Cinema Room 3D Visuals

home cinema room 3d render example

Investing in a high-end cinema room is not something most people do lightly. So if you find once it’s built that it doesn’t look how you imagined or performed as well as you expected no-one is going to blame you for being bitterly disappointed. In the news recently, a homeowner invested a considerable sum in a home cinema housed ‘in a glass box floating in the roof space’. When it was finished however it was nothing like what he’d envisaged; with six steel columns supporting the cinema, rather than ‘a sleek modernist cube suspended over the hall’. How do you… Read More »

Importance of Using A Lighting Designer

Kitchen has different Lutron lighting scenes for cooking, entertaining, etc.

Brilliant lighting design can often make the difference between good interior design and great interior design. But what do we mean by ‘lighting design’? Light transforms spaces. Not just how they look, but also how you interact with a space and how it makes you feel. Controlling light (both natural daylight and artificial light) will ensure you get the maximum enjoyment from the investment you have made in your home. At Cyberhomes, our lighting designer considers four key aspects of lighting design: Ambient Lighting The general background lighting, including the available natural daylight and how this is supplemented and replaced… Read More »

CEDIA Awards Seduced by Cyberhomes

High performance dedicated cinema room with Dolby Atmos 7.1.6 audio and stunning high dynamic range (HDR) 4K visuals

Source: Essential Install 4 October 2018 (author: Daniel J Sait) This impressive project ‘Hampshire Cinema Seduction’ by Cyberhomes picked up the Best Home Cinema £120,000 – £340,000 category at this year’s CEDIA Awards. Ion Smith, founder and director of Cyberhomes, explains, “This customer wanted the ‘ultimate home cinema room’ with no compromises. He wanted the biggest screen possible and calculations showed that the largest screen that would fit would just meet recommended viewing angles from the seating positions. The sound had to be Dolby Atmos and if possible, he wanted more than the popular 7.1.2 arrangement.” Ion adds, “Also the screen… Read More »

CEDIA 2018 Award Winners

Best Home Cinema in the Level III Category at the 2018 CEDIA awards

Cyberhomes Success at CEDIA Awards 2018 Cyberhomes were excited to have been shortlisted in five categories at the 2018 CEDIA awards. In the smart home design and installation categories we were finalists for ‘Best Integrated Home over £340,000‘ for our London Dream Home project, ‘Best Integrated Home £230,000 to £340,000‘ for our Hampshire Smart Home project and ‘Best Integrated Home £120,000 and under‘ for our Bedford Barn Conversion project. In the home cinema design categories we were finalists for Best Home Cinema £120,000 – £340,000 for our Hampshire Smart Home project and Best Home Cinema £340,000 and Over for our… Read More »

You can’t lose your voice down the back of the sofa

Sky Q with TV

“You can’t lose your voice down the back of the sofa“, so says Sky’s chief executive Jeremy Darroch. And with that in mind, Sky are developing an enhanced voice interface for their Sky Q service. Plans are afoot for later this year when Sky will be trialling the ability to control your satellite receiver without having to use a remote control at all. You can already use voice control using the mic built into the Sky Q remote and many media streaming boxes, such as Amazon Fire TV, have had comprehensive voice control via their remotes for quite a while. Details… Read More »

Control4 Annual Awards Recognise International Dealers

Control4 Best UK Dealer 2018

THE 2018 AWARDS WERE GIVEN FOR DEALER OF THE YEAR BY REGION. Salt Lake City, UT – February 13, 2018 – Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRL), a leading global provider of smart home solutions, recognised 28 international dealers and distributors with awards for overall installation and business excellence, and highlighted outstanding installation projects in specific categories at its annual reception during Integrated Systems Europe 2018 in Amsterdam. Twelve dealers were recognized as Dealer of the Year, an award given to those who are exceptional in their business practices and customer relations, as well as at designing and installing Control4 automation systems, Pakedge networks, and… Read More »

Goodbye Satellite Dishes?

Proprty with multiple satellite dishes

When Sky Television and British Satellite Broadcasting merged back in November 1990 it was the start of the intensive growth of satellite TV in the UK. In a few short years it became commonplace for our skylines to be decorated with the silhouettes of the now familiar satellite dish. But maybe not for much longer? Last year Sky announced plans to offer Sky TV without the need for a dish, but since then there’s not been much forthcoming about the details. But with the new Sky Q service now firmly established (over two million installations in the UK and Ireland) it looks like dish-less… Read More »

2018…the year of voice control?

Apple's Siri voice control interface

Will 2018 be dominated by voice control for the connected home? It certainly looks that way. The last couple of years have seen the concept of voice control going from science fiction to the reality in many people’s homes. The phenomenal success of Amazon Echo with worldwide sales estimated to be in excess of 30 million devices has raised the public awareness of the potential for voice control. Google were quick to follow suit last year with their Google Home smart speaker and Apple’s delayed HomePod will be launching shortly. But are voice interfaces just confined to having one or more… Read More »

CEDIA 2017 award winners

CEDIA Awards Evening 2017

Friday 29th September saw the annual CEDIA awards held at Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London with Warwick Davis presenting. Cyberhomes were delighted that our Lutterworth Contemporary Home project was awarded Highly Commended status in the Best Integrated Home £120,000 and Under category. Congratulations to all our fellow nominees and winners. The full list of winners are: Best Media Room £20,000 and under Winner: TwentyTwo Integration (UK) Best Media Room £20,000 – £80,000 Winner: Life Emotions (Portugal) Best Media Room £80,000 and over Winner: Synergy Technologies (Pakistan) Best Home Cinema £40,000 and under Winner: Philharmonic AV (UK) Best Home Cinema £40,000 –… Read More »

Are Connected Homes Secure from Hackers?

Smart home being hacked

The recent virus attack on the computers in the NHS that hit the headlines over the last week is a timely reminder that we can never get complacent when it comes to electronic security. Hackers are continuously coming up with new ways to exploit previously unknown security vulnerabilities in all types of computer systems and technology. What might be considered a secure system today may not be tomorrow when a new exploit is found. The heart of any smart home system (including all those installed by Cyberhomes) is essentially a computer…it’s a microprocessor running software to control and automate your… Read More »