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 – £80,000Winner: Life Emotions (Portugal) Best Media Room £80,000 and overWinner: Synergy Technologies (Pakistan) Best Home Cinema £40,000 and under Winner: Philharmonic AV (UK) Best Home Cinema £40,000 – £120,000Winner: The Pyramid Group… 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 »

Cyberhomes shortlisted for National Technology Award

National Technology Awards 2017 logo

Cyberhomes is excited to hear that we have been shortlisted for this year’s National Technology Award in the Smart Home Solution of the Year category. Congratulations to all our fellow shortlisted companies, which are: Innovation of the Year Amicable Apps Bank of Ireland Core Systems NI EDM Group HBXL iConsult NetSupport Unify Business Solutions Worldreader Cloud Innovation of the Year entrustIT MSite Muhimbi OakNorth Bank Xero Security Innovation of the Year AU10TIX Barclaycard Darktrace Imagination Technologies Mobile Innovation of the Year—sponsored by Kirona Boosty Circle Pay Ferratum Group Mastercard Receipt Tracker SGN Worldreader Yoti Analytics Project of the Year Allstate Arup… Read More »

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 »