Originally Posted by styxx_78
Mark, your theatre is awesome blah, blah blah,
I am sure you have heard enough of that.
How is the whole house automation coming along? While reading through this I do not remember any mentioning whole house audio. Did any of you guys incorporate this into your designs and how did you do it?
Also, while reading in other threads Mark mentioned that the possible interfaces were inadequate for his expectations and I was kinda feeling the same. I was thinking of perhaps trying some of the software suites that you guys have been talking about for home automation (CQC, Cinemar), incorporating it with my audio system (most likely Digilinx), and designing my own interface. Digilinx has a very nice interface but it does not play very well with other systems.
Anyways, we're are all waiting for Mark to finish his theatre and invite us over for a demo, when will that happen? Who knows.
Another tidbit i read earlier on in this thread was about Windows Media Center Edition on a HTPC. Windows Vista is being released Jan. 30th 2007 and the Home Premium and Ultimate editions will have the new Media Center built in. I am very excited to play with the final release but even more excited to see what developers will be working on in the new year for this platform.
I didn't want to hi-jack this thread but since your project seems to be ongoing you may want to keep an eye out for Home control sulutions using the Vista Media Center as your interface (transparencies, animations, glassy look and feel)
Whole house minus security is done but Im just not a security kind of guy even though I need some practice for the upcoming event which kicked in yesterday you may have read about in the other automation thread over yonder. I put up security cameras as to know if someone Im expecting is at the back door, or basically find the wife and/or kids/friends. This was an important phase to learn for reasons other than security in my upcoming projects. Two of them are pretty cold for half the year and people will be able to see if Valet has arrived, in the northern case this is Dog Sled. My "boss" is out dog sledding across and around some areas now picking his teams, he was like a little kid at the meetings yesterday almost impatient to wrap up as to get started. I need to playing with GPS tracking as well to go on the sleds themselves so If wives or guests stay back at the suites, they will know where the sleds are in conjunction with the town or just plain emergency situations. We arent having any of this stuff like whats going on up on our news worthy Hill here in Oregon. I didnt want to get into any of this stuff over there in the other thread since it appears to offend a couple of the members over there. I think a CQC guy is doing this very same thing with GPS tracking , his name is Squintz if I recall properly. People that want to discuss interfaces over here are welcome to though, you cant hijack this thread, I did that long ago.
My interfaces are coming along except the point discussed about not being modern like the interfaces in the PS3, Windows Media Center, X360, TIVOs and well, everything except automation screens. It was a little suprising to me that a group were actually satisfied with the present stage of interface design. Ruben ( SandmanX) and I have had several discussions about this outside the forums and I have had these discussions with dozens of others regarding this. I think Cinemar may understand to a point incorporating Flash and the owner being in the business of flash. There are no doubts I need both programs to achieve complete success so Im on a slippery slope of whos operatng what but the reality is at times I think CQC is going to be running Cinemar (cellphone call operates things back at the room is about it, maybe the GPS tracking as well)
My whole house audio is done and controllable via USB-uirt and wireless transmitters of the IR blast, it works very well but does not allow of the use of ripped tunes from the server and never will at this location, 200 cd changers and preset FM is the choice I have but works well. I have total control of other Media device spread about and all are operated via touchscreen. Thankfully the places Im using this stuff in the future can be hard wired, the choice of wireless touchscreens is null and void, another thing strange to me in the automation world.
I doubt anyone wants to hear why I attempted/ing all this but lets just say all this has been experimentation for other avenues Im approaching starting full bore yesterday. Unfortunately I didnt finish the Theater but even it was pratice for whats being implemented into 3 other projects. Its not far off but we just dont have much time to kick back and watch movies much. I am also waiting to see how my counterpart the Interior Design Architect deals with the 1850s building since there is a theater in there that sort of reflects the period Im after anyway. Some of my ideas are being implemented into these projects. Again I built everything as to play in a sandbox and learn more than having a Theater so finishing has been slow since I learned most things I needed in the first couple weeks last year
Im coming along pretty good though, Im going to inform the son its his baby now and see how far he gets with Flash and such. He understands all the programing and such since unlike me, he got an early start in technology/ PCs and has been exposed more in his first 16 years of life than I have since the inception of the PC in the 80s.
I dont think either of these products are tested in Vista and hopefully the work, if not, I guess they better hurry up and get up to speed, I always had a feeling Microsoft was going to attack this area considering the type of people they are employing. A couple friends of mine were snatched up by them and they cant disclose what it is they do so thats sort of exciting, maybe we will see some of it in Vista. I think we are getting ready to take the next step in making everything we all own obsolete yet again very, very soon.