Hometoys Interview - Crestron's Vision for 2010

What is your product focus for 2010? We now live in a digital world and Crestron is focused on transmitting, distributing, controlling and displaying digital HD content in the home. We will continue to integrate popular formats and devices, such as Apple iPod® and iPhone®, and provide intelligent "green" solutions.

HomeToys Interview - Structured Wiring in 2010

Grant W. Sullivan is currently the Marketing Manager for Leviton Mfg. Co. He is a 19-year veteran of marketing residential systems with expertise in structured wiring and home automation technologies. Formally trained in broadcast sales and management, he's shared his marketing skills with Leviton Manufacturing, the Z-Wave Alliance, X10 (USA), and Nintendo.

1Gbps Entertainment-grade Home Networking

Gigle has developed a new architecture for home networking over existing wires (powerline, coaxial cable, and phoneline) that delivers the sustained high bandwidth, quality of service, ease of use, flexibility of installation, and management capabilities required by the most demanding home multimedia networks - such as distribution of multiple HD video streams throughout the home.

Benefits of Home Automation Technology

Home automation has traditionally been focused on entertainment applications such as home theater and whole house audio systems. With the advent of concerns regarding global climate change and renewable energy, the focus has shifted toward automation systems that deliver great efficiencies for home systems that use electricity and natural gas (heating oil to a limited extent).

Home Control and Energy Conservation

Watteco's Watt Pulse Communications (WPC™) power line communication (PLC) module is the only low power solution for the home energy command and control market to support the development of a two-way, end-to-end communications fabric for the world's electricity system based on Internet Protocol (IP) standards

Power Protection and Management

A 'smart grid' implemented with a higher level of automation and a grid architecture that is more robust can offer significantly higher levels of reliability. It is expected that the number of outages can significantly decrease in the future.

Home Toys Q&A with David Rodarte of NuVo Technologies Multi Room Audio

David Rodarte is President and Chief Operating Officer of NuVo Technologies LLC, a leading designer and manufacturer of whole home audio systems. Rodarte possesses a well-earned reputation for rapidly accelerating businesses through market analysis, sales, organizational effectiveness and strategic planning. Under Rodarte's leadership, NuVo has grown close to tenfold. David's firm, reassuring presence is reinforced by his excellent ability to build relationships that unify rather than divide groups of people. At NuVo, Rodarte has led the growth, branding and positioning of the emerging whole home audio player. Today, NuVo is widely recognized as the fastest-growing brand within its market niche. From the beginning of his tenure, Rodarte has intuitively steered NuVo to its high-value/high-quality philosophy and closed-distribution structure, a strategy that has served NuVo extremely well in the marketplace, and has given NuVo employees a common mission. Rodarte's enthusiasm and evangelism for the multi-room audio category has greatly expanded the appeal and market penetration of NuVo's products, as well as those of its competitors. Rodarte serves on the board of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) TechHome Division, is an immediate past board member of CEA's Multi Room Audio Council, and is the current Vice Chairperson for the CEA Homebuilder Initiative. Prior to joining NuVo in August 2002, Rodarte served for four years as president of Dynamic Control, makers of Dynamat brand acoustic solutions for the mobile electronics and automotive restoration industry.

HomeToys Interview - Brandon Purdie - Open Air Cinema

Open Air Cinema, is the world's largest outdoor cinema equipment supplier and event producer focusing on inflatable movie screens and complete outdoor cinema systems engineered for private, commercial, and government use. Clientele include the Disney Orlando resorts, the Tribeca Film Festival, and FilmAid. However, thousands of homeowners around the world have added a Cinebox system and inflatable screen to their home theater. Open Air Cinema's outdoor cinema systems are unrivaled in affordability, ease of use, and high quality for backyard theaters.

Hometoys Interview - Guy Dewsbury Smart Homes for Disabled People in the UK

Guy Dewsbury worked as a Researcher Associate for Lancaster University in England and is currently studying there for his doctorate. As a researcher his field of expertise is smart homes and designing technology for older and disabled people. He co-designed the first smart house in Scotland for a person with an acquired brain injury in Dundee Scotland ten years ago and then co-designed over fifty technology assisted homes for adults with severe autism in Grampian in Scotland. Most recently Guy has been writing his PhD on assistive technology and person centred-design whilst specialising in the field Telecare and Telehealth. Guy currently has a website www.smartthinking.ukideas.com and a blog http://thetelecareblog.blogspot.com.

Hometoys Interview with Tony Pelura President of Centronics

Tony Pelura received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management/Marketing from Salisbury University in Maryland. He is currently two classes shy of receiving his Masters of Science degree in Finance from the University of Baltimore. He started in the electronics industry eleven years ago as a sales rep for a TV mount company. He currently serves as president of Stevensville, Md.-based Centronics, Inc. For 50 years, Centronics has been a leader in the distribution of A/V, DBS, off-air, high definition, home theater speakers and accessories, and satellite and antenna products. As the industry has changed, Centronics has met those changes head on. What will never change is our commitment to provide quality products at reasonable prices. Centronics stocks products such as TV mounts by Video Mount Products, satellite distribution equipment by SPAUN, antennas and off-air accessories by Winegard and AntennaCraft, home theater equipment…from HD cables to speakers…by CWI, Speco Technologies, and Universal Remote Control.

Interview with Jerry Chapman of SolidSignal.com The State of Consumer Electronics from an Etailer Po

Jerry Chapman founded Solid Signal in 2002 after experiencing his own frustrations locating specific technology products through retailers. As owner of Solid Signal, he not only oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, Chapman also works hands on with customers, providing them with personalized and comprehensive advice on product selection and troubleshooting. In 2007 and 2008 Solid Signal made the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. It is also a 2008 Internet Retailer: Top 500 Company. In addition to Solid Signal, Chapman is the owner of TriStar Consulting in Franklin, Michigan. TriStar provides assistance in the creation, maintenance and support of a technology and its applications. Before he founded TriStar in 1999, Chapman was Vice President at MNP Corporation in Utica, Michigan, one of the largest manufacturers of fasteners to the automotive industry.

Anterus RFID Solution for Home Systems Doug Hall - AMX

AMX® launched Anterus™ - the world's first Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solution designed specifically for use with integrated control systems. Anterus is a new product family that extends the capabilities and features of AMX control and automation systems, allowing users in any commercial or residential environment to locate, track and secure any device, or trigger automated events.

HomePlug AV solution Frederic Onado - SPiDCOM

Frederic Onado is Chief Operating Officer of SPiDCOM Technologies, and he is also in charge of Business Development. Frederic holds leadership roles in the PLC industry. He is Vice President EMEA of HomePlug Powerline Alliance, and chairs the HomePlug European Working Group. He has also been Chairman of the PLC Forum. SPiDCOM Technologies is a fabless semiconductor company. It specializes in integrated circuits and Linux-based software bundles for Multimedia Home Networking, EoC (Ethernet over Coax), BPL Access, Smart Grid and other any wire based applications (powerline, coax, phoneline). SPiDCOM provides both proprietary & HomePlug AV standard based open solutions to its partners for "no-limits" product developments.

Media Servers

It seems as if the issues previously holding back production, such as drivers and Vista have been resolved. This year, we are seeing a huge push for media servers from all of the CE manufacturers.

All-in-One Home Theater - Mike Pyle - SE2 Labs

Dealers need high-end systems built from the ground up for them that they can just sell-without the need for programmers, for system builders, for people soldering things to be on their staffs.

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