When and how did you first get the idea for the sync-box?
Eyestones was originally a custom installation company. We have been installing home cinema, multi-room music systems and intelligent lighting systems for many years. However, most recently we have seen the most significant change to TV screens as the quality of viewing evolved to HD and 3D very quickly, and with this physical changes also developed. Screens now are predominantly slimmer and lighter with flat screen brackets becoming equally slim and light. Therefore we recognised that there was a fundamental problem: the physical plug top and AV connections were now thicker than the products they connect! Because of this, around two years ago, CEO Steve Noyes looked into the options of recessing the power and AV terminals into the wall. In doing this the problem was solved and sync-box was born!
So what exactly is sync-box and how can it help installers?
Sync-box is a unique recessed power and AV socket, for use when installing wall-mounted flat screen televisions. Essentially it is designed around a standard double socket space using the same module components already being used throughout the UK and Europe. The difference? Sync-box is recessed by 40mm and has a unique cover plate which, when in location, has a slender 10mm profile. Therefore, it is now possible to install a new ultra-thin LCD or LED screen with all cables connected professionally and stylishly behind the screen. For screens mounted on a swing bracket, the cover plate leaves a stylish finish with plugs and AV terminals hidden behind. The cover plate will also be available in various colours and finishes.
How it benefits the installer is simple: currently the installer has a major obstacle to overcome due to the slender design of screens and brackets. This obstacle usually results in having to hardwire the power with a fixed fuse spur and, secondly, creating a huge hole in the wall behind the screen to stuff the AV wiring into. Not exactly a professional solution when installing an expensive product for your customer! The Sync-box is also completely adaptable for any configuration as it is designed to house Euro or Keystone modules which are available via our web site or throughout many distributers across the UK. Not only does it make life much easier for the installer, it helps to create a much more professional finish.
In what way does your background in custom install help you identify the product needs of your customers?
Simple, we experience many challenges on most installs, varying from aesthetics to costs, logistics and products. Over the past year or two, we have faced one recurring problem – how to install a flat screen TV flush against the wall while giving the wiring and wall behind a professional finish. Sync-box solves all of these problems.
We also have other products which are patent pending, so we would prefer to keep these under wraps until patent has been granted. Rest assured, though, we are confident these will be game changers in the electrical and install world!
We hear tell of a new pad; what advantages will they offer the company and its customers?
Our premises in Paddock Wood, Kent has approximately 5000 square feet of storage and production space, and our location is ideal for direct links into the centre of London in 40 minutes via rail. We are also 30 minutes from Ashford International station with direct rail links into Europe. Our distribution partners are able to courier to anywhere in Europe on a next day delivery service, or anywhere within the M25 on a same day service!
As a design company, what other services do you provide?
We also offer bespoke AV and lighting design solutions for domestic and commercial properties. Our team of skilled and knowledgeable designers have the expertise to find a solution for any given budget. We have designed countless projects with budgets from £5k up to £100k.
Finally, will you be developing other products for the CI market? And, if so, can you give us a clue as to what?
We certainly will be developing new products. However until we have our designs protected, we cannot disclose these yet, so you’ll just have to wait!
For further information visit: www.sync-box.com