EHExpo Fall 2008 - HomeToys Report

One feature of the show was "Demo Alley". This is a series of rooms with product demonstrations ranging anywhere from remotes to full home theatres. The demo that stood out to me was put on by a group of manufacturers to demonstrate a complete home theater system.

Even The Best Isn't Perfect

Regardless of the fact that you spent a minor (or major) fortune on your home stereo or theater system, it still is possible that a breakdown can happen. Since loudspeakers always manifest the problem regardless of where it actually occurs, many are quick to blame them. Sometimes folks are right - the loudspeaker failed. But often there is a failure elsewhere in the system that is merely being passed on to the speakers.

GPS Mileage Logger

Are you deducting the miles you drive for business? Are you logging them accurately or automatically? If not, you're losing 58.5 cents (IRS rates) per business mile. If you drive a lot for your business, you cannot afford not to deduct your business miles? With the 2008 Business Mileage Deduction of 58.5 cents per mile, and with gas prices at record levels, it's really a no brainer!

HDMI Football

HDMI, like many cutting edge technologies, lives on the hairy edge of functionality. Like THX certification before it, clever marketing and over zealous, under-informed publishing convinced the consumer HDMI was a must have technology, even long before it was of any use to them.

HOME HEARTBEAT®: Peace of Mind through Wireless Home Monitoring

For most people, their home is their most valuable investment. As a result, having the knowledge of what's going in their home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, would be invaluable to many homeowners. In addition, to be able to be immediately notified of a concern in their home would provide further Peace of Mind for any homeowner.

iAM - Serving Your Senses

Introducing iAM© - bringing sophisticated, yet affordable, touchpanel control to your iTunes© library. iAM© enables you to enjoy your media for a whole-house experience, without the need of expensive media servers, iPods© and associated docks, or lugging your PC around with you.

In Prosperous Periods Promote Tactically, In Down Times Promote Strategically

Economists are unanimous that regardless of what governments do it will take time, a lot of time, to rebuild faith in financial institutions and rejuvenate the economy.

Interactive Television: Will advertising be the next wave of success for this much maligned industry

Interest in interactive TV services is growing due to improved infrastructure, real-time two-way communications and feature-rich consumer devices. Advertising is a key focal point, this year, because of its potential to deliver more effective and relevant experiences for consumers and advertisers.

Moving Forward It's Time for Content, Communication and Course Correction

The financial industry got caught with its pants down. The automotive industry got caught with its arrogance up. The PC, CE, communications industry simply got caught between the two. We feel the angst but the business is still fundamentally sound. With the right course adjustments the industry will be in a better position to deliver solutions and satisfaction to global business and local consumers. More importantly, there are tens of thousands of Silicon Valley minds around the globe who know how to turn fantastic ideas into meaningful products/services.

Network Attached Storage (NAS) On a Home Network

This month's TIP covers the use of Network Attached Storage (NAS) as part of a home network. It's simple; if you're installing a data network as part of your custom install, then you should be installing a NAS device as part of that network. It is so beneficial, relatively low cost, and easy to incorporate, I can't imagine any reason not to include it. And, I promise, your customer will wonder how the family lived without it.

Small Form Factors for Home Technologies

The rapid miniaturization and cost reduction in the sector of consumer electronics has created opportunities for equipping our homes with inexpensive sub-systems that manage and configure various tasks. These sub-systems comprise of energy management, digital home entertainment, home automation and assistive technologies that plays important role in driving the development for home technologies towards comfort living and lifestyle.


It won't be long until folks are preparing for the in-laws visiting and hosting their big holiday party. Although the food is important, consumers often don't know where to start to ensure their home is ready for watching the classics and playing seasonal music while entertaining guests and family during the holiday season.

TV 2.0 - "The Big Screen PC"

TV Viewing PLUS complete control of all PC applications from the comfort of your couch. The complete convergence of the PC and TV has arrived.

Web Video's Recent Moves: Making the Right Decisions?

The market to distribute premium video content (mainly TV episodes and feature-length movies) is currently going through one of its most dynamic periods as experimentation with business models, delivery mechanisms, and consumer tastes is in full swing.

AES-IntelliNet Proven to Work through Wild Fires and Hurricanes When Others Failed

When a tornado, hurricane or wild fire blows through town, AES-IntelliNet alarm signals always get through when others cannot. AES-IntelliNet's longrange radio mesh alarm communications system allows no single point of failure. It self heals and re-routes itself intuitively. Tthere are no phone lines, wires or towers needed or involved with its communications.

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