HomeGrid Forum and ZigBee Alliance Team to Establish Wired and Wireless Smart Home Applications

The HomeGrid Forum (HGF) today announced a new liaison agreement with the ZigBee® Alliance to extend their collaboration on the ZigBee Smart Energy™ standard development. This work will pave the way for consumers and utilities to use ZigBee Smart Energy version 2.0 wireless or wired networks to further advance Smart Grid programs and deliver new energy, financial and environmental savings. Both organizations will collaborate on ensuring ZigBee Smart Energy version 2 and HomeGrid Forum's ITU-T G.hn and G.hnem standards can be utilized in a wide variety of smart grid usage models. When finalized, applications such as AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure), Demand Response (DR), Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEV) and any other Smart Grid application/service that needs a reliable Home Area Network (HAN) or distribution/access network will benefit. "ZigBee Smart Energy is a leading home area network and AMI standard that helps consumers gain greater control of their energy use," said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "Working with HomeGrid will give energy service providers, utilities and consumers another wired choice when implementing either wired or wireless home area networks or utility links to smart meters."

Gaming Could Be Apple TV's Killer App

The new Apple TV is already a hit, having sold more than 1 million units in just three months after its release, but the device could become even more popular if it becomes a hub for social games. New code in the next version of Apple TV's operating system hints at gaming capabilities being added - which could lure in a whole new fan base for the broadband set-top box, and could create a whole new revenue stream for Apple. Engadget reports that new code in the iOS 4.3 beta firmware has references to "ATVGames" and "ATVThunder," which could make it not just a streaming device but a gaming device as well. Social gaming is already incredibly popular on other iOS devices, to the tune of 19 million users spending more than 22 minutes per day using gaming apps on their iPhones, iPads and iPhone touch devices. That's on par with the number of viewers for popular TV programs such as Sunday Night Football and Dancing with the Stars, suggesting there could be more of an audience for games on Apple TV than for actual video viewing.

3D Expectations Differ For Games Versus Film Says U -Decide 2011

According to Stereoscopic 3D Consumers, the Modest Depth-only 3D Experience in Movies has no Place in Most 3D Video Games

Unique Automation - Bath O Matic: From ISE 2011

We came across a fun product at ISE 2011 that we wanted to share. Unique Automation's unique bathomatic™ bath management system is a modular kit which can be fitted to any bath, bathomatic™ automatically controls the pre-programmed filling, water temperature, water depth and emptying of the bath water. It will also maintain temperature and automatically add bubble bath or fragrance, as required, on site or remotely. The system has now been developed to suit a range of applications both domestic and commercial, including hotels and care homes.

Platinum Tools® Features New 4Mapper Coax Tester at EHX 2011

Now Shipping, Platinum Tools' 4Mapper Coax Tester is the Solution to Find and Identify Single or Multiple Coax Cables Connected to Televisions, Security Cameras, Splitters, Monitors or Routers

New ADMS Delivers More Content for Less Money

Double the content at half the price The world's most immersive high-definition home entertainment experience now gives you more…for a lot less.

Electronic House Names ATEN Media Distribution Solution 2011 Product of the Year Award Winner

Electronic House Magazine's panel of industry experts, integrators and editors selected the ATEN MDS as the most innovative "Video Distribution System."

