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Wireless Controllers and Roaming: What You Need to Know

Your customers need stable, secure and useable Wi-Fi, and they need it in increasingly larger spaces and under more challenging conditions. Determining the best wireless solutions will require a little homework on top of considering customer requirements and budgets.

Home Control Software Interview - Charmed Quark

CQC is a software based product, so it can control almost any type of device, given the broad range of communications media supported by modern computer operating systems. Typically they are serial, TCP/IP/UDP, IR, or USB, but almost anything is controllable given the abilit

Home Control Software Interview - The Home Control Assistant (HCA)

HCA has several protocols built-in: UPB, Insteon, Zwave (limited support), Wireless via WGL whole home wireless systems, IR via Global Cache IR controllers, X10, Next thermostats, a connector to the Wink world, weather data from many sources.

Nest Labs preparing to launch second generation smart thermostat

By David Curry, ITProPortal:  Arguments could be made for a new device, but Nest has been quickly approaching a second version of its smart thermostat. The company’s premiere product in many circles, it has won countless awards for its intelligent design and

Maybe Too Big: Changing the Way Businesses, Consumers Connect

There is a fine line between firm’s providing greater convenience to the consumer and the individual’s right to privacy.

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Philips Just Made It Stupid Simple To Install Smarthome Lighting

Mark Wilson for FastCompany:  A lot of intelligent people believe that a platform like Apple’s HomeKitwill be the way we control the smart home of the future. But I'd bet on it looking a lot more like the new wireless dimming kit from the Philips Hue line—subtle technology that eliminates the need for electricians and apps at the same time.

Each kit runs $40, and it includes a white Hue bulb and a dimming remote. All you have to do is screw in the bulb to install it—and up to ten others can piggyback on this same network. The remote uses theZigBee radio protocol to control them in tandem, and it promises to last a minimum of three years, or 50,000 uses, before it needs its battery replaced.

Better still? This remote fits into a sticky base plate that adheres to your wall and looks like any standard light switch. In other words, rather than hiring an electrician to wire up the connection, or googling how to install dimmers without electrocuting yourself, Hue’s new kit allows you to install home lighting as easily as duct taping a switch to a wall.  Cont'd...

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CEDIA - Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI) at CEDIA EXPO 2015

CEDIA EXPO 2015 Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI) Booth 5742

Christie Projectors Help Obscura Digital Light Up Empire State Building to Dramatize Plight of Endangered Animals

Spectacular Projection Mapping Display on New York City's Most Iconic Landmark Shines a Light upon World's Vanishing Species

HIGH-VALUE SOLARIA CP2208 DIGITAL CINEMA PROJECTOR MEETS EXHIBITORS' NEED FOR COMPACT, DCI-COMPLIANT SOLUTION

Robust, User-Friendly 2K Design Intended to Fill 10.6 Meter (35 Foot) Screens With Bright 3D and Alternative Content Movies

PlanterSpeakers by Madison Fielding to bring its new "Piermont," the Latest in High Fidelity Outdoor Sound, to Capital Audiofest

The Audiophile Speaker System in a Teak Planter to be Featured at the Washington DC Audio Show

HARMAN's Revel Introduces C383XC and C363XC Extreme Climate Flush-Mount Loudspeakers

The XC series is perfect for indoor locations such as showers and saunas as well as outdoor locations including decks and screened porches.

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Revolutionary Hi-Fi 2 4x4 (Four Zone, Four Source) Distributed Audio System from Leviton Security & Automation

Revolutionary Hi-Fi 2 4x4 (Four Zone, Four Source) Distributed Audio System from Leviton Security & Automation

Leviton Security & Automation's 4x4 is the perfect affordable solution for homes and small businesses. The powerful yet compact Hi-Fi 2 plays music from devices you already own (or those you wish to purchase), and is so easy to operate that anyone can enjoy it. Use the free app on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone to control audio sources, volume levels, etc. Use the optional Bluetooth input to wirelessly stream music from your tablet, notebook, or smartphone!"

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Bryston, LTD

Bryston, LTD

Bryston first opened for business in 1962 and is now sold through over 150 dealers in North America and 60 countries worldwide. Bryston audio components have become legendary for both performance and durability, winning countless prestigious awards.