January 03, 2011 by Lisa Montgomery
Imagine a kitchen where a TV tunes to your favorite cooking show automatically when you turn on the stove, or a bedroom where the window shades open gradually at a certain time every morning as your wake-up call.
What would it be like to live in a completely automated home, where the lights, thermostats and the audio/video equipment adjust to certain settings based on who entered the house?
In May, you’ll be able to hear about - and see - rooms and homes that can do all this and more during the Electronic House Home of the Year Contest. Winners of the popular contest will be featured both in the magazine and online. Gold, silver and bronze winners will be chosen for categories including best dedicated home theater, best media room, best themed theater, best kitchen, best master suite and best outdoor space.
Photos: 2010 Home of the Year Awards | Top Cool Homes of 2010
“These are the crème de le crème of intelligent living spaces,” says Electronic House editor Lisa Montgomery. “They demonstrate perfectly the unique benefits consumers can enjoy by integrating sophisticated electronic systems into their homes. Additionally, it’s one of the most effective ways for custom electronics (CE) pros to show off their work and be recognized for their engineering and design skills.”
Projects submitted to the Home of the Year contest are judged by a panel of experts on their level of creativity, design, implementation and usability, as well as the electronic systems’ overall impact on the comfort, convenience and efficiency of the home or room.
For more information and to enter, click here.
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.
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