Consumer Reports' First Look: The first "passive 3D" TV, from Vizio

Coming out of CES this year, one of the main stories was the debut of new "passive" 3D TVs, announced by companies including LG, Toshiba, and Vizio. One big promise of passive 3D is that you can wear lightweight, inexpensive polarized glasses like the ones you get in movie theaters, rather than the bulkier, more expensive active-shutter glasses required by current 3D sets. The first passive 3D TV to hit the market is Vizio's 65-inch VT3D650SV ($3,700), a 1080p LCD TV that uses an edge LED backlight. We bought a set as soon as it was available and recently completed preliminary testing in our TV labs. For purposes of comparison, we pitted the new Vizio set against Panasonic's top-rated TC-P65VT25 ($4,300) plasma 3D TV. It's no secret that we've so far found plasma to be a better technology for 3D, primarily due to the lack of ghosting, so we were curious to see how the Vizio passive set stacked up. In general, there is a lot to like about the VT3D650SV. For one thing, the polarized glasses are very comfortable to wear; they weigh just 0.7 ounces, so they felt very similar to wearing regular sunglasses. We also liked that you get four pairs of glasses with the TV, with additional pairs expected to cost from $10 to $30. That's a far cry from the $130 to $150 you have to shell out for active glasses. In addition, the passive 3D glasses dim the image less than any of the active-shutter glasses we've tried, enabling the Vizio to produce the most satisfyingly bright picture we've experienced when viewing 3D.

SOUNDCAST'S SWEET DEALS FOR U.S. DEALERS - Company Readies for Growth in 2011

SOUNDCAST'S SWEET DEALS FOR U.S. DEALERS - Company Readies for Growth in 2011

MOZAEX SHIPS SOLO 2 3D - ALL -IN -ONE 12TB BLU -RAY 3D SERVER

SUPPORTS UP TO 300 BLU-RAY OR 1,500 DVD MOVIES IN A STYLISH 3.5U UNIT

XANTECH OFFERS SYSTEM INTEGRATORS ITS FULL RANGE OF RESIDENTIAL SOLUTIONS AT ISE 2011

XANTECH OFFERS SYSTEM INTEGRATORS ITS FULL RANGE OF RESIDENTIAL SOLUTIONS AT ISE 2011

Lutron Unveils New Apple® iPad™ App For Its RadioRA® 2 Total Light Control System

Light control manufacturer Lutron Electronics has just announced the availability of an Apple iPad app for its wireless RadioRA 2 total light control system. The app is designed to control lights, shades, temperature and appliances, adding convenience and the benefits of saving energy throughout the home. The app allows homeowners to: monitor and control their system while away from home (ideal for vacation properties); enact a temporary, energy-saving "green" mode that reduces light levels and turns off unneeded appliances; personalize programming with a real-time level editor; control multiple homes from one iPad.

Google makes it easier to build sites for Google TV

Friday, the Google TV team published a couple of new design templates, as well as a still-in-beta Web UI library that Web designers can use to optimize their sites for Google TV. Within the first month of the service's availability on the Logitech Revue set top box, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and Viacom all made their websites unavailable to Google TV. The idea was that this would limit users' access to only the sites that the content providers designed specifically for Google TV. If you're a pessimist, you could say it was done to limit users' access to certain streaming video content. If you're an optimist, you could say it was to ensure users had the highest quality sites available on their Google TVs. Either way, if you're a Web designer, you now have some easy tools to rebuild your video site with a pre-made "10-foot UI" for Google TV. All of the templates are open sourced under the Apache 2 license, and they support sites that utilize HTML5, JavaScript, CSS and Flash.

Telkonet Releases Next Generation EcoSmart Energy Management Product Suite

Clean Technology Provider Solution Company Telkonet Releases Its New Energy Efficiency Suite, EcoSmart, With A Fresh Look And New Website

ISE attendance jumps 22%

This year's ISE attracted a record 34,870 attendance to the Amsterdam RAI, representing a 22% increase on last year's figure. Mike Blackman, managing director, Integrated Systems Events, commented: "We have had a fantastic three days here in Amsterdam, our show aisles being packed with technology buyers and specifiers from the moment we opened on Tuesday morning to the doors closing at 6pm on Thursday." A total of 715 exhibitors, including 150 new companies, exhibited, representing an 11% rise on ISE 2010 - covering some 26,650 net square metres of floor space. "ISE has a distinctive European flavour but it is increasingly a forum for global business," Blackman said. "We have had substantial visitor growth from Russia, the Middle East, Africa and the Indian sub-continent, as well as modest but significant numbers of consultants and top-level integrators coming to us from Asia and North America for the first time."

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GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

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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