Cable sports giant ESPN's latest network, ESPN 3D, launched successfully at 9:30 am EST Friday with the stereoscopic 3D broadcast of the 2010 FIFA World Cup match between Mexico and South Africa. ESPN held a launch event for the press at its Bristol, Ct. headquarters, where the game could be seen on both a Samsung DLP set that used active-shutter glasses and a Hyundai LCD set that used passive glasses. Sony, which is sponsoring the channel's launch, has also supplied a number of its new 3D LCD sets to ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla., where ESPN is hosting a viewing party for fans. Read what Glen Dickson of Broadcasting & Cable who was in Bristol for the launch had to say.
Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), a leading manufacturer of professional-grade, integrator-friendly control solutions, today announced a sneak preview of several new solutions making their debut at InfoComm 2010. Featuring sleek and sophisticated controllers and processors loaded with innovations, the latest additions to RTI's lineup will showcase the company's commitment to the commercial market with intuitive, flexible solutions that provide the ultimate control experience in boardrooms, classrooms, and much more. "We've been working hard on a number of simply amazing solutions over the last year, and we can't wait to share them with our valued dealers at this year's show," said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. "With powerful new universal controllers and processors that combine the latest advanced technologies with a sleek new design, we're set to unveil a number of exciting products. These new solutions provide integrators with amazing options for their clients -- in any commercial environment -- all at a great value and without sacrificing performance."
Cisco Systems is helping build a prototype in South Korea for what one developer describes as an instant "city in a box." Cisco, which has more than 4,400 employees and contractors in Research Triangle Park, is wiring every tech nook and cranny of the new city, making it one of the most technologically sophisticated urban centers on the planet. New Songdo City, a soon-to-be-completed metropolis about the size of downtown Boston that serves as a showroom model for what is expected to be the first of many assembly-line cities. In addition to state-of-the-art information technology, Songdo will emit just one-third of the greenhouse gases of a typical city of similar size. "Everything will be connected - buildings, cars, energy - everything," said Wim Elfrink, Cisco's Bangalore-based chief globalization officer. "This is the tipping point. When we start building cities with technology in the infrastructure, it's beyond my imagination what that will enable."
Truly the “Information Communications Marketplace,” InfoComm is where everyone in the industry convenes each year — buyers, sellers, systems integrators, distributors, technical professionals, engineers and designers — to conduct business, share ideas, learn and have fun as part of a growing community. More than 32,000 professionals from 80+ countries are expected at InfoComm 2010. News from the show is pouring in to HomeToys.com’s special InfoComm newspage. Click here to check out all the latest headlines.
Today ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, residential, commercial and consumer electronics applications announced an agreement to collaborate with SunSpec Alliance to define standards for renewable energy and microgrid management using ZigBee Smart Energy Version 2.0. The collaboration between the two Alliances will address the existing gap between the growing use of distributed generation via renewable energy resources and the Smart Grid, in order to take advantage of the energy management efficiencies of the Smart Grid.
The ASRock Vision 3D HTPC will get unveiled at this year's Computex. It's got an aluminum casing and inside there's an Intel Core mobile processor, and a NVIDIA GeForce GPU for 3D Vision graphics. On the outside you will find 4 USB 3.0 ports, dual-link DVI, 7.1 audio, a Blu-ray drive, and an HDMI 1.4 port. ASRock is aiming to have this released sometime in July, but if you really want to experience the 3D, you'll have to pick up NIVIDIA's 3D Vision kit, which has its own software along with the glasses. No pricing yet for this unit. Source: Slashgear.
IDG News Service - Consumers will likely see 3D LCD TVs that don't require people to wear polarized glasses out on global markets by 2015, according to a Taiwanese research group that showed off an early version of such a device this week. The technology is considered vital to getting 3D into more people's living rooms. Analysts say most people don't want to wear polarized glasses to watch 3D TV, and many balk at the price, up to $200 per pair for some of the glasses. The high price might make a person think twice about hosting a World Cup or Super Bowl party with friends.
