First Look: Technology in HGTV Smart Home 2014(page 2 of 2)

From lighting and temperature control to security and media room must-haves, learn about the cool high-tech features in HGTV Smart Home 2014.


HGTV Smart Home 2014 Basement Rec Room Enlarge Photo Eric Perry © 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

From the 120-inch high-definition projection screen with 7.1 surround sound (7 channels, plus 1 woofer for deep base sounds) in the media room to the built-in speakers located throughout the home—and even the two outdoor spaces—this house is loaded with audio-visual equipment.

All can be operated from any touch screen, of course, and can stream movies and music from the Internet or from a dedicated hard drive loaded with the homeowner's own collection.

Robotic Operations

One of the house's TVs, designed for teleconferencing, retracts behind a cabinet in the dining room/office, and rises on command. The TV in the great room swings out on an automated mechanical arm for viewing from the adjacent kitchen.

And the draperies for the great room's two-story windows are motorized, so family members can close them to prevent glare on that TV screen. The shades in the master bedroom go even farther—they can be preprogrammed to raise and lower at certain times, or to simply follow the day's sunrise and sunset, which they know based on latitude and longitude settings.

High Tech Sleepers

Even the house's beds are smart. The comfort foam mattresses are adjustable, and can be positioned for sitting up to watch TV, enjoying breakfast in bed, or sleeping without back stress. And there's never any hunting for the beds' dedicated remotes, of course, since they, too, adjust by app.

Smart Tech Design

HGTV Smart Home 2014 Foyer Enlarge Photo Eric Perry © 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

To simplify upgrades and maintenance for so much technology, all of the hardware is organized on easy to access wall racks in a second-floor closet. From there, hard-wired components are connected with high-speed Ethernet cabling inside the walls and mobile equipment operates on a wireless network supported by signal repeaters in key locations to ensure a strong network throughout the living space—and even the porches. That way, the touch screens will always be connected, and the family will always have Smart Home 2014's technology at its fingertips.

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