HomeToys Interview

As a founding member of Home Media Networks, Colin's aim is to change how people consume media in their home. Colin has extensive experience in the IT sector, and was one of the founders of The Internet Movie Database, sold to Amazon.com in 1998. Preamble: 'With reference to the Paying for BBC television service. Will there still be a requirement for a license-fee funded TV service in 15 years or will there even be a need for any broadcast services like we have today'.

Mark Cuban and Bryan Burns to Keynote HDTV Forum 2004

The upcoming HDTV Forum 2004 Entitled "Accelerating the HDTV Transition", HDTV Forum 2004 will be held at the luxurious Westin Century Plaza on August 24-26 in Los Angeles, California

Programmable Logic Controllers - Functions

PLC functions are programmed codes that define a connection between an input and a corresponding output.

Routers Versus Switches

Data is transported much like the mail. In some cases, the mailperson brings the mail and drops it directly at the door of the recipient. In other cases, the mail is delivered to a corporate mailroom and is forwarded by the companies' internal mail delivery system.

Single-Chip ZigBee Transceiver

The CC2420 is the industry's first single-chip 2.4 GHz RF transceiver compliant with the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and ready to be used in ZigBee products.

Internet based Monitoring using low cost solutions.

Adding some simple monitoring tools, and Internet ready devices, your existing network connection brings your real world to your wired world.

All-in-One PC

All-in-one PCs have all the power, storage space and speed you need to integrate your entertainment system into a home network. And they look great doing it.

Education for A/V Professionