HomeToys Interview

The open source movement is a revolution of technology populism that finally wrests control from companies and returns it to consumers. That's pretty cool! The key to fully enjoying rich digital content is open architecture consumer electronics like ours. It rocks.

Give the Customers What They Want

It's not unusual for installers and system designers to avoid using computers or to fail to recognize the cost-saving benefits for setting up a LAN or local area network. Each LAN is unique because homeowners invariably want different capabilities from their home networks.

Need for an Electrical Design

An electrical design will gather all switching requirements for the home. Determine what level of control is acceptable and propose an electrical control system to meet these needs.

Rules of Thumb for selling Remote Controls

While categorized as an "accessory," there's not a consumer out there who doesn't consider remote control a necessity. If they have trouble using it, you could end up losing future business. Make sure you're familiar with the variety of product choices in the marketplace and their capabilities. Recommend what makes sense.

The World's Newspaper

The map of the future of the internet and how industries will rise and fall will be based on our ability to adopt the ideals that made our knowledge sources follow the examples and templates that have been laid before us. The interaction of human beings can be an amazing and beautiful process to see in action. Our world is becoming one big neighborhood.

Big Broadband: Public Infrastructure or Private Monopolies

I recently returned from an Economic Summit in Loudoun, VA, where I was invited because of a paper I wrote earlier this year, "Reviving the FORGOTTEN Information Superhighway." The summit expanded my thinking about the role of government in telecommunications policy and led to an invitation to speak at Austin InnoTech, a regional conference and exhibition with focus on the mutual relationship between technologies and innovation. This newer paper summarizes and expands on that presentation, which was called "Fiber, Wireless and Bandwidth for TeleWork."

New era of building management

The foundation of the concept is the building operating system, named as COBA (Connected Open Building Automation). COBA definitions were created in a standardization project of companies representing various industries, from telecommunications to construction and services.

HTI+ and CEDIA Exam Guide

870 pages of well organized, comprehensive information that I'm sure will become the industry standard for those who wish to pursue a career in Home Technology ... whether it be to design, install or commission systems and equipment.

Broadband Lessons Learned

As you may have experienced in your own projects, start-up was the hardest part. Once the "plumbing" was in place, the applications we wanted to demonstrate, ranging from video entertainment to music services to showing digital photos on your big screen and much more worked like a charm.

Lesson Learned ... and Shared

Hopefully this tale of frustration and humiliation can be of service to other entry level HTI's!

Project Communication

Homeowners and residential technology integrators should maintain open communication lines, sharing concerns, progress and hurdles during all phases of integration.

The Market For Ultra-Wideband Solutions

We readily acknowledge the challenges inherent in forecasting a networking solution as broadly-positioned as UWB. However, we simultaneously would caution against the over-hype that has been associated with previous "revolutionary" technologies.

Home Automation for the Technologically Challenged

The best part is that my family now expects lights to come on in certain areas when it's dark and they enter. They now expect that the fan will come on when it's needed. They now expect that the temperature is set properly when they leave or come home.

HomeToys Interview

We see digital music continuing to make its way into the mainstream. Once people experience the benefits that digital music offers, there is no going back. On the hardware side, hard drives will be everywhere - in your stereo cabinet, in your set-top box, in the car, and of course in portable devices.

Remote Home Networking Support

Residential LANs are still designed separately from the automation network, but custom A-V integrators are starting to install small home networks, connecting 2-3 PCs, a printer and a DSL or cable modem. Dealers continue to expand their home networking knowledge base through training and the acquisition of networking savvy technicians, and the demand for home networking continues to push custom integrators beyond the limits of early entertainment applications and into the new generation of residential information technology.

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