Archive for July, 2009

xLobby room with crown molding L.E.D lighting set to red as well as rescently installed white L.E.D shelf lighting on each side of the equipment rack. Also shown is the white L.E.D lighting above the equipment rack.


xLobby room with crown molding L.E.D lighting set to blue and white L.E.D shelf lighting on each side of the equipment rack.


xLobby room with a close up shot of the white L.E.D shelf lighting on the right side of the equipment rack.


xLobby room with a close up shot of the white L.E.D shelf lighting on the left side of the equipment rack.


xLobby recessed display soffet with added frame and new L.E.D backlighting effect set to Red.


xLobby recessed display soffet with with L.E.D backlighting effect set to Blue.


Shot of the soffet, ceiling, floor lighting with L.E.D backlighting set to Red.


Shot of the soffet, ceiling, floor lighting with L.E.D backlighting set to Blue. Coffee table and european style couch has been added to the room.


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Closeup of the soffet + frame


 xLobby room with a close up shot of the white L.E.D shelf lighting.


xLobby room L.E.D floor lighting on the top edge of the baseboard.


xLobby room L.E.D floor lighting set to white. EZI040 Insteon 4 output relay load controller shown.



xLobby room L.E.D floor lighting set to green.


xLobby .47 inch wide RGB, L.E.D lighting strip will be sold on 15 meter rolls with RF based controller and optional RS232 interface module. Sealed in clear PVC protective jacket.


We have added the insteon 2486PBK, 6 button keypadlinc and programed the six buttons as follows.

(On) Button = Toggles thru xLobbys Music Playlist

(A) Button = Music Stop, Uses xLobbys text to speech to say Stop

(B) Button = Music Play, Uses xLobbys text to speech to say Play with Artist and Track information

(C) Button = Previous Track, Uses xLobbys text to speech to say Previous Track

(D) Button = Next Track, Uses xLobbys text to speech to say Next Track 

Smarthome link:

This type of keypad allows xLobby users to move the keypad around anywhere in a home to control music playback. Just plug it into any electrical outlet and control xLobbys music. Multiple keypads in 8 or 6 button configurations can be used and programmed for anything the user wants from lighting, audio video switching, volume controls, anything from the xLobby sytem or anything else that xLobby controls.


More images and videos to follow soon.

Wes Black

xLobby Demo Room Update

Here is the latest news on the xLobby room. Three xLobby systems are now working in the room to provide customers and end users with the ability to see how each system works by itself or together as if installed in a home setting. The first standard xLobby client with 4 zones of audio that can be controlled using 2 x  15″ touchscreens and a 12″ wi-fi tablet running xLobby xNet client server,  a standard xLobby remote and a xLobby 95-1074TSR  touchscreen Zigbee remote. The second xLobby client is a xLobby Blu-Ray machine for demontrating xLobbys ability to store and playback Blu-Ray dvd’s. The third xLobby is a xLobby mini client that is an in-expensive alternative for users that are just interested in simple content management and want a small quiet xLobby system with the ability to unlock features as needed.

Basic Equipment List, I will update the list later with model numbers, etc.:

1 – LG 50 Inch LCD 1080P Display.

1 – xLobby Client with 4 zones of audio, 5 RS232 ports, S3 dual Video graphics card.

1- x xLobby Client with Blu-Ray storage and playback, S3 HDMI -VGA dual video card.

1 – xLobby Mini Client.

1 -Yamaha 7.1 Channel Stereo Receiver

1 – 2TB Maxtor  nas  Drive

1 – 1TB USB External Western Digital work book drive

1 – IOMega 1.5TB External USB Drive

1 – Earthquake in-wall speakers and 12″ subwoofer, configured for 7.1.

1 – Insteon \  UPB  Lighting

1 – xLobby L.E.D Ribbon Lighting

1 – 2 x xLobby 15″ Touchscreens, Inwall and desktop

1 – 12″ Wi-Fi Webtablet

1- APC Battery Backup and Power Conditioning

1 – GE Security System

1 – Panasonic IP based PTZ network camera


The shot below shows the equipment rack and xLobbys inwall 15″, 10.4″ black touchscreens. The 15″ touchscreen has xLobby’s blue L.E.D lighting strip under the frame to provide accent lighting against the wall, this was done only for the xLobby demo room to provide a cool visual effect and is not a normal feature for stock units. Also note he blue accent lighting for the baseboard and crown moulding in the room. xLobby can control the brightness, colors and color changes by mixing L.E.Ds for different visual effects such as color fading flashing, etc.


