THX Ultimate Cinema

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THX Ultimate Cinema

THX have launched the World’s First THX Ultimate Cinema™ at The Regency Westwood Village Theatre in Los Angeles.

The company is working closely with industry leader Cinionic, which is the Barco, CGS, and ALPD cinema joint venture which promises to deliver a new visual standard for cinema, to bring the THX Ultimate Cinema experience to consumers. The premium large-format (PLF) cinema promises to offer a superior moviegoing experience that meets all THX Certified Cinema standards.

Westwood Village Cinema

Westwood Village Cinema

THX Ultimate Cinema at Regency Westwood builds upon Cinionic’s premium offering, integrating its state-of-the-art dual-Barco laser system, which delivers a 4K resolution image with increased brightness, contrast, clarity and rich brilliant colors for premium large format screens with CGS remastered content exclusively shown at this location. The Regency Westwood Village theater, which boasts nearly 1400 seats and is home to some of Hollywood’s biggest red-carpet premieres, has also undergone numerous upgrades to the sound system and acoustics. These include an increase in low-frequency power to yield a decrease in distortion and an increase in sound power, as well as the addition of curtains to improve the clarity and accuracy of the immersive multi-dimensional sound system.

The design of the Village cinema complies with THX Certified Cinema standards. THX and Cinionic worked with the exhibitor, acoustical consultants, and equipment installers to create a unique design package with architectural and technical requirements to address the audio and visual fidelity to ensure a superior cinematic experience in the auditorium.

Min-Liang Tan - CEO of THX (and Razer)

Min-Liang Tan - CEO of THX (and Razer)

We are excited to collaborate with Cinionic to bring the THX Ultimate Cinema experience to audiences around the world, starting with Regency’s Westwood Village Theatre in Los Angeles”
— Min-Liang Tan - CEO of THX
The new projection system featured in the THX Ultimate Cinema offering delivers a fantastic image on screen, We are very excited to be able to provide an enhanced cinematic experience to our studio partners for premieres and moviegoers alike.
— Lyndon Golin, CEO, Regency Theaters
Lyndon Golin - CEO Regency Theaters

Lyndon Golin - CEO Regency Theaters

Wim Buyens CEO of Cinionic

Wim Buyens CEO of Cinionic

“Cinionic was founded to create a new visual standard that drives the industry forward. Our mission to deliver compelling cinema experiences for today’s – and tomorrow’s – moviegoers aligns with that of THX. THX Ultimate Cinema allows us to bring Cinionic premium technology to the Regency theater for the first time. Our goal is to help elevate the industry standard and bring premium experiences around the world to a whole new level.
— Wim Buyens, CEO, Cinionic

THX Ultimate Cinema will provide exhibitors with the solution they’ve been looking for: a branded and differentiated PLF offering which includes best-in-class projection technology from Cinionic, as well as an immersive audio system, acoustics and auditorium specifications that meet THX Certification standards. This is also coupled with the added benefits of flexibility and favorable economics for the exhibitor.

Premium Theater experience with THX

Premium Theater experience with THX

Driven by dedicated content and strong moviegoer demand for a differentiated experience, Premium Large Format (PLF) is one of the fastest-growing and most active areas of commercial cinema exhibition, with significant potential to grow exponentially in size over the next several years. With the business environment for PLF cinema also becoming increasingly competitive and saturated amid a startling array of brands and technologies, many exhibitors have been seeking a PLF partner that offers best-in class technologies, flexible implementation options, and a strong cinema brand that resonates with consumer audiences.

For over 35 years, THX has maintained a reputation as the acclaimed worldwide brand for optimizing the audio and visual fidelity of the entertainment experience in the cinema. THX and Cinionic are working with additional exhibitors around the world to bring the THX Ultimate Cinema experience to market and will announce new partners as installation plans are completed.

THX is the company founded by legendary filmmaker George Lucas in 1983, THX Ltd. and its partners provide premium entertainment experiences in the cinema, in the home and on the go. Over the past thirty-five years, THX has expanded its certification categories beyond studios and cinemas to consumer electronics, content, automotive systems and live entertainment. Today, THX continues to redefine entertainment, providing exciting new technologies and assurance of experiences which provide consumers with superior audio and visual fidelity and ensure an artist’s vision is truthfully delivered to audiences worldwide.

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IKEA & SONOS combine Speakers & Light

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IKEA & SONOS combine Speakers & Light

Ikea and Sonos have combined forces and made the ultimate speaker lamp.

