Mobile applications are the new remote controls. The trend is rippling across the technology industry, changing the way products are conceived, as manufacturers of everything from televisions to automobiles look for ways to integrate their wares with handheld devices, like smartphones. according to analysts at the Consumer Electronics Association. "Manufacturers started by letting you control their hardware," CEA analyst Shawn DuBravac said on Tuesday to a crowded room of reporters, bloggers and industry watchers at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Now, they're blurring the lines between products and apps even further. DuBravac said many industry heavyweights have cut research on devices like remote controls, choosing instead to create specialized mobile apps that can be used to change channels and lock cars. The apps run on smartphones, including Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone, Research In Motion Ltd.'s (RIMM) BlackBerry and handsets running Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android operating system. For example, DEI Holdings Inc. (DEIXD) makes an app called Viper SmartStart that allows users to remotely lock and unlock their vehicles via an iPhone, BlackBerry or Android device.
Before the Sun comes up Thursday January 6th the HomeToys team will be on the road to Las Vegas and the International Consumer Electronics Show 2011. The team of reporters will be researching and trying to gauge what the top trends of 2011 will be: Tablets, connected TV and of course 3D TV are all obvious trends, but what else will set the show floor buzzing. We will keep you up to date with our Special CES Newspage and via Twitter @HomeToys . Upon our return we will have our “Best of CES contest” entries and plenty more news and information to pass along, so stay tuned. Special thanks to our CES Sponsors: Somfy, Mitsubishi, HAI, Richard Gray’s Power Company, VidaBox & Calrad
Beginning this Spring, buttons that specify "Netflix" - including some featuring the iconic red Netflix logo - are planned to be situated prominently on remote controls that operate certain new Blu-ray disc players from a variety of companies including Best Buy's in-house Dynex brand, Haier, Memorex, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba. Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba also will place the Netflix one-click button on remote controls for select new Internet-connected TVs. Remote controls for the Boxee, Iomega and Roku set-top boxes also will feature the Netflix one-click remote.
Online video-on-demand and other online entertainment options to drive consumer interest as CES 2011 to unveil fourth-generation Internet-connectable TVs
The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Protecode is its newest member.
Control4 can now connect to Sub-Zero and Wolf high-end kitchen appliances for convenience, energy savings and the perfect meal every time.
First Of Its Kind, New Website Offers Digital Products To Assist Seniors Living Independently
WHARFEDALE LOUDSPEAKERS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH MUSIC DIRECT, INC.
Atlona's AT -AiR3 1080p Wireless USB -to -HDMI Converter Brings PC Content to HDTVs and Projectors With Ease
Unique, Easy-to-Use Device to Make Its Debut at the 2011 International CES
Range of Home Theater Solutions Add Convenience, Flexibility to Media Consumption Across Computers and HDTVs
Mini DisplayPort Converters, Splitters, and Switches Allow Legacy DVI-Based Mac(R) Products to Work With Newer Apple Cinema Displays(R)
Tripp Lite has expanded its line of DisplayPort and Mini-DisplayPort products with four new splitters and three new adapters.
Easy-to-Install and with Only a 1-Inch Profile Off the Wall, the FP-XMFB Holds Most 32- to 52-Inch Flat Panels up to 150 lbs.
Consumers' Purchases of Computers and Mobile Phones Will Decline While Purchases of Newer Consumer Technologies Will Soar, New Accenture Survey Finds
Tigerpaw Software, Inc., developer of the most comprehensive business building software for technology providers, today announced the launch of Tigerpaw Fast Track.
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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.