AVSystemsMag eMagazine <br> Dec 2014 / Jan 2015

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Interactive Displays Are Growing

12/15/14, Len Calderone for, AVSystemsMag
Interactive LED displays are giant circuit boards filled with super-bright LEDs that respond in a complex and subtle fashion to stimulus provided by human interaction.

Dolby Atmos vs. Auro-3D… All About Next Gen Surround Sound
12/15/14, Contributed by, VIA International
Before we talk about putting these new 3D sound systems into a room, let’s talk about the differences between Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. They are significant.

Smart Thermostats from Honeywell
12/15/14, Mike Bruce, Honeywell
The Lyric thermostat is intended as a DIY product, that can work with 97% of HVAC systems in the U.S

Electronic Locks
12/15/14, Keith Brandon, Kwikset
Controlling all the home automation from the front door is really all about the convenience of being able to set-up the home right at the home’s entry point.

Priorities for Managed Service Gateways in the Fiber-Connected Home

12/01/14, Brett Sappington, Director of Research, Parks Associates
Moving forward, data will be an increasingly precious commodity, leveraged by innovative companies to provide personalized services to consumers.

2014 In Review
12/01/14, Bob Hetherington for, AVSystemsMag
Here are some of the more popular and interesting articles and developments from the past year.

Keeping It Green: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Installs Peerless-AV® Xtreme™ Displays
12/01/14, Contributed by, Peerless-AV
Utilizing its internal digital content network, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s staff has found it easier to connect with visitors and share relevant and interesting information.

How Small Businesses Can Use Smart Technology
12/01/14, Abby Perkins, Software Providers
Home automation technology doesn’t only save business owners time and money. It also helps boost their reputation as tech savvy, environmentally friendly organizations.

Will Lasers Be The Future For Projectors?

11/17/14, Len Calderone for, AVSystemsMag
In the future, I expect the familiar projection bulbs that we have used for decades will be phased out and replaced by laser/LED technology, as this light source puts out much less heat and are quieter, allowing for more placement options.

Bluetooth and ZigBee: A new standards war brewing?
11/17/14, Cees Links, GreenPeak Technologies 
Just like there are WiFi/Bluetooth combo products today, capable of “talking” both WiFi and Bluetooth, there will be devices in the future that can “talk” both ZigBee and Bluetooth. Trying to pit one technology against the other does not do right to either of them, creates a standards war, and stalls the market.

Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary Jan, Feb, Mar 2015

11/17/14, Brandon Hetherington for, AVSystemsMag
With the New Year comes the end of the Holiday Tradeshow lull and of course CES and the many events centered around it!

The Pros, Cons of Software vs. Hardware RAID
11/17/14, Larry O’Connor, Other World Computing
With today’s vastly improved, more powerful CPUs, the performance differences between hardware and software RAID options have been virtually eliminated.

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CES 2015

CES 2015 Special News Report
12/15/14, HomeToys.com News team 
Exhibitors are welcome to publish CES 2015 show news here at any time.

Interviews

European manufacturer of the wireless home automation system FIBARO comes to U.S.

11/17/14, Contributed by, Fibar Group
Fibar Group, European manufacturer of the wireless home automation system FIBARO comes to U.S.

New from ELAN Home Systems and Core Brands

10/31/14, Joe Lautner, ELAN Home Systems
Companies like Apple and Google are going to help drive the consumer’s awareness of and demand for smart home control systems, and their entry into the market is going to produce a boon in business for those custom installation integrators that are prepared and trained to take advantage of the opportunities.

New at SpeakerCraft 
10/31/14, Yann Connan, Core Brands / SpeakerCraft
For speakers, we’re in the largest design refresh in the brand’s history.

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Smarten Up: Win More Home Buyers Through Effective Audio Branding

11/17/14, Angi Cividino, Levven
As a homebuilder, you have an opportunity to convey numerous positive sounding audio messages about your brand – from the quality of your work to the top-quality products that go into your work – throughout your showhome.

Miller Outdoor Theatre Takes the Leap to Digital Signage Displays
11/17/14, Contributed by, Peerless-AV
Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre Installs Peerless-AV® Xtreme™ 55″ Daylight Readable Display to Increase Advertising and Enhance Electric Vibe

After The Smart Phone: The Smart Home

10/31/14, Cees Link, GreenPeak Technologies 
A new decade is starting, where Smart Home is becoming a reality and the smart phone will become the dashboard of our Smart Home, together functioning as the drivers of the next technology curve – as the first chapter of the real Internet of Things, the Internet of Everything.

Three Hometoys Related Kickstarters And One Funded Product Available Now
10/31/14, L Hetherington for, Hometoys
The Core wireless speaker system / Artison RCC Nano / IoTuino: Arduino-compatible WiFi module for IoT / PIXEL V2: LED ART

Ultimatte’s SightDeck Revolutionizes Presentations and Distance Learning Applications

10/31/14, Contributed by, Gefen, LLC
SightDeck uses Gefen Technology to Enable a Seamless Back-end Performance that Drives State-of-the-Art Corporate and Educational Presentation Environments

Customizable Multi-Zone Wireless Audio
10/31/14, Todd Mares, Peerless-AV
With systems available that deliver audio quality better than the CD standard, no longer will there be compromises when wireless options are looked into. And by having a system completely agnostic to the source and the speaker, installers can now offer the same level of performance when adding to an already existing system that allows a profitable job for them and a level of quality the client demands.

Outfitting Your Outdoor Entertaining Areas with Smart Home Audio
10/31/14, Ronique Gibson, Homedepot
When designing your outdoor sound system, use these helpful tips, from knowing the size of your yard and what areas will get sound to what type of activities you will host.

User Focus: Cyberworld Needs Better Personal Intelligence, Common Sense
10/31/14, THE Insider 
Programmers often don’t make it as easy as possible for authorized users to “do the right thing” with built-in hurdles that seem logical … to a programmer.

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