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When Should You Walk Away From a Sale?

Just remember that if something sounds or looks too good to be true, check it out - and if it doesn't feel right, consider walking away.

Crestron Ultimate Home Automation Solution Demonstrated in Las Vegas Show House

The New American Home 2013 achieved LEED Platinum Status from the U.S. Green Building Council and Emerald status under the National Green Build Standard.

David Eun Explains Samsung's Silicon Valley Invasion

David Eun once led Google and YouTube’s partnerships with media companies, turning their sometimes adversarial relationships into licensing deals. These days, he’s doing something similar, but from the hardware side of the business. As EVP of Samsung’s Open Innovation Center, Eun is charged with developing new digital content and services for a consumer electronics juggernaut that’s gunning for supremacy in everything from TVs and smartphones to refrigerators. Onstage at D: Dive Into Media, Eun talked for the first time about Samsung’s plan to tap Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to drive its content and media business, and to turn its device portfolio into a massive content-distribution platform. A cornerstone of that plan: Samsung’s new Open Innovation Center, which the company announced today at D: Dive Into Media. That operation is geared toward drawing on Silicon Valley innovation to fuel the technologies that Samsung sees as the next big thing. “We’re doubling down on software innovation, particularly software that will enhance our products,” Eun said. “We’re focusing on investing in early-stage companies, and developing partnerships with them that can help us enhance the user experience of our customers.”

The Sonos Playbar expands wireless audio to the TV room

Wireless audio giant Sonos has announced the Playbar, a compact sound bar that incorporates all the usual surround-sound speakers and integrates with the company's other wireless speakers. It could be a great solution for the tech-savvy media lover. But this is the first time they've attempted to tackle TV audio, which is a more complicated proposal. There are good sound bar systems out there already, and of course many people already have excellent multi-speaker systems installed. Why get this Sonos? Well, it should have pretty great sound — Sonos has always been good about that — but the big draw would probably be putting the controls all on your phone or tablet. Combine the Sonos with a smart set-top box with its own app, and you've got a whole world of music, TV, and movies controllable from your iPad. And setup should be a breeze — it plugs right into your TV and you can even control it through the TV's remote.  

How the IT Industry Views AV

If you’ve ever subscribed to the line of thinking that says, “If we in the AV industry don’t sharpen our IT skills, those that already have them are going to swoop in and eat our lunches,” then you may be onto something. This line of thinking acknowledges that the whole AV/IT convergence has already happened and that more and more AV systems are really networked AV systems. It appreciates the growing market for digital signage, videoconferencing systems, streaming media and mobile collaboration and wonders, “Are we as AV professionals missing the boat here? Are we losing out to IT professionals?” Maybe not yet, but if any of this sounds familiar, I submit this: The IT industry is as interested in the market for networked AV systems (and they should be) as the AV industry is wary that IT will win a lion’s share of that business. Ironically, IT appears to know exactly what it needs to succeed in AV: the knowledge that AV specialists already have. Read full blog post:

Control4 Goes for Wireless Audio

Automation vendor Control4 makes an audio debut at ISE 2013-- the Wireless Music Bridge, a device allowing customers to wirelessly connect and stream music on PCs or mobile devices on Control4 systems. With Bluetooth, DLNA, Airplay, wifi and ethernet support, the Wireless Music Bridge streams audio from most, if not all, devices. It supports full metadata (including cover art) and allows access to connected content and devices through all Control4 interfaces, including TVs. In addition, Control4 systems with OS 2.4 get a TuneIn update, allowing access to over 700000 traditional and internet radio stations, as well as on-demand audio and podcasts. The Control4 Wireless Music Bridge ships from Q2 2013, while the TuneIn update should roll out from April 2013.

