CEDIA View: The Special Project Files
What’s the most “out there” project you’ve done? Everyone has that one project that they are particularly proud of, that one that makes them beam with joy. Maybe it was a project that was out of the ordinary for your company or maybe you helped a client transform their vision into a reality. You’re not alone, everyone has those special projects. Check out some of these examples.
This client wanted a backyard AV system that was easy to use, with the ability to view Blu-ray, AppleTV and DirecTV content, stream music, and interface with Apple iPhones and iPads—all without disturbing neighbors or interrupting the phenomenal view.
The client’s initial idea was to simply mount a TV on the rear of the house and install a couple of speakers in a planter. Simply Sight & Sound felt this would look unappealing—and furthermore, the TV couldn’t be larger than 37 inches in such a setup, and the viewing distance from the spa made that size impractical. Instead, Simply Sight & Sound and the clients agreed that the optimal solution would be to install a lift or mounting apparatus behind a retaining wall to keep the TV hidden when not in use. The client agreed to have some of the spa equipment and piping relocated to accommodate the weatherproof TV lift enclosure.
Simply Sight & Sound’s work earned them the Silver Technical Design award for Hidden Installation in CEDIA’s 2013 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition.
The owners of this yacht, which is named Vertigo, sought a reliable and discreet system with an easy-to-use control interface. Vertigo features technology at every turn, with 13 zones of AV, 15 audio-only zones, and 16 navigation stations. The sound system is capable of both a hi-fi music experience and a nightclub SPL for parties.
Integration with real-time vessel NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association) data supports navigational and location-specific features. The system also integrates with fire and emergency alarms.
As Vertigo will play host to many guests, the user interface needed to be intuitive enough that anyone could pick it up for the first time and know how to drive it. User interfaces were custom-designed to make complex decision-making a single easy-to-operate button press.
The electronic systems professionals at aptly named Liquid Automation of Auckland, New Zealand, integrated this highly advanced system with intuitive control, winning the Gold Technical Design award for Special Project in CEDIA’s 2012 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition.