February 09, 2011
| by Lisa Montgomery
Go ahead. Sleep in. Be a sloth.
You’ll never want to get out of bed when there are movies and music at your fingertips. Boasting features like built-in speakers, TVs that pop up from the footboard, and docking stations for iPads, this assortment of high-tech beds offers the ultimate in at-home entertainment.
Take the iCon Bed from Hollandia International (http://www.hollandiainternational.com). Built into the bed’s upholstered headboard are four speakers, a 250-watt amplifier and docking stations for an iPad and iPod. Just plug in your mobile device and let the music stream through the speakers. Then there’s the Hi-Can canopy bed from Italian manufacturer Hi-Interiors (http://www.hi-interiors.com). Included with the bed is a controller from which you’re able to open and close built in shades, command a projection screen to descend, activate a built-in JVC video projector and operate reading lights. An Xbox gaming console comes with the system and is connected to the projector for big-screen game playing. And when you aren’t snuggling with your sweetie as you watch a movie, these beds are designed for comfort, featuring controllable massage units, adjustable incline, even built-in wine chillers. As for the design, well, the red fabric of Hollandia’s Sphere might take some getting used to, but most manufacturers offer a choice of fabrics and colors.
Of course, you don’t have to buy one of these prefabricated beds to enjoy movies, music and more in the boudoir. A custom electronics (CE) pro can team up with a cabinetmaker to create a footboard for a motorized pop-up TV. Or, you can always attach the display to a wall-mount that swivels the screen toward the bed on command from a remote. Speakers can be tucked away in the ceiling right above pillows. Slide the subwoofer underneath the bed to literally feel all the rattles and shakes.
Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.