Savant Meets Siri

Savant Pro adds Siri voice control

When Savant launched their Savant Pro remote a couple of years ago it was revolutionary in having built-in voice control. At the time it was considered leading edge and is still comparatively sophisticated. Hold down the speech button and say “BBC1” and the remote immediately takes action. It knows that BBC1 is a TV channel and it knows which room you are in. With that information the Savant Pro system can turn on the correct TV, select the required video input (eg Sky), select the right audio input for TV sound and change the channel. All this functionality, including the… Read More »

Simply The Best

Best Home Automation 2019: Control4, Crestron, Savant

Earlier this month CE Pro announced the results of this year’s survey into the best home automation brands. It’s no coincidence that the top four brands in the Best Whole-House Control and Automation category (Control4, Crestron, Savant and Lutron) are also the four manufacturers preferred by Cyberhomes when specifying our smart home installations. Our highly trained engineers are specialists in the design, installation, programming and support of all of these leading technologies. When selecting a suitable control and automation platform for your project we consider ease of use, reliability, compatibility with third-party technology, functionality and interface design. We will advise… Read More »

Your Home Can Be Smart Even When You’re Away

Cyberhomes project Country Retreat Oxshott | Whole house lighting control

We’ve all been there. You’re half way to the airport when a thought springs to mind… …did I leave the bedroom window open, did I leave the lights on in the dining room, did I leave the radio on in the kitchen or worse, did I leave the iron on in the utility room. You try to put the thought out of your mind but it continues to nag away at you. You’ve no option to turn around and double-check. Even if everything turns out to be ok you’re no running late for your flight. How Could a Smart Home… Read More »

Smart Home Security

IoT security hacker

We’ve talked about security a number of times on our blog but it’s an important topic that we will keep revisiting. We’re not talking here about electronic locks, intruder alarms or CCTV (although these are all important security features offered by Cyberhomes)—no, we’re talking about cybersecurity—preventing a hacker from accessing the technology on your home network. Secure by Design On the 1st of May, the first consultation document for the ‘Mandating security requirements for consumer Internet of Things (IoT) products’ was published. Specifically, the proposed new legislation will focus on: mandating that devices ship with unique passwords from the manufacturer… Read More »

How can IMAX Enhanced make home cinema better?

Essential Install magazine IMAX feature

Source: Essential Install magazine April 2019 Ion Smith of CEDIA member, Cyberhomes, looks at the future of IMAX Enhanced in the home IMAX is renowned for being, arguably, the best cinema experience at the local multiplex with its giant screens, improved audio and alternative aspect ratios. IMAX Enhanced aims to bring that premium experience to the home cinema and media room environment. We think it has great potential in the CI space, providing a fantastic opportunity for our businesses to engage with existing and new customers. Launched late last year, IMAX Enhanced is both a new licensing and certification program for… Read More »

Cyberhomes Shortlisted for ‘Best Home Cinema’ in Smart Building Awards

Cyberhomes are delighted to hear that we have been shortlisted in the ‘Best Home Cinema Project Over £50,000‘ category of the 2019 Smart Building Awards. The shortlisted project is our ‘Hampshire Smart Home’ project, which has already won the 2018 CEDIA award for ‘Best Home Cinema £120,000 – £340,000‘ and was Highly Commended for the 2018 CEDIA award for ‘Best Integrated Home £230,000 to £340,000‘. The Smart Building Awards 2019 are trade-only awards run by Essential Install magazine, meaning consumers are not permitted to enter any category. Each award will be judged fairly by an expert panel based on the… Read More »

More Streaming Options

Apple TV+

Apple TV+ Apple have announced they are entering the streaming market with their new Apple TV+ streaming service; taking on the well-established Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming services. Like Netflix and Amazon they will be offering a range of new content that will, at least initially, be exclusively available on their TV+ service. In order to entice potential subscribers, they have signed up some big names in both on-screen and off-screen talent; such as directors Stephen Spielberg and M. Night Shyamalan and actors Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carrell. Oprah Winfrey is also working some documentary style content. With… Read More »

Is High-Resolution Audio Finally Going Mainstream?

Tidal high-resolution music streaming

This week the streaming music provider Tidal updated its app for the iPhone/iPad to support their high-resolution ‘Masters’ music streams. The Android app was similarly updated a few weeks ago. So now there is no need to compromise on the quality of the music you listen to for the sake of convenience. Will this be the move that finally kills off the dreaded poor-quality MP3 and allows everyone to make a return to listening to quality music reproduction? Sound Quality vs Convenience Suzanne Vega has a lot to answer for, although she didn’t know it at the time. Back in… Read More »

The Rise and Rise of Voice Control

home automation voice control

“Computer, locate Mr Spock” Whether it was Captain Kirk talking to the Enterprise’s computer, or Blake speaking to Zen and Orac; it’s not so long ago that the ability for electronic devices to understand the spoken word was purely in the realms of science fiction. Early attempts at dictation software often resulted in spending more time correcting mistaken words than it would have taken to just have typed it in the first place. Big Data is the Game Changer So how is it that in the last few years voice-activated devices like Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Google can suddenly understand… Read More »

IMAX Enhanced: Is It the New Standard for Home Cinemas?

IMAX Enhanced

In our recent blog reporting on this year’s CES show, we mentioned the launch of IMAX Enhanced, but what exactly is it? Well details are starting to appear. As most of you will know, IMAX is renowned for being arguably the best cinema experience at your local multiplex with its giant screens, improved audio and alternative aspect ratios. IMAX Enhanced aims to bring that premium experience to your home’s cinema room, media room or living room.  How can IMAX Enhanced make My Home Cinema Better? IMAX Enhanced was launched in December last year and is both a new licensing… Read More »