Like a butterfly opening its wings, two meticulously crafted oak and aluminium front covers fan out, and a thin screen rises to perfect viewing height.
Bang & Olufsen has unveiled Beovision Harmony — a TV experience that elevates the design of any living space and fills it with spectacular sound. When Beovision Harmony is turned off or just playing music, the thin screen rests close to the floor, partially covered by two meticulously crafted oak and aluminium front covers. When Beovision Harmony is turned on, the front covers fan out and the screen rises to the perfect viewing height. Turn off the TV, and the finely choreographed sequence plays out in reverse.
“Pristine picture performance combined with truly immersive sound ensures a mesmerizing viewing experience. But the presence of a big screen is rarely a welcoming addition to living spaces. With Beovision Harmony, we wanted to create a meaningful object for the interior that reduces the visual presence of the TV and transforms it into something that people will develop an emotional attachment to.” — John Mollanger, Bang & Olufsen’s executive vice president of brand and markets.
The oak and aluminium front covers conceal a sublime and powerful sound center, delicately tuned by hand and ear to reveal all details of music and sound. The intricate grading pattern is carefully designed to maximize the acoustic performance of the three-channel, fully active DSP-based sound center.
The concept behind Beovision Harmony builds on some of Bang & Olufsen’s most cherished products. The Capri series, introduced in 1959, was designed to fully integrate with the living room. Hence the TV was built in teak, which was the preferred wood for furniture at the time.
“We have been sharing an obsessive passion for almost 100 years, and it has been a mission of ours to perfect the techniques used to reproduce sound and vision and to embody it in a design that people are proud to have in their homes,” says Mollanger.
Beovision Harmony is designed as a centerpiece for home entertainment. Boasting a robust speaker system with serious sound capabilities, Beovision Harmony offers impressive music streaming with integrated music services like Tune-In and Deezer. Beovision Harmony also comes with LG’s most recent webOS 4.5 platform, which allows you to access your favorite media service providers.
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Beovision Harmony is estimated to retail from €18,500 and will be available in Bang & Olufsen stores starting October 2019.
You’re rushing around the house in the morning, scrambling to make coffee and open the blinds as you get ready to head off to work. As you hurry out the door, you remind yourself not to forget to turn off the lights and lock the front door. For many busy homeowners, this is a daily occurrence. But what if you could control everything in your home with only the touch of a button?
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While this once seemed like the distant future, the rise in smart home technology has made it a reality. It’s 2018, and nearly everything within the home can be controlled with your smartphone — from brewing coffee to adjusting the thermostat. Whether you’re home or not, clocks, speakers, lights, doorbells, windows and appliances can now be controlled automatically from the palm of your hands.
Using Savant Smart Home technology, residents at Residence 2680 can control lighting, climate and security. Meanwhile, the Biometric entry systems allows keyless, fingerprint entry. Residents can even watch TV while showering, as the bathrooms are equipped with in-shower Seura Mirror TVs.
Increasingly, homebuyers are demanding homes with smart technology. Devices like Google Home, Alexa and Amazon Echo are becoming essential household items, which has only increased the movement toward smart homes. In fact, Zion Market Research predicts the smart home market will reach $53.45 billion by 2022, according to Forbes.
At 285 West 110th Street, each resident will have his/her own Amazon Echo for the true feel of living in a smart-home environment. Features can be controlled remotely via a mobile app, including Insteon lighting switches to set the scene, music to greet homeowners when entering and blinds that can be controlled to open and close.
Common areas and residential units at Privé at Island Estates are also equipped with Savant technology, allowing for automated control through any Apple or Android device of all thermostats, audio, visual and window shades.
According to Forbes, 2018 will bring more integration that supports homeowners in 2018 such as an app that reminds you to turn off the lights or to lock the doors, and an alarm that can deactivate upon recognizing your face. Forbes also predicts that technology will become much more efficient, allowing homeowners to control everything from appliances to radio volume from one central location.
Residence 2680 brings the 21st century into the bathroom with an in-shower mirror with a waterproof TV screen.
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