Yes it’s true, We knew that Sonos had teamed up with IKEA to offer SONOS Music Systems through a range of IKEA Branded speakers which work within the Sonos ecosystem but they’ve done something more.

Sonos and Ikea have unveiled a pair of speaker designs that the two companies have been working on for a while, the first one up is a bit of a surprise to most in the industry though.

The first multi-room audio speaker built into a desk lamp from Sonos and IKEA

The first multi-room audio speaker built into a desk lamp from Sonos and IKEA

First up the the Symfonisk table lamp ($179) which elegantly combines a desk / table lamp with a Sonos speaker, with a dial to control the light - though you will have to buy a Smart Bulb yourself if you want it controlled with lighting control or home automation.

The next up is the normal bookshelf speaker ($99) which was well known to be coming.

Both will ship this August, although you will have to wait to see if that’s the case in the Bangkok, Thailand based IKEA’s.

They will work alongside or as new components of a Sonos system and of course you will be able to control them with the highly regarded Sonos app and/or smart home system such as Alexa, Control4, Google Home, Smartthings etc…

IKEA’s Sonos range of speakers, coming soon to Thailand

IKEA’s Sonos range of speakers, coming soon to Thailand

The products will deliver something that both companies are super proud of
— SONOS CEO Patrick Spence

Each of the new speakers can also be fully integrated as part of a multiroom audio setup for your home.

It’s obvious that both companies are very proud of what they’ve put out together, the price point is certainly very compelling and perhaps with the competition from Amazon and Google in mind, it might just be a masterful move.

We’ve given it our utter most and utter best from the IKEA side and Sonos has done exactly the same from their end
— IKEA Global Business Leader Bjorn Block

Sonos CEO Patrick Spence suggested that the lamp’s audio performance should be similar to — if maybe a rung or two below — that of the $199 Sonos One. It has a dial on the lamp body to control the light, and there are track control buttons on the base plate portion..

IKEAS Sonos Symonfisk speaker

IKEAS Sonos Symonfisk speaker

Block said that, eventually, IKEA’s smart home app will integrate music controls for the speakers, allowing customers to build scenes that factor in the lamp. IKEA have recently launched a range of smart blinds in addition to their growing range of Zigbee controlled Bulbs (That are Philips Hue compatible, sort of).

The symonfisk bookshelf speaker from IKEA is the smallest speaker that Sonos has ever made so expect it to pack a slightly smaller punch than say the Sonos PLAY1 or ONE.

The IKEA Sonos speaker mounted to the wall

The IKEA Sonos speaker mounted to the wall

Patrick expressed confidence that both speakers will sound better than anything else at their respective price points.

Both the lamp and bookshelf speakers are complete members of the Sonos ecosystem. So you will be able to join them into your existing multi room setup, use them to add new zones, rooms or areas to your current setup and even pair them as rears for your surround 5.1 setup.

We’re very excited to see that high quality whole home audio may be coming to the masses, it’s not going to sound anywhere near as good as with a Sonos amp and standalone in-ceiling, in-wall, outdoor or bookshelf speakers but for smaller areas, kids rooms, the gym or kitchen - they might just be perfect.

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New SONOS update

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New SONOS update

Sonos have released version 10.1 as an update for their range of Sonos Music players and controllers, with some new and exciting features.

My Sonos Now Showing “Recently Played Music”

A very requested feature has finally made it through to the Sonos audio system.

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With 10.1, you’ll be able to easily see and replay the music you’ve played using the Sonos app from within My Sonos. See the 40 most recent Albums, Playlists, Stations (but not individual songs) played on Sonos using the app under a new section of My Sonos called Recently Played. This is specific to your Sonos app, and doesn't show you the music started using voice control, AirPlay, or other ways to play on Sonos. Individual entries can be removed from the Recently Played section of My Sonos to assist with curation and all entries can be easily cleared from Settings as well.

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To enable and manage, go to Settings > My Sonos Settings. You’ll need to sign in to your account in the Sonos App. This feature requires some activity information to be collected as outlined in an updated Sonos Privacy Statement. Recently Played can be turned off in the same My Sonos Settings.

Another exciting new feature will make it easier for owners of Smart Homes to control their Sonos music systems.

