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TV stands as the décor element

Today the progress in high technology has achieved so high levels that we need to adapt our way of life to it. This also refers to home interior which changes as time and progress passes. Earlier we couldn’t even imagine TV’s without armoires and special stands which resembled heavy cumbersome boxes sometimes not matching the whole interior atmosphere! Now designers and producers are in strong competition which in turn creates progress in furniture production! Just one look at one of the internet-shop’s sites and you will get real evidence of this infinite race! As a result we have wonderful and extraordinary TV stands designed along the latest style requirements and furnished with various functional options! For example you can look at the pictures provided! Looking at them I’m much more convinced of that the simplicity is the genuine source of superiority and progress! My thoughts may seem somewhat inconsistent with common logics but that is not true! I see that TV stands today wear unique and extraordinary shapes! And this really wins over us and many people are glad to self-express them by means of unusual furniture designs like these two TV stands elegantly and accurately emphasizing the fine style of kitchen and living room! What my dear reader do think over these odd designs of  TV stands!?

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Home in techno style

Impetuous progress in IT technologies has promoted not only adoption of technologies in our life but also it has changed considerably home interiors. The techno style keeps its balance on the verge from one side showing itself almost in ugly views and from the other side recognizing aesthetics of technologies in interior and architecture.  Such kind of duplicity lets the techno style to be very expressive. The constructions and buildings in such kind of style are almost “vanishing and transparent”. Their complicated bends assembled from reflected glass let the multistory buildings disappear in air during the day and shine with mysterious light from widows’ flats and offices during the twilight. The living area of home in techno style is associated with elements from factory shops, repair hangars, storehouses and railway stations.  Non concealed beams with lightings, mezzanines in stage shapes, heavy metal doors and spiral staircase are typical for this kind of style. The furniture is mostly like cabinets in locker rooms or safes but as a rule with decorated doors. The cabinets in a type of two metal containers set one upon another enjoy special popularity. Corrugated and perforated metal plates are of great popularity in techno style design: in partitions, open shelves and other elements of décor. Stools which mostly remind lunar rover and chairs from metal plates or bent pipes all of these are elements of techno style. Glass tables with assembled legs or rollers also one of the significant feature of techno style. Metal in different variations, glass, color plastic and some wood are used in techno style decoration. However don’t think that you will have to sit only on rigid metal chair because there is also soft furniture in techno style. Sofas are featured with low and deep seating, metal legs and armrests. Sofas and armchairs are covered with special synthetical covers which are supplied with various pockets for newspapers, remote control and other things as a rule. The popular colors in sofa upholstering are khaki, metallic, wine red, grey and dirty orange. The armchair probably will remind you abandoned bag despite comfortable furniture.  The armchairs also can be from plastic.  The walls feature rough texture as a rule. Usually young people are fond of such kind of home interiors because we know that young soul neglects comfort and warmth as a rule.  Such kinds of interiors are used in places for discos usually where young people feel themselves more free and naturally. The special element to the style will bring neglected condition of the place where some kind of disorder will create certain harmony. The important role is designated to the lighting. Lamps with open metal accessories will bring exclusive look to the interior. Table and floor lamps are folded up, revolved and stretched under different angles. According to the designers which create interior in this style the light should not only fill the place but also to tell definite story, draw the details, metaphors and make deep sense.  Despite the techno style does not featured with optimism it is very demanded among young intellectuals close to cont culture ideas of post-industrial society. However the shade of disappointment inherent in techno style does not prevent it to rush into the future where new technologies, new discoveries and new interiors wait for us.

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What kind of furniture you should choose for your TV set? What is to be considered when buying a TV stand?

Contemporary furniture market is presented with a great number of various TV stands which are different with color, material, shape, style etc. But do you know that the material used in production of a TV stand is gone through thorough examination of experts and thus it can bear any weight of equipment! Probably it can seem very strange but the greater we have the range of selection the harder it is for us to choose proper furniture unit. Contemporary fashion dictates to its consumers to pay attention to TV stands from metal and glass but do you know that wooden and classic style TV stands are also in great demand!  Of course we are to pay tribute to fashion but the classic style never leaves us. You should always remember that the choice you will make depends only mainly on you because nobody can imagine better than you how the new TV stand will fit your home interior and how many shelves you need. If you have your own small room than in order to save space you can use a modular wall unit where the place for your TV equipment is already provided for. However if you have a big apartment with enough space you can use small and light stands and pedestals for TV equipment.  Before you make choice on your future TV stands you should think what functions it will have. If your equipment is not limited with an only TV then you should probably pay attention to TV stands with hinged elements and additional shelves. It will not be an unnecessary thing to determine the placement of a TV stand because they can be as straight, closed, opened and angular.  Also they are different by the bottom: they can be on legs, socle, wheels which are made from various materials. If you can not bear infinite coils of tangled wires then you should have an eye on a TV stand equipped with special shelf which can hide these pestered wires.

