TileVision is the star of Project:LIFE

Project:LifeThe high profile research project launched in June was a collaboration between David Wilson Homes and the University of Nottingham. The Parnell family's movements around the house were monitored using radio frequency identification tagging technology to discover how and when they use various innovative or new technologies that have been incorporated into the house.

The 17" widescreen TileVision, installed over a sunken bath in the house's master en-suite bathroom, was linked to the Multi-room Audio Video system installed throughout the house.

As the manufacturers of TileVision, we were more than delighted with the feedback regarding the effect of the bathroom television on the bathing habits of the family.

Our question; 'Will it be mum, dad or the kids who hog the bathroom with the TileVision installed?' was soon answered when mum 'fell in love with it'.

The project which already generated massive interest from the media, appeared on BBC News, Sky News, Channel 5 News, Newsround, Look North as well as Radio 5 live and a host of local radio stations.

A Summary of the Press Release –

TileVision is Tops for Mum in Project:LIFE House

Launched in June, the high profile research project was a collaboration between David Wilson Homes and the University of Nottingham and saw a family of four 'test drive' a specially built house in Sheffield. The family's movements around the house were monitored using radio frequency identification tagging technology to discover how and when they used various innovative or new technologies incorporated into the house.

TileVision was installed over a sunken bath in the house's master en-suite bathroom, and linked to the Multi-room Audio Video system installed throughout. The TileVision is a completely independent television, which is totally waterproof (IP65). All functions, including teletext, setup and tuning are controlled by the waterproof remote control. The waterproof remote simply floats if dropped in the bath and the heated glass screen keeps the picture clear of condensation even in the steamiest environment.

The project's findings were revealed at a special ceremony at London's Haberdasher's Hall on Tuesday 10th January with speeches about the project from representatives of both David Wilson Homes, Nottingham University and celebrity interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

As well as featuring prominently in promotional material relating to the project, the final research document noted the TileVision highly as one of the features that worked well in the house and was highlighted by the research family mum, Sue Parnell, as the feature she will miss most when leaving the house.

ICT teacher Sue said: 'I wanted to take the sunken bath with me when we left. I loved the luxury of unwinding in the bath after school, watching the TV, and if anyone rang the doorbell I could switch to CCTV to check whether I should get out of the bath to answer it.'

Based on evidence of usage by the entire family, the project's final Design Conclusions declared that: 'The appeal of a sunken bath and TV is irresistible.'

Ian Tait, General Manager of the TileVision department, said: 'We are really pleased to have taken part in the Project:LIFE house – especially as the TileVision proved such a success! I was pleasantly surprised to find out the TileVision was mum's favourite part of the house as, if I was a gambling man, I'd have been more likely to bet on dad or the kids putting it top of their list. But, though it was mum's favourite, the statistical results also show TileVision was popular with all the members of the family, so it's a great result all round.'

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