October 22, 2008
| by Lisa Montgomery
Some would say putting a TV by a tub is just plain dangerous.
However, the folks at West Hollywood, CA–based DSI Entertainment Systems believe that it’s perfectly safe to soak next to the set—as long as it’s installed correctly. During the renovation of this master bath, the DSI crew carved into the tile to create a cavity for a 15-inch LCD TV.
The display chosen for the task was no ordinary TV. Engineered by German manufacturer ad notam, it would be able to transmit images through a sheet of glass or mirror.
For this project, the inch-and-a-half thick display was adhered to the back of a piece of tinted glass chosen by the homeowners’ interior designer, David Reaume of Pasadena, CA.
Using a custom-programmed waterproof Crestron remote, the homeowners can select from a variety of sources, including a DirecTV satellite receiver and a Kaleidescape movie server, both of which are stored in a utility room in the basement.
A Crestron whole-house entertainment system transmits the video signals to the TV and audio signals to an in-ceiling Sonance stereo speaker.
When the set is activated, the framed glass transforms into a TV, allowing the homeowners to view their favorite shows and movies from either the whirlpool tub or the shower. When the set is turned off, it disappears from sight, turning the glass back into a decorative piece of wall art.
Because the TV is completely sealed by the glass, it raises no safety issues, ensures Josh Colletta, a DSI systems designer.
Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.