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The BGR Show: Episode 1 – home automation in a $55 million mansion

Published Jun 7th, 2012 11:00AM EDT

The BGR Show: Episode 1 — Crestron home automation

This is the first episode of The BGR Show, and we’re trying to do something different. We’re trying to change the game. Honestly, tech shows suck. They’re typically way too geeky and often boring. The BGR Show is about focusing on aspects of technology that appeal to a wider range of people. You, your friends, your family members, everyone. Yes, it’s about products too — we have an amazing in-depth look at the Samsung Galaxy S III that will run next week — but it’s also about these big, meaningful segments with access and insights that other shows usually can’t deliver. But! It is the first episode, and we’d love to hear what you think, plus we’ll have our set for the next episode. Special thanks to Pharrell and the entire i am OTHER team for their support of the project. The full episode is after the break, and make sure you subscribe to the channel.

The first ever episode of The BGR Show takes an in-depth look at the cutting-edge technology used to automate a $55 million estate in New Jersey. Over 2,000 lights, 48 TVs, 50 miles of wiring, 35 security cameras and hundreds of speakers combine to create a complex network that would be unmanageable if not for an incredible system that lets the owner control it all from a single touchscreen, computer, tablet or smartphone. Nearly every electrical component in and around the mansion – including a waterfall that runs into an outdoor pool and the lighting surrounding a two-story indoor basketball court – is accessible and controllable from anywhere in the world. Of course not everyone has access to a system this expansive, so we also look at how you can automate and control your own home starting at just a few hundred dollars with the Nest thermostat, a Sonos system and AXIS IP cameras.

Jonathan Geller Founder, President & Editor-in-chief

Jonathan Geller founded Boy Genius Report, now known as BGR, in 2006. It became the biggest mobile news destination in the world by the end of 2009, and BGR was acquired by leading digital media company PMC in April 2010.

Jonathan is President of the newly formed BGR Media, LLC., and Editor-in-chief of the BGR website.

What started as a side project at the age of 16, quickly transpired into 24-hour days and nights of sharing exclusive and breaking news about the mobile communications industry. BGR now reaches up to 100 million readers a month through the website, syndication partners, and additional channels.