Interactive media design transforms mass media into home-based personalized communications, audio, video, and information systems. Media historically has been divergent and worldwide, creating a leap of human thought differentiating our current time from the previous “industrial era,” that ended only a few decades ago. Interactive media design makes global communications technology private and confines it to personal space, giving all the advantages of instant access to information without the interference of the outside world. The key to this transformation has been home automation and networking technology, which serves as the hub of all home-based home theater, lighting design, and media and gives the user direct control over video, audio, communications, and remote Internet access via virtual private networks (VPN.) Interactive media design is gaining so much popularity it may soon become ILD’s most popular automation service offering because it is not only aesthetic, but also functional and foundational to quality living.
There are many elements to interactive media design that fall into four main categories. They constitute a true synthesis of command and functionality combined with one-touch convenience. Each of these categories utilizes some form of media that enable homeowners to send commands to any number of automated subsystems with remotes or touch panel controls. These categories breakdown as follows:
Comfort through in house and remote climate control…
Interactive media design automates climate control by tying HVAC systems directly into the home automation network. Many of our clients travel, and as such are not always home to turn the AC down while away. While our controls are very simple to use, pets and small children cannot use them. During summer months when the heat becomes almost unbearable at times, homeowners can now log onto a virtual private network that connects their home automation central computer to the Internet through a secure location, and they can make any adjustments to the AC necessary to provide maximum comfort for all living things in the home.
Security live feeds to every room of the home…
As increasing numbers of homeowners of all income levels install security cameras around their property, interactive media design takes this new technology one step further. Security cameras monitor the front of the house and feed video back through the automation network to television screens and computer monitors. How is this accomplished? By the skillful blend of electrical design and sophisticated computer programming we have spent many years instilling in our finest technicians. Homeowners now can see who is coming onto their property without having to look out of windows or go to the door. If a person inside recognizes the visitor, he or she can activate the gate through the system and let the person enter.
Communications that interact face to face without physical proximity…
Interactive media design by ILD further adds additional control options for home access by installing Panasonic phone systems that link to both the video feeds and the gate controls. If the person does not look familiar, the homeowner can pick up the phone and speak to the visitor through an intercom before granting access through a magnetic gate control activated by the phone buttons. As an electrical contractor, we have licensed technicians in house who are licensed and bonded to do this highly sophisticated work, and we have access to additional power saving and backup options that make designs in interactive media not only convenient, but also highly cost effective.
Most home automation clients invest as well in lighting design, so to make interactive media design truly impeccable and complete we always include a decorative element in every project. We use our automation and interactive media design skills in this instance to link security systems to the VPN so travelers can turn on the lights at random times to make it appear as though they are home. We also give remote lighting control to home theater rooms, and we can install “panic” lighting features in the phone system so a person can call the police and turn on outdoor floodlights simultaneously.
In one sense, interactive media design reverses the information age, where technology transfers information to the human mind. With Illuminations Lighting and Design’s interactive media and home automation systems, the human mind transfers information to the machine. Contact us to receive a free interactive media design proposal from our home automation department.