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Hands-only Remote Control Emerges in Taiwan

A Taipei university team has developed a tiny chip that allows remote control over home appliances with no more than a wave of the hand and features that make it faster, cheaper and more resistant to interference than rival inventions, the professor in charge said on Tuesday. Users of the chip developed by the National Taipei University of Technology's graduate automation institute can switch on televisions, home stereos and air conditioners by hand from two meters away, Professor Chen Wen-hui said. They can adjust volumes or change settings the same way, he said. The graduate institute is applying for a patent to sell what it believes to be a "significantly faster" device-less remote control system that what other research institutions have developed, Chen said. It will also cost less, though Chen said prices had not been set. Signals should be top of the line, he said, given that "what people fear the most is interference."

Boxee may go to subsidized deals to compete with AppleTV

Boxee may turn to subsidies to help get the price down and better compete in the market, company founder Avner Ronen said in an episode of the This Week in Startups show recorded on Friday. He mentioned that the $200 street price for a Boxee Box was "way too expensive" to get mass market adoption and floated the idea as one option for future models. Nothing was definite in the talk and might not necessarily come about with a future deal. Ronen also provided some brief hints at the possible future of Boxee. Gaming was a possibility as he noted that games had often driven technology adoption, but it would most likely occur through the browser in HTML rather than through proprietary apps. A TV tuner had been ruled out in at least the short term as it was a matter of "focus and resources."

Alteva Chief Innovation Officer to Speak at Pacific Telecommunications Council Annual Conference

Alteva, a Unified Communications (UC) solution provider headquartered in Philadelphia, today announced that William Bumbernick, chief innovation officer, will speak at PTC'11

OMNIMOUNT INTRODUCES THE NEXT GENERATION OF WALL FURNITURE

The newest additions to the wall furniture family are designed to perfectly complement the latest slim TVs and install without hassle.

Powerline Control Systems Adds the NuTech Group and Charles Lucas Sales Company as Manufacturer Sales Reps

Lighting control manufacturer partners with award-winning manufacturer sales reps to serve dealers in Mid-Atlantic, Texas and Louisiana

Sensormetrix Provide Datalogger with Built in Printers

If you have a requirement to provide proof of temperature during delivery then these solutions are perfect. These temperature data loggers with printer are designed to be installed in the driver's cab.

SUNFIRE® ROCKS THE WORLD WITH DYNAMIC SERIES SUBWOOFERS DELIVERING BIGGER BASS PERFORMANCE FOR BUDGET CONSCIOUS CONSUMERS

Leading Luxury Home Theater Brand Tunes Subs For Thunderous Theater and Mega Bass Music With Dual Drivers And Up To 600 Watts of Peak Power

View Lo -Res Mobile Video on any Hi -Def Display with the New VGA to HD Scaler from GefenTV

Now you can view legacy computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods and more on a high definition display using the new GefenTV VGA to HD Scaler.

Innovative GefenTV Audio Processor with Volume Stabilizer Technology Down Mixes Dolby 5.1 Sound to 2.1 Audio with 25 Watts per Channel Amplification

This new GefenTV product is well suited for use in small home entertainment systems, or as an add-on audio processor to any computer audio output.

GefenTV 4x1 HD Switcher with Digital Audio Decoder Extracts Audio from Hi -Def Sources using HDMI and Delivers it as 5.1 Surround Sound

The new GefenTV 4x1 HD Switcher with Digital Audio Decoder is a must-have preamp for anyone wanting to create surround sound audio using multiple audio/video inputs.

New Gefen ToolBox High Definition 1080p Scaler Automatically Adjusts Video to Match any Connected Display's Native Resolution

So you have a 720p display and a 1080p Blu-ray player? The new Gefen ToolBox High Definition 1080p Scaler will automatically detect your display's maximum resolution and adjust the Blu-ray signal to that resolution without any further adjustments.

Panamax/Furman Distributor Triality Distributors Inc. Partners With Sony Style Stores

Sony Style Customers Across Puerto Rico to Have Convenient Access to Entire Panamax/Furman Line

Capitol Adds KEF T Series

Distributor Capitol said this week that it is now carrying KEF's T series of flat-panel loudspeakers. "It takes a truly advanced R&D team to design a slim speaker that is on a par with free-standing floor monitors," Jeff Kussard , Capitol's Director of Strategic Development, said in a statement. "As a longtime audio enthusiast, it comes as no surprise to me to see the KEF name behind such a groundbreaking speaker line. The T Series takes up remarkably little space, and the sound quality will satisfy the most demanding audiophiles in the room." The lineup includes three system components.

International research firm Parks Associates anticipates 2011 will mark the resurgence of the Smart Home concept

International research firm Parks Associates anticipates 2011 will mark the resurgence of the Smart Home concept following a series of CES announcements as well as research showing U.S. consumers value energy management as a lifestyle choice as well as a cost-saving measure. Parks Associates hosted the fifth annual CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES on January 6, featuring record-breaking attendance on the first day of CES, where the firms' leading analysts commented on the expansion of connected home systems and services. "CES 2011 featured several significant announcements for connected home systems and services, smart appliances, and broadband-enabled home monitoring services, including Verizon's Home Monitoring Control offering, which featured applications for a web camera, lighting control, outlet modules, and a communicating thermostat," said Bill Ablondi, Director, Home Systems, Parks Associates. "Consumers are starting to see energy-efficient products and services as a means to improve their home and personal comfort as well as for cost savings, which opens the market for a variety of solutions from utilities, service providers, and manufacturers."

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