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Plentiful Automation a Recipe for Condo Kitchen’s Success
Colorado vNet, HomeSeer, ReQuest, RTI and more bring a tasty dish of automation and A/V controls to this kitchen/dining room.
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FINALIST: Best Kitchen
July 30, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger

This small but effective condo kitchen is well-appointed, but the technology is not obtrusive. And it’s got plenty of smarts—so much so that it impressed a local TV morning news anchor to do a segment on it for Fox59 Morning News in Indianapolis.

Without too much space to deal with, systems designer DistinctAV provided some viewing by tucking a 19-inch LG HDTV over the crushed-glass, underlit bar table.

Colorado vNet lighting controls affect eight zones in the kitchen and dining areas alone, while an RTI K4 and ReQuest IQ touch screen provide all the control interfaces needed for entertaining.

The HomeSeer control system macros are custom per room and activity, with some convenient programming and “scenes” noted by DistinctAV’s Derek Cowburn.

“Press the ‘Prepare Dinner’ button for the lights, TV and audio to be adjusted. Another button for ‘Entertain Guests’ sets a different mood and volumes. And a ‘Go Watch TV’ button slowly turns off the kitchen lights, TV, and audio then turns on the adjacent living room TV,” he says. “It even lights the way there.”

A wireless gyration keyboard and mouse allow the owners to use the HDTV as a web browser for following recipes, making reservations, or ordering take-out.

The K4 in-wall touch screen displays all of the cameras, including the powerful PTZ camera mounted on the roof. Even a remote “Cove Cam” webcam is viewable in case they want to see how the local water conditions are shaping up.

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com and Electronic House magazine.

Installer/Equipment List

Systems Design & Installation
DistinctAV
McCordsville, IN
www.distinctav.com

Equipment List
RTI XP-8
RTI K4
19” LG LCD
Elk Security/Automation Controller
Axis 233 PTZ 33x Zoom outdoor camera
Aprilaire HVAC
Colorado vNet Lighting + Fan control
ReQuest IQ House Audio
SpeakerCraft AIM7 Four house audio speakers
HomeSeer Automation PC
Borrego 8x8 HD Matrix
TivoHD
DirecTV HD DVR
XBOX 360
Sony BDP-S400 Blu-ray
Denon AVR-2308
Panamax MAX1500 UPS
Panamax MAX5400EX
Automatic front door release
Aiphone lobby video station and door release
Netgear switch
Cradlepoint Router


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