Samsung Release Human-Centric LED Lighting Products

Samsung is releasing its first package of what it calls “human-centric” LED lights that the company says can help make people feel more energetic or relaxed.

According to Samsung’s announcement, the lights now in mass production utilize precisely designed light spectra with optimized amounts of cyan to accommodate specific lighting needs at any given time.

Spectrum Engineering Recreates Natural Light

Discovering the melanopic spectrum that controls the melatonin hormone

Our solution effectively manages melanopsin sensitivity at a wavelength of 480 nm, playing a critical role in circadian rhythm control.

Key Features

  • Human Centric Lighting Solution
  • Maximization of Melanopic Ratio
  • Fine Tuned-spectrum for More Energizing Effect

CoeLux – Experience the Sky

CoeLux - Experience the sky.

CoeLux® is an optical system based on nano technology to artificially reproduce the natural light and visual appearance of the sun and sky. CoeLux offers a breakthrough opportunity for indoor architecture by creating the sensation of infinite space.

The experience of the sky and the sun in contemporary architecture: nanotechnologies, optical components and LED light sources are the elements that characterize the high-tech systems by CoeLux®.

CoeLux HT25, the first of the CoeLux systems characterized by a zenithal beam of light with a versatile design: 25 cm thick for a rectangular window measuring 52 by 107 cm.

CoeLux HT25 allows great design freedom, its distinctive 25 cm thickness is suitable for recessed installation even in small heights, in plasterboard false ceilings or modular ones. It can be installed in different compositions and the subtle design of the frame facilitates the creation of semi-continuous windows, creating the perception of large portions of sky.

“An amazing technology that I see taking off in Luxury homes around the world. Especially in hemispheres where daylight is absent for months at a time. ”

Dave Lopez, Rumble A/V Consulting

Moving around the area below the system, the observer will be able to see a large portion of sky and by approaching and entering the emitted spot the sun will appear, slightly diffused and not very dazzling. The optical design helps to create the sun perceived at infinite distance and the observer, moving in space, will have the impression that the sun is always positioned above his head.

CoeLux HT25

The sun of CoeLux HT25 illuminates and projects a beam of intense light, enhancing the colours and the textures of the room and the objects in it. The spot projection is slightly wider than the window and illuminates the surrounding area diffusely.

With a 60 degree flaring, the thin, opaque white frame intercepts the sun and creates a reflection on the sky, increasing the perception of depth of the window. The HT25 system is characterized by the CoeLux panel made of scratch-resistant and fireproof glass: the nanoparticles inside diffuse the light, recreating the blue colour of the sky.

The system can be dimmed from 40% to maximum power, it is DALI compatible and can be controlled via Bluetooth from a smartphone upon request.

Embrace Biophilia with Wellness Spaces

Rayva, the purveyor of turnkey home theaters that can be installed by integration pros in just a couple of days, is taking the same concept to the wellness realm. Instead of escaping reality through cinema-quality video and surround sound, users will be able to escape the stifling indoors with an immersion in nature … a simulated version of nature, to be sure, but a hyper-realistic version that mimics the sounds, sights, and other stimuli found in the great outdoors.

Rayva knows a thing or two about realism. The company principals are famous for engineering spaces and systems that put the audience smack in the middle of intergalactic wars, underwater fairy tails, and live concerts.

Now they turn their attention to forests and streams and sunsets — natural elements that human beings so desperately crave. We are biophilic creatures (biophilia primer below); our DNA is hard-coded for outdoor living after millions of years of evolution, even though we spend 90% of our time indoors. Biologically, we miss the sounds, smells, visuals, air conditions, motion, lighting transitions and other stimuli from nature.

Several months ago, Rayva latched onto biophilia and wellness, and set about designing Rayva Wellness Rooms that would be as turnkey as the theaters it’s famous for. They called these spaces “Outdoor Simulators” when they introduced the concept at CEDIA Expo.

Best AV Gear to Buy Right Now

As the new decade gets underway and we get used to “living in the future,” the editors of Sound & Vision have cherry-picked 10 products across three categories that merit a close look by anyone contemplating an electronics upgrade. All made our coveted 2019 Top Picks of the Year list, meaning they’re all stellar performers. 

5 Ways To Increase Your Homes Value By Making It Smarter

The sheer amount of smart home technology available to homeowners today is stunning. Everything from refrigerators and dishwashers to fans, lights, and televisions are now equipped with tech that connects them to mobile apps, smart speakers, and other devices in your home.

It’s easy to see the value of smart home technology. It makes your home far more convenient and adds automation to your day-to-day routine. The prospective home-buyers of the future are young people who have grown up in a world surrounded by such tech. They appreciate homes that already have smart integration thought through and set up.

EMBRACE THE ORGANIZATION MOVEMENT

Today’s homeowners are looking for more ways to clear clutter and keep their homes better organized. There are now several popular TV and YouTube shows geared towards homeowners looking to store household goods, clothes, and children’s toys more effectively. Household storage is nothing new, but—as this recent trend shows—there’s real value to adding more built-in storage and organization to your home. A few ideas include:

  • Installing in-cabinet storage racks to hold pots and pans.
  • Adding ceiling pulley systems to your garage to store infrequently-used decor and collectibles.
  • Building shelves and pull-outs in the master bedroom closet to store clothing.

