AT&T has acquired home automation company Xanboo, part of a spate of activity which could lead to energy management services from broadband providers. Xanboo provides homeowners with a system for managing connected devices, such as security cameras and controllers, from a smartphone, TV, or PC. CEPro reported the acquisition yesterday (hat tip to Earth2Tech). The deal follows Motorola's announcement last week that it has bought home automation company 4Home, in which Verizon also had invested. Earlier this year, iControl and uControl merged their product offerings, which are expected to be used as part of Comcast's Xfinity home security service. Internet broadband providers are pushing into home automation to expand their product offerings as a way to retain customers. They expect that consumers will be willing to pay for security services, where people can access cameras and door alarms from a PC, TV, or smartphone. An AT&T representative today said it is too early to discuss specific offerings around the Xanboo technology. "We see synergies between Xanboo's technology and our offerings for consumers and small businesses. Xanboo's monitoring services are a natural extension of our high-speed Internet, video, and voice offerings and a good fit for our wireless services," she said.
Netflix's growth surge—at a time of weak DVD sales and increasingly fragmented TV audiences—prompts concern among movie and TV studios as well as other technology companies. One big worry is that the company could end up dominating the electronic distribution of movies and TV the way Apple Inc.'s iTunes Store dominates music. To prevent that, entertainment and technology companies are exploring plans to outflank Netflix with their own offerings. Amazon.com Inc. is developing a Netflix-like subscription service that would offer TV shows and movies, according to people familiar with the matter. That service would be included as a bundle with its Amazon Prime shipping service, which costs $79 a year, those people said. An Amazon spokesman didn't respond to a request for comment. Media companies, meantime, have talked to Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp., both of which provide access to Netflix's streaming service through their videogame consoles, about licensing TV shows directly to the two companies for offering through subscriptions, said people briefed on the conversations. A spokesman for Microsoft, which already cut one such deal with Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN, declined to comment. A Sony spokesman didn't respond to a request for comment. TV maker Vizio Inc. also has expressed interest securing video content for a subscription service, according to people familiar with the talks. A Vizio spokesman declined to comment.
Coinciding with the 2010 I/ITSEC tradeshow, simulation display integrator Q4 Services of Orlando, Florida announces the first successful integration of an LED illuminated projector display system for a full flight simulator.
SIM2 is pleased to announce its participation in the 2011 CES Show, with partners DNP and Procella Audio, in the Las Vegas Hilton Suite 2110.
ATEN Unveils New Media Distribution Solution for Digital Signage and Professional Audio/Video Installations
High quality multimedia content distributed to multiple displays in real time - employs an A/V over Cat 5 splitter and receivers combined with advanced "Deskew" function
Sequoia Technology - the Berkshire based technology solutions company, enabling customers to bring highly technical products to market, have announced the launch of the RN171 - a small form factor, ultra low power WiFi module from Roving Networks.
Groundbreaking Remotes Feature Revolutionary Dual RF Board Technology, Combine 433-MHz RF and 2.4-GHz ZigBee(R) Technology in One Device
About 3 million U.S. households plan to buy an Internet-connected television through the holiday shopping season, according to a new report. Research firm Parks Associates said the projection suggests another nail in the coffin for brick-and-mortar video stores. Despite the tally, just 38% of households plan to make a CE purchase by Christmas compared to 50% during the same period last year, according to Parks. “Consumers want deals; that is their trigger as economic conditions have made them more cautious buyers,” CEO Tricia Parks said. “Market players must stress the value and convenience of Internet-connected devices.” Connected devices include connected game consoles, Blu-ray Disc players, tablet computers and media players. By the end of the year, more than 40 million U.S. consumers will have a broadband-connected game console, more than 8 million will have a PC-to-TV connection, more than 5 million will have a connected Blu-ray player and more than 4 million will have a networked media player, such as an Apple TV or Roku. “Connected devices are the future of content consumption and entertainment in the living room as they capture the broader trends of integration among different silos in consumers’ lives,” principal analyst Kurt Scheff said.
Apple has been granted a patent for a projection system that can enable multiple viewers to simultaneously view 3D images without the need for those dorky 3D glasses. The patent, succinctly entitled "Three-dimensional display system," is fiendishly complex, but its goal is simple: to provide "highly effective, practical, efficient, uncomplicated, and inexpensive autostereoscopic 3D displays that allow the observer complete and unencumbered freedom of movement." Autostereoscopic is the standard term for the ability to present 3D content without the need for eyewear such as active shuttered or passive polarized glasses, as are used for most current 3D presentations. As the patent states, "...most voyages into virtual reality are currently solitary and encumbered ones: users often wear helmets, special glasses, or other devices that present the 3D world only to each of them individually." Understandably, this is less than ideal - "observers generally do not like to wear equipment over their eyes," the patent notes.
ELAN’s g! Series Home Control System is shipping worldwide with built-in multi-language support. The IP-Based, whole house entertainment and management solution includes the HR2 handheld remote, TS7 seven-inch in-wall Touchscreen, HC12 and HC6 controllers, TS2 touchpad and its VL2 tabletop kit, plus g! Mobile iPhone app and new precision panels. The ELAN g! Series Home Control System provides users with icon-based control from their favorite devices, including TVs, touchscreens, touchpads, PCs, iPhones, and iPads. The standardized interface works across platforms, so that the g!Mobile app on the iPhone appears and works similarly on ELAN touchscreens, valets and handheld remotes as well as users' televisions and mobile devices. Individual apps for each subsystem allow the user to control security, climate, lighting, media, irrigation, pool/spa, messaging, video, and photos. The interface also features personalized scheduling and detailed history views, enabling consumption subsystems like lighting and climate can be closely monitored and managed.
Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI) ISE 2011 Feb. 1-3, Amsterdam Stand 4O52
Atlona Technologies Release New HDMI to Mini DisplayPort Converter/Scaler for Apple's 24 and 27 -inch LED Cinema Displays and iMacs.
Atlona Technologies Release the perfect accessory for Mac users looking to play video games or watch Blue-Ray movies on their Apple's 24 and 27-inch LED Cinema Displays and iMacs, the DP300
New, multifaceted source component's features include cloud synchronization and the ability to stream content from network-attached storage
Substantial Growth Necessitates Continuing Organizational Changes
Keeping pace with the 3D revolution, SENCORE today announced the launch of innovative 3D video test signals and images for the company's MP500 Multimedia HDMI Generator/Analyzer.
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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!