The Home of the Future, the totally connected home, can/will become a model of efficiency. Technology isn't holding us back. We're holding ourselves back.
LG Electronics will showcase its digital signage lineup at the upcoming International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 8-11, 2013. The LG selection will include the company's flagship 55-inch 3D video wall, the 84-inch Ultra HD multitouch signage, the EZ Sign TV, Smart Gate Media Pole, Smart Mirror and other commercial display solutions, according to a company announcement. "LG sees a bright future in the digital signage segment," said Il-geun Kwon, senior vice president and head of the IT business unit of the LG Home Entertainment Company. "We are proud to offer a superb range of products, capable of operating in diverse environments to meet a wide range of client needs. Our combination of IPS panels and Smart Energy Saving Technology offers the dual benefit of providing eye-catching images and significant energy savings." LG will be featuring at its CES booth its "larger-than-life" 3D Video Wall, an immense display consisting of 122 LG 55-inch WV70MD screens, the company said. And LG's large-scale digital signage solution employs the company's proprietary Smart Energy Saving Technology, allowing it to use approximately 30 percent less electricity than other commercial LED displays, the company said.
Samsung is ready to introduce its updated version of the Smart Hub interface for its Smart TVs at CES 2013 scheduled for January 8th in Las vegas. Smart Hub is a content platform for Samsung Smart TVs that allows users to navigate through their television's features. The company claims that the new Smart Hub will offer a more intuitive experience to its users. With a new updated version of the Smart Hub, users can now browse through live broadcasts, the internet and other content such as movies, apps and photos and videos. The initial screen is divided into five categories - 'On TV' for live TV, 'Movies & TV Shows' based on VOD contents, 'Apps' for various applications, 'Social' for SNS contents sharing function, ' Photos, Videos & Music' for more personal content. Another noteworthy feature will be a unique 'flipping' function that will let users browse through the five categories with motion control, whereby you can use gestures to flip through menus.
Google (GOOG) took a significant step toward selling off Motorola for parts on Wednesday when it sold Motorola’s Home division to broadband media technology company ARRIS for $2.35 billion. In a press release, ARRIS said that “Google will receive $2.05 billion in cash and approximately $300 million in newly issued ARRIS shares” that would give Google a 15.7% ownership stake in the company. Motorola Home, which is primarily responsible for manufacturing and selling the company’s television set-top boxes, has been rumored to be on the selling block for a while now. Google has shown little interest in incorporating Motorola into its own business for the long haul and has admitted that it purchased the company mostly to acquire its patents.
Via The Register comes some disturbing news for those of us who’ve been championing OLED TVs. Apparently, LG and Samsung are losing confidence in the technology for several reasons: firstly, most of the prototypes we’ve seen of working OLED tech have been 55-inch models set to hit the market for around $10,000, which kinda flies in the face of market trends toward ultra-large, ultra-cheap sets. Secondly, manufacturing has been tricky, with apparently as little as ten percent of manufactured OLED panels being workable, and with the glass soldering process used to make the displays resulting in some fragility. Apparently, timing is also bad, with 4K “Ultra HD” TVs set to be the big thing on the market next year.
LG Electronics (LG) today announced an all-new Magic Re-mote for its CINEMA 3D Smart TV lineup prior to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The redesigned device adopts enhanced language recognition ca-pabilities that make executing commands simple, natural, interactive and conversational. The new design will continue to employ four control options – voice, gesture, point, and wheel – making it the most complete universal remote. "LG is committed to providing innovative home entertainment solutions and the Magic Remote is a key pillar of the CINEMA 3D Smart TV user experience," said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. "Building on an already impressive feature set, the latest version boasts accurate lan-guage recognition and its gesture, wheel and point control options makes the Magic Remote stand out amongst its competition as a truly intuitive device." The LG Magic Remote's sophisticated voice control technology makes issuing a verbal command to the TV both simple and effective. New Natural Language Recognition software makes giving voice commands as easy as regular speech and allows the user to talk in a more conversational manner. No longer is there a need for an awkward pause between the command and the title to be viewed, users can simply say "Show me Gang-nam Style video" and the new Magic Remote will understand.
