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Seamus Bellamy | Writer: Mac|Life Magazine

Mac|Life Writer Seaumus Bellamy brings to our attention this interesting and creative new way to interact with your iPhone. Forget the iPad! Here’s the iTable! Read Seamus’s report here:

Ignoring the iPhone’s diminutive size, Steve Jobs recently commented on the fact that the when it comes to touch-based devices, size is everything. During an earnings call with the company’s investors and the media, Jobs quipped about the disdain he held for touchscreen devices with less than seven inches of screen real estate, saying “While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up for some of the differences, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one-quarter of their present size.” Either out of respect for Jobs’ unfaltering sympathy for hot dog-fingered tech users, or a dire fear of sandpaper, a group of intrepid developers have undertaken the development of a new way to work Apple’s smallest touchscreen device.

It’s big. Literally.

TableConnect | iTable?

TableConnect | iTable?

Table Connect utilizes a jailbroken iPhone, a mission-specific app and an enormous custom-built 56-inch capacitive touch screen table to embiggen your iPhone interface to a size that would make even Paul Bunyan’s meaty digits feel right at home. According to the developer’s website, by hooking your jailbroken iPhone to the table’s built-in dock connector (now there’s a lawsuit waiting to happen) you’ll be able to every aspect of your iPhone. At this point, only a prototype mock up of Table Connect has seen the light of day. However, the device’s developer has posted a countdown clock to their site, promising a big reveal in just a little bit over four days from now. When it happens, you know we’ll be there to bring you up to speed on it.

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Audi Design Grand Piano

Audi went from tickling the blacktop with their smooth rides to tickling the ivories with their Audi Design Grand Piano built by the 182-year old Bosendorfer company of Vienna, Austria. This slick musical machine features a lid that wraps down to the base, giving the piano an almost aerodynamic shape. This grandest of grands debuts for many grand: $140,000 to be exact.

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I didn’t know this, but in the August 2009 issue of Robb Report I learned that pool tables were first introduced during the 15th century. I also discovered that they were covered in green felt to simulate the grassy lawns on which pool’s predecessor, croquet, is played. Fast forward to 2009 and we have Craig Nottage’s $33,000.00 update to the modern day  billiard’s table. The G-1 by Nottage Design is the world’s frst transparent pool table. The surface is covered in a clear film called Virtrik, that has play characteristics similar to felt. Check out Craig’s clear vision at : http://www.nottagedesign.com.

Tivoli Tower of Babel-Milan 2009Tivoli Audio is our favorite sound source for decor areas that need incredible sound, stunning design, tier-one engineering in a compact footprint. We specify Tivoli Audio for many of our clients on a regular basis to great satisfaction.

Tivoli’s peerless products fit neatly at bedside, kitchens, dens, libraries and the like. We couldn’t help but marvel at their creative efforts to merge art, technnology and design and the most recent Mil

Demonstrating innovation at its best, the latest NetWorks design line was unveiled during the Milan Design Week expo in beautifully constructed wood finishes and artistic fashion colors that create living art into home decorating form and function. To further demonstrate the museum quality of the Tivoli Audio brand, a “Tower of Babel” was constructed in the SuperStudioPiù designer space, born under the concept of a “Temporary Museum for New Design,” a main attraction at the Milan furniture expo.

Conceived by the well-known Italian designer Ilaria Marelli in collaboration with Tom DeVesto, the tower in a 16.4 foot high installation, is reminiscent of the ancient Biblical city in which an enormous tower was constructed and people spoke in a multitude of tongues. The sculptural piece makes use of a vast collection of Tivoli Audio radios interspersed with its newest NetWorks Global Audio Systems performing in languages from around the world playing in real time. 

This video shows the construction of the “Tower of Babel” from Tivoli Audio in Milan, Italy. Take a short moment to watch the space transformation…amazing!

Crestron-Mobile iPhone App ControllerCrestron, the company that created an industry by introducing the world’s first touchpanel, has now enabled you to use your iPhone as a remote for your home entertainment system, or to control all the lights in your home. The Crestron Control App for iPhone puts a professional-lookingCrestron touchpanel user interface right on the popular Apple® iPhone or iPod touch, enabling all kinds of customizable control capability.

The application which will soon be available for download from the Apple App Store communicates directly with the control system without any third-party software or external servers. On the road, iPhone communicates with the system over the 3G network or Edge cellular network. At home or away, both your iPhone and iPod touch can connect via Wi-Fi.

Crestron iPhone App Screenshot 1Control multiple locations, such as a primary residence, vacation home and office, from a single, intuitive graphical interface that provides real-time status of room temperature, lighting levels, shade position, control of local AV devices and digital media meta data including album, song and artist.

New locations are easily added by opening the “Connections” page on the iPhone, and customized buttons, graphics and dynamic text can be added by your installer. Updates or changes to the control program are automatically sent to the iPhone when the Crestron app is launched.

 

GREENTECH: Question: Home automation systems consume large amounts of energy right or wrong? Answer: Wrong! 

Crestron TouchpanelHome automation systems require relatively little power, and the energy-conservation benefits they offer are considerable. These systems make it simple to check if you’ve left the lights on and turn them off and often incorporate multizone climate-control systems to shut down heating or air condition in areas of the house that are not being used. 

Motor-driven shades can be programed automatically by astronomical clocks to open and close at key points in the day, automatically adjusting the timing of these routines to the length of day at any time of year, protecting furniture, fabrics and flooring from harsh sun rays and keeping the house cool when the sun wants to take overtake your home. The home automation system touch panel can also report on energy use, energy cost per hour, and carbon output of a lighting system. Explore the exciting innovations taking place in home automation at some of these links:

Crestron Electronics: www.crestron.com | Control4: www.control4.com | Lutron Electronics: www.lutron.com | Savant Systems: www.savantav.com