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Architects, Consider 3D Printing Possibilities

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3D Printers aren’t just for consumers looking to print little toys and trinkets anymore. We see these printers becoming increasingly more popular in commercial settings where businesses can print materials that will improve their work.

Peter Pennoyer Architects, a Manhattan-based architectural firm that EDG has collaborated with on projects, recently hosted a Summer Party and introduced their 3D printer. At the event, the staff described the printer as their prized possession because instead of handing clients a set of complex architectural drawings and blueprints with dimensions, this particular architect is now able to print out a scaled-down version of rooms and architectural elements. By creating real-life models of specific plans, like a custom designed staircase, a client can actually see and touch what their space will look like once it’s constructed.

This technology is extremely useful in both a practical and creative sense. While there are concrete ways an architect could use such a printer, as you can see in the video posted below, there are also many instances where the power of the printer opens the door to innovation. The possibilities are endless!

Models are exactly what clients like to see. They want to know what they’re getting and what it’s going to look like. Two dimensional illustrations are great but can be difficult to visualize when work is complex and abstract. 3D printing fixes those problems by allowing clients to pick up projects with their own hands and see the end result and what their space will encompass. In effect, these scaled-down models will eliminate most client dissatisfaction as they’ll be able to see what they are getting before they get it.

Has your business explored the possibilities of 3D printing yet?

Amazon Prime Air Drones – Rejected

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Around December, Amazon announced plans of developing a new service called Amazon Prime Air.

Amazon’s goal was to create a new delivery system that would allow Amazon Prime members to select options like “30 minute delivery”. Upon placing the order, a drone would pick up the package and fly it right to your doorstep.

Sounds like a cool idea, doesn’t it?

faa_drone-525x480Unfortunately, Amazon’s plans to start delivering via drone have been shot down by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA’s rejection prevents Amazon from utilizing a drone service for direct deliveries. The FAA went on to explain that it will not hesitate to take legal action against the company if they attempt to make deliveries by drone.

An infographic was produced by the FAA to lay out the DO’s and DON’T’s of flying a model aircraft.

As you can probably tell, Amazon Prime Air drones meet a lot of the “DON’T” criteria. As it stands, it seems the FAA is going to prevent Prime Air from ever becoming a legitimate business. Props to Amazon, though, for laying out the foundation for what could one day become the standard delivery option for online purchases.

(Source: www.TechnoBuffalo.com)

Introducing Google Play Music All Access

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Screen-Shot-2013-05-15-at-12.53.26-PMGoogle has recently introduced a competitive service to the music market. With Google Play Music All Access, at just 10 dollars a month, users have access to a wide variety of songs to stream from the cloud. Through a feature called scan and match, Google Play Music can scan through music libraries and put together a playlist of the songs on their server which is made ready for streaming to all compatible devices right away.Unfortunately, Google’s services will not be compatible with Apples products and services. However, these leaps in the way music is made available to consumers online may finally force Apple to rethink the way they handle sales through iTunes.
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Unlike similar music streaming services like Spotify or Pandora, Google Play Music All Access excels in playlist and album creation. It has a lot of music discovery features that will increase your chances of finding songs you’ll like based on music you listen to. It even has a button featuring the famous “I’m feeling lucky” phrase which will play a random song.
If Google Play Music wants to stay competitive, it is going to have to release a desktop version for Windows and iOS. The website is fully functional but requires internet access in order to stream music. With offline services like iTunes out there, it would be wise to also create a Google service that works offline. Aside from that, Google Play Music All Access is a great choice for users looking to make their music library accessible on multiple internet-connected devices are users who are looking to discover new songs to add to their music library.

Apps Uncovered: Voxer

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With an app called Voxer, you can make your iPhone, Android or Windows Phone function very much like a Walkie-Talkie. Voxer utilizes push-to-talk (PTT) technology but intuitively merges it with other modes of communication all in one easy-to-use interface.

Friends can listen to you while you talk or choose to save all of the audio messages for later. Voxer allows you to instantly share audio, text, photos, and your location with ease.

VoxerSome key features include:

  • Cross-platform messaging (Android, Windows and iOS)
  • Voice, text, photos and location messages
  • Play back messages later
  • One-on-one messaging
  • Group messaging
  • Offline mode
  • No advertisements
  • Voice messages can be played back faster at 2x and 3x speeds
  • Connect through Facebook

If you’re looking for a way to communicate with a team of people at an event, Voxer will prove to be very useful at getting important messages out to everyone quickly. Even if you’re not looking for such a tool, Voxer is a fun way to communicate with friends that puts a unique twist on how you talk over the phone.

