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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

In this ongoing article we will take a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options that are available now.

We Close the Book on Another Exciting InfoComm

This is just a sampling of what you missed if you didn't attend the best A/V show in the country.

Icontrol Adds Analytics for Smarter Homes

Mari Silbey for LightReading:  If the first phase of the smart home is about adding sensors to light bulbs and door locks, the second phase is about collecting and analyzing data to make the smart home even smarter. Icontrol is moving on to the second phase, announcing

How the Smartphone is Making Home Security Accessible to Anyone

Combined with smart home security and automation products, smartphones provide a portable window into the home. This makes them the perfect home security accessory—one that's a lot less expensive than a traditional monitored security system yet is always accessible.

Play with 100 smart home gadgets at new Sears showroom

By Benny Evangelista for SF Gate:  Sears is trying to connect with the Bay Area’s tech-savvy crowd with a smart home device showroom in its San Bruno store. The retail chain opened a 4,000-square-foot Connected Solutions showroom in its Tanforan mall

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Bluetooth speakers drive growth in home audio, says firm

The home audio market (wireless speakers, soundbars, Hi-Fi systems, A/V receivers and speaker docks) grew by 22% to ship 71 million units. Trade value also grew by 22%, generating just under US$10 billion worth of revenues in 2014, according to Futuresource Consulting.

Wireless speakers and soundbar shipments exceeded market expectations and accounted for the lion's share, far outweighing the decline in demand for traditional audio devices i.e. A/V receivers and Hi-Fi systems. The wireless speaker market was fuelled by strong growth in Bluetooth speakers in the lower end of the price spectrum and multi-room audio at the premium end.

Home audio devices increasingly offer wireless functionality and shipments with this feature grew by 93% from 27 million units in 2013 to 53 million units in 2014. Futuresource said it predicts that virtually all home audio devices will be wireless by 2019.

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InfoComm - Recognized for Innovation in Technology, Gefen Wins Best New Product, Editor's Pick and Higher Education Installation Awards

Gefen received three prestigious awards at InfoComm in Orlando.

Control ELK's M1 System with Apple Watch!

With eKeypad Alarm for Apple Watch, it is now easier than ever for customers to access to the security features of their ELK M1 system.

Beale Street Audio Hosts Dealer Day at BMB Electronics

Dealer Days are as much about listening and learning as they are about selling.

Christie Delivers World's First 4K Omnidirectional 3DLP Projector Running at True 120Hz

Christie Mirage 304K features Christie TruLife Electronics Platform for Lifelike 3D Experiences

Sentinel keeps an eye out on Alcons systems

New controller platform powers and controls Alcons pro-ribbon systems

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5x1 HDMI / HDBT Multimedia Presentation Switch

5x1 HDMI / HDBT Multimedia Presentation Switch

The 5x1 HDMI / HDBT Presentation switch is a compact scaler switcher with5 video inputs (3 HDMI, 2 VGA) and 6 audio inputs (3 HDMI audio & 2 VGA with audio switched following the video; 1 MIC audio input). The VGA input supports VGA, Component Video (YPbPr) and Composite Video. The 5x1 HDMI / HDBT Presentation switch scales & switches any video signal to HDMI output and HDBaseT output for a transmission over up to 70 m of Cat5e/6 with PoC support. With 1 IR Sensor, 5 IR Emitters and 1 RS232 port, bidirectional IR & RS232 signals can be transmitted simultaneously between the 5x1 HDMI / HDBT Presentation switch and the HDMI Extender PoC/PoE Receiver.

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ELK Products, Inc.

ELK Products, Inc.

ELK Products is a manufacturer of premium products for security and automation. Our product line includes controls, speakers, sirens, power supplies, batteries, timers, relays, PLCs, and recordable voice units. The M1 Security & Automation Control offers convenience, comfort and simplicity by combining security, energy management, and home control solutions. with timely access to information & simple, user friendly interfaces, M1 keeps you informed & in control anytime, anywhere!