Wednesday was CEDIA’s press preview day in which the handful of companies who held early press conferences showed off their new products and services to the media. The clear highlight of the day was the tour of a new exhibit, the Home of the Electronics Lifestyles. The HEL is a 2,000 square foot home built in a parking lot across the street from the Colorado Convention Center. Inside the house are the latest audio/video and home automation technologies on display to demonstrate how a truly integrated house can work.
The chief sponsors behind the HEL are HP, who supplied numerous Digital Entertainment Centers and high definition displays, and Exceptional Innovations, who supplied its LifeWare home control software, touch panels and controllers.
HP’s new Digital Entertainment Centers (models z565 and z560) are Windows XP Media Center machines that can serve as A/V servers, DVD players, HDTV receivers and can record high definition video on up to 800GBs of memory. These new products are among the first to be certified as LifeWare Ready. They are also Windows Vista ready.