TechWatch 2005

Wired and wireless networks are slowly coming home sparked by sharing everything! Suddenly people are latching onto the idea of having a centralized storage solution that handles the whole families needs.

TechWatch 2006

2006 - New Versions of Kong's Script: * He's always been king of his world, but we'll teach him fear. * Don't be alarmed, ladies and gentlemen. Those chains are made of chrome steel. * Oh no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was beauty that killed the beast. In the 2006 remake of King Kong there are a number of different endings. Some of the people at the foot of the Empire State Building will be rooting for Kong…some for the toy airplanes…some for Fay. But most folks? They'll go home saying, "yeah it was a pretty good movie…and it was cheap! Heck in New York we've got lots of big gorillas."

The Rise and Fall of Betamax

Beta and Betamax decks are alive and well. You probably won't find them in your local home electronics store, though. Beta has been relegated mainly to television studio use as well as portable video news cameras.

Ultimate Garage Door Monitor

Remember, any amateur home automation enthusiast can tell you if the garage door is "open or closed" based on magnetic contact sensors, but a REAL home automation enthusiast can tell you within a few inches the EXACT position of the garage door itself!!

Viewsonic N4050w 40" LCD Display

I am impressed with the brightness of this display ... even in daylight ... and viewing at an angle does not degrade the experience at all. ViewSonic has been in the display business for many years and this unit reflects the quality of their business.

What Isn't Going To Happen In 2006

Well, we certainly will not see an amicable solution between HD DVD and Blu-ray DVD formats. Set top boxes will not be replaced by media center PCs and other emerging devices in 2006. Another hot button topic is rights management and consumer fair use. The industry will not see unanimous solutions or resolutions in this regard either.

A Look at the Digital Home Market

Most consumers don't consider watching TV from their PC to be an essential part of the digital home yet. It is the ability to move photos and music from PC to TV and to stereo and vice versa that is driving sales of Media Center products.

A New AES

No longer a limited forum for sound engineers, the AES show now includes songwriters, music and sound designers, videographers, as well as offering a generous listing of exhibitors seminars and training sessions.

A Separate Tactile Channel

With the continued persistence of forward thinking home theater enthusiasts and manufacturers, dedicated tactile (motion) playback as a new standard in home theater cannot help but become a reality.

AUTON Motorized Lift Systems

AUTON products are used throughout the world in fine homes, hotels, conference centers and boardrooms, aircraft, and watercraft.

Backup vs. Archiving

Backups are used to protect against damage to files. A sequence of backup versions is kept for each file. The number of backup versions is set by the user; older versions are removed as newer versions are made

Choosing Your Plasma TV

Are you planning a Plasma TV purchase? Plasma televisions are among the most expensive big screen options. Hence, proper planning of your purchase is essential to enjoy the best results. Discover the features to look for when choosing your flat-panel Plasma display TV set in this Plasma Television Buying Guide.

Classic Home Toys: Super 8 Film

This new column, Classic Home Toys, will feature electronics of yesteryear. It is this reviewers hope that this column and forthcoming articles will bring nostalgic memories back to those who used these formats and, hopefully, help out those readers who may still be using these formats to connect with other hobbyists who have an appreciation for what these home toys of yesteryear could do.

DVD Insider 45 and 46

DVD Insider #45 - HD is Everywhere - Screen Options Becoming Aggressive - Delivery Battle Could Be Brutal DVD Insider #46 - Phones, Snapshots, Music - Mobile Video - A Little Bit of Storage

DVD Insider 47 and 48

DVD Insider #47 - IPTV - The New Content Opportunity - Citizen Videographers - Home-Wide Entertainment - Getting Closer Personalizing Entertainment DVD Insider #48 - The War of the Worlds - Declining View of High Def - Remember the Alamo - The Book of Five Rings, The Art of War

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GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection