Posted on 24. May, 2010 by Elmer.Thomas in Gadgets
Gone are the days when families crowded around a radio in the parlor on any given evening for their enjoyment. Today’s high-tech, fast paced family could give The Jetsons a run for their money with the conveniences strewn throughout a home. A modern living room has a bevy of gadgets all designed to enrich the multimedia experience of entertainment. Enjoy this tour of devices you may find in today’s high-tech living rooms.
Put everything at your fingertips with Logitech’s Harmony 1100 touch-screen universal remote control. This flagship model features a 3.5” screen that can be programmed to control everything in your multimedia cabinet, home lighting, blinds and more.
The Harmony 1100 isn’t the universal remote control from years gone past, it’s built with state of the art RF transmission technology, meaning the 1100 can be used to control up to 15 devices, even around corners or behind doors.
Wireless Audio and Video
Stream TV shows, movies and more from your computer to the television using IOGEAR’s Wireless Audio and Video Kit. Dozens of websites containing free streaming, legally obtained and licensed television shows, movies and web-only content have emerged over the last year or so, why confine viewing them on a computer monitor? The Wireless Audio and Video Kit solution consists of three compact adapters: audio receiver for the speakers, video receiver for the television and USB dongle for your laptop or home computer. Plug all three pieces into their corresponding units, install the driver software and you’re ready to wirelessly stream media up to 30 feet away. No long wires to deal with, no special settings to get the devices linked, simple, clean and done.
Watch TV like never before with the Samsung HDTV, powered by Yahoo’s widgets and built in Ethernet connectivity for streaming photos and video. Possibly one of the best inventions for a home decorator was the introduction of flat panel TVs, allowing placement on virtually any wall in the home. This new LCD is strikingly thin and comes in a slick black color, but the real features lie inside. Ultra sharp 1080p resolution coupled with an Ethernet port or an optional Wi-Fi dongle allows you to surf your Flickr photos from the couch!
Listen to movies and music like never before with Sony’s flagship home theater system, offering 5.1 surround sound and Blu-ray Disc player. Enjoy full 1080p movies and DVD up-scaling from traditional DVDs coupled with strikingly real sound quality from the four surround speakers and one sub-woofer.
Sony’s S-AIR technology lets you power speakers in other rooms of the home from the main unit as well. If one disk isn’t enough, add Sony’s Home Entertainment Server into the mix. Boasting a 200-disc Blu-ray Disc changer and a 500GB hard-drive, storing music and photos has never been easier.
Media Center PC
Get online in your living room with a Shuttle Home Media Center computer. Most homes have more than one computer and they often serve several duties. The best solution would be to utilize one of these small footprint computers to be a dedicated entertainment computer. Taking up virtually no space and coupled with a large internal hard drive, the IOGEAR wireless kit mentioned earlier and a wireless keyboard / mouse combo, they make great additions to any living room.
Not only can streaming be easily viewed, pulling up a web browser to get a phone number for the closest pizza shop has never been easier (except maybe with the iPhone). The Shuttle uses cutting edge technology to ensure quiet operation and smart green technology to reduce energy costs. Available in a wide array of pre-configured machines or as barebones kits, these systems can easily be customized to fit your needs.
If George and Jane Jetson could see the amount of technology available at our fingertips today, they’d smile. Electronics have become smaller, thinner, lighter, better and faster, allowing everyone to enjoy more, in this case, from the comfort of a couch. Things only dreamed of years ago are now a reality and tomorrow only looks brighter.
What gadgets do you have in your living room?
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