Posted in Computered Design Programs, Home Automation, Kitchen Automation, Kitchens of the Future, Luxury Kitchens, Men in the Kitchen

The Future of Sourcing Product Materials

I am lucky to have great friends who share really cool ideas with me. This one came from my K & B designer pal Kathy Phillipson who shared this web link, The future of shopping, from Flixxy.com.

In this video, software designed by Cisco,  shows a virtual clothes shopping experience. But can you imagine the possibilities in the Kitchen and Bath Industry? Download a photo or import a new computer rendering of your kitchen or bath, and watch the virtual remodel begin. Imagine viewing a photograph or computerized rendered view with the actual materials for the project in a life like virtual image? Preview tile patterns and layouts, cabinets, paint, appliances in kitchen and bath layouts. This would be so very cool and handy in many ways.

Designer’s would save themselves from scraped knees and sore backs lugging huge tile samples back and forth from store to showroom to job site. Manufacturers could place their virtual product catalog in front of more consumers and update it electronically with ease. Imagine the possibilities. Imagine downloading the newest stain color or door style from your cabinet manufacturer instantly instead of waiting two weeks or more for a sample. Of course actual samples are absolutely necessary before making a decision, but with the power of virtual shopping, this would be an awesome tool to help your client visualize the materials in place in their kitchen or bath remodel. Seeing it in life size views beats a small screen computer monitor any day. It is a known fact many consumers share the same problem in trying to visualize what their kitchen will look like. You can show your client a sample tile or a swatch but with software like this, you can show your client on a life size screen many more design options. The power of this software is truly awesome.   This concept is not far off from what most designers offer now with photo realistic renderings printed from their computer screens, but I believe this software with it’s life size images would take photo realistic images of a remodel to the next level in sales opportunities and ease of more product access.

I can see this as a phenomenal sales tool in a plumbing showroom too. It’s not possible for showrooms to carry samples of every single line available. But with this new software, there are so many cool things you could do with it. Envision a life size virtual kiosk, with a sales associate showing your client a custom shower system, imagine selecting the placement of the body jets, shower head, hand held in a virtual setting. Don’t like the handle style or want to see it in another color? In a flash you pick another. Move the hand held shower to a different spot? No problem. Maybe even show the water spray patterns on shower heads. I mean, think about it, there are endless possibilities with this software.

Posted in Accessable Design, Home Automation, Kitchen Automation, Luxury Kitchens, Modern Kitchens, New Products

Fully Automated Cabinets

Just when I thought I have seen everything, the latest innovations in kitchen automation never ceases to amaze me. Anvil Cabinet and Mill, a long time leading provider of custom cabinetry, recently launched Anvil Motion, the world’s first fully automated cabinetry system. For centuries, cabinets have opened with a hinged, swinging motion.


Not so with Anvil Motion’s patent-pending technology, the first system with doors and panels that open on command. Simply wave your hand and cabinet panels and doors rise and fall vertically with precision, concealing or revealing contents. Take a look.





Posted in Accessable Design, Blum, cabinet hardware, Designing with pets in mind, Home Automation, Humor in the Kitchen, Kitchen Organization, Kitchen Storage, Kitchen Trends, Men in the Kitchen

Kitchens should be fun! It’s so easy, dance if you want to.

The quest for the most efficiently built cabinets never ends. Here is a Merillat ad from the sixties, (maybe someone from Merillat can confirm the year of this ad for us),  that shows modern convenience back then, to the new video from Blum showing us the latest technology and convenience today.

Ok, so a little more news on base cabinets today. Yesterday we looked at corners in action, today we are going to look at a real cute guy in action. (Grin). This video deserves a post all on it’s own. A man who dances and cooks. I LOVE THIS! Servo drive has been around for a few years, but this video was just created in May ’09. Think of the uses, even if you limit the Servo drive to just one of your hardest working drawers, imagine the convenience! With a tap from a knee or a push from the hip, no more water drips on the cabinets near the sink. No more chicken hands on your drawers or cabinet pulls.

The product is showing the new Blum Servo Drive for drawers. Drawers open automatically using an electrical drive.   Sorry, cute guy not included.

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Posted in Coffee Makers, Home Automation, New Products

Home remote

Z-Wave Brings Green Home Solutions to Fry’s, Marking the First Retailer Nationwide to Offer Affordable Energy Saving for the Whole Home

Have you ever left the house and can’t remember if you turned your heater, a/c, coffee maker, or iron off? Z-Wave wireless technology gives consumers the ability to wirelessly turn lights on/off, control appliances, and even adjust the thermostat- all with just the click of a button. With Z-Wave, you can perfectly tailor your household energy consumption for maximum efficiency or preference, anytime, from anywhere.