Add the Line-In for any Sonos components with an input (not including TV inputs). Just go to Browse > Line-In and select the three dots beside the Line-In that you want to add to My Sonos. Don’t forget that under Room Settings > Line-In settings you can also set the name of the Line-In for each device. Using unique names allows users and control partners to maintain an alphabetized list of Line-In favorites for use with home automation systems like Control4, Lutron, iPort, etc.

We can’t wait to see these new features on all our Sonos systems here in Thailand.

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Prince Harry home to feature Cinema by Thailand based H3 Digital.

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Prince Harry home to feature Cinema by Thailand based H3 Digital.

In a surprising move Prince Harry and Meghan Markle , the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have chosen Thai Smart Home company H3 Digital, to design and engineer their home theater in their new home at Frogmore Cottage.

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

I wanted only the very best home theater for my new family, Meghan enjoys Film so very much I knew it had to be really quite special. We scoured the world for the right team to build our dream cinema in our new home, and after careful deliberation set our hearts on a Home Theater from H3 Digital.
— Prince Harry

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex will be moving into Frogmore Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Estate, about 30 miles from London, Kensington Palace Harry’s childhood home, where he was raised with William by Princess Diana.

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The original Frogmore House was built around 1684 by Charles II's architect Hugh May for his nephew. It stood on the estates of Great and Little Frogmore, which were bought by Henry VIII in the sixteenth century and let to various tenants.

The name derives from the preponderance of frogs which have always lived in this low-lying marshy area. From 1709 to 1738 the house was leased to The Duke of Northumberland and thereafter to a succession of Nobles until Queen Charlotte, needing a country retreat for her and her daughters, bought the lease in 1792.

As part of the process of updating the cottage, Harry and Meghan wanted a special room where they could escape their hectic public lives to enjoy the very latest Movies & TV. Meghan has had TV appearances in Knight Rider, CSI:Miami, CSI:NY, Suits and appeared in a number of Films. It was important for Meghan that their viewing room be “Absolutely Amazing” and somewhere that it would be a pleasure to take both important guests, friends and family.

We were surprised to be approached by the Duke & Duchess out of the blue, especially as almost all of our home cinemas are installed in Thailand and SE Asia.

They’d obviously been shown some of our previous designs and read the testimonials of our happy customers and were smitten.

Rachel (Meghan) really knew her stuff, she had input on almost every aspect of the design, from the number of Dolby Atmos ceiling speakers she wanted, through to the screen gain on the cinema screen. I was astonished at her technical knowledge, but she’s been in the film industry for a long time and wanted it all to be just perfect.

It’s nice to be getting some international recognition we’ve always known our cinemas were pretty special - In our wildest dreams we never thought we’d be installing for British Royalty.
— Ben Hobbs - MD of H3 Digital
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H3 Digital

The Duke & Duchess new home will be ready for them shortly after the birth of their new baby. They are both really excited to move in and can’t wait to use their new room. Who knows even the Queen might be sitting in one of our reclining home cinema seats one day!

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Home Cinema in Thailand 2
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Some of the amazing completed cinemas by H3 Digital in Thailand that were thought to have influenced the Princes choice.

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Luxury Home Theater Seating makes a Cinema Special

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Luxury Home Theater Seating makes a Cinema Special

We are at one of our Home Theater installs today adjusting the seating for the raised platforms at the rear. If you are considering a Home Cinema here in Thailand we can highly recommend getting motorised recliners. They really do help make the room feel special, and they are so comfy.

Our custom made home cinema recliners in the reclined position

Our custom made home cinema recliners in the reclined position

Our home cinema seats are available in any leather colour and finish possible, they are hand built here in Thailand with German reclining mechanisms and the plushest leather available.

And here they are in the upright sitting position

And here they are in the upright sitting position

We’ve installed our home cinema seating throughout Thailand - They are a big part of what makes our installs so special, If you’d like your very own custom home cinema for your villa or house in Phuket, Chiang Mai, Bangkok or Hua Hin please get in touch.

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IKEA Sonos Speaker for your Smart Home

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IKEA Sonos Speaker for your Smart Home

Mega Home store IKEA is giving multi room audio users a look at the latest designs for their Sonos compatible Symfonisk speaker earlier than expected as reported in . We may very soon be seeing Sonos music systems available in IKEA Thailand.

The companies flagship speaker is powered by Sonos Technology and officially set for unveiling on April 9.

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They offered up some sneak peeks at the finished version of the bookshelf speaker to celebrate winning the Red Dot design awards.

