Roku has added the ability to play iTunes music through its home multimedia box through a tie-up with MP3tunes. Users can pass both audio and playlists, and don’t need to set up a home media server of any kind. Those with an MP3tunes locker can upload between 10GB and 200GB of their iTunes library and access it from the Roku box even outside of a local network. MP3tunes already lets users stream their iTunes or other music libraries to devices such as iPhones, Android phones and now a TV or home entertainment system. Once songs are on MP3tunes, tracks can be played by artist, type, playlist or shuffled by default. Album art is displayed on the user's TV when the music is playing. Along with the announcement, Roku and MP3tunes are offering a bundle that includes a $20 discount on a Roku HD or Roku HD-XR and a free, premium 50GB MP3tunes account.
You've heard about it for months, and now the universal remote that looks nothing like a universal remote is finally on sale in 52 nations. Thinkflood's RedEye Mini -- which simply plugs into the headphone jack of your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch -- can now be procured for $49, and when used with the gratis app in the App Store, can control anything in your home entertainment setup that accepts IR commands. ZDNet was fortunate enough to get a little hands-on time with the device, and their early impressions are quite positive. In fact, they recommend skipping the Harmony hoopla and heading right for this if you're already an iDevice owner (who doesn't use an imposing case or Bumper), and at a buck under a Grant, we certainly aren't in a position to argue. Read a recent press release from ThinkFlood here. Engadget source.
Axpona a high performance audio show, set for April 14-17 in Atlanta, will include the first demonstrations of the new AIX “3D Music Albums” heard through state-of-the-art audio equipment, according to Mark Waldrep, Ph. D., founder and chief engineer of AIX Records. AIX Records had a celebrated demonstration of High Definition Audio/Video on standard Blu-ray discs at AXPONA 2010 and has just completed shooting several music video albums in state-of-the-art 3D video and high definition audio that will be released in the new Blu-ray 3D format. The music performances were captured using uncompressed PCM at 96 kHz/24 bits PCM and the video was recorded at 1080p/30 and will be made compatible with Blu-ray 3D at 1080p 23.98 fps. Read Full Release here.
GE's Nucleus brings the promise of the smart grid into consumers’ homes. As utilities deploy smart meters, the Nucleus will collect and store a consumer’s household electricity use and cost data for up to three years and present it to consumers in real-time using simple, intuitive PC and smart phone applications, helping consumers monitor and control their energy use. Nucleus is the first product in GE’s Brillion™ suite of smart home energy management solutions that will help consumers control their energy use and costs. In addition to Nucleus, GE’s Brillion suite will include a programmable thermostat, in-home display, a smart phone application, and smart appliances for the entire home.
If your company is exhibiting at CEDIA Expo 2010, I’m sure by now your team has had discussions that begin with the question, “what are we going to do to get people to our booth?” By now, I’m pretty sure you’ve come up with some awesome ideas ranging from product or cash giveaways (SWAG), special promos on your products or services, booth “babes”, beer (always a crowd pleaser!) and food, etc. All of these are great ideas and I’m sure we’ll see some even more creative ideas at this year’s show, but maximizing your efforts goes beyond simply ordering promo goods. What are you doing to make sure attendees to the show know about them in advance and make sure they make time to visit your booth? See a couple of Scott Moody of Marketing Matters tips here.
D-Tools, Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 D-Tools contest, Project:SUCCESS. This contest recognized excellence in system integration projects utilizing D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools held the contest in May 2010 to pursue SI5.5 users’ greatest success stories about how the software has positively affected their business and returned a significant ROI. Success stories of some of most distinguished system integrators were submitted by the D-Tools user base. The contest is sponsored by D-Tools MVP Partners Atlantic Technology and Universal Remote Control. The winners were selected by the D-Tools Executive team and were judged on a number of criteria, including originality, project complexity, use of D-Tools’ software, and which stories best communicate the user’s expertise of the software. Click here to see the winners.
The Dice House looks like part of a Monopoly set, but the design has real-world ambitions. The 30-by-30-by-30-foot concept home, designed by the British architecture firm Sybarite, improves on standard building tech to erase its carbon footprint. The centerpiece is a photovoltaic umbrella dome that collects roughly 90 percent of the house’s energy needs. Made of a common plastic, the pillowy dome traps heat like a greenhouse. That hot air warms water in a tank tucked under the roof, turning out a daily average of 80 bath-ready gallons, even on the darkest days of December. At the umbrella’s apex, a generator-equipped turbine produces electricity and, in chilly months, drives heat into the house. Photovoltaic cells studding the 484-square-foot dome floor create additional electricity. Generating an estimated average of 33 kilowatt-hours per day, the house can power itself and charge a Tesla Roadster.
Runco has announced the addition of two new flat panel outdoor LCD displays to its Climate Portfolio weatherproof series
Both HD displays offer legendary Runco video performance housed inside a sleek, weatherproof cabinet that is finished with the same clean, elegant look and style that distinguishes all Runco flat panels, with optional Runco ColourPalette™ custom finish options. Runco’s Climate Portfolio CP-42HD and CP-52HD are full-high-definition widescreen flat panel displays that utilize Runco’s advanced LCD technology in an enclosure designed to withstand the elements. The 42- and 52-inch displays have native 1080p resolution and integrate reflection-rejection glass for easy viewing outdoors. Offering exceptional video quality, features, flexibility and connectivity to achieve the ultimate custom outdoor viewing experience, both flat panel displays feature a 176-degree viewing angle, making it easy for a large number of viewers with widely dispersed seating positions to enjoy the display in an outdoor living space.
