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.

Give the Customers What They Want

It's not unusual for installers and system designers to avoid using computers or to fail to recognize the cost-saving benefits for setting up a LAN or local area network. Each LAN is unique because homeowners invariably want different capabilities from their home networks.

Home Automation for the rest of us

With it's "Jetsons-era functionality, this software is great for people that want to control their home or apartment with minimum amount of fuss.

Home Automation Portal Appliance

The Home Automation Portal Appliance will soon become an essential addition to most home automation projects of any complexity. In this paper we discuss how the small, lightweight and low power box produced by IO Anywhere can act as a Home Automation Portal Appliance.

ISE 2005 News Report

Special Show News Report for ISE 2005

Multitask in the Living Room

Thanks to the expansion of broadband, wireless networking, a new generation of PDAs and software, you now have the ability to multitask at home as you do at work. And, you can clear your couch of the electronic clutter and easily navigate and control your recreational tasks.

Need for an Electrical Design

An electrical design will gather all switching requirements for the home. Determine what level of control is acceptable and propose an electrical control system to meet these needs.

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