The Symfonisk speaker design looks very similar to the prototype IKEA and Sonos unveiled last year in 2018. Although it now has a much more polished appearance than the early version, There is also a ssubtle Sonos/IKEA tag at the top.

The Symfonisk bookshelf speaker resembles the look of a Sonos speaker hinted with IKEA design. It has a boxy, fabric-covered style that blends well with IKEAS wide range of home furnishings.

Sonos and IKEA in Thailand

The smart home device features a standing bookshelf speaker design. You can use the speaker in either a horizontal or vertical configuration, and it looks like its been designed to hang straight onto the wall.

The bookshelf speaker is powered by Sonos technology and will work alongside your existing Sonos music devices or allow you to create a new Sonos audio experience if it’s your first step into the multi room audio ecosystem.

Some things remain unknown at the moment, however, such as the audio quality and the price. IKEA and Sonos both said in a press release on March 14, though, that the new bookshelf speakers will be offered at an affordable price.

Sonos Speaker from Ikea

"For IKEA, the smart home is not about gadgets, it's about making life at home better with solutions that create a better atmosphere, make you live a more convenient life and make you feel safe," said Björn Block, business leader for IKEA Home Smart at IKEA of Sweden.

"The collaboration with Sonos is a great example of this, offering affordable high-quality sound in combination with a great design piece that we hope will find its way into the many people's homes."

It is not known either if IKEA will offer other Sonos-powered speakers other than Symfonisk at a later date - The Symonfisk is due to ship in August 2019. It’s not known yet whether the speakers will be available in the Bangkok Flagship IKEA stores in Thailand.

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Smart Home Installation in Phuket, Thailand

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Smart Home Installation in Phuket, Thailand

H3 Digital are busy at the moment. One of our larger current projects involves a full Smart Home package in Phuket, Thailand - which includes lighting control, home automation, multi room audio (via sonos), ubiquiti networking including unifi IP cameras and home wifi, home theatre, smart entry and 12v outdoor landscape lighting.

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At the initiation of the project we prepare full sets of conceptual and technical drawings so that all key stakeholders on the project, builders, architects, electricians etc… can get a complete understanding of what is to be installed.

Smart Home systems must be planned properly, this is where our 15 years of experience (H3 has been going since 2004) becomes crucial. All of our key staff including our Systems Designers and Installation Manager have been with us since the start.

Smart Home Wiring Installation

So what sort of wiring and cable is required for a Smart Home?

Lots of it! Although wireless technology is much more advanced than before, nothing beats the resilience of physical data cable.

So we have lots of Ethernet cable for which we generally use Cat6 or Cat5e. Then there is bus cable, this is generally the cable used between lighting keypads, which is either daisy chained or home run back to the lighting and dimming actuators and panels.

For Video we use HDMI, generally we don’t like to go over 15-20m max with HDMI so we wire back to local sources.

Speaker wire is a mix of 16/2, 14/2 and 12/2 gauge 99.99% pure copper oxygen free speaker cable - Specifically it’s double insulated which helps to maintain the very highest levels of audio quality and performance.

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Different speaker cable is used for different situations. The thicker cable maintains Bass signal over longer distances and is also used when higher performance levels (and power output in Watts RMS) is required. Because it’s double shielded it’s less prone to interference and much more resilient than standard speaker wire.

The Swimming Pool will feature colour changing lights programmed via DMX so we will be able to do all sorts of amazing things to set moods across the whole property in conjunction with the lighting control and 12v outdoor landscape lighting. We use 12v LED Bulbs, Transformers, fittings, special cable and waterproof junction boxes so that the night time scenes are beautiful AND completely safe.

Smart Home Lighting Cabling

This Smart Home is going to be a lot of fun for the owner - who’s already getting excited at all the amazing things he’s going to be able to enjoy in his home.

We have a long list of happy customers that think we do a great job. A big part of that is our continuing commitment to excellence. All of our staff are thoroughly trained in the most up to date technologies at the highest level. We are THX and CEDIA certified and our installs regularly outperform those of our competitors at similar price levels because of our expert knowledge.

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HDR for your TV - So what exactly is it?

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HDR for your TV - So what exactly is it?

Lets start with the obvious, TV companies like Samsung, LG and Sony need to sell new TV models each year to keep that part of their business running.  You will never hear a store salesperson saying "Oh your TV you bought 2 years ago is still great", there is always a new must-have technology. Much the same as  Apple releasing a new phone every year (and slowing down the old ones),  their businesses rely on exciting, next big leap technologies.  They must entice consumers into wanting to have the amazing home cinema experience these new technologies promise.

