Smart Phones to Smart Homes

Will the trend that created the smart phone lead to the mass acceptance of the smart home as well? It's a smart bet.

From Old Cars to High-speed Home Networks

AC powerline and coax cable both networking together is what Intellon Corporation calls a hybrid network, sort of a parallel to the hybrid cars of today - both have two means of conveyance adding to the overall power.

A New Standard for Home Control Products

Each Z-Wave product/module acts as a sender and receiver in the network, offering two-way communications to make sure that one device knows the other received a command.

HD DVD vs Blu-ray, Battle Lines Blur

The story between the lines seems to be which manufacturers aren't taking sides at all. Conditions indicate a great possibility of a unified product sooner than we might have first suspected.

HDCP-Is Doom Upon Us?

You know, it's a shame a minority of knot-headed pirates have to spoil the recording concept for us all but I have to wonder if things would really be all that different if those guys just didn't exist. I suspect not. Resistance, is futile… or perhaps more accurately, a matter of time.

HD-DVD First out of the Gate at CES

Whether Blu-ray manufacturers know it or not, it is now a horse race for the mind share and eyeballs of the consumer, and early reports in from CES seem to indicate that the HD-DVD camp is first out of the starting gate and taking a lead in that race.

HomeToys Interview

ZigBee technology is intended to take much of the pain and difficulty out of adding short-range, robust wireless to products that once relied upon expensive wiring or proprietary radios.

Benefits of USB Device Connectivity

Silex takes a look at the Top-10 ways businesses, government agencies, homeowners, resellers, and system integrators can utilize USB device servers to connect USB devices directly to a network.

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.

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.

Realizing the Promise of the Connected Home

Z-Wave is delivering on the promise of the connected home, providing reliability, interoperability, convenience and relatively low-cost all in a chip the size of a dime.

Intel Enables Sharing of Digital Content on the Home LAN

Designing and validating a digital home product to Intel® NMPR conformance places developers at the fore front with a compelling digital home product.

WWL - Wiring Without a License

Naturally the Integrators who have been out there for a few years kind of like the free-wheeling Old West environment of the Low Voltage Industry. Like the Old West this will not last forever, standards have risen to the surface. Not so new concepts will begin to take on larger meaning.

Standards Schmandards

Standards provide a level playing field for both the builder and the installer. They also provide a uniform and predictable infrastructure for the customer. The question is not whether standards will become universal, its when. Builders and installers that strictly implement standards now will develop their reputations early. Installers that skirt standards now will also be developing reputations.

UPnP™ Technology Gains Momentum

The mission of the UPnP™ Forum and the UPnP™ Implementers Corporation (UIC) is to enable new networked experiences for consumers and to create revenue opportunities for device companies. As described herein, the standards already adopted and certified provide an excellent foundation for this mission and the standards being created now will carry this mission into the future.

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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!