Eos Wireless has announced a new wireless speaker system that the company says is "plug-and-play." The system can stream music from a computer (Mac or PC), iPod, or other music source to several rooms in the home, or even outside. The transmitter communicates with the receivers/speakers right out of the box using Eos' own GigiWave digital wireless technology. This means the consumer doesn't need to set up a WiFi connection or install software. According to Eos, the signal can be streamed up to 150 feet through walls, floors, and ceilings. Tunes can be played in up to five rooms in the home simultaneously.
Wall Street Journal: "If you've zeroed in on the perfect 3-D television for your living room, what about the glasses? Currently, the choice of which 3-D specs to wear is dictated by the manufacturer, as the glasses are tied to a single brand of TV and can't be used on others. But as early as this month, next-generation 3-D glasses will be hitting stores. The new specs are designed to work with any TV or computer monitor capable of playing movies or shows in 3-D. This month, XpanD eyewear will go on sale at U.S. retailers. For $129, customers can purchase glasses that will work on any television or PC with 3-D."
Engadget: "If you thought that Apple's foray into the world of home entertainment died with the last iteration of the Apple TV, you're quite wrong. A tip we've received -- which has been confirmed by a source very close to Apple -- details the outlook for the next version of the Apple TV, and it's a doozy. According to our sources, this project has been in the works long before Google announced its TV solution, and it ties much more closely into Apple's mobile offerings. The new architecture of the device will be based directly on the iPhone 4 though it will be capable of full 1080p HD. The device is said to be quite small with a scarce amount of ports (only the power socket and video out), and has been described to some as "an iPhone without a screen." Are you ready for the real shocker? According to our sources, the price-point for the device will be $99. One more time -- a hundred bucks"
Consumer-electronics manufacturers are on track to sell 4.2 million 3DTV sets worldwide in 2010, with the market projected to triple to 12.9 million units next year, according to research firm iSuppli. By 2012, 27.4 million 3DTVs will ship worldwide and by 2015 shipments will reach 78.1 million units, representing a compound annual growth rate of 80.2% between 2010 and 2015, iSuppli projected. Three issues need to be resolved before there is "mass consumer acceptance" of 3DTVs, iSuppli analyst Riddhi Patel said: standardized video formats, content available and 3D glasses interoperability.
At Google’s annual developers conference today most analysts were predicting Google to announce their partnerships with manufactures for new television set-top boxes built with Google's Android OS. They didn't but they did announce that they plan to make their WebM codec completely open source and license free. The video codec was acquired earlier this year for $124.6 million from On2 Technologies and is competing with h264 which is owned by the MPEG LA a patent pool which both Apple and Microsoft are part of. Beginning today, all videos that are 720p or larger uploaded to YouTube will be be encoded in WebM. Google has also released a WebM software developer kit and source code.
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 will be available at the end of June and start at just $249. The nettop features Nvidia ION graphics, a choice of a single core Intel Atom D410 or dual core Atom D510 processor, 2GB of RAM, 802.11b/g/n, your choice of 5400rpm hard drive and Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Home Basic installed. It measures in at just 6.8″ x 6″ x 0.8″ with an HDMI output, 4 USB ports (2 front and 2 back), mic and headphone jacks, S/PDIF audio, VGA output, and Ethernet port. Available separately is Lenovo's cool wireless multimedia remote with keyboard and trackball.
More than 250 projects were submitted for Electronic House magazine’s 5th Annual Home of the Year Awards contest and the winning entries are up now on their website. Categories included: Best Home Theater $25k-$50k, Best Home Theater $50k-$100k, Best Home Theater $100k-$250k, Best Home Theater $250k+, Best Master Suite, Best Kitchen, Best Family Room, Best Outdoor Space and several more with 43 winning installation in all. Tons of pictures and equipment rundowns available here.
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