So we've had High Definition, which once the dust settled has had probably the greatest impact in viewing quality since the switch from Black and White to Colour TV some 50 years ago.  TV resolution had stayed the same for so many years that when the change came about to something much closer to how our eyes make out detail in real life the effect on perceived quality was quite dramatic

Manufacturers are touting HDR as the next big thing in TV

Manufacturers are touting HDR as the next big thing in TV

More recently came 4k or Ultra HD, which quadrupled the screen pixels over high Definition, yet felt  like only an incremental gain in quality.  This is down to biology,  our eyes, which perceive detail, can only derive so much detail from an image size.  So until you get to very large screen sizes we cant perceive that much of an improvement in quality over High Definition.  

A similar thing happened with phones, once it was all the rage to trumpet higher resolutions as the main reason to upgrade, Indeed Retina became an important buzzword for Apple. Mobile phones have progresses and passed the stage whereby bigger increases in resolution now only show a small increase in perceived quality.

So now most Tvs are HD or 4K, there needs to be something new to entice you to buy a new TV set, that's where HDR steps in.  But what exactly is it?

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It is a technology that tells your screen with encoded data what the lightest and darkest parts of an image are so that the screen can dim those parts individually and dynamically.  Every image has a mix of darker and brighter parts, think of scenes with shadows, in a dark room with a light to one side or sunsets and sunrises.  Basically with HDR technology the image contains data that tells your TV to turn down or up the light intensity in those parts of the image (this is not the same as the brightness setting of your TV).

An Identical TV image without (Left) and with (Right) HDR

An Identical TV image without (Left) and with (Right) HDR

Previously your TV had to use one overall light intensity for the entire image, so a scene set in the shadows would dim the light intensity of the whole image. Whilst you could then make out more detail in the shadows, any brighter area in the scene would have it's colours and detail muted and washed out.

Now with HDR, your TV can dim the intensity of light in the area of the scene in the shadows seperately (dynamically) from the parts of the scene not in the shadows.  This is a much more natural looking image because in real life those seperate parts of our visual image would have different light intensity to our eyes.

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HDR images shown on HDR TV's have much better detail in the shadows, much better colours and contrast in images where there are bright colours or bright lighting, the picture will POP more. What does POP Mean? An image that POPS is more striking, prominent and defined than an image that doesn't.

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Currently the dust has not settled on exactly how HDR is meant to be implemented in the TV world, there are - much the same way as when HD first came out - competing standards and classifications.  There are two competing formats one from Dolby, called Dolbyvision which requires a specially licensed Dolby chip and an open format called HDR 10. 

There are a number of technical caveats to get HDR up and running at home and these primarily are that the;

  • TV must be HDR

  • Souce must be HDR

  • HDMI Cable must be at least HDMI 2.0

Please note that here in Thailand not all net services are available through Thai ISPs. TVs are now available and being touted with HDR,  Netflix and Amazon prime support HDR on many devices such as Apple TV, Fire Stick, Chromecast Ultra and both the Sony PS4 and Xbox One S gaming consoles support HDR.  There are also Blu Ray discs and players that support HDR but I would suggest staying away from disc technology as streaming is likely where the future lies.

So that's what HDR is. Would I buy a TV with HDR? Sure it's a great addition and improves image quality. 

Am I about to go and buy a new TV here in Thailand because mine doesn’t have HDR? 

No - Not yet, I think there are still a few niggles to work through and in a year or two it will be standard on modern TV's and we will have access to more Thai sources.

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Home Cinemas of the Rich & Famous : 50 Cent

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Home Cinemas of the Rich & Famous : 50 Cent

50 Cent

50 Cent

50 Cent recently sold his house for a mere $8 million, having originally listed it at an eye watering $18 million back in 2007. He bought the house for $4 million in 2003 and spent around $10 million in renovations and improvements to property's gym, racquetball courts, home cinema room and disco room.

Curtis James Jackson III known professionally as 50 Cent, is an American rapper was born July 6, 1975 he is one of the worlds most successful rappers.

