The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association, better known as CEDIA, is where all the best installers, custom home integrators, and media go to learn about the coolest new gadgets in the custom home theater and home automation industry. This is where futuristic dreams come true; the show is jam-packed with brand-new tech that will ultimately wind up inside the coolest homes across the world. This years venue was located in sunny San Diego, California at the Convention Center. Below are several more notable products that were showcased.
Modus VR is a leap forward in custom home theater design. Modus VR is a virtual reality solution that lets you experience your own theaters before construction has begun. Never before has there been such a powerful tool for bridging the gap between your vision and imagination.
Josh Micro is the company’s second home-control system with proprietary voice UI. It fits in the palm of the hand, and one processor is intended per room. Josh Micro understands where it is so that users do not have to specify a room when speaking commands.
The compact processor combines a home control processor, far-field microphone array for voice commands, a touch-capacitive surface that can be programmed to activate scenes, and a touch ring around the top to control volume, dimming and the like.
Based on new innovative technology, The Frame looks like a picture frame hanging on a wall when ‘Art Mode’ is on. Instead of fading to black like a conventional TV, The Frame’s display transforms into a work of art, letting the users select custom-designed digital art pieces. With more than 100 art pieces in 10 different categories – including landscape, architecture, wildlife, action, drawing and more – to choose from, it is sure to please every design preference. Paired with the numerous options for art layouts and colors, as well as customizable accessory options including interchangeable bezels and an optional Studio Stand, it truly complements the user’s living space.
What Kaleidescape’s latest product, the Co-Star, does is merge all Kaliedescape movie collections together into a single, seamless library, allowing users to navigate a movie collection of any size with ease regardless of where the movie is stored, or whether it is playing off a physical disc or disk data. Co-Star is compatible with M-Class Premiere players (M700, M500, M300) and second-generation Cinema One systems.
Marantz showed off several new products including a new pre-pro (the AV7704) and a new beast of a receiver, the SR-8012. This receiver will be the company’s first to feature a full 11 channels of power amplification on board, capable of processing and driving a full 7.2.4 surround system without needing any additional amplification. This will be the highest performing AVR Marantz has produced in years. Select Marantz and Denon receiver models this year will also include Auro-3D.
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