Cable maker Belden Inc said it bought privately held PPC, which makes connectors used in broadband and wireless services, for $515.7 million to strengthen its position in the broadcast industry. Belden, which makes networking products for the broadcast and consumer electronics industries, has been buying connector companies that complement its cable offerings in these markets as it moves away from selling stand-alone cables. The company bought Canadian Miranda Technologies Inc, a maker of cable-TV and networking products, for about $362 million in July. Belden's shares have gained more than a quarter since it offered to buy smaller rival RuggedCom Inc in December 2011 to beef up its networking business. They closed at $39.70 on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.
We all have a fair weather friend that only participates when conditions are just right. Delivering Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a technology that, like a fair weather friend, may not be well suited for all outdoor weather conditions.
From clicking to touching, and now pointing and grabbing, the future of computer interaction is going through a major overhaul. A gesture-based operating environment or Spatial Operating Environment (SOE) is now realized and will transform the way we work and design, making the most of our hands. Now we can use spatial interface to control applications and data across many displays. Anyone on a network can share content and applications with any coworker anywhere in the world on an interactive basis.
The growth of digital content is accelerating as the needs of modern consumers include more ways to create, share and experience digital content.
The only time you will see a difference between a floating house and the traditional one is during floods - when your house rises above the water and your neighbor's stays put and slowly sinks under the water.
If we want to catch up on work or catch up on the last segments of Cybergeddon, our options are at hand and we agree with Felix that it "Doesn't make any difference."
Redbox, the Coinstar-owned operator of movie rental kiosks, has already disrupted the home video model one way. Now, it’s gunning for Netflix. Confirming months of rumors, Redbox Wednesday announced the arrival of Redbox Instant, along with partner Verizon. The $8-per-month service- $9 for Blu-ray discs- also includes four one-night credits per month for rentals from Redbox kiosks. The service will also offer a la carte rentals for non-subscribers. Warner Bros. is on board for streaming, as is cable channel Epix, while many other studios will offer sales and rentals. The service will be offered through the web, as well as on mobile devices and through smart TVs and Blu-ray players from such partners as LG and Samsung. Redbox Instant is available in public beta later this month.
More than 62 percent of online consumers interested in learning more about home automation cited security as their primary purchase motivation, according to new research by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. Consumer Perspective on Home Automation, released today, found that almost half (49 percent) of consumers are familiar with home automation systems that allow them to remotely monitor and control one or more technology system in their homes. "There is room for industry growth, with just 1.7 million households indicating they currently have a home automation system installed in their residence," said Rhonda Daniel, CEA's manger, market research, "The more consumers know about home automation, the more likely they are to adopt the technology in their homes. Our industry must work together to develop clear product descriptions and educate consumers about what these technologies can do in order to increase adoption of these systems." Research indicates that features focused on safety and security should be the building blocks of home automation packages offered by the industry. Consumers expressed interest in capabilities that would allow them to remotely monitor and control one or more systems in their homes. More than half of consumers said they are interested in the following features: receiving alerts if smoke detectors go off (59 percent); receiving alerts if someone enters or exits the home (55 percent); remotely seeing someone at the front door (58 percent); and being able to adjust the lights while away (52 percent).
The Consumer Electronics Show gives us a glimpse of the TV trends we'll see in the year to follow. Much like last year, the talk of the 2013 show in TVs will revolve around OLED and 4K. The television industry has been in flux during the last few years. Marquee Japanese names such as Panasonic, Sharp, and Sony are struggling, new technologies like voice and gesture control and 3D aren't compelling enough to warrant upgrades, and demand is expected to stay flat for 2013. Amid this atmosphere of regrouping and consolidation, there are likely to be very few surprises at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. What we're going to see at the show are several technologies that debuted at previous shows, such as OLED and 4K. We doubt any new display technologies, like the prototype Crystal LED shown last year by Sony, will hit the market in 2013. But chances are some technology will debut that we didn't expect, perhaps from a surprising quarter: think China.
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