Crestron New Low-Cost Prodigy System

Crestron has announced the release of their entry level automation solution aimed at competing with Control4's pricing. Prodigy requires no system design, no wiring and no expensive installation. The Prodigy Composer software guides the integrator through a few simple steps using basic drop-down menus and check boxes. The software provides all the logic and creates touchscreen interfaces automatically in the background. The wizard is intuitive so anyone can get a system up and running in minutes without any training. The system starts with the ZigBee-compatible (802.15.4) PMC2 controller and PLX2 two-way ZigBee remote sold as a package for $700. For a whole house solution Creston is offering a $5,500 sample system which included four zones of audio, one thermostat, 15 wireless light dimmers/switches and an in-wall touchscreen.

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.

60GHz and WirelessHD® - Now In Your Living Room

There are many options on the horizon for consumers looking to update their home entertainment systems with high-powered wireless technology.

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).

Can Dealers, Vars And Vendors Ever Really Get Along?

Channel conflict has existed since the beginning of time. Dealers, Integrators, VARS just know they aren't getting a fair shake from suppliers.

Classic Home Toys #23

The Rebirth of 3-D: Pt 3

Content Insider #124 -- Free Stuff !!!!

Some think it is cool to set a movie, a song, a book, a game, an article free on the web. Some feel they should be paid for their creative efforts.

Content Insider #125 - Our Next Leader

What the industry needs is to dip into the talent pool to find some new crusaders, some new standard bearers.

Content Insider #126- The Real Power

According to a Pew Research study 43 percent of the women in the U.S. call the shots.

Content Insider #127- Too Much Advice

Product/Service Recommendations, Support… More Than You Want to Know

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

Improving Video Quality is One Click Away

Converting videotaped content to digital is important because the images will deteriorate - if they haven't already - and you will lose the special moments and memories forever

In Down Times Promote Strategically

There is a paradigm shift taking place that says the provincial bureaucratic corporate pyramid has outlived its usefulness. Micro-management is no longer feasible or desirable.

Is It Time To Automate Your Hydroponics Setup?

There are a number of motivations for automating a hydroponics system.

Is System Design Necessary?

Many of us in the AV Integration business have been doing this for a long time, 24 years for me. We are seasoned professionals who have done our fair share of home theaters, distributed audio and video, lighting and sub-system control integration. We know what works for us and what doesn't. We can walk a house while it's being framed and just point out the speaker, keypad and TV locations. We don't need a design; we can assemble a distributed audio system in our sleep while planning the control system over breakfast, right? Wrong!

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

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!