PlaceLab: A Living Laboratory

A major focus of PlaceLab research is preventative health care: technologies and services to help people remain healthy, autonomous, and comfortable in their homes as they age.

Selling Solutions

If you're in the audio-video field as an installer, designer, dealer, or manufacturer, your job is selling solutions. Sure you're working with a bricks and mortar product, but that product is there to serve your client by solving his AV problem.

THE HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHOW 2005

The Home Entertainment Show 2005 is one of the premiere events of consumer electronics and audio equipment.

X10 Irrigation Control

The WGL Rain8 is a full featured, 8 zone irrigation controller that may be linked together to provide a maximum of 256 zones of operation. A complete irrigation schedule can be triggered by the reception of a single X10 power line carrier command.

Z-Wave as Home Control RF Platform

Zensys provides a mass-market home control technology, which is low cost, low power, easy-to-use and reliable. The mesh network Z-Wave system, with its self-organizing and self-healing features, combined with flexible but simple installation procedures, provides an easy-to-use network solution.

AViC Cable

The simple fact is that I could see very little, if any, difference in the cable performance. I put AVIC cables against some high end well known cables.

HomeToys Interview

The open source movement is a revolution of technology populism that finally wrests control from companies and returns it to consumers. That's pretty cool! The key to fully enjoying rich digital content is open architecture consumer electronics like ours. It rocks.

How To Build An X-10 Broadcast Car Monitor

One solution would be to have the vehicle "broadcast" a unique X-10 signal when it is started and then broadcast another signal (at longer intervals) when the car is turned off.

Making Sense of Today's Home Control Technologies

The Z-Wave protocol is designed for residential control systems. Typically these systems have between five and two hundred plus nodes, distributed around the home and garden. The system is designed for easy installation because homeowners install and manage the system themselves.

New Projection Screen Breakthrough

A projection screen should reflect light in its natural state and should not be affected by color in the screen's substrate. The Accuon screen either reflects or diffuses light without using any color pigment.

New Technologies Create a Mainstream Market for Home Control

Part I - First there were the pioneers, then comes the Henry Ford effect, Discontinuous Innovations and a company called In2 Networks

PLC and Grafik Eye

To the homeowner, this marriage of a PLC to a Grafik Eye system gives a very powerful and flexible electrical control system.

CES 2005 News Report

Special Show News Report for CES 2005

CES 2005 Show Report

Over 114,000 attendees from 115 countries made their way to the Nevada desert for this year's show.

Differential Amplifier Design

A truly differential drive amplifier, consists of two complete amplifiers for each channel: one + amplifier and - amplifier. The positive input signal is amplified by the positive amplifier and the negative input signal is amplified by the negative amplifier when a balanced signal is applied to the input.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

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