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Top 10 Ways to Turn Your Retired Gadgetry into the Technology of the Future

Submitted on 04/17/14, 12:32 PM | Click Here for the full article: LifeHacker

Top 10 Ways to Turn Your Retired Gadgetry into the Technology of the FutureTop 10 Ways to Turn Your Retired Gadgetry into the Technology of the Future

With the rapid progression of technology each year, it's easy to accumulate a pile of obsolete gadgets that you just can't bear to get rid of. So don't! Here are our top 10 ways you can take the retired gadgets you've already got and turn them into something that has a solid place in the future.

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1. Turn an Old Computer Into an Internet PVR, Downloader, and NAS
2. Automate Your Home with an Old Router
3. Turn an Old Computer into an XBMC Home Theater PC
4. Build a Cellphone-Powered Robot
5. Make a Touchscreen Tablet Out of an Old Netbook
6. Turn an Old Projector into a Book Scanner
7. Use an Old PC Fan to Create a Battery-Charging Wind Turbine
8. Create a Home Security System with a Webcam
9. Create a Wireless Internet Radio from an Old Router
10. Turn an Old Mobile Device into a Dedicated VOIP Handset

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Google Glass targeted as symbol by anti-tech crowd

Submitted on 04/15/14, 03:11 PM | Click Here for the full article: WFMX News

Google Glass targeted as symbol by anti-tech crowdGoogle Glass targeted as symbol by anti-tech crowd

(CNN) - Glass, Google's high-profile entry into the world of wearable tech, may help launch a revolution if it's released later this year as expected. But test models already on the street have begun playing a more unlikely role -- as symbols in a simmering fight over Silicon Valley's impact on the city of San Francisco.

It's a local story, but one with ramifications everywhere. While our smartphones drop easily into pockets and tablets get zipped up in cases or backpacks, wearables such as Glass are, quite literally, in your face all the time.

The $1,500 device, which displays Web content on a tiny screen, signals its wearer as a likely member of an affluent tech elite. And Glass also can discreetly shoot photos or video, which some people view as invasive.

That's caused unease for some folks and, in some cases has led to arguments, altercations and even attacks against people wearing the technology. (cont'd)

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Piper packs security cam, home automation hub into one slick package

Submitted on 04/14/14, 07:48 AM | Click Here for the full article: TUAW

Piper packs security cam, home automation hub into one slick packagePiper packs security cam, home automation hub into one slick package

Webcams were one of the forerunners of the current Internet of Things boom, allowing smartphone-toting geeks to keep an eye on the office or homestead while out and about. Piper (starting at US$239), powered by iControl Networks, is targeted at the homeowner who wants a solution that provides both visually- and physically-based security by combining a security camera, Z-Wave home automation hub, and an iOS app into one nice-looking package. Let's take a look.

Design Highlights

My first thought when I pulled the Piper out of the box was that it should come in yellow so it could look like one of the minions in Despicable Me. There's a big "eye" on the upper front of the unit, which has a curvaceous eye-shaped cross section as well. The unit is about 6.25 inches (15.88 cm) tall, about 2 inches (5.08 cm) thick and about 3.5 inches (8.89 cm) wide. It comes in either white or black, with a perforated gray plastic piece on top.

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ISC West Largest Security Trade Show of the Year

Submitted on 04/10/14, 03:12 PM | Click Here for the full article: HomeToys Newspage

ISC West Largest Security Trade Show of the YearISC West Largest Security Trade Show of the Year

SC West 2014, produced by ISC Events and sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), attracted record attendance this year with more than 26,000 industry professionals attending the three-day exposition, which was held at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas April 2-4. 

Attendees enjoyed direct access to tens of thousands of products from more than 1,000 exhibiting companies and brands while maintaining its intimate, friendly approach with small industry and association gatherings, receptions and a show floor designed to group products and technologies together. A strong sense of community prevailed within the 2014 edition of ISC West, which was the largest since 2007 and the second largest in the history of the show. 

"Exhibitors and attendees alike told us that ISC West 2014 was the best show they have seen in many years," said Ed Several, senior vice president at ISC Events. "ISC Events witnessed record attendance, even more show floor area and, most importantly, a valuable view of all that the industry offers. Our exhibitors indicated their appreciation with higher renewals for next year. This year's event was a great balance between seeing all the latest technologies and products in one place while being able to network at all of the many industry and association events. As always, we thank the security industry for showing such confidence in ISC West, and we thank the Security Industry Association for their hard work and support." 