Although there is no genie today however almost every desire is executable. And if in case you do not find proper TV stand for your home you have a chance to make special order for it.

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The secrets of glass in your home!

Furniture is not just the set of glass, wood and metal. It is embodiment of tastes and preferences of its owner. It is an important element of home interior. It is a guarantee of good mood for a long period of time. Exactly for this reason it can’t be bought at any shop at any time! It should be thoroughly chosen and only after it can ideally fit you and your home. Please draw your attention to contemporary glass furniture! It has won its popularity due to its airiness and solidity. The furniture from glass is versatile. It will fit any interior, any room or kitchen. Glass elements perfectly dilute the interior, add some light to it and visually broaden the space. Glass furniture is usually used in high-tech style – the style of glass and concrete. Nevertheless it harmoniously looks in classic interior. Generally talking glass is valuable material because of its qualities! Glass is pure material and it was high valued already by ancient people and especially by Asian nations. Now let us talk about glass origin! So how the glass has appeared?

Today articles from glass are so popular that they meet almost everywhere: in shops, medicine, military production. However the most widely distributed usage glass has got in interior and design. The discourse is not only about simple windows, mirrors and pedestals as such unusual furniture item as table transformer is also made of glass. Where glass had come from? There is a legend telling about that the first glass had appeared absolutely accidentally in the far ancient times. Thus, in times, when trade was the most popular and developed occupation among nations and merchants had been the richest among all sections of population the most gorgeous merchants’ ship was sailing across sea! The merchants from that ship were carrying soda which they were going to change it on furs and jugs. Exactly by that time storm had broken out and it did not let merchants to implement their plan in time so they were forced to make a stop at a port on an island in order to wait till the storm was over. The island was exceptionally sandy. There were not even a couple of stones in order to make a fire. However after soda was taken from the side of the ship and delivered to the island they had managed to kindle a fire in the end. After they had had hearty meal they all went to sleep having kept their plans the next day.  Having woken up early in the morning merchants began to gather their camp and suddenly they had noticed something very strange – soda turned into thin plates of transparent but dull material. This was the first prototype of glass. Later from to year glass technologies had been developing. Glass had become the prerogative of rich people. Only prosperous people could afford to have glass windows in their homes. Gradually people had achieved the transparency of glass and they had learned to add mixtures into glass due to which it was becoming colored. Thus stained-glass windows which have been trimming cathedrals and the greatest temples in mankind’s history had appeared. Glass was becoming a decorative element. Even in present times we always encounter with glass everywhere and especially in design items such as shelves, windows, tableware, glass tables and TV stands, doors and wall units, accessories and lightings.

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Transforming your apartment into fabulous paradise of retro style

As it is known to everybody fashion is going in a spiral way and the things from our “grandmother’s trunk” suddenly become fashionable and claimed. Now let’s talk about retro style in home interior! It is hard for us to say that retro style is the one which uses bright colors and sharp angled shapes. It is like some touch of old gone times. It is widely considered that object gets to a class of retro things if it has been living for 20 years and at the same time if it saved its features of charm and elegance just like for example Singer sewing machine with hammered table top which stile remains one of the most stylish element in retro style interior. For sure many of you keep a pair of dear to your heart items (silver plates, silk lampshade and coverlet with fringe) which you can not throw away.  Don’t hurry to say good buy to them because today retro style is becoming more and more popular. Yes, it is a complete truth! Antique cabinets, TV stands and chests of drawers indicate a really good taste of their owner and are the symbol of prosperity! However these “guests from the past” in retro style require conformable color themed surroundings! Favourite color gammas of retro style are subdued shades of cream, brown, dark-green and olive colors. Wallpapers imitating tapestry or rough stucco will perfectly fit the walls of retro style. Applying retro style to your apartment’s interior you can put covers on soft furniture, hang on printed cotton curtains and the dining table cover with crocheted lacy tablecloth. The light should be very soft and dispersed. Standard lamps, table lamps, sconces will help you to create cozy atmosphere without which the retro style is impossible in room. And the last: making retro style in the room you should remember that everything is good just within reasonable limits otherwise your apartment run risks of becoming an authentic museum!

