remotes Baltimore MD

Home control and remotes help make ones life easier by linking and controlling the electronics and systems in your home. Use the following articles to determine what home automation and remotes are best for you.
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Crestron DM-TX-200-2G Baltimore MD

The DM-TX-200-2G allows switching between the HDMI and the RGB input. The HDMI input currently supports HDMI with HDCP; WUXGA computer resolutions, and 1080p60 HDTV with multi-channel lossless audio. A USB port allows a mouse/keyboard to control a computer or other host device in another part of the room or a central equipment rack.

Autonomic Controls Mirage Media Server by S1Digital Baltimore MD

S1Digital and Autonomic have paired up for the Mirage Media Server. Unlike most media servers, this one can be accessed by any web enabled device and be used to synchronize different units in different areas. Read on for more information.

Crestron Occupancy Sensors Baltimore MD

Used to enhance the functioning of environmental controls, the sensors’ built-in microprocessor-based technology optimizes performance and uses photocells to reduce the on time for lights and cut energy usage. Green Light sensors adjust to changing conditions. Upon detecting movement, each sensor initiates a “walk-through” mode, which is active for 2.5-minutes.

Lutron Electronics Meadowlark and Maestro Eco-Minders Baltimore MD

Light dimmers can increase the ambience in any room. These energy saving dimmers, Maestro and Meadowlark eco-minders, from Lutron Electronics, claim to save up to 15 percent energy, $30 annually depending on how much you pay for electricity, according to the company.

Bruno Fosi Branch Light Baltimore MD

When Portuguese designer Bruno Fosi (creator of the ingenious tactile silicone iPhone case for the blind) set out to concoct a new LED lighting system, he decided to include the end user in the design process. The result is the Branch Light, a modular system constructed of lightweight, dark-gray ceramic, with no wiring, no threads and no interconnects to worry about.

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AMX MVP-8400 Modero Viewpoint Baltimore MD

With its sleek ergonomics and advanced technology, the AMX MVP-8400 Modero Viewpoint brings the touchscreen remote control into the 21st century. AMX offers two Modero ViewPoints: the MVP-7500, with a 7.5-inch screen, and the MVP-8400, with a highresolution 8.4-inch screen.

Autonomic Controls Mirage Media Server by S1Digital Baltimore MD

S1Digital and Autonomic have paired up for the Mirage Media Server. Unlike most media servers, this one can be accessed by any web enabled device and be used to synchronize different units in different areas. Read on for more information.

Bruno Fosi Branch Light Baltimore MD

When Portuguese designer Bruno Fosi (creator of the ingenious tactile silicone iPhone case for the blind) set out to concoct a new LED lighting system, he decided to include the end user in the design process. The result is the Branch Light, a modular system constructed of lightweight, dark-gray ceramic, with no wiring, no threads and no interconnects to worry about.

Control4 Home Automation Baltimore MD

Control4 provides a comprehensive yet simple platform for home automation—including intelligent control of audio and video components, lighting, heating/air conditioning, and security—in a manner that is neither complicated to understand nor complex to use. Unlike most automation systems geared toward high-end custom-built homes, Control4's line requires no invasive wiring or special enclosures, so it can be used in practically any home or apartment.

Crestron DM-TX-200-2G Baltimore MD

The DM-TX-200-2G allows switching between the HDMI and the RGB input. The HDMI input currently supports HDMI with HDCP; WUXGA computer resolutions, and 1080p60 HDTV with multi-channel lossless audio. A USB port allows a mouse/keyboard to control a computer or other host device in another part of the room or a central equipment rack.

Crestron Experience Center Baltimore MD

The AMS-AIP packs a whole rack worth of gear into a chassis the size of a large A/V receiver. It incorporates a 7.1 receiver with Dolby Digital, DTS, and 100 watts per channel, but it’s far more than just a receiver. It also routes sound to four additional rooms (six if you’re using the receiver in 5.1 mode) using internal 45-watt-per-channel digital amps. Cool, huh?

Crestron Occupancy Sensors Baltimore MD

Used to enhance the functioning of environmental controls, the sensors’ built-in microprocessor-based technology optimizes performance and uses photocells to reduce the on time for lights and cut energy usage. Green Light sensors adjust to changing conditions. Upon detecting movement, each sensor initiates a “walk-through” mode, which is active for 2.5-minutes.

Crestron's Isys i/O WiFi Touchscreen Baltimore MD

The Isys i/O WiFi touchscreen atop its optional charging base. If you choose not to get the base, you will have to plug a cable into the touchscreen to charge it. Read on the following article to get more.

