The ultimate Vantage mobile access solution: create your own Vantage touchscreen on your iPad®

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Vantage iPad® app. Now you can control your Vantage audio, lighting, climate and camera systems with your iPad®. The app is designed to provide homeowners with simple, intuitive control of their homes

Vantage Extends Home Automation Control to iPhone®

Vantage, one of the leaders in home automation solutions for luxury homes, announces the release of the new Vantage iPhone® and iPad® application. The new app enables homeowners to control lighting, audio, cameras, and home climate remotely.

Vantage system integrates seamlessly with Fidelio hotel reservation system from MICROS - Fidelio Driver important for hotelsector

In a typical scenario, the preferences of hotel guests are held in a general database that can be shared with other hotels that also use Fidelio.With this new driver, Vantage will be able to provide each guest with the highest comfort level possible.

Artists, Music, Audiences Change - Labels Find it Tough

Seems like half the shows on TV are about rising musicians/singers.  But ask the MPAA (music folks) and their industry is breathing its last chest rattling breath.

Classic Home Toys #26

Only a couple of years after the adoption of the familiar orange and white icon for RSS feeds, social  networking sites such as Facebook, my Space, and Twitter began to grow in popularity.  In fact, many RSS software sites stopped updating their software around 2007 and although some sites still provide inks to the feed,   RSS is barely ever mentioned anymore.  Some sites still display the icon, but  no longer provide an updated feed.

Content Insider # 172 -- Marketing You Don't Manage

If you went to/read about SXSW (check Wikipedia) you saw that folks were doing everything for word of mouth (WOM) buzz.  They'll do it all the time, every time.  Big secret though?   Those folks don't
have one iota of control over WOM! Nope that belongs to the people we're feeding the messages to.  You know "them."   Problem is they can turn on you in a heartbeat and gawd it ain't pretty.  When that happens it's damage control and you try to save the vital parts...that's when you call the PR folks to blame...not us, them! It can be "managed if you know how to prepare, what to do, when to do it...and you have blind faith!!!!

Content Insider #170 - Usage Trends

If you were one of the fortunate few who got his/her iPad 2 lord it over the other folks who are waiting for ...something else.  Of course they and you also carry around your smartphone, notebook, other mobile devices.  They're too important not to be without...and the information they hold.  Good thing is all that data, content you're creating doesn't make the things weigh any more except when you have to get a few external hard drives to carry it all.  Who knew you just had to have 8-10 four drawer filing cabinets of stuff with you but...you do.  Could put all the content at home but that's getting pretty full.  Could put it in the cloud but that's a little scarey.  All storage people can say is thank you for creating, storing, sharing.

Content Insider #171 -- The Game Is On

We may have worked with Atari for over six years back in the real gaming system days but we never really had a long attention span -- long enough to play the games.  We knew people who slept under their desks and lived on Coke/Twinkies when it was crash n burn to get games out.  Folks still do but now they're talking serious money.  So serious we people buy virtual goods/stuff with real money.  Times have changed but the attraction of games hasn't.  The games are more realistic, more immersive and more valuable.  Serious men, women, boys, girls play them...serious men, women develop them...seriously there's a new breed of casual games !!!!

Digital to Analog Audio Conversion

Computers use a binary counting method that allows them to work with very large numbers - and the size of this number depends on how many bits they have.  In the case of most recordings, 16 bits are used to count.  In the case of the PS DAC, 32 bits are possible.  So all that happens is the analog music signal goes into a digital counting device and the musical energy is converted to numbers - bigger numbers for higher levels and smaller numbers for lower levels of music.

EHX 2011 Tradeshow Report

This year EHX took place from March 17 - 19 in Orlando Florida.  As usual EHX had exhibitors from a broad range of AV companies.  

HomeToys has reached out to companies from across the industry for a peek at some of the new products that will be showcased this year.  Below is a compilation of some great new products that should be an interest to you.

As usual HomeToys.com will be a great place to post your company news and keep up to date.

Home Security System Installation and considerations:

With 20 years in the Consumer Electronics space, David pioneered wireless LAN for home use in partnership with Linksys, rotating storage for portable electronics at Cornice, and is most recently a founder and chief marketing officer of BOCS Inc, the manufacturer of a new whole home A/V distribution system for retrofit applications

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How a Data Driven Process Can Help Streamline a System Integration Company

In today's challenging market, System Integrators have to wear multiple hats more than ever in order to complete projects that meet and exceed their client's expectations.  Many of the phases of a System Integration project tend to overlap and as the lines blur, productivity and profitability can depreciate.

If One Sub is Good, Are Two Better?

My colleagues and friends who have large vaulted-ceiling rooms all run dual subs. Taste plays a role as well. If you like your music or soundtracks really loud and deep, go for two subs. If you have a huge room and you want really loud sound and deep bass, then look at physically larger subwoofers with bigger amplifiers.

Interview - 3D Sound

3D sound is a unique audio technology developed by sonic emotion in Switzerland and sold on an audio chip. 3D sound technology provides consumer audio and home entertainment devices with the ability to create a virtual 3D soundfield in any listening area, immersing listeners in their favourite music, movies and games in previously unheard dimensions.

Interview - Video Mount Industry

Tony Pelura is director of marketing & business development for Video Mount Products (VMP). He is a 13-year industry veteran who started in the electronics industry as a sales rep, moving on to later become president of Maryland-based A/V distributor Centronics, Inc. Pelura received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management/Marketing from Salisbury University in Maryland and his Masters Degree in Finance from the University of Baltimore.

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!