Electronics are quickly becoming the cornerstone of our homes. From flat-panel TVs hung as the focal point in the living room, enormous home theatre set-ups and universal remotes to monitors checking your power consumption and scheduling when your lights turn off and on, today's home relies heavily on technology.
It's very true for my own home. I use the PS3 and Xbox 360 to stream videos from our desktop, our Wii as a replacement for a traditional scale and Mr. Speedy's iPod touch to play vids from the iTunes store in full size. Add in actually playing the video games, the DVD, tape, VHS, CD and record players, and I spend most of my time planted in front of our home entertainment centre. Without it, I don't know how I'd pass these miserable Toronto winters!
Thankfully, with all this reliance on technology, companies are also stepping up to make products that complement your home decor. Brack Electronics makes a beautiful iPod dock, Tivoli has stunning radios, there are scores of TVs on the market that could double as art and my Apple desktop truly is a thing of beauty. I could go on and on with the drool-worthy design rolled out by electronics manufacturers over the past few years.
As you can probably tell, I love my gadgets. So I'm happy to announce a new column all about having fun with your home electronics, called Play@Home. This week, we learn how to make your iPod and TV play nice. Stay tuned as JD Speedy tackles a new home entertainment topic every second week!
And, if all those cables, buttons and functions are just too much to handle, Rob Wright helps solve your electronic problems in Your Wired Home.