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Parade Of Homes Features Latest Home Technology

Home theaters, custom lighting control, and home automation, these days you can do just about anything to your house.  This year's Tyler Parade of Homes features the latest home technology that does what you want it to do.

It's not your typical closet.  At one of the Parade Homes, located in The Woods in Tyler, a closet in the living space isn't used for clothes or storage, but electronics.

"This system right here is kind of the premiere," said Total Control Structured Wiring Owner Clay Allen.  From top to bottom you have HD satellite receivers, XM radio, and a 400 DVD holder.

"I can't tell you how many DVDs I have at my house that are scratched because my kids have put the them in and out of the player," said Allen.  "Here you put them in one spot, and they are ready to go."  So, how does the DVD get from a closet to your television?  With all remotes controlled by radio frequencies, all you have to do is point and click.

"Every time you put a DVD in the player, the processor accesses the Internet, finds the cover art, finds what the DVD is and brings it up on your television," said Allen.  Because your equipment is in a closet, you save a lot of room underneath your television.  

Across town, another home features Home Automation, which these days includes just about anything.

"Wouldn't it be nice to know if you had a visitor unexpectedly," said Diamond Control Systems Project Manager Mark Kenady.  "With home automation you can be alerted with music or lights when someone drives in your driveway, or how about when your mail arrives.  It will play a song letting you know it's there."  These days it's all about you.  It's the homeowner who decides what he or she wants, and guys like Allen and Kenady who make it happen.

The Parade Of Homes will continue through the weekend.  For ticket information and tour maps just go to our homepage and click on the Know More on 7 link.  There you will find Parade of Homes.

Molly Reuter, reporting.


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