Now’s the Time to Get Wireless Streaming!

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Have you been waiting to get your hands on a media streaming device for your TV?
Not sure which device to get or whether you’re better off waiting for something better?

Well, it looks like now might be a great time to jump into the world of wireless video streaming!

(Photo Source: www.TechnoBuffalo.com)

(Photo Source: www.TechnoBuffalo.com)

Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, has officially announced that Netflix has no plans of releasing its own streaming box anytime soon. Hastings explained that there is no reason for his company to dedicate the time and resources necessary to develop a Netflix box when there are so many fully-functioning streaming boxes that are already Netflix compatible. A Netflix app can be found on almost every set-top box available on the market today (Over 1,000 and counting!).

Hastings explains that if a new box comes onto the market, they have to partner with Netflix anyway or they won’t stand a chance against the competition.

Considering there won’t be any surprises in the near future, now could be a great time to finally purchase that wireless streaming device you’ve had your eyes on. EDG can install one for you along with a high-end set up that works specifically with you and your home. Apple TV and the new Amazon Fire are two boxes that can stream high resolution content at 1080p and will look and sound amazing on a new TV and surround sound system set up.

Source: www.TechnoBuffalo.com

Solution Idea: In-Wall and Ceiling Speakers

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Front and Back of an Invisible Speaker

There’s a lot of talk these days about invisible speakers that are hidden behind walls yet somehow still fully functional. You might be wondering how they work and whether or not they’re worth purchasing.

At Electronics Design Group, we work with many brands of invisible speakers but for this discussion we’ll focus on two brands: the Stealth Acoustics LR6G and the Amina AIW350E.

If your home has messy surround-sound speakers and cords laying around and you’re looking to make them go away, then invisible speakers are a great solution to your problem. EDG works with architects and interior designers to place invisible speakers in your wall – not on them. After your walls/ceilings are finished, you will be amazed by how impressive your new top-notch hidden sound system can perform completely out of sight.

If you’re concerned that placing speakers behind a wall will interfere with crisp sound production, do not fret. First of all, the speakers aren’t exactly “behind” the wall – they just look that way! They’re actually on the surface covered up behind a thin layer of spackle and some paint (or wallpaper). The loss of sound quality from being painted over is so minimal that it’s almost nonexistent. It is important to remember that these speakers were built to be covered so engineers made adjustments that take that into account when projecting frequencies. They won’t sound muffled.

In-wall and ceiling speakers are a go-to solution for anyone looking to de-clutter their audio equipment. In the following home, EDG installed a series of invisible speakers in the ceiling. Can you spot them?

 

Is the Lytro Illum the Future of Photography?

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2012 Lytro Effect (Source: www.engadget.com)

About two years ago, a company called Lytro released a new product called the Lytro Effect: a unique type of camera that allowed you to focus a shot after the photo was already taken. Lytro reshaped the way people thought about photography because suddenly, setting up the perfect shot became more about what you would do later than about what you had to do while setting up the shot.

Lytro recently announced a new professional-grade camera and software platform called Illum. Unlike the older telescope-shaped device we saw back in 2012, the Lytro Illum is a completely new professional-grade camera that possesses the body of what resembles a mirrorless camera. It sports a 40 megaray light field sensor, 8x optical zoom and high-speed shutter.

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The new 2014 Lytro Illum (Source: www.lytro.com)

The Lytro Illum’s true power is shown by what you can do once a photo is taken. The Illum has a 40 megaray sensor that works to capture all of the light in a given shot – a great improvement from the Effect’s 11 megaray sensor. You can then use Lytro’s all new software platform to select which section of the photo should be adjusted into focus.

The Illum has a fancy new lens containing 13 different pieces of glass. With a focus range of 0mm – infinity, there is absolutely no need to worry about whether you’ve correctly isolated the main subject at the time of shooting. It can always be corrected. The camera is capable of shooting 30-250mm at f/2.0 and has incredible macro up-close shooting capabilities. There is a 4 inch LCD touchscreen, removable battery and microUSB charging port. The amount of pictures it can store is entirely dependent on the size of the memory card you insert and photos can be shared online and printed in stores just as you would with a regular DSLR or point and shoot.

This camera really tackles light-field photography like no other camera has ever done before. Capturing all of the light in a photo offers photographers so many advantages including the ability to shoot quickly, refocus, take 3D images, and shoot in low light conditions.