How Monoprice Is Eating The Tech World From The Inside Out

Five years ago, Monoprice was associated with two things: HDMI cables and nerds. Being able to tell people about two-buck Monoprice cables, and to explain, with confidence, why Monster cables were a scam, was one of the wonderful small privileges of geekdom; today, it's one of the dwindling few. In addition to making its boosters look smart, Monoprice had a pretty solid pitch. Its cables were cheap! They worked fine! The company was based in the U.S., processed orders quickly, had a return policy and answered emails. It was like eBay without the risk. The minimalist web store has long since expanded to include more than just cables; today, it's best described as an accessory shop. But in January, the company announced that it was taking a broad step into a new market: It was going to start selling big-ticket electronics under the Monoprice name. Click here for full article:

Study - Innovation and Affordability Open up Home Automation to a Larger Audience

In the last three years, numerous home automation related products have been introduced into the market. Existing market players have upgraded their product lines, while new entrants have introduced new offerings. Everyone is increasingly focusing on smart technologies. Manufacturers of individual home automation functions, such as security, climate control, window treatment systems or access control, have launched new smart products. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.buildingtechnologies.frost.com) European Home Automation Market, finds that the market earned revenues of €223 million in 2012 and estimates this to reach €348.2 million in 2017. While the home automation market is seeing a shift in technology and increased demand for novel products, the supply chain is also responding to such developments. "While installation of home automation has been of interest almost exclusively to professional home automation specialists, an increasing number of manufacturers are trying to simplify home automation technology, and spread installation and programming know-how to more participants in the supply chain," noted Frost & Sullivan Environment and Building Technologies Senior Industry Analyst Hammam Ahmed . "They have intensified their focus on training traditional electrical contractors, and are exploring other routes to market in order to reach a wider customer base. This will have a positive impact on the supply chain in the future." 

Siri Home Automation Integration from Start to Finish
Part 1 - The Basics (using a Linux VM)

I've been wanting to get Siri up and running with my Home Automation system for quite a while. I tried and failed last year, but recently attacked the problem again; this time with great success. Not only did I get it running on 4 versions of Linux (long story), but also on my Raspberry PI. Further, I now have it integrated with my Home Automation system. (The approach I chose for this should work with virtually any Home Automation system.) The instructions in this article will get you up and running--virtually guaranteed--in under 30 mins. If you don't want to start from scratch, you can download a 250MB VMware appliance with it fully installed. All that's required are a few minor config changes for your own IP address. In Part 1, we'll cover the basics (using a Linux VM). In Part 2, we'll cover Raspberry PI installation. In Part 3, we'll cover Home Automation integration.

Siri Home Automation Integration from Start to Finish
Part 2 - Raspberry PI Installation

This is Part 2 of a three part article. In this part, we'll see how to install SiriProxy on a Raspberry PI. In Part 1, we'll cover the basics (using a Linux VM). In Part 2, we'll cover Raspberry PI installation. In Part 3, we'll cover Home Automation integrations

Siri Home Automation Integration from Start to Finish
Part 3 - Home Automation Integration

This is Part 3 of a three part article. In this part, we'll look specifically at how to integrate Siri with a Home Automation system. In Part 1, we'll cover the basics (using a Linux VM). In Part 2, we'll cover Raspberry PI installation. In Part 3, we'll cover Home Automation integrations

Defining Audio Fidelity

Only four parameters are needed to define everything that affects audio fidelity: Frequency response, distortion, noise, and time-based errors.

Applications for Transparent Displays

Transparent displays are not new; many panel makers have demonstrated prototypes for years. But when they first see a transparent display, people are often impressed and amazed.

AVnu Alliance & UNH-IOL Launch Audio Video Bridge Certification Program

AVB provides a huge step forward for transporting audio/visual content, and provides a means for replacing the diverse varieties of point-to-point connectors with a single, extensible network.

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This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

INTRODUCING THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CONTROL YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE YOUR VOICE. Imagine this... We've all been there-walking through the door into a dark house, arms full. Wouldn't it be nice to tell your house to offer a helping hand? Now you can. A simple voice command-such as "Alexa, turn on Welcome"-lights up the hallway and kitchen, fires up your favorite Pandora station, while the door locks itself behind you. This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.