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Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary - September, October, November
07/14/14, Brandon Hetherington, HomeToys.com
As Summer kicks into full gear we can sit back and enjoy a bit of a break from the Tradeshow schedule. August will see a bit of a lull but by that time CEDIA preparations are in full swing.

InfoComm 2014 is in the Books
07/14/14, Len Calderone for, AVSystemsMag
There were a lot of new, fresh and thought-provoking products at the show, which hopefully will help us stay ahead of the curve and make our work easier.

Developer Popularity for Raspberry Pi vs. Arduino
07/14/14, Contributed by, Vozag.com
Raspberry Pi began catching up to Arduino in Q4 of 2012 and stayed fairly close to each other after that.

Advantages of Using Lifts and Mounts for Your Touchscreen Monitor
07/14/14, Ken Woollard, Ultralift Australia
Choosing the right TV mount or lift for your flat screen TV should not be difficult once you have weighed the pros and cons of each type of mount.

News releases from InfoComm 2014
07/01/14, HomeToys.com News team, HomeToys.com
This year HomeToys.com's Special InfoComm 2014 Newspage posted over 140 news releases. Here are some highlights.

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AV and Automation Industry Stories of the Day

Raspberry Pi Brings IoT (Internet of Things) to a Home Theater Soundbar

Submitted on: 07/22/14, 03:19 PM

Right-Ear/Left-Ear Technologies selected Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized Linux computer, to add much-desired functionality to One Bar, its new home theater soundbar. 

"We wanted to complement our soundbar's best-in-class 3D virtual sound performance with smart wireless and Internet connectivity," said Marty Zanfino, one of the founders. "Raspberry Pi provided a platform to do all that in a single, compact module. We had to write a lot of code, but Raspberry Pi had the necessary hardware and OS to support the functionality we required." 

The list includes remote control via smart phones and tablets, Wi-Fi access point so phones and tablets can connect directly, and the ability to join a home Wi-Fi network to access Internet radio and music sites. Once connected, users enter a URL and One Bar's touchpad remote control keypad appears on their phone's and tablet's displays. 

Microsoft’s Cortana Learns Some Home-Automation Tricks
Submitted on: 07/21/14, 06:10 AM
Cortana, Microsoft’s vocal virtual assistant, is gaining the ability to control smart-home products like lights and thermostats.   Home-automation company Insteon, based in Irvine, California, is working on a Windows Phone 8.1

Samsung In Talks To Scoop Up SmartThings For Around $200 Million
Submitted on: 07/17/14, 06:05 AM
Google has Nest, Apple has HomeKit and Samsung has…SmartThings, we’re hearing. The deal was completed for around $200 million dollars, though it might have been less according to one source.

Introducing Thread: A New Wireless Networking Protocol for the Home
Submitted on: 07/15/14, 03:05 PM
Recognizing the need for a new and better way to connect products in the home, seven companies today announced that they've joined forces to form the Thread Group (www.threadgroup.org) and develop Thread, a new IP-based wireless networking protocol. The charter of

Meet the smart hubs competing to control your home
Submitted on: 07/14/14, 06:18 AM
From CNet. Perhaps the most overwhelming thing about the smart home revolution is the fact that so many of these new gadgets come with their own separate apps and control hubs. If you buy more

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GeckoSystems Applauds BusinessInsider.com's
Submitted on: 07/22/14, 01:07 PM
"...Market Forecast And Growth Trends For Consumer And Office Robots." BI Intelligence assesses the market for consumer and office robots, taking a close look at the three distinct categories within this market.

Kramer US President Dave Bright Appointed to AQAV Board of Directors
Submitted on: 07/22/14, 09:15 AM
Kramer's Successful Support of Quality in AV Continues

En Pointe Teams With Symantec, Veeam, and Other Data Management Leaders to Optimize Data Usage for C
Submitted on: 07/22/14, 07:01 AM
Dedicated Data Management Team Delivers Support Services in a Growing Market

Parks Associates: Nearly 40% of U.S. broadband households have looked up health information online
Submitted on: 07/22/14, 06:37 AM
Jennifer Kent of Parks Associates presents consumer engagement research at mHealth + Telehealth World

Vaddio GroupSTATION Enhances Client Experience and Delivers More Revenue to its Operations
Submitted on: 07/21/14, 03:27 PM
Leading co-working space uses Vaddio GroupSTATION to enhance the client experience and deliver more revenue to its operations

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CONNECTED HEALTH SUMMIT: ENGAGING CONSUMERS
Sep 04 - 05 2014, San Diego, CA

CEDIA EXPO 2014
Sep 10 - 13 2014, Denver CO

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Nov 19 - 20 2014, New York, NY

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Jan 04 - 05 2015, Las Vegas, NV

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