Web Services for the Digital Home

The role of Web Services in the digital home is guaranteeing interoperability among devices, services and systems involved. Web Services generally provide communication and coordination infrastructure to digital home systems which may have minimal computational ability for interoperation. Interoperability in the digital home is achieved between components and services offered when they are capable of transparently collaborating on a particular service that they provide to the home user. Interoperability is the central cohesive source of support in digital home systems.

What's Under Your Desk? Solving the Power Cord Pretzel Problem

Green Plug believes the time has come for a reusable, multi-port power supply that can provide a universal power interface for all electronic products. The company is also taking a stand for setting a worldwide DC power standard. At CES 2008, they debuted a new electronics component chip - called the Green PlugTM Universal Power Protocol (UPP). The chip enables real-time collaboration between electronic devices and their power sources for the first time, using a secure, digital protocol.

802.11 Debugging Made Easy

This article covers 802.11 installation and troubleshooting tips for the professional custom electronics installer, but is applicable to any wireless network installation done professionally.

A Clearer Picture of the HDTV Market

HDTV Industry Challenges, Opportunities & Outlook Addressed at DisplaySearch's 5th Annual HDTV Conference Last Month

All I Wanted Was HDTV

Just like a Jaguar or BMW requires premium gasoline for peak performance, a high-end home theater system requires premium power. The way to get it? Install appropriate power management devices.

Broadband Video: A Market Update

Current "winners" in the broadband VoD space are the television broadcast networks, which are reporting good success with their online initiatives. For example, they are reporting high ad retention, no evidence of primetime cannibalization, and targeting the right viewer in terms of demographics.

CableCARD - Who Needs It?

We have Windows Media Center under Windows Vista receiving high definition premium cable content without CableCARD. It is so simple, it makes us wonder why no one else thought of it.

Content Insider #90 - Internet TV

Does Art Imitate Life or Life Imitate Art?

Content Insider #91 - Capturing Moments

Camphones are for Impulses, Cameras are for Memories

Editorial Comments

Dec 2007 - Editorial Comments

Gefen Home Theatre Scaler

At an msrp of $500, the Gefen does a remarkable job of scaling up SD content from DVD, and to a lesser extent, broadcast.

How to Achieve Wireless Surround Sound Using Amphony's New 5.8 GHz Transmitter/Amplifier

Sometimes people flinch at the idea of "going wireless" with audio because they are afraid that the sound quality will suffer. Amphony took those worries to heart and their product will put any sound connoisseur's mind at ease.

In-home Wiring

This paper presents recommendations for wiring homes for video, voice, and data connections from fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) Optical Network Terminals ONTs. The material generally follows the terminology and recommendations of the National Electric Code, the Telephone Industries Association (TIA), and BICSI. References to all three are presented at the end of this document.

Insider #92 - Influencers, WOM

The really smart innovator grabs everything he/she can get his/her hands on that is new, special, unique. Then…they find someone who'll lug their stuff around for them while they stay out of the rain.

Interview - Cables and Power Conditioning

I believe HDMI will continue to be the standard for at least the next 2 years. However, there are other technologies on the horizon that are open market, meaning they don¹t require a licensing fee or agreements, and they have many of the same capabilities as HDMI.

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