Bridge House – Closing the Gap Between Design and Tech

Bridge House is a modern 4500-square foot home that lives up to its name, straddling the brook. “I started with a motor court, and the bridge evolved because of the structure,” said Brunn. “I could go right over the river instead of biasing the whole house on one side. Instead of a first floor and second floor, you think of it in terms of length.”

The architectural design exemplifies Brunn’s signature minimalist aesthetic, which he hoped to complement with an AV and control system that mirrored the philosophy. To realize his vision, Brunn brought in Michael Izatt of technology design firm OneButton, who already had a relationship with the architect, although it didn’t start off all that smoothly.

“It turned out to be a very balanced and discreet system,” says Izatt.

What’s next for TV? How about NextGen TV?

CES 2020 marked the launch of the first new TV models to feature ATSC 3.0 digital — otherwise known as Next Gen TV — tuners.

Stations in 60 U.S. markets have announced plans to start broadcasting the Next Gen TV format by the end of this year. What are the advantages over plain-vanilla ATSC 1.0 digital TV broadcasting? Up to 4K/10-bit video with wide color gamut and high dynamic range, up to a 120Hz frame rate, and immersive 7.2.4 sound.

Next Gen TV is also IP-based, so it can be easily streamed over a home network to multiple TVs and devices. For 2020, all of Samsung’s 8K models will feature Next Gen TV tuners, and so will LG’s high-end (GX series and above) OLED models, and Sony’s X900H 4K LCD series sets.

Smart Home Appliance Acceptance Growing

KB Home, one of the largest home-builders in the U.S., recently released data indicating a 44% increase in smart appliance selection by its clients.

The company also finds that more than 25% of all KB Home customers also chose smart security devices for their homes.

Gena Kirk, Vice President of design studio, KB Home, says the company expects to see consumers continuing to choose smart products for their homes over the long term.

“I believe we will continue to see an increase in consumers seeking the convenience of controlling their appliances right in the palm of their hands,” she states.

The large home-building company also points out that app-enabled appliances are popular products.

LG Ultra-Short-Throw (UST) projector. Punchy, but pricey

LG’s CineBeam HU85LA ultra-short-throw (UST) projector is an ingenious device that packs the projection system into a compact cabinet that sits on top of a shelf (or even on your floor!) and beams images at an upward angle. This design allows the projector to sit nearly right against the wall and deliver images that are much larger than what you can expect from a typical flat-panel TV. Combining a three-laser light engine with DLP 4K XPR projection technology, the HU85LA beams images that range in size from 90-120 inches with one of the shortest throw ratios on the market. And at $5,999 retail, the price is dramatically less than what you’ll pay for the largest high-end flat-panel LCD or OLED TVs.

The HU85LA is housed in an attractive white case complete with a fabric front that hides a built-in speaker system. A small glass opening for the image to project through is located on the cabinet’s top, along with a small door that conceals a focus adjustment. The back panel features two full-bandwidth HDMI 2.0b inputs, a digital TV antenna input, USB type-C and two USB type-B inputs, and an optical digital audio output. While I was surprised to see a TV tuner built into the projector, it certainly makes sense since the HU85LA can be used as a replacement for a flat-panel TV.

From A-Z. Companies to Watch In 2020

abode: abode is a simple DIY home security system with the smart home features consumers desire. The wireless security system is designed so homeowners or renters can install and monitor their abode system all on their own, without having to pay installation fees or getting locked into monthly contracts. The latest addition to abode’s product lineup, iota, is a new all-in-one DIY home security system designed to give customers the freedom and flexibility to build out and monitor their smart home their way. In the coming year, customers can expect several new and exciting product announcements and integrations for iota.

AudioControl: Wesley Palmer, owner of Sound Effects in Mesa, AZ, decided to renovate his smart home/commercial technology showroom. The new facility boasted many exciting features, and Palmer wanted the new showroom to excite his clients about home cinema. Every aspect of the new theater was carefully planned, featuring a laser projector and ISF certified screen. In order to achieve the ultimate surround experience from the theater, Palmer chose an AudioControl Maestro M9 preamp/processor along with a Savoy G3 7-channel amplifier and a Pantages G3 5-channel amplifier driving a system set up for immersive format playback such as Dolby Atmos.

Catalyst AV: A 15 percent growth in sales year over 2018, with the business surging upwards, doesn’t just happen by chance. Catalyst AV held two back-to-back yearlong trainings during its “Great North American Training Tour” in 2019. This ensured 1500 Catalyst AV dealer members received the finest training on AVPro Edge’s matrixes, extenders, streaming devices, and Canvass Control for the design of complex systems. This was immediately followed up with another coast-to-coast training tour, including Techlogix and Cleerline.

Control4: As the smart home platform for SnapAV following the company merger, Control4 has expanded products, services, and tools to support dealers and homeowners. In 2019, new products included the CA-10 controller and integration with Google Assistant, as well as Control4 Smart Home OS 3. Control4 OS is the operating system for home, unifying and orchestrating all devices in the home and can be customized by the homeowner on the app, touchscreens, mobile devices, remotes, and more. Combined with training, resources, and the Certified Showroom program, dealers can expand their current customer base and grow existing systems in the new year with Control4.