The new Illum will start at $1,500 and will ship sometime in July.

Source: www.LYTRO.com

What Can Apple’s “HomeKit” Do For You?

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On Monday, Apple announced a new application called HomeKit which will allow developers to create new technology specifically designed to work with Apple’s iOS devices. This means there will be opportunities for your iPhone to control various parts of your home including your lighting systems, locks, doors, thermostats, televisions, speakers all with Siri integration. However, this new technology will likely have very little room for client customization – something EDG has excelled in for over 25 years.

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Control the temperature!

Imagine: After a long day of work, you lay down in bed before realizing you forgot to lock the back door, turn off the lights, and turn up the heat. Through the power of Siri’s artificial intelligence, you could have your doors locked, lights turned off, and heat turned up all through short simple voice commands. EDG has the skills and expertise to set up all of this for you and work with your home to make sure back-end equipment is out of sight.

Large companies are already partnering with Apple to make this a reality. Philips, Kwikset, Honeywell, and iHome are a few of the big names that have already jumped on board. The goal of this project is to consolidate all of your devices into one easy-to-use experience so that you won’t have to download third-party applications from manufacturers. The trade off is lack of customization and control. Apple has a reputation for setting strict barriers around what their users can and cannot do. EDG, on the other hand, works with clients to make their customized vision become a reality.

EDG Wins 3 EH Home of the Year Awards

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Electronic House (EH) Magazine today named Electronics Design Group, Inc. (EDG), Piscataway, NJ, the winner of three 2014 EH Home of the Year Awards (HOTY). From the 89 projects that were submitted for consideration, the EH editorial team picked the finest entries (featuring: audio, video, lighting, automation systems and home theaters) and awarded 27 winning installations in 9 categories. Judging criteria for the Home of the Year Awards included all aspects of custom installation, such as project creativity, innovation, equipment, obstacles overcome, homeowner priorities, aesthetics and lifestyle benefits.

In total, EDG has won 14 Electronic House Home of the Year awards since the competition’s inception in 2006. This year’s winning installations will be highlighted in the Summer 2014 issue of Electronic House Magazine and at ElectronicHouse.com.

EDG’s Winning Installations/Categories:

Best Home Theater: $75,000 to $150,000 – SILVER

The Theater that Booms

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The Theater that Booms

 

The sheer size and power of the electronics in this home theater is enough to make a commercial theater jealous. What’s more impressive is the pristine fit and finish of the hidden technology in a beautifully designed space that exceeded client expectations.

 

 

 

 

Best Outdoor Space – SILVER

Luxury Outdoor Lounge

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Luxury Outdoor Lounge

 

Taking the idea of “The Great Outdoors” to a new level, this home’s backyard lounge/space was renovated to be able to spend most of the year outside without giving up the conveniences of indoor relaxation.

 

 

 

 

 

Smart Home of the Year: $50,000 or more – GOLD

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Totally Controlled4 the Home

 

 

This smart home got the Gold Award for a reason; everything in it is integrated and automated! With the added challenge of a tech-savvy homeowner, the EDG Team designed a system for a home that is smarter than currently existing technology.

 

 

“The three award-winning projects by EDG exemplify the superior design and installation skills required to create a pleasing harmony between a home’s architecture, a family’s lifestyle and an electronic system’s high-tech features,” says Electronic House editor Lisa Montgomery. “EDG proves that technology can have a significant impact on the comfort, convenience and enjoyment of a home without compromising its beauty or livability.”

EDG’s founder, Bob Gullo, states, “We’re excited to be recognized by Electronic House Magazine again this year”. Noting EDG’s longtime success in the Home of the Year Awards, Gullo says, “I’m really proud that the EDG Team stays at the top of its game by continuously being innovative and looking for newer, better ways to fulfill our client’s needs and design projects with advanced technology, aesthetics and professionalism in mind”.

 

About Electronics Design Group, Inc.