Eco-Meters Baltimore MD

Real savings in real time. When it comes to conservation, real-time feedback has become a definite buzz phrase. The idea is that consumers who have access to real-time feedback about usage and savings in areas like power, lighting, and water are more likely to change their habits. We’re going to look at three standalone energy meters in this artilcle.

eSommelier Products Baltimore MD

eSommelier lets you search your inventory by name, vineyard, varietal, country or region of origin, vintage, or optimal drinking date. When you find the bottle you want, it tells you which bin in your cellar holds that bottle. It keeps track of your wine through bar code labels you apply to each bottle as you add it to your cellar.

Home Energy Management System Baltimore MD

In addition to the spray foam insulation throughout, which provides an airtight barrier between barrier between the elements and elegant interiors, and the five-zone Newport Geothermal heating and cooling system keeps the house comfy while boasting an energy efficiency rating of 400%, the home's Control 4 energy management system allows the family to monitor energy usage on any touchscreen remote or TV in the house.

Infrared Distribution Baltimore MD

Two models are available: the larger EP 3650 with 10 AC outlets, and the smaller EP 2450 with seven AC outlets. The EP 3650 controls as many as 12 components, while the EP 2450 controls up to five. For a media room, which typically includes only an A/V receiver and a few source components, the EP 2450 is a better choice.

iPhone Home Automation Control Apps Baltimore MD

ike home automation touchscreens, the iPhone has the potential to command any electronic component that can be remotely controlled. Lights. Audio. Video. Heating. Air conditioning. Security. Spas. Swimming pools. Movie stars.

Lighting Control Baltimore MD

Lighting control can range from a simple outdoor light fixture with a built-in light sensor to programmable systems that can control and coordinate hundreds of lights within a home. A lighting control system not only makes it easier to control your lights, it can actually anticipate what lights you would want to turn on and off and perform the task for you.

Logitech Harmony 1100 Remote Control Baltimore MD

The Harmony 1100 abandons the 1000’s two-tone silver-and-black design for a brushed-black aluminum case. It combines important hard buttons with a 3.5-inch, full-color touchscreen that has a QVGA resolution. As I mentioned, the screen is customizable, so you have more flexibility to design a layout that works for you.

Lutron Electronics Meadowlark and Maestro Eco-Minders Baltimore MD

Light dimmers can increase the ambience in any room. These energy saving dimmers, Maestro and Meadowlark eco-minders, from Lutron Electronics, claim to save up to 15 percent energy, $30 annually depending on how much you pay for electricity, according to the company.

Niles Audio's ZR-8630AV Multiroom System Baltimore MD

The ZR-8630AV produces surprise after surprise—video and audio for up to six rooms, all controlled from simple keypads or powerful touchscreens. It can flip through channels on your satellite receiver, skip ahead a few minutes on your TiVo, or retrieve MP3s from your music server.

NuVo Grand Concerto Review Baltimore MD

At a glance, NuVo’s wireless multiroom remote looks a bit like iPods from a few years ago. Its monochromatic display sits atop a cursor control that resembles the iPod’s famous click wheel. Its gloss-black/matte-silver finish looks like something Apple (or Bang & Olufsen) might have dreamed up. And like the iPod, the NuVo remote conjures lots of entertainment options with just a few motions of your hand.

Philips' Ipronto Remote Baltimore MD

Philips’ IPronto remote pairs wireless Internet access with audiovisual system control. Does it have the right touch? The following article will give you the answer and other details.

Philips RC9800i Baltimore MD

As is typical with learning remotes, the RC9800i can learn command codes by placing other remote controls head-to-head with it, but that can be a tiresome process especially if there are more than a few components’ code sets to learn.

RTI T4 Universal Controller Baltimore MD

The T4 Universal Controller ups the ante with a 6.4-inch, 640-by-480-pixel LCD touchscreen; a powerful 400-megahertz microprocessor; a generous 32 megabytes of memory; stereo speakers; and a chic, elegant form factor that’s small enough to rest on a knee (or be held with one hand and operated with the other) yet large enough to be operated without a stylus, even for those of us with cucumbersome fingers.

Smart Home Electronics Baltimore MD

A smarter home can be a greener home. As energy costs rise, do you find yourself feeling a little green-obsessed? Is your family tired of your constant needling about the lights, thermostat, and electronics usage? Maybe it’s time to let your home do the obsessing for you.

Smart Lighting Baltimore MD

The Home Lighting Control Alliance (HLCA) recently released a short white paper detailing some tangible benefits of smart lighting control. It’s no surprise that the they would tout such benefits, given that most of its members sell lighting products—companies like HAI, Vantage/Legrand, LiteTouch, CentraLite, and Control4.

The ICS iRemote Baltimore MD

The slim ICS iRemote includes a backlit LCD display that lets me pick tunes off my iPod and browse the offerings on XM and Sirius satellite radio. The following article has even more outstanding features of the product.

Universal Electronics' NevoSL WiFi-Equipped Touchscreen Remote Baltimore MD

Simple icons allow even tech illiterates to select favorite sources easily. NevoSL can also display digital photos from a networked computer, although we cannot figure out why you would want to do that.