Digital Dialogue

Technology lets remodeling companies communicate effectively in-house and on site.

Professional designers, academic instructors, and students will be able to take advantage of Chief Architect's new User Certification Program. A standardized exam consisting of hands-on use of the program and fill-in-the-blank questions cover 20 competencies of the software. Chief Architect lets designers create 3D virtual models of construction designs, complete with fixtures and finishes, landscaping, furniture, and more. 800.482.4433.

The plug-and-play Cordless Desktop MX 5000 Laser keyboard and mouse combination take advantage of Bluetooth technology. The rechargeable mouse goes longer between charges and features a battery indicator light. An LCD keyboard dispay notifies users of incoming e-mails, displays the date and time, and more. Tilt Wheel plus Zoom lets you go side to side, plus zoom in and out from both the mouse and the keyboard. 800.231.7717.

The 46-inch Bravia V Series LCD flat-panel HDTV offers 1080p resolution, Advanced Contrast Enhancer for improved picture quality, and Bravia Engine 2 to reduce noise, optimize contrast, and enhance the overall digital image. Model KDL-46V4100 features four HDMI inputs and three other HD-capable connections. A PC input offers up to a 1920 x 1080p connection to your PC so the television can be used as a computer monitor. 800.222.7669.

The In Focus IN76 DLP projector offers up a picture in 720p and has a projection distance of 5 to 20 feet. A bright, clear image is due to the integrated DLP chip, an optical semiconductor containing as many as 2 million miscroscopic mirrors that reflect a digital image onto a screen or other surface. The projector's stylish design incorporates a swivel base that simplifies tabletop setup, or can be removed for ceiling mouting.

The IndustrySmart feature automatically customizes accout settings for Xora's cell phone-based GPS TimeTrack technology to more than 50 industires. For residential construction, IndustrySmart tells the phone to capture job types, cost codes, and other information. Xora mobile resource management applications let businesses manage field staff via GPS-enabled phones, leading to increased productivity, lower costs, and better communication. 866.627.9672.

The weatherproof TimePilot Extreme lets crewmembers clock in and out at the job site without the need for paper timesheets. Users swipe individual iButton key fobs over the TimePilot as they come and go, and anagers transfer data to office computers with the included USB drive. The software can generate data spreadsheets and prepare data for major payroll programs. Each TimePilot holds up to 12,000 clock-ins and -outs, and can be moved from site to site at the end of a job. 630.879.6400.

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