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Prodea Systems Enters Home-Automation Fray

Submitted on 04/08/14, 01:38 PM | Click Here for the full article: Twice

Prodea Systems Enters Home-Automation FrayProdea Systems Enters Home-Automation Fray

 Family-owned Prodea Systems has developed a white-label mass-market home-automation system that, unlike competing systems, integrates control of home systems, networked A/V content, and third-party streaming and download services in one hub.

The systems, content and services are controlled from a single app running on iOS and Android devices or from a computer.

The company’s Residential Operating System (ROS) “protocol-agnostic” platform also connects to home health-care devices and telemedicine services, and it offers low-cost home VoIP phone service.

In the U.S., the Richardson, Texas-based company is targeting what it called “emerging” service providers and retailers, which could market their own private-label systems with recurring subscription revenues shared with Prodea. “Recurring services are an extremely high-margin business,” said Andrew Tauhert, marketing and business development executive VP.

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CEA Reports Continued Growth in Wireless, Multi-Room Audio System Sales

Submitted on 04/03/14, 01:52 PM | Click Here for the full article: HomeToys Newspage

CEA Reports Continued Growth in Wireless, Multi-Room Audio System SalesCEA Reports Continued Growth in Wireless, Multi-Room Audio System Sales

Nearly one in five (16 percent) consumers owns a portable wireless speaker, according to research released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. The study, Consumer Perspectives on Wireless Multi-Room and Portable Audio Solutions, explores the satisfaction levels among current owners of wireless multi-room audio (MRA) and portable audio solutions; which features are most important to consumers; and the future purchase intent for non-owners. 

Currently, one in ten consumers own a wireless MRA product, but nearly half of non-owners (44 percent) indicate interest in owning one. Portable wireless speakers, such as Bluetooth speakers, are also poised for growth, as 28 percent of consumers plan to purchase a related product in the next two years. 

Overall, nearly all owners of both wireless MRA products and portable wireless speakers report that they are happy with their products. Additionally, 91 percent of wireless MRA product owners and 85 percent of portable wireless speaker owners would recommend their products to someone else. 

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ISC West 2014 Underway in Las Vegas, NV.

Submitted on 04/01/14, 02:14 PM | Click Here for the full article: HomeToys

ISC West 2014 Underway in Las Vegas, NV.ISC West 2014 Underway in Las Vegas, NV.

Taking place April 2nd - 4th in Las Vegas, Nevada ISC West is the largest physical security show in North America featuring over 1,000 exhibitors in one place over a 3 day period.  ISC West is the security industry’s premier launching pad for new products, solutions and technologies.  26,000 security professionals attend the show to view the 10,000+ products featured on its show floor and attend business critical education sessions on the newest technologies in security. 

As a media partner for ISC West 2014 HomeToys.com will be bringing all the industry news and exciting new products to our eMagazine to help our readers make sense of the massive event.

Click here for our Special ISC West 2014 Newspage.

Check out our ISC West tradeshow report here.

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Launched On Kickstarter, Musaic Promises Hi-Fi Music And Home Automation

Submitted on 03/31/14, 06:14 AM | Click Here for the full article: Tech Crunch

Launched On Kickstarter, Musaic Promises Hi-Fi Music And Home AutomationLaunched On Kickstarter, Musaic Promises Hi-Fi Music And Home Automation

Compact wireless HiFi systems are pretty common these days, but what is less common is startups thinking more deeply about how the same systems could move into home automation and the Internet of Things. That’s the implication behind a new system launched by device startup Musaic, recently launched on Kickstarter.
 
It now plans to go up against much bigger audio-based companies, such as Bose. It’s speakers system is, to some extend, a Trojan Horse for it’s IoT platform.
 
Musaic is a new kind of HiFi system made up of wireless speakers, which also cleverly extends into home automation, and is able to deliver high quality 24 Bit content over not just Bluetooth but also Wifi.
 

But it’s the IoT realm that Musaic has its eyes on, with its system able to be associated with connect e lighting systems and other home automation devices.

It’s already joined the industry association called the AllSeen Alliance, run by the Linux Foundation, alongside others such as Qualcomm, HTC, AT&T and many others. It can already control dimmers, bulbs and switches from the lighting brand LightwaveRF. And it’s working closely with LIFX and WigWag (both Kickstarter successes) on integrating their products.

The company was started in May 2013 by a team comprising of experienced audio industry people draw from the Cambridge UK high tech cluster.

 

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