May 01, 2007
| by Rachel Cericola
A homeowner that loves electronics is nothing new. A homeowner that wants to take his 15-year-old Mexico City apartment to the next level of technology. Well, that can be a challenge.
While many homes use the power of hardwiring, this one relies on the Internet for day-to-day tech needs. Dish Network programming is transferred over the Web, so the user can watch TV from his cell phone or computer.
The Web is also the homeowner’s interface for survelliance and controlling lights and blinds, via Control4’s services.
Audio and video is also present -– and partially hidden. The THX system includes Denon and B&W products. Gadgets and gaming devices, including iPods, a camcorder and an Xbox are at arms-length, when lying in bed. There is also an interface for using a laptop or desktop on the 61-inch plasma (the desktop can tap into a 15-inch LCD as well).
Another thing that can be displayed on this monitor: the contents of the 400-disc DVD changer.
Other highlights include a variety of keypads and touchpanels, motorized blinds, a “smart” toilet, and in-ceiling speakers in the bathroom that can play music from a variety of sources via the Control4 media server.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.