The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association’s most recent Expo in Denver was a showcase for flat-panel TVs and their accessories, environmental control products, new architectural loudspeaker designs, and home theater products. - Rebecca Day

Barely there
Sharp’s Limited Edition series of LCD TVs, in 52'' and 65'' screen sizes, measure 1'' deep at their most narrow point.

The TVs incorporate Sharp’s Aquos Net capability, which allows direct access to Internet content over a broadband connection. Sharp’s Limited Series TVs have the latest tech features, including 1080p resolution. Sharp Electronics, Mahwah, N.J.

[Reader Service: January 2009 #214]


Lights out
Lutron’s motorized skylight shade integrates with the company’s lighting control systems to offer one-touch control of hard-to-reach shades. Placing the shade within the frame maximizes the view, and the shade offers complete light block where needed for home theaters or to protect furnishings and carpeting from ultraviolet rays. A wide variety of fabrics are available and the shades can be mounted inside, recessed, or outside depending on application. Lutron, Coopersburg, Pa.

[Reader Service: January 2009 #216]


Like a hawk
WeatherHawk has redesigned its Series 500 weather stations with a lower fairing that reduces the outdoor unit’s visual profile to better meet residential architectural requirements. When integrated with home control systems, Series 50 weather stations help control energy, heat, and irrigation systems based on ambient conditions.

Solar sensors can tell window treatments to close to protect furnishings, outdoor thermostats can trigger a driveway melting system, and moisture sensors can prevent overwatering of lawns. WeatherHawk, Logan, Utah.

Pop open a seat
Salamander Designs’ Jump Seat Ottoman unfolds into a theater seat that can be used for ad hoc seating in a home theater or video game room. The mechanism rises to a vertical seating position and offers a padded seat and backrest. Available in black or brown leather, the seat measures 22'' wide x 17'' deep and offers a cup holder along with an accessories compartment for remote controls. Salamander Designs, Bloomfield, Conn.

[Reader Service: January 2009 #211]