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The first immersion into the world of sound

Today we will discuss some questions concerning acoustic systems in your home and their influence on your life! To these questions the whole article or may be the ensuing articles will be about! The quality of sound which will be produced by your acoustic system will depend on components of the whole acoustic set. This article will help beginners and probably you to understand what are a typical acoustic system and what components it is composed of. The systems of home theatres are becoming more popular today because more and more people want to have a system of surrounding sound in their home. And from great variety of devices which are offered by a market today we need to choose something and of course this “something” should be the proper choice with great quality and optimal price in order we could enjoy our acquisition long time. However exactly on this step many of us do many mistakes in their choice because few of us know special characteristics of different models. So let us begin from the very beginning!

For the full-fledged operation of all elements of your home theatre four main components are used usually: speakers for frontal channels, for rear channels, the acoustics of central channel and sub buffer. For the dubbing of frontal stereo channels in home theatres an ordinary stereo pairs which is usually included into any Hi-Fi system is used. Nothing new was created in this sphere. The stereo acoustics has been serving for long period of time for dubbing of films in Dolby Surround Stereo sound format. It simultaneously reproduces music recordings. Such kind of versatility was conditioned by the technics’ high cost when not everyone amateur of good sound could afford to buy himself two pairs of speakers.  The function of frontal acoustics can make shelf models of speakers, but in this case there will not be enough sound and for this reason you can use sub buffer in order to enhance the sound. With the Dolby Pro Logic format appearance the stereo pairs had acquired acoustics for dubbing of central channel. Before this time effect-monitors have been used in big cinema theatres. On their basis “domesticated” speakers have been created. That time their diapason of reproduced sound frequencies was deliberately limited because of specific peculiarities of the Dolby Pro logic format.  With emergence of digital technologies in sound recording (in particular DVD discs) the situation has changed. The requirements to the central channel became stricter as to frontal channels. However numerous of companies are convinced that central speaker the most works on dialogues and exactly for this reason the one of the main requirement to central speaker is clearness in middle  frequencies transmission which means the credibility of actors’ voices reproduction. According to shape the central speaker is different from other acoustic system elements. It is often a horizontal positioned box with two dynamics. The principle of sound waves diffusion of such kind of acoustics consists in even and nondirectional emission of frequencies in horizontal flatness.

The article is to be continued in the next release of fresh and new articles…

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How to Clean and Maintain a Big Screen TV?

Dirt and dust can build up on your big-screen TV and affect its appearance and viewing quality. Most big screens being sold today are made with the LCD format, a liquid crystal display that uses pixels to create images. This type of flat panel TV is versatile – some can be mounted on a wall or placed on a stand. Most LCD televisions require few products for regular maintenance.

1. Turn off and unplug the big-screen TV.

2. Spray a microfiber cloth with LCD cleaner, or make your own. Mix 1 tsp. isopropyl alcohol with 1 cup water in a container. Dip a cloth into the solution and wring it out.

3. Wipe the LCD screen with the microfiber cloth to remove dust and smudges. Use gentle pressure, and use long vertical or horizontal strokes to prevent streaking.

4. Dry the screen with a clean microfiber cloth. Apply the same motion used to clean the screen.

5. Wipe off the television frame, stand and buttons to remove dirt and dust. Use a clean microfiber cloth dampened with LCD cleaner or the homemade solution.

6. Dry the television frame, stand and buttons with a clean microfiber cloth.

7. Plug in the television.

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The light control

The movie begins when the light is dying out in a hall. That is what we remember from childhood. Your home theatre with all its components, such as entertainment unit (wall unit), home theatre seating, and other special furniture can move you to the Past and the light control will help you in it. The light will begin gradually disappear when you give the command to start watching a film. When the films is over or you want to break off it’s watching the light will turn on again. All what will be required from you in this case is only to choose the smoothness of light damping and the quantity of operated lamps in each case. However the light control is not need only in places where a home theatre is, it is needed also all over the home because your life will become more interesting and comfort with such kind of opportunity to control the light. Such kinds of systems do not only economize time and funds but also they are to entertain you. The system will illuminate the way to kitchen or bathroom at night and will demonstrate the light show to your guests during a party. Having adjusted the light control in accordance with all basic arrangements you can reprogram the equipment to the necessary mode in a month or two with help of specialists.

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What is a multi room?

