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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!

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.

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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AV and Automation Industry Stories of the Day

Best Buy is slashing prices on all manner of smart home gear this Black Friday

Submitted on: 11/20/14, 06:12 AM

Starting on November 27 and running through the first of December, Best Buy will offer discounts on the Nest Learning Thermostat, and Dropcam HD network-connected security camera. The two products normally retail for $250 and $149, respectively, but will go for $200 and $100 during the Black Friday deal.
 
Also included in the deals is the Philips Hue Starter Kit ($200), which includes a set of three Wi-Fi connected, app-controlled, color-variable LED light bulbs and an accompanying network hub. Best Buy won’t be selling the kits at a discount, but if you’re willing to dish out 200 bucks on one, they’ll throw in a Philips Hue Bloom Accent Light ($80) for free.
 
And the best part? You won’t be forced to wade through crazed crowds of Black Friday deal hunters to get your hands on these gizmos. In addition to offering these deals at brick-and-mortar locations, Best Buy will also offer them to customers who visit its website.

 

LittleBits' New Kit Connects Old Appliances to the Internet
Submitted on: 11/18/14, 10:54 AM
LittleBits, which makes brightly colored modules that snap together to create electronic circuits, is now selling a $249 DIY kit for those who want to turn their analog abodes into WiFi-enabled smart homes. The set extends the use of the recently launched cloudBit, giv

Start-Ups Place Bets On The Smart Home
Submitted on: 11/17/14, 06:45 AM
The fledgling home-automation market is growing quickly and continuing to attract new companies. Some of the newest entrants include Ecovent, Snupi Technologies, Cielo WiGle and Droplit. iDevices, the maker of Bluetooth kitchen and outdoor-grill thermometers, also plan

Busy Samsung stirs many pots, from smart home to VR to health tech
Submitted on: 11/14/14, 05:47 AM
Samsung on Wednesday detailed its latest tools for developers -- including a new sensor-filled wearable reference design -- to get them excited about making apps customized for its devices. Samsung is hosting its second annual developers conferenc

Hands On With Norm, Quirky's 'Thermostat Killer'
Submitted on: 11/12/14, 06:05 AM
Quirky has been relatively quiet over the last couple of months, and on Tuesday it became clear why, when CEO Ben Kaufman announced seven new connected home devices at an event in New York City.   Created in conjunction with GE, the

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Today's AV and Automation Industry Headlines

University of Sydney Launches "X-Lab" with Dante Media Networking
Submitted on: 11/21/14, 09:40 AM
Dante network intelligently distributes lecture audio for multiple classes in large "wet lab"

Gefen Ships Three Scalers
Submitted on: 11/21/14, 09:35 AM
New Scalers/Converters Integrate Analog and Digital Devices to Lengthen Product Life and Offer Seamless System Integration

TrueConf Provides New Video Conferencing Features to OS X Users
Submitted on: 11/21/14, 09:27 AM
The new version of TrueConf for OS X 1.2.3 allows users to stream video content to any video conferencing endpoint, and features convenient calls, messaging, and user interfaces.

Biamp Systems' UC Product Manager to Present in Next Video Conference at GV Expo
Submitted on: 11/20/14, 04:03 PM
Session will explore how to increase collaboration through implementation of effective huddle rooms

Kickstarter - Sunnovations Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Aquanta
Submitted on: 11/20/14, 03:56 PM
Retrofittable device that converts water heaters into smart, networked appliances

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The Channel Vision® AB-303 A-BUS® Bluetooth® local input module provides a local wireless audio connection for the purpose of streaming music from smart-phones, tablets, etc with Bluetooth capability to individual rooms, or as a main source module. When the AB-303 is paired in a local zone, it will switch the music source from the main audio source to the local Bluetooth source. When used as a main source, the audio can be heard in all zones. The AB-303 is compatible with all A-Bus Systems.

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