Fremont, Calif. –November 11, 2008 – The long wait for mass-market wireless home control solutions in retail stores is finally over. Today marks the availability of Z-Wave-based home management solutions in Fry’s stores across the nation. Stores are located across nine states including California, Texas, Arizona, George, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

“This is a huge day for Z-Wave and the reality of affordable wireless home control,” noted Yan Rodriguez, Director, Home Networking and Access with Wayne-Dalton, one of the members of the Z-Wave Alliance participating in the offering. “Our offerings at Fry’s will provide consumers with easy to install wireless products that can solve real challenges for today’s busy homeowner including energy conservation, enhanced safety and security, monitoring elderly relatives and remote home management from a PC or cell phone, to name a few.”

The Z-Wave display will exclusively feature products from three Z-Wave Alliance members – Wayne-Dalton, Hawking Technologies and GE – with the goal of providing consumers with a one-stop shopping resource for Z-Wave-enabled home automation and control solutions.

Z-Wave is the first technology to bring affordable, reliable and easy to deploy wireless home control to every aspect of daily life – the home environment, consumer electronics, and energy management – to create a truly “connected home.” With energy bills rising, home control technologies such as Z-Wave are becoming a cornerstone of home energy conservation and management. Using a wide range of sensors and controllers available to the homeowner, Z-Wave can precisely tailor a home’s energy usage by the device, by the room or by the whole house.

“We have noticed that retailers are increasingly looking to satisfy consumer demand for products enabling a green lifestyle,” said Raoul Wijgergangs, chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance. “Fry’s is one of the first retailers in the nation to offer a section completely devoted to energy-efficient home control products that fit into almost any consumer’s budget or lifestyle. We’re thrilled that consumers are proactively creating green homes, and we are proud to provide products that make that transformation possible.”

The Z-Wave home display at Fry’s will include the following products, which will allow consumers to quickly and easily create a solution set tailored to their needs:

  • Wayne-Dalton Gateway Module (central hub), Garage Door Conversion Module, Thermostat and usb and remote control units
  • GE Lamp Modules and Appliance Modules and remote controls
  • Hawking Motion Detector, Magnetic Door Sensor, Remote Pro Gateway, Night Vision Camera and Wireless Camera

To find a Fry’s store near you, please visit http://www.frys.com/.

For more information visit Z-Wave

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Posted in Coffee Makers, Home Automation, New Products

Home remote

Z-Wave Brings Green Home Solutions to Fry’s, Marking the First Retailer Nationwide to Offer Affordable Energy Saving for the Whole Home

Have you ever left the house and can’t remember if you turned your heater, a/c, coffee maker, or iron off? Z-Wave wireless technology gives consumers the ability to wirelessly turn lights on/off, control appliances, and even adjust the thermostat- all with just the click of a button. With Z-Wave, you can perfectly tailor your household energy consumption for maximum efficiency or preference, anytime, from anywhere.

Fremont, Calif. –November 11, 2008 – The long wait for mass-market wireless home control solutions in retail stores is finally over. Today marks the availability of Z-Wave-based home management solutions in Fry’s stores across the nation. Stores are located across nine states including California, Texas, Arizona, George, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

“This is a huge day for Z-Wave and the reality of affordable wireless home control,” noted Yan Rodriguez, Director, Home Networking and Access with Wayne-Dalton, one of the members of the Z-Wave Alliance participating in the offering. “Our offerings at Fry’s will provide consumers with easy to install wireless products that can solve real challenges for today’s busy homeowner including energy conservation, enhanced safety and security, monitoring elderly relatives and remote home management from a PC or cell phone, to name a few.”

The Z-Wave display will exclusively feature products from three Z-Wave Alliance members – Wayne-Dalton, Hawking Technologies and GE – with the goal of providing consumers with a one-stop shopping resource for Z-Wave-enabled home automation and control solutions.

Z-Wave is the first technology to bring affordable, reliable and easy to deploy wireless home control to every aspect of daily life – the home environment, consumer electronics, and energy management – to create a truly “connected home.” With energy bills rising, home control technologies such as Z-Wave are becoming a cornerstone of home energy conservation and management. Using a wide range of sensors and controllers available to the homeowner, Z-Wave can precisely tailor a home’s energy usage by the device, by the room or by the whole house.

“We have noticed that retailers are increasingly looking to satisfy consumer demand for products enabling a green lifestyle,” said Raoul Wijgergangs, chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance. “Fry’s is one of the first retailers in the nation to offer a section completely devoted to energy-efficient home control products that fit into almost any consumer’s budget or lifestyle. We’re thrilled that consumers are proactively creating green homes, and we are proud to provide products that make that transformation possible.”

The Z-Wave home display at Fry’s will include the following products, which will allow consumers to quickly and easily create a solution set tailored to their needs:

  • Wayne-Dalton Gateway Module (central hub), Garage Door Conversion Module, Thermostat and usb and remote control units
  • GE Lamp Modules and Appliance Modules and remote controls
  • Hawking Motion Detector, Magnetic Door Sensor, Remote Pro Gateway, Night Vision Camera and Wireless Camera

To find a Fry’s store near you, please visit http://www.frys.com/.

For more information visit Z-Wave

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