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    Home decor goes high-tech in new ways

    The integration of technology into home decor has grown. Symbol Audio’s desk incorporates high-quality speakers.
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    The integration of technology into home decor has grown. Symbol Audio’s desk incorporates high-quality speakers.

    It’s one thing to have a beautiful, comfy bed. But what if it also included a TV screen, game console, and dimmable, color-changing lights?

    Or say you’ve got just enough room in your apartment for a credenza or speakers, but not both. How about one piece that includes both — and a whole media system?

    The integration of technology into home decor has come a long way since clunky TV screens peered out of armoires and media cabinets; today’s super-thin screens can come embedded in the bathroom mirror or attached to the wall like pieces of art.


    The ‘‘wallpaper’’ mode on Sharp’s new, high-definition Aquos TV lets you display photos, paintings, or other images as wall art when you aren’t watching television. You can set a clock for display times, and the light level is reduced to get rid of glare. ( )

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    Samsung’s four-door fridge has a Wi-Fi enabled screen that you can load with photos, news, calendar, notepad, and recipes. ( )

    Want to stay on top of the morning news? Seura’s TV screens embed in the bathroom vanity mirror. Robern’s embed in the medicine cabinet. ( ; )

    TV manufacturers are moving into OLED — organic light emitting diode — technology, which can be linked to computers and other tech devices. It’s thin as a pencil and able to be curved. ( )

    As for sound systems, Symbol Audio of Nyack, N.Y., has a new Audio Desk that incorporates high-quality speakers into a slim writing desk crafted from maple, walnut, oak, or cherry.


    Baby boomers may remember the family’s old hi-fi system. While iPhones and iPads can now hold the equivalent of hundreds of Mitch Miller albums, there are still those among us who like the mid-century chic of a retro-styled system. Symbol Audio pays homage to the hi-fi with the Modern Record Console, a walnut cabinet outfitted with a hand-built turntable, amplifier, and built-in wireless router.

    Italian designer Edoardo Carlino’s spacy-looking Hi Can canopy bed incorporates a theater screen, integrated PC and game consoles, and built-in lights to create a self-contained bedroom/playroom. ( )

    Replace ceiling, floor, or table lamps with IAV Lightspeaker’s wireless fixtures and run your music through them. You get lighting, surround sound, and no wiring to deal with. ( )

    Kohler’s Moxie showerhead has a Bluetooth speaker attachment so you can synch radio or playlists for bathing music. Disengage the speaker and carry it to another room, or the beach. ( )

    Ready for entertaining? Just hit ‘‘party’’ on Lutron’s new Homeworks system. It sets the mood of a room with spotlights, dimmable overheads, music, and thermostat settings. ( )