The shots below shows the xLobby Touchscreens with room accent L.E.D lighting.





Shots of the xLobby room with the ceiling lights off and only the L.E.D accent lighting.






The room is almost finished but is under going constant improvements and minor tweaks here and there. I will post more images and videos when I can. The furniture \ seating and rack dressing will be the last things we do.

This news post will be updated over the next few days.

Wes Black

New xLobby V3 Build 3.0.9191.90

xLobby V3 – 3.0.9191.90
0000371: [generic] Ipradio play does not honor zones (stevenhanna6) – resolved.
0000607: [generic] old slideshow images do not fade out (stevenhanna6) – resolved.
0000203: [skin editor] some kind of history tracking system, undelete ability (stevenhanna6) – resolved.
0000367: [content playback] mimic mode on client, not getting status of ip radio being displayed (current song) (stevenhanna6) – resolved.
0000443: [skin editor] Undo ctrl+z (stevenhanna6) – resolved.
0000609: [setup] display clone mode (xlobby on two displays, resolutions can be different), dvd playback and web browsers remain on main display (stevenhanna6) – resolved.
0000610: [skin editor] highlight bar becomes hidden after editing a text category (stevenhanna6) – resolved.
0000366: [content playback] mimic mode, ip radio not playing in zone chozen by client (stevenhanna6) – resolved.
0000611: [content playback] if in mimic mode and watched a movie, xlobby drags you back to media player (stevenhanna6) – resolved.
0000613: [setup] service status icon doesn’t line up (stevenhanna6) – resolved.
0000612: [skin editor] bring trigger to front if edit clicked again (stevenhanna6) – resolved.


xLobby skin editor screenshot with the Points tab menu open, shown with save, delete, load, reload buttons. This new feature allows you to set save points when modifying any part of the xLobby interface make changes and go back to any time during the design process, press the save button to create a save point shown by a time stamp in the list box, press the delete button to delete a saved point or use the load button to load any saved point in the save points list box. Use the reload origional skin to load the skin before any saved points were created.



Wes Black

New xLobby V3 Build 3.0.9184.76

xLobby V3 – Change Log

xLobby V3 - 3.0.9184.76
- 0000601: [generic] "background randomize stop" command added (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000094: [skin editor] allow buttons to be in a folder structure (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000603: [client/server] new playlist behaves incorrectly when controlling server zone (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000588: [content playback] Volume slider for zone 3 in "overlaymusiccontrols" incorrectly associated with "zone 6" (looks like a "Type-o") (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000605: [client/server] server event does not work for local button events (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000590: [client/server] client playlistname does not show up for a couple legacy variables (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000592: [generic] when you do a click with a touchscreen you cant move the track up/down/delete (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000594: [generic] non instant update sliders are more fluid (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000596: [skin editor] show labels check box added for skineditor (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000598: [skin editor] right click, paste no event bug (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000600: [client/server] when client is updating and server disconnects, client is stuck with update overlay (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000602: [client/server] disable client auto find server if you start server manually (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000341: [skin editor] Please add status box showing current "Style Name" in "Element Properties/Style" under (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000604: [client/server] playlist save/rename from client behaved inconsistantly (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000589: [installation] Alt-F2 set deamon tools location does not work (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000606: [client/server] tablet clients, new "show signal icon" in setup under xnet (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000591: [client/server] client/server slider bar for audio zone don't work (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000593: [client/server] "stop reconnection" popup button cannot be pressed for 5 seconds after popup (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000595: [skin editor] saving changes gives a little more detail now (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000597: [generic] single speech playback item at any given time (stevenhanna6) - resolved.
- 0000599: [client/server] bug in client/server that caused random invalidoperation crashes (stevenhanna6) - resolved.

The screen shots below show xLobbys setup menu on the XNET tab with a new checkbox Show Signal Icon, this new feature will display a small round circle in the top right corner that is used for wireless web tablets that indicate connection conditions to the xLobby server. This indicator will eventually make it into the skin editor so users can customize its location, change the graphic or add text. Future additional features will include a wi-fi signal meter for displaying to installers and users the signal levels of the wi-fi connection while using the tablet.

red5xLobby has lost all wi-fi connection

blue2xLobby is trying to reconnect

green2xLobby is connected to server





New xLobby Image tab in the skin editor now shows button state images, normal, enter, down and folder structure image selection.


Wes Black