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If you can dream it...
We can build it.
“You can program any number of
electronic devices to perform tasks
automatically whenever you want...
It’s like the maid you can’t see.”
AC RYAN PLAYON!
Remember those old-time gadgets called discs?
You used to need them to play a movie or listen
to music. These days, everything in terms of
entertainment is moving towards the digital and
the use of hard drives. Just insert any DVD or
CD into the AC Ryan PlayOn! HD Media Player
and copy the contents of the disc onto its hard
drive. Then watch any copied movie or listen to
any music through any entertainment appliance.
It’s like having your own video library, available
through any TV or computer in your house.
SECURITY AND CCTV
This is a hot area in terms of tech advancements.
The NESS M1 product is the most popular system,
with the fastest uptake in Perth at the moment.
It is a security system that interfaces with your
computer and C-Bus system, so you can turn off
your alarms from off-site, over the internet or using
your ‘iGadgets’. Also, if you have CCTV cameras
around the house, you can follow the cameras’
footage from anywhere in the world, using your
computer or iPad.
Interested in reducing your carbon footprint?
The EcoVision monitoring system shows you how
much water, power and gas they are using in their
day-to-day activities, so you can identify spikes
and over-usage. This genius system can help you
to reduce your energy consumption to save both
money and Mother Nature. Power consumption
can be reduced by up to 30 percent in most cases.
Residentially, this is still in the early stages, but it
is set to become an extremely popular tool in the
years to come.
Wireless communication is taking giant leaps
into the future and the way appliances talk to
each other is on the rise. Most new technologies
are now fitted with IP addresses (for those of
you not technically savvy, an IP address is used
to connect to the internet). This means your
TV, for example, can be accessed online. By
having all of your appliances fitted with an IP
address, your dishwasher, fridge and TV can now
communicate with one another and find out what
the other devices are doing in order to keep power
consumption to a minimum.
This is about to sky-rocket in popularity. Initially,
LED tech was expensive, however, the price has
reduced by half over the past two years and it’s
now becoming the darling of the lighting scene –
it will soon replace most other forms of lighting
in and outside the home. The appeal of LED
is it’s much more efficient than standard
florescent or incandescent bulbs, making it better
for the environment. And it lasts longer, so is
better for the wallet.
From watching your favourite TV shows on the Net,
to seeing live footage of presidential campaigns,
everyone is heading online to watch and hear
what’s happening. This trend is going to increase
tenfold, and soon all your TV and radio content
will be mainly accessed through the internet rather
than a traditional aerial point. To make the most use
of this phenomenon, have as many internet access
points in your house as you can.
If you want to be the envy of every tech-head, get
online and get connected. These trends will help you
stay green and stay ahead of the pack... plus when
you can control your spa from the other side of the
country, you’ll feel very James Bond indeed. h
GemTek (08) 92425706, www.gemtek.com .au.
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