Qsonix introduces and announces immediate availability of its new Q2 series—the first of its new music server systems since announcing its partnership with digital audio specialist Wadia Digital. A completely new design, the Q2 series replaces the Q100 line. The new Q205 & Q210 systems are built on Qsonix’s next generation hardware & software platform and incorporate Wadia Digital’s digital audio output technology. The new Q2 systems are available with choice of 1TB or 2TB of premium hard drive storage and either 15” or 17” touchscreen controllers. Both units also include built-in support for desktop PC/Mac and iPhone, iPod touch and iPad remote control operation.
LG Electronics, Samsung and Sony all backed the HDBaseT Alliance this week, a new wired standard for the living room that hopes to replace the ubiquitous HDMI cable. With the finalization of the specification, the HDBaseT alliance said that it envisions other companies licensing it during the second half of 2010, with first products (most likely from the member companies) appearing by the end of the year. More widespread adoption could take place in early 2011. Unlike HDMI, which merely transfers uncompressed audio and video data, HDBaseT uses what it calls 5Play: the transfer of audio and video data, plus 100BaseT Ethernet, and even power, plus control signals.
As summer installations wrap-up, AVAD LLC is offering all AVAD dealers an opportunity to showcase their biggest and best outdoor AV projects and lay claim to being one of the best in the business as part of AVAD’s “Outdoor Installation of the Year” photo contest . From now through August 31st, AVAD dealers are invited to post pictures of their award-worthy outdoor installations to AVAD’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/avadllc . AVAD will announce the contest winner and present the winning dealer with the AVAD “Outdoor Installation of the Year” Award at CEDIA Expo 2010.
Hulu, the online TV and film portal, has finally rolled out a subscription service, according to a note posted to the site on today. For $9.99 a month, subscribers of Hulu Plus get access to a full season's worth of their favorite TV shows--and even past seasons in some cases. The shows will be accessible to subscribers on the iPhone, the iPad, and on some television sets. Soon it will also work through the PlayStation3 and Xbox video game consoles. Hulu Plus will still have ads, just like the free service does but many of the programs on Hulu Plus will be in 720p high definition.
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Adds New 75-Inch LaserVue TV to Bolster Industry's Broadest Line of 60-Inch-and-Larger 3D TVs Available Today
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc., today announced two significant 3D additions to its line-up of theater-like 3D TVs: A 75-inch LaserVue® TV ( Model L75-A91 ) brandishing several prolific, new features, and a 3D Starter Pack ( Model 3DC-1000 ) containing all the necessities for watching 3D at home. The new Mitsubishi 3D Starter Pack contains two pairs of active shutter 3D eyewear, a 3D emitter, 3D Adapter with remote, an HDMI™ cable, and also features a Disney 3D showcase Blu-ray® disc featuring 3D trailers of “A Christmas Carol”, “Alice In Wonderland” and “Toy Story 3” along with an educational short on 3D presented by Disney’s infamous Timon and Pumba. Available at retail in July, the 3D Starter Pack enables existing and future owners of Mitsubishi 3D DLP® Home Cinema TVs and LaserVue TVs to instantly enjoy the ultimate in immersive, large-screen, theater-like 3D home entertainment.
D-Tools, Inc. announced the finalists of the 2010 D-Tools contest, Project:SUCCESS. This contest recognizes excellence in system integration projects utilizing D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools held the contest to pursue SI5.5 users’ greatest success stories about how the software has positively affected their business and returned a significant ROI. Success stories of some of most distinguished system integrators were submitted by the D-Tools user base. The contest is sponsored by D-Tools MVP Partners Atlantic Technology and Universal Remote Control. The six finalists were selected by the D-Tools Marketing team and were judged on a number of criteria, including originality, project complexity, use of D-Tools’ software, and which stories best communicate the user’s expertise of the software. See the list of finalists here.
Building on the latest advances in digital media technology, S1Digital’s summer 2010 refresh introduces new features such as 3D Blu-ray playback and lossless audio bitstreaming . Also being unveiled is S1Digital’s new P250 Media Center client, a small, compact Media Center with big time features. S1Digital’s flagship S800 Media Server, in addition to supporting 3D Blu-ray, gets a massive upgrade to a full ten terabytes of internal storage on six hot-swap hard drives, and is powered by a hardware RAID controller, latest Intel Core i7 processor and runs on Windows® 7 64 bit operating system.
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Use for any Low Voltage Cabling, A/V, Telecom, Data, Networking Ideal for : Sound Bars & Wall Speakers • Home Theater Cabling • A/V Furniture The SPEEDPORT™ is incredibly versatile and is ideal for wall mounted box speakers, sound bars and wireless access devices mounted in ceilings. It can accommodate almost any device needed to be hung on a wall or ceiling with cable pass thru and mounting. The ultra low profile design features a rubber grommet insert for bulk cable pass thru. Two mounting screws are hidden behind the grommet and offer a clean, unobtrusive presentation. Installation is quick & simple using a hole saw and attaches to acoustical ceiling tiles and/or gypsum board. Reducing labor and a whole lot of mess from hand cutting large rectangular holes - Low voltage brackets are no longer needed. Just cut your hole in the desired location, insert SPEEDPORT™ and tighten adjustable mounting arms to fasten securely.