Well, envisage a movie theatre where you came to watch the film of the Year! The hall is completely filled with people, the light is going out slightly and screen appears! The display has cropped up and suddenly it happens that as if a plane has flown over you! Is not it breathtaking!? And now please imagine the situation which is not very pleasant, but very realistic, because it happens almost every time you go to cinema: crunch of potato chips in the hall or somebody always shut the field of view by its generous back, or may be somebody who is near to you always makes a smacking sound with it’s lips drinking “Cola”! And what stuffiness is there! And may be it was not so irritating if not only the idea that you have wasted your time in the traffic jam on the way! And in spite of the film’s quality and captivating actions it is wanted to get up, break into a run to the entry and never come back to this hall! And now please imagine the same movie theatre but without spectators. In this movie theatre you will be able to relax and lie down. This will be the movie theatre where you will be able to control all events! This private movie theatre will allow you to manage the light intensity switching over to definite scene. Just one touch to the button “Film” and the system itself will pull down screen, switch on projector, gradually turn off the light and shut off the blinds! Just one simple push to the button and you can easily pass from DVD watching to TV channel!

“Multi room video” not only will give you the opportunity to gather entertaining functions, but also the control function. With the control function you will be able to get information from video cameras with automatically switching video images of all TVs to camera signal.  Another function of the system is available which is in transmission of information inside the home. Video entrance door intercom also will be available. With it you will always be able to look through the door in order to know who has come.

“Multi room audio” . May be you have tired of walking to the bathroom with radio or may your children complain about the garden where it is so boring without music. With the “multi room audio” system you will be able to listen to music in bathroom, garage or kitchen. How wonderfully it is to go for walk to the garden accompanied by beautiful music early in the morning. There is definite music design for each specific zone in the garden. This system will give you a chance to organize integrated music design inside home.
What is really useful is that when somebody arrives to you and you can not hear the door or telephone ringing because of loud music the system automatically will damp down the sound in every part of your home. Another wonder of this system is comprised in its possibility to put the rooms of your households in the “not disquiet” mode if in case somebody came home very late or part of your family already has went for sleep. The “multi room” system is proposed to be installed over the whole living area and at the same time it is to unite all zones of home in one music design. However it is apparent that every member of the family has its own preferences and liking for music. For example children like watching animated cartoons and you like listen to lyric ballad in the bedroom. In order not to disturb to each other the special noise and any kind of isolation will be fixed in living areas. With “multi room” system you will be able to enjoy that music which you will choose!

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When Was the First Television Made?

Today our life is integrated with such great achievements of science and high technology as plasma TVs, DVDs, internet, radio etc. But almost nobody ask himself about how the humanity had achieved such high results! We got accustomed to use TV as it is imprescriptible part of our life. However sometimes we need to know something more about TVs than just the date of its invention. Television is a part of our everyday life, but when was the first television made? And by whom it was made? Sometimes we all wonder what life would be like without the technological devices and services to which we have grown accustomed. Television is like that. Before the invention of television and the widespread availability of it, news and entertainment was only available by listening to the radio or going to the movies or reading a book. That was a wonderful life, is not it? People had chances to read books and know authentic stories not that cinematized today with great changes. But anyway we are glad to have TVs. So, let’s find out when was the first television made?

Development of the Television

What had given the push to the appearance of the first TV? Of course the development of the cathode ray tube (CRT) which was the main and central part of the first TVs. But how it had been working? The process seemed to be very simple. The image on the screen is the product of an electron beam that flows over the surface of the tube. The electrons strike the surface of the tube and as a result a bright pulse of light is emitted on the screen. The signal fed to the input of the electron beam determines what is seen on the CRT. Who had given the birth of a television device? It was a very clever young high school student who had envisioned a television. His name was Philo Farnsworth. At the age of fifteen he was admitted to Brigham Young University but with no long stay there because of some family troubles. At the age of 21 Philo began to file patents on various spheres of his invention (he was fond of studying physics and mathematics during school years). That time he and his wife were living in California. At the same time another outstanding scientist from Russia (he was an immigrant) – Vladimir Zworykin had been trying to develop the ideas of how to make a television system. He designed the system in drawings. They were so-called competitors. But Philo had one significant advantage. He had built and demonstrated his invention to the press in 1928 while Vladimir Zworykin had his ideas in theory only. It appears that Philo had passed ahead of the Russian. When the Second World War came the progress was halted. After the war, the time limit on the patents had almost expired. As soon as their time limit had expired, RCA quickly bought them and proceeded with their development for the open market. They had cheated Philo out of his share of the royalties.

