Panamax-Furman Joins Forces with LiteTouch

Panamax/Furman today announced that the company will be combining LiteTouch(R), a leading manufacturer of lighting control products, with its operations. Both companies are subsidiaries of the Home Technology Group of Linear, LLC. An industry leader for more than 35 years, Panamax delivers cutting-edge power management, monitoring, and control solutions engineered for professional custom electronics integrators. The Furman brand provides a wide range of power management solutions for musicians, audio professionals, and commercial A/V integrators, and it offers a line of high-performance power conditioners for audiophile-grade A/V systems and 220V-240V power management solutions for use outside of North America. Together, Panamax and Furman products give A/V systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance, providing longevity to the components connected by protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. LiteTouch, a 30-year leader in the residential custom installation market, delivers robust lighting control solutions designed to be installed and custom-programmed by authorized dealers, certified installers, and distributors worldwide. LiteTouch lighting control systems are engineered for both new construction and retrofit applications, with features such as remote access, conditional event and custom programming, daylight harvesting, and a host of other energy-saving features. Both companies are increasingly focused on providing energy efficiency and energy management solutions. As a combined entity, LiteTouch and Panamax/Furman will move forward under the leadership of Panamax/Furman President Bill Pollock, located in Petaluma, Calif.

Microsoft's Kinect hacked for Home Automation

Microsoft's Kinect has become quite the hacking hotbed -- the fields of medicine, music, and even shadow puppeteering have all benefitted from the peripheral's incredible versatility. And now, to the delight of home automation nerds everywhere, an enterprising young hacker has rigged a Kinect to automate the lighting in his home. By positioning the camera bar in a corner to track his movements, connecting it to the automation controller, and coding on / off commands, he's able to control the lights throughout his geektastic domicile. The automation logic then turns on the lights when entering the room, localizes them according to location, and turns them off upon leaving.


CEDIA Asia Pacific has announced that the inaugural CEDIA China Expo will take place at Shanghai International Convention Centre on 23rd-25th November 2011.

New products added to the ebode InfraRed Series!

We are proud to announce that the ebode Mini and Flush Mount Receiver Kits are now available from stock. These IR kits allows full remote control operation of audio/video components that are located in concealed and/or out-of-sight locations.

Haivision Execs to Present at 2011 NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference

Haivision today announced that both Joseph Gaucher, chief technology officer, and Peter Maag, executive vice president, will present at the 2011 NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference (BEC).

Kiosks4Business Exhibits at the Healthcare Innovation EXPO 2011

Kiosks4Business is a touch screen kiosk company that will be exhibiting its kiosks and kiosk software at the Healthcare Innovation EXPO show during the 9th and 10th of March.

Aaudio Imports Named Exclusive North American Distributor by BMC Audio of Germany

High-Performance Audio Innovator Brings to the U.S. Radically New Product Line Boasting Top Technologies, Modular Design, Elegance and Affordability

THE BMC STORY: Two -Year Old Germany -based Brand Exclusively Distributed by Aaudio Imports New in Name Only

Audio Innovator Weds Modular Designs and Unconventional Technologies with Superb Performance and High Affordability in Compelling US Debut

Key Digital's Product Line Now Updated In D -Tools System Integrator (SI) 5.5 Software

The latest detailed Key Digital product information in System Integrator™ is now completely updated and available to current SI users.

Pioneer Home Audio Builds More Bridges To Apple Ecosystem

Pioneer is building more bridges to Apple products in its mainstream A/V receiver (AVR) series. Four new mainstream-series A/V receivers include the company's first three AVRs certified by Apple to connect and charge an iPad (starting at $349), first A/V receiver with Apple's Air Play wireless audio-streaming technology (starting at $549), and first model (at $549) compatible with the new iControlAV2 app, which turns iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches into full-function remotes that control all features of the company's networked A/V receivers and Blu-ray players. The company promises to include the new Apple features in the rest of the A/V receivers that it will launch in the spring and summer, citing the high percentage of Pioneer AVR owners who own Apple products. More than 62 percent of Pioneer AVR owners own an Apple product, with 49 percent owning at least three Apple products, the company said. Twenty-six percent own an iPhone.

Netflix Unfriended by Facebook TV

Facebook took some air out of the Netflix balloon when it announced its own movie streaming media service Tuesday. Working with Warner Brothers Digital Distribution, Facebook is testing a video service that will let users rent movies for $3, or 30 Facebook credits. The first installment of the trial is the 2008 Batman movie The Dark Knight, and users can have access to the rental for 48 hours. The move was not welcomed by Netflix investors who see Facebook's 600 million-member social media site as a formidable challenge to company's $8-a-month video streaming efforts. Netflix shares fell more than 4% to $199.30 in early trading Tuesday. Given Facebook's immense reach and the apparent ease at which it can keep users on the site while they watch movies, the move certainly threatens the Netflix model. Not only does Facebook give the studios access to its vast membership, it can also deliver advertisers a big group of consumers with shared interests.

SIM2 Kicks Off 15th -Anniversary Celebration with New 3D Home Cinema Projectors and a Crystal Clear View of the Future

SIM2 is well into a yearlong celebration of its 15th anniversary that will be highlighted by the introduction of a series of advanced new projector designs, promotions, and events in key U.S. cities.

Atlona's Si and Signature Line Matrix Switchers Receive Control4(R) Certification; Provide Seamless Integration With Control4 Home Automation Systems

Atlona Technologies(R) today announced that the company's Si and Signature line matrix switchers have earned Control4(R) certification, ensuring compatibility and smooth integration with Control4 home automation systems.

D -Tools Enhances Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program with Holovision

Intercom, security, and access control leader joins D-Tools MVP Program Partnership to offer current System Integrator users detailed product information free of charge.

D -Tools System Integrator™ 5.5 Named as Finalist for 2011 CEA Mark of Excellence Award

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®) announced that D-Tools, Inc. was named a finalist for the 2010 Mark of Excellence Awards, presented by CEA's TechHome Division.

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