EDG is a pioneer in residential and business electronics technology. EDG is recognized by its peers, associations, related trade professionals and technology journals as one of the TOP systems integrators in the country. Providing expertise for more than 27 years, EDG has been an award-winning technology solutions provider of audio/video, conferencing systems, integrated multimedia presentation, luxury amenity space entertainment, cardio theater, screening rooms, home theater, lighting, shade and automation control solutions. Founder, Bob Gullo, has served as President and Board Member of HTSA, been listed in: CE Retailer’s “50 Most Vital Influencers”, Dealer Scope’s List of “40 under 40”, CEDIA and CEA “Dealer of the Year”, CE Pro Magazine’s “Top 100 Integrators”, Custom Retailer Magazine’s “21 Big Guns” and Lutron Electronics’ “Hall of Fame”. Gullo has been a member of CEDIA for more than 20 years, and has been an influential advocate of education via the AIA/CES provider program and CEDIA ROI programs, providing CEU courses for the Architectural and Design Community via http://www.edgonline.com/continuing-education/ . EDG solutions can be found in the finest residential and commercial settings and continue to be sought after by the most discriminating clients worldwide.

 

About Electronic House

EH Publishing is an integrated media company and the leading provider of independent
business and consumer content and information serving the custom electronics, information technology, house of worship, pro audio, robotics, and supply chain markets through multimedia publications, websites, newsletters, and expos. EH provides resources to millions of professionals and consumers worldwide.

Tech Graduation Gifts & Ideas

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Looking for tech graduation gifts? EDG curated a few sound ideas (pun intended) that can move to the college dorm this Fall. After all, college can’t be all about studying in the library.

STREAM ALL THE MUSIC ON EARTH

Play your iTunes library, listen to your online music services and get access to thousands of free radio stations worldwide.

PandoraSiriusXMSpotifyBeatsMusic

 

 

 

 

ONE APP TO ROCK THEM ALL

Take total control of your home listening experience with the Sonos Controller app. Built for mobile, tablet and desktop, it connects you to all the music on earth, all over your home. Play, control and explore your music, your way.

Sonos Controller App, Sonos iPhone App

Three Great Options to show the love!

 

TOTALLY LEGIT

Sonos Play:1 Wireless Speaker   $198

Black Sonos Play:1, Sonos Play:1 Graduation Gift, Streaming Music

Sonos Play:1


 

 

 

 

 

 

Want something more legit? 

TOTALLY DOPE

Two Sonos Play:1 Wireless Speakers as a stereo pair!   $398

Black Sonos Play:1, Sonos Play:1 Graduation Gift, Streaming Music

Sonos Play:1

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Sonos Play:1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can you top this?

TOTALLY EPIC

Add the Sonos SUB with a pair of Sonos Play:1 Wireless Speakers and BOOM!   $1,097

Sonos SUB Gloss Black

Sonos SUB

 

           +      Black Sonos Play:1, Sonos Play:1 Graduation Gift, Streaming MusicBlack Sonos Play:1, Sonos Play:1 Graduation Gift, Streaming Music   =  Boom

Order by June 6th to receive FREE Shipping in the lower 48 states and a Sonos BRIDGE ($50).

Call or email us for more info…

Upgrade Mom with a new laptop

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Macbook Air, Nope. New Windows 8 Ultrabook, Nope.

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How about a Chromebook?

So what’s a Chromebook?

Simply, it’s a laptop running Google Chrome OS. If you have used the Chrome browser on a Mac or PC,  you already know how to use it.

Why Mom will love it.

Boots fast, usually 10 seconds or less.

Fantastic Battery Life- depending on the model you can go 8 hours on a single charge.

Safe and Secure, Chromebooks update themselves, and have multiple layers of protection. No anti-virus software required. They just work.

Keep those precious memories safe.  Chromebooks come with Google Drive cloud storage, so when accidents happen; if your computer crashes or gets stolen, you can be up and running again in minutes,  all memories intake.

Google apps built in. Does Mom use Microsoft Office? Google has the modern web version of docs, sheets and slides and you can share these files seamlessly in drive. Need more apps, there’s thousands in the Chrome Web Store.

Why you will love it.

Inexpensive, great value $199 for 11.6” or $299 for a 14” screen

No more tech support calls, enough said. 

 I got a chromebook for mom, you should too.  :-)

Learn more: 

http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/

 

 

Bitcoins: The Currency of the Internet

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The value of a bitcoin soared in 2013–from roughly $13 in January to well over $1,200–on hopes that the experiment in digital money will eventually become a legitimate global currency, reports CNNMoney. So what exactly is this new currency? Here is a compilation of resources to help you understand what everyone in the financial world is fussing about.

More Reads:

Bitcoin Official Website

CNN Money: What is Bitcoin?

Business Insider: Why Bitcoin has Value

The Economist: Virtual Currency – Bits and Bobs

The New Yorker: The Bitcoin Boom

Forbes: Bubbles, Banks and Bitcoins