Smart Home Security

Smart home system owners are advised to request a level of service in which security issues are all adequately addressed.

System Test and Integration Procedures - Part 2a: Cable Test and Verification

This article will guide you in preparing for and completing procedures that will systematically and methodically take you through a sequence of tasks purposed to insure the integrity of the wiring prior to a complete systems test and integration process.

The Digital Network's Final Frontier: Your Home

Imagine a true digital home where an Ethernet backbone carries all kinds of content and control information (multi-room entertainment, hi-def video, automation, security, online gaming, etc.).

The New Breed Multi-room Audio Systems

Enhance your lifestyle, increase your property value and enjoy all of your new digital music sources from anywhere in your home by installing a modern multi-room audio system.

A New Standard for Home Control Products

Each Z-Wave product/module acts as a sender and receiver in the network, offering two-way communications to make sure that one device knows the other received a command.

A New Use for an Old VCR

Whereas most other sensors have range limitations, Video Motion Detection has the advantage that any image in the field of view of the video camera can be analyzed for movement and alerts triggered.

Advertising, Marketing and PR Tips

#Embrace Your Brand: The Basics of Establishing Brand Identity # Cutting-Edge Collateral # Maximizing Your Trade Show Experience

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Conventional "box" speaker manufacturers whose products are designed for protection under a roof soffit should not be compared with a rock/landscape-type product that is designed for the elements

Big entertainment, wherever you want it.

The XL Theater is a unique, sealed-air inflatable theater screen, available in 96 inch and 144 inch sizes. Use this system indoors or outdoors for family entertainment in your backyard, pool house, family room or neighborhood block party.

DVD Insider #55 - Cool Hand Luke

# What we have here is a failure of communications # He's a natural born world-shaker # You gonna get used to wearin' them chains after a while # Wish you'd stop bein' so good to me, cap'n

DVD Insider #56 - 2001: A Space Odyssey

* This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it * It can only be attributable to human error * Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it

DVD Insider #57 - The Sixth Sense

* You ever feel the prickly things on the back of your neck? * This whole building was full of, uh, lawyers. * Is someone out there?

DVD Insider #58 - Chicken Little at NAB

* "Oh my goodness! The sky is falling! I must go tell the king." * "Oh no don't go! The sky is falling!" * "I know a shortcut to the palace. Come and follow me."

DVD Insider #59 - E3 & The DaVinci Code

* You asked what would be worth killing for * We are in the middle of a war * I'm into something here that I cannot understand

Editorial Comments

With a world full of blogs, commentaries, forums and discussion groups it appears that everybody has something to say about everything. So ... I may as well join the throng and put forth some opinions about topics that are relevant to my two passions ... Technology (HomeToys) and Alternative Energy (Earthtoys).

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection