Is 2017 the year of the OLED?

Panasonic EZ1002 OLED TV

It’s less than ten years ago that, without doubt, the ultimate TV picture was achieved with a plasma TV. Reviewers marvelled at how dark the blacks were and how rich were the colours of models like the famous Pioneer Kuro. At that time the main competitor was LCD which required the whole of the screen to be lit from behind with a fluorescent white light and the LCD crystals would rotate to block or allow this light to pass through any given pixel (as opposed to plasma where each pixel was its own light source). The white light would inevitably… Read More »


Ion Smith and Andy Mack Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2016

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards in association with NatWest took place in London last night (22nd November 2016), and celebrated the entrepreneurial successes of over 40 Great British Entrepreneurs. The gala final saw finalists from a variety of categories including innovation, retail, start-up and young, celebrated and championed at the Lancaster Hotel, London. This year for the first time we also celebrated technology entrepreneurs in a tech award segment sponsored by Kingston Smith. Categories including E-Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year, Digital Media, Entertainment and Gaming as well as Education Technology were all celebrated on the night. Hosted by British Broadcaster Hardeep Singh… Read More »

Almost 70% of under 45s desire a Home Cinema when looking to buy a home

A recent survey by SellingUp/Populus has shown that just under 70% of home buyers aged under 45 think that a home cinema in a property makes that home more desirable to buy: Media room pushes right buttons The presence of a home cinema/media room increased the star quality of a property for just over half (51%) of people, while turning off 13%. The survey suggests that there is a generation gap, with the age group most positive about a home cinema being the 35 – 44 year olds (69%). Perhaps this age group are the ‘settled downs’ who have left their pubbing… Read More »

Is Voice Control The Next Big Thing in Home Automation?

Control4 and Amazon Echo

Last month Amazon finally launched their ‘Amazon Echo‘ voice control device in the UK. The Echo has been popular in the US for quite a while now and responds to questions asked of it in normal spoken English. At first glance a clever multi-room music device with the ability to select tracks based on your spoken request and do simple internet searches and speak the results. However it has the potential to be so much more than that. Cleverly, Amazon have allowed third-party developers to add extra functionality to the Echo (they refer to it as ‘skills’) which means it… Read More »

Kaleidescape Saved from The Brink

Kaleidescape movie server menu

You may have heard the new recently that the high-end movie server company Kaleidescape was closing down? Well there’s good news, it looks like they are here to stay…at least for the foreseeable future. Their CEO, Cheena Srinivasan, issued this statement: “On August 19, Kaleidescape temporarily ceased operations because we ran out of money. As the news spread, we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our shareholders, employees, suppliers, other luxury A/V component manufacturers, the major motion picture studios, distributors, dealers, and (most importantly) our customers. Our customers passionately communicated their desire for us to continue providing the… Read More »

Microprocessor designers ARM sold for £24.3bn

Softbank acquires ARM infographic

If you start to count how many devices in your home are powered by an ARM-designed processor, you might be surprised by the result…especially if you have a smart home or lots of devices connected to the ‘Internet of Things’. The most obvious devices are your smartphones and tablets. Apple iPhones and iPads, even though the processor is branded as Apple, all use technology designed by ARM, as do many Android devices. Yet, chances are that your smart TV, your Blu-ray player, even your humble washing machine all contain an ARM-designed processor. The ARM story began with the Acorn, the… Read More »

Sky announce new 4K Ultra HD Channels

Sky Ultra HD 4K

Back in November last Sky launched their new Sky Q range of 4K capable satellite boxes with the promise that there will be new 4K channels in the not too distant future. Well today they have kept that promise by announcing the launch of new 4K content. Initially it will be focused on sport and movies with 124 live Premier League games this season, and over 70 movies, from the world premiere of Spectre in Ultra HD, to Oscar Winner The Revenant, and box office hit The Martian. There will also be 30 hours of natural history and documentaries, with breath-taking… Read More »

Cyberhomes wins major Home Cinema award

CEDIA 2016 group winners photo

On 1st July CEDIA, the industry body for home technology professionals, held their annual awards ceremony to recognise the very best AV projects across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The sell out event was held at the impressive Guildhall in London and the evening was hosted by popular comedian Marcus Brigstocke. Cyberhomes had been shortlisted in the BEST HOME CINEMA over £100,000 category for our Vintage Themed Cinema project. Also shortlisted were Seven Integration (UK), Synergy Technologies (Pakistan) and Trescent Lifestyles (India). We were delighted to hear that Cyberhomes were announced as winners of the category, with the judges… Read More »

Return of one-handed typing…now for smartphones

Some of your may be old enough to remember the Microwriter keyboard? It had a bit of a cult following with some computer users back in the early 1980s…particularly for BBC Micro in the UK. This small device (well small by 1980s standards) had just six keys which sit naturally under the fingers and thumb of your right hand (was there ever a left-handed version?) Once you’d learnt the combinations of keys required for each letter of the alphabet you could very quickly type text without having to look at the keyboard. The Microwriter never really caught on with the mainstream… Read More »

Cyberhomes shortlisted in CEDIA Awards 2016

CEDIA 2016 Awards

Download our ‘Vintage Themed Home Cinema’ case study Cyberhomes is delighted to hear that our ‘Vintage-themed Home Cinema’ project has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Home Cinema over £100,00’ category for this year’s CEDIA awards. Results will be announced at the CEDIA Awards 2016 Ceremony which is being held on July 1st at Guildhall, London. We’re delighted to be recognised amongst other well-respected companies within the industry…congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted. Here’s the full list of the finalists: Best Media Room under £15,000 Eagles Swoop Media, Grahams Hi-Fi (UK) Invisible  Media Room, Sound Sense (India)   Best Media Room over £15,000… Read More »