50 Cents very Smart Home Cinema

50 Cents very Smart Home Cinema

50 Cent enjoying a movie on his Home Cinema

50 Cent enjoying a movie on his Home Cinema

The cinema features 8 leather motorised home theater recliners, with a love seat combo in the front row (this is two seats that don’t have a divider). The plush walls are soft blue velvet which help with keeping sound reflections and image reflections to a minimum. The middle chair is well worn showing that Curtis obviously enjoys using the room as the opposite picture shows him using his Smart Home automation system to choose from a selection of movies.

Leather Home Cinema Recliners

Leather Home Cinema Recliners

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Training - Smart Homes require good home networks

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Training - Smart Homes require good home networks

Wirut our Installation Director recently returned from a weeks intensive training in Advanced Networking up in Bangkok. He attended the CompTIA Network+ course which will help us to install even better residential networks into our customers Smart Homes in Thailand using Ubiquiti Networking equipment to make sure their homes and our clients have the best WIFI and LAN experience possible.

The Network+ course ensures an IT professional has the knowledge and skills to:

  • Design and implement functional networks

  • Configure, manage, and maintain essential network devices

  • Use devices such as switches and routers to segment network traffic and create resilient networks

  • Identify benefits and drawbacks of existing network configurations

  • Implement network security, standards, and protocols

  • Troubleshoot network problems

  • Support the creation of virtualized networks

CompTIA Network+ Training to help us design, implement and secure Smart Home Networks.

CompTIA Network+ Training to help us design, implement and secure Smart Home Networks.

At H3 Digital we ensure that we are kept up to date and invest in Training regularly so that we can continue to provide our customers in Phuket, Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Hua Hin with the very best smart homes, home cinema, audio systems and lighting control in the industry.

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Sonos ONE gets an internal redesign

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Sonos ONE gets an internal redesign

The Sonos ONE speaker which is part of the multi room music system Sonos ecosystem has just had a redesign, externally the speaker stays the same but internally there have been some changes;

new Sonos ONE soon available in Thailand

new Sonos ONE soon available in Thailand

Bluetooth Low Energy
Faster Processor
More Memory

Now, none of these are going to make the small standalone speaker sound any better, these types of Sonos wireless speakers are best suited to provide audio into children’s bedrooms, small rooms, bathrooms, kitchens or as an everyday speaker that can be moved around the house.

Sonos ONE underside

Whilst sound performance will be identical it’s likely that the other changes will make sure that the Sonos One can keep up with it’s snappy UI and streaming throughout your home and other Sonos zones. The last Sonos One was released about a year and a half ago. It’s likely that this is a cost cutting or streamlining manufacturing exercise.

There are some rumours that the extra horsepower under the hood will enable it to support Airplay2 by Apple. Sonos had previously stated that some older speakers "simply don't have the horsepower to support AirPlay 2,"

Sonos ONE in different colours

They are then looking at future proofing the Sonos One a little. No news when the new Sonos One will be available here in Thailand yet.

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Apple Hire ex-Microsoft VP to head up Apples Smart Home initiatives.

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Apple Hire ex-Microsoft VP to head up Apples Smart Home initiatives.

Apple have just hired former Microsoft VP - Sam Jadallah to help revamp its smart home business, in light of the recent competition in the Smart Home space from Google’s Home and Amazon’s Alexa.

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Sam Jadallah spent more than a decade at Microsoft and more recently headed up Smart Home Lock company Otto which shut down just over a year ago. Apple has hired him to lead the home initiatives at Apple, focusing on Homekit, Siri, Homepod and Integrating all the Smart Home components into a more tangible ecosystem.

Sam Jadallah Joins Apples Smarthome division

Sam Jadallah Joins Apples Smarthome division

We don’t see many Homekit enabled Smart Homes here in Thailand, with many users across Thailand thinking that it’s fairly half-hearted attempt at home automation and many saying that it feels tacked on, rather than a comprehensive, solid, home control system from one of the biggest technology manufacturers in the world.

Hiring Jadallah is the latest signal that Apple plans to get serious about its own efforts in the home. Recently, the company acquired a start-up called Pullstring, a start-up that specializes in voice-enabled toys. The purchase could help the smartphone maker become the center of a more connected living room.

Many commentators feel that perhaps Apple has been slow to react or innovate in the smart home space and it has allowed Google but mainly Amazon to get a massive headstart on smart home automation.

Apples Smart Home Kit

Apples Smart Home Kit

Apple, Amazon and Google - All three companies have a combination of hardware and software that controls everything from turning lights on and off using voice or your phone, to playing music and Apple's HomePod represents only a small share of the market, compared to Amazon's Echo and Google Home.

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