The First Television Network

The first television network was established in 1928 in Germany. By 1936, the Olympic Games were broadcasted in Leipzig and Berlin and citizens could view the games in their hometowns. Since that time the television has been influencing on society. Around the world people began to get information about the latest news and to entertain staying home by using television. Exactly since that time the first ideas about TV stands and other entertainment furniture like wall units and theatre sitting has been appearing. There is one interesting fact – according to official statistics of Japan Japanese watches a TV 9 hours per day in average. After we have discovered the information about the time the first prototype of contemporary television was made we are to know who had invented it?

Who Invented the TV?

This is the big question! May be it could be a big big question for majority of us if there were not an internet in almost every home today! Thanks to all-powerful and omniscient world wide web which enriches our wit every time we are in internet! But this was little lyrical digression from the main and very important question to be more precisely – who invented the TV! Ok, I know that you can find all information in internet! But, listen, why to waste time on things which are spread all over the global web through sites if you can just find everything concerning the TV invention in one document!? And again it was little lyrical digression from the theme! I promise it never repeat again during this article!

In the late 1800s, images were able to be electronically transmitted using early fax machines. For example, images were able to be transmitted across the pantelegraph. In 1878, the earliest concept of the television was suggested – the idea of electronically transmitted images that were in motion. This idea was sketched under the title “telephonoscope.”

And now the very moment you have been waiting for since the beginning of this article! It was Paul Gottlieb Nipkow who in 1884 patented the first electromechanical television system with a scanning disk. This scanning disk was a spinning disk that had a number of holes that allowed rasterization. At this moment you are probably asking yourself what is rasterization? Rasterization was the process by which a visual image was converted into electrical pulses. When an image was captured by this rotating disk, each hole captured a portion of the whole image. This design became important to the development of the television.  When Nipkow first patented the invention, it was manly used to transmit halftone images.

How the process of advancements in technology has been taking its pace through the 20-th century?

The development of the television truly began to take shape in the twenties. John Logie Baird was the person who demonstrated his abilities in transmitting the image of a silhouette, the images of moving, monochromatic pictures in 1925. Now I’ll try to explain in simple words why he could do it! The scanning disk of John was able to show an image of thirty lines resolution which was a great technological breakthrough that times because this resolution was just clear enough to discern certain details of the image. But the image could only be transmitted due to “high” resolution of the scanning disk but also due to usage of a double spiral lenses. Once a very talented engineer had appeared in 1926 – it was Kalman Tihanyi. I know that the names of many people who had deposited their skills and intelligence in the development of high technology may be unknown for you! But it is time to know the “science hero” by sight in the end! That very talented engineer whose name was Kalman created the design for a television system that used electronic scanning and display elements. Actually, he could use the idea of charge storage in his design. This idea was realized by him within the scanning tube. The 1927 became a threshold between the pro-television era and the of age “TV rule”. In 1927, Leon Theremin invented a mirror-drum television system. This system used the concept of interlacing and was able to display an image resolution of one hundred lines. Imagine, just two years before that a thirty line resolution system was invented! Do you feel how the humanity develops fast? This tendency can be observed through the whole history. And the more we were brought closer to the present times the faster the mankind has been growing!

The same year of 1927 had shown us another outstanding person – Herbert E. Ives. He is known for its achievement in transmission a moving image across a cable between Washington D.C. and New York City. That was the great day! The one out of many when the cable system showed its great capabilities! Herbert used a fifty-aperture disc for the transmission, and the transmission operated at the speed of sixteen frames for every sixty seconds. It is worth to point out that the sizes of the screens that he transmitted to were about twenty-four by thirty inches – very small! He was then able to transmit a moving image using the radio from New Jersey. Many genius people had invested their skills to the TV system development, but as a rule there is one person who is granted for the merits! In 1927, Philo Farnsworth created the first working television system that was able to electronically scan images into it and then display the images. Farnsworth success was demonstrated to the press in 1928.

What Were the Names Given to the First Televisions?

When TVs were first displayed to the public they were called “Image Dissectors”. There was another name for TVs not less funny – “Radio with Pictures”! Exactly such simple and primitive forms got the names of first televisions. Today we can only wonder why people of the first half of the 20 century had been thinking in such primitive way! Though it is apparent! That time the humanity was at the 3-rd stage of the technological setup! Thus grandparents of our parents or even grandparents could not imagine that the humankind can develop in such fast speed! However It took a long time for early televisions to become mainstream and it was decades from the time of their invention until they became a regular in most homes.

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