Tuesday, 25 May 2010
For the past 12 months we have been working very closely with Control4, a leading provider of the operating system for the smart home and are very pleased to have been appointed the official supplier and product support for Bang & Olufsen dealers. We feel that we have developed a unique solution that will appeal to all Bang & Olufsen users who wish to take maximum advantage of the business opportunities offered by the Home Automation revolution.
Friday, 21 May 2010
Conserving energy isn’t just good for your conscience and the environment, it’s good for your bank balance too! Bang & Olufsen of Winchmore Hill give you the power to be green by helping you manage lighting and temperature control in your home. With our help our customers can significantly reduce their energy consumption without compromising their lifestyle.
You can automate your lights so they come on when you need them and go off when you don’t.
Lights can be programmed to turn on and off at the appropriate time of day and year in order to reduce waste.
Motion sensors let the system know when to turn lights off in unoccupied rooms.
The system can dim lights to reduce energy consumption with the ability to manage energy-saving dimming that is imperceptible to the human eye.
Blinds and curtains can be automated to open and close with the sunlight to reduce demands on your climate control system.
Thermostats can be programmed to the most efficient temperatures so you can enjoy the convenience of temperature control from virtually anywhere in the world.
How much can you help the environment with a home automation system?
We use dimmers, timers and occupancy sensors to reduce energy waste.
A typical 3-bedroom home with our system will eliminate over 850 pounds of CO2 emissions each year. That’s like not driving a car for a month! We also let you control the amount of wattage used by light bulbs, which not only saves electricity and reduces energy bills but extends the life of bulbs as well.
Friday, 14 May 2010
However, there is little doubt that eventually also 3D technology will penetrate the consumer electronics industry with applications within home cinema, gaming and even regular television. After the commercial success of the digital TV transition, the upgrade to full high definition, the introduction of 100Hz and 200Hz LCD technology, the roll-out of LED backlit LCD panels and the commercial promotion of green products, the CE industry is again looking for new ways to get a premium among otherwise quickly eroding TV prices. 3D technology appears to provide such an opportunity.
Throughout history, several unsuccessful attempts have been made to introduce 3D in the film industry. However, this time, all the necessary ingredients for a successful introduction of 3D cinema, 3D gaming and 3D television seem to be in place.
3D in Bang & Olufsen products
At Bang & Olufsen we are currently studying and evaluating the different available and upcoming technical solutions for 3D TV. We already know that the first generations of 3D components and products will have serious drawbacks which compromise the full potential of the 3D viewing experience. Some of these drawbacks are:
Crosstalk, an unsharp 3D picture due to unwanted mixing of the images for the left and the right eye, an effect seen most severely in LCD screens.
Low picture brightness, caused by the use of shutter glasses and the inability of the current screen generation to produce more light.
The lack of standardisation of the shutter glasses, which (depending on the brand) makes it impossible to share a 3D programme with friends or family bringing their own glasses.
With this in mind, we are investigating which hardware and software modifications are needed in our TV platform architecture to include the necessary 3D facilities. As always, we are aiming for a technical solution that can deliver the performance level customers expect from a Bang & Olufsen product. The availability of some of the components for such a solution is still somewhat uncertain. Because of this uncertainty, a firm schedule for the launch of the first Bang & Olufsen 3D-ready TVs cannot be given yet.
Furthermore, we will continue to closely follow and investigate all developments within 3D technology, with special focus on auto stereoscopic displays, which will allow viewers to enjoy 3D video without the need for wearing glasses. The auto stereoscopic displays available right now still have major drawbacks and are not yet suitable for application in the living room. But, with continued research efforts in the industry, this type of 3D displays will become mature for consumer applications eventually and will truly revolutionise television just like the introduction of colour TV did in the 1950s.
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Saturday, 1 May 2010
In the past you would have been forgiven for thinking of subwoofers as ugly boxes that just give out a thumping sound dominating the music. Well the BeoLab 11 delivers a very smooth bass performance that can enhance your listening experience and compliment your existing speakers.
The BeoLab 11 is a new small subwoofer from Bang & Olufsen that delivers amazing bass quality for its size.
With BeoLab 11, Bang & Olufsen has revolutionized the subwoofer category by creating a subwoofer with an entirely new look. Despite its strong sculptural presence, BeoLab 11 has a discreetness about it that makes it easy to integrate in a home environment without turning the room into a sound studio.
Don't take our word for it come to our showroom at Bang & Olufsen of Winchmore Hill, bring your favorite music with you and let the BeoLab 11 show you what you have been missing.
To enquire about a home demonstration send us an email