A 70-Inch retractable screen equiped smart bed to keep you healthy and entertained! by Allie Howard


With rapid advancements in technology happening everyday, one big focus for us at AVD is tech health. When we say tech health, we mean how technology in spaces is able to enhance our experience, and aid our lives to increase our overall health and wellbeing. One example which we often try to implement with is lighting - making this smarter and and more reactive to assist our moods.

This 70-Inch retractable screen is rather unusual, but naturally, at AVD we know about the latest and greatest. Not only does this bed provide the latest in visual technology at your toe tips, but includes health monitoring (temperature, sleep patterns, noise and air quality). Its definitely going to be part of homes of the future.

A suburban virtual Power Plant? by Allie Howard


AVD loves research (in fact, we spend a large chunk of our time researching the latest and greatest to bring to our clients), and todays article is something we can really align with! Solar energy is really starting to take off, and becoming so important in our endeavour to power the world with clean energy. Not only is solar power clean, its also efficient, and the use of the suns energy, especially in Australia should be a huge focus moving forward. At AVD we are having the conversations with out clients about the best ways to power their spaces. This article is an incredible leap in the right direction, with forward thinkers designing for the future. What a fantastic concept!

7 Incredible Technologies That Are Currently Changing The World by Allie Howard


A really interesting read about current and future technologies and how they are effecting us. These technologies are on the either here or horizon, and we here at AVD are very excited about it! You may ask - why does this effect us? Well…we are integrators, and wouldn’t it be great if we could integrate this all into one easy system? Maybe one day!

An Ambient-Lamp is built right into the switch that controls it! by Allie Howard


Switch - Designed by: Pasque D. Mawalla

A beautiful design with in-built functionality. These designs are the ones we appreciate here at AVD; fixtures that can be seamlessly integrated into architecture to suit the aesthetics of the space.

“Designed to be a lamp in itself, the switch rocks upwards, downwards, and rests in a neutral position. While in neutral, the light stays off, but the minute you rock it either upwards or downwards, it turns into an ambient lamp, casting light in the direction it’s been angled.”

How to Create Truly Solar-Powered Architecture by Allie Howard


The advancement in solar technology is incredible, and continuing to develop rapidly. The Copenhagen International School is a great example of Solar technology being incorporated into architecture.

“The Copenhagen International School’s unique façade features 12,000 identical sea-green solar tiles that cover a total area of 6,048 square meters, supplying 300 megawatt hours of electricity per year — more than half of the school’s power needs.” 

How Google Tracks Your Personal Information by Allie Howard

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A lot of people don’t truly understand the power of a search engine like google. But have you ever wondered why an ad that plays on a TV all of a sudden pops up on your phone in a different form? This article explains Googles tracking ability, what it knows about you, and how it works. It’s a really interesting read.

“For as long as you’ve been using Google, Google has been building a ‘citizen profile’ on you.”

Scientists Develop Liquid That Can Store Solar Energy For More Than a Decade by Allie Howard


Solar is often disregarded due to the difficulty surrounding its storage for long periods of time. This could soon be a problem of the past with the creation of a liquid which allows storage of energy for up to 18 years, with the liquid acting as a battery.

Lighting the way: Human centric lighting and its contribution to social sustainability by Allie Howard

The Circadian rhythm is a really interesting discussion often brought up amongst the team at AVD. Technology is ever evolving, and with automation, we are able to manage lighting to influence human mood, support health and wellbeing and aid performance as well as assisting in lighting levels throughout the day and night.

“Light level sensors can also take into account existing daylight levels and adjust luminaire output accordingly, seamlessly facilitating a range of activities according to personal preference or the task at hand.”

Which technologies will underpin the smart cities of the future? by Allie Howard

The future of technology is pretty amazing!

In the so-called smart cities of the future, urban infrastructure will be interconnected; networked devices will be everywhere, from buses and cars to street lamps, all linked to networks via the internet of things (IoT). Roads themselves will be online. Water and power grids will have smart sensors. All this should make our urban spaces more efficient and convenient, less polluted, safer and more liveable.

These Smart Tags Can Convert Everyday Objects Into Smart IoT Devices by Allie Howard

Soon everything will be smart...

"The paper-like printable metal tags function like mirrors to reflect specific signals from a WiFi router when touched.

The recent advancements, however, have taken a step further to expand the capabilities of IoT and showed that printable smart tags can be used on any devices to make them smart."

Samsung 'The Wall' Might Put MicroLED In Homes By Next Year by Allie Howard

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'The Wall' could be closer than we think...

"We were totally blown away when we first saw the Samsung 'The Wall' at CES earlier this year and truthfully nothing has changed about that excitement. The massive 146-inch microLED display was nothing like we have ever seen before and was promised to oust OLED as the king of displays. And I'll be damned if it didn't live up to that hype."

‘A sleeping giant’: Why changing the way we build is key to improving Australian cities by Allie Howard

An interesting read on the future of building, not only in Australia, but world wide. The push to high-density living, needing to build higher and faster than ever before to meet up with surging demand. At the same time, building costs are peaking, leaving us with a need to find alternative construction methods which keep costs down, and reduce waste. 

How can technology adapt to suit this new way of building, and even aid the move towards 'variable spaces'? Integration of technology in prefabricated settings would seem an unattainable vision, as construction takes place off site, leaving little room for movement at the later stages of the build. However, we are able to achieve the same results as onsite construction through forward thinking and meticulous planning. Could pre-fabrication be the future of the industry?

“We need to work out ways to make it more efficient, more productive, to deliver better quality results and keep costs down,” Dr Aitchison told Domain.

AVD Australia takes out the CEDIA Award for 'Best Integrated Home Asia Pacific Level IV'. by Allie Howard

AVD has an exciting announcement:

Last Thursday at the CEDIA Awards night during Integrate week, we took out the prize for 'Best Integrated Home Asia Pacific Level IV'. Wow what an achievement!

For us this was an incredible project, and we're so proud to be able to share it. 

For more info, check out the project here

For more from Cedia, check out the winners here

New Microsoft Azure tech could let smart building operators model the links between people and objects at work by Allie Howard


An article looking at monitoring...really interesting!

“A specific focus with this is, how do you model the relationships between people, places, and devices?” Van Hoof said. Once you’ve established those relationships, it’s much easier to use software to look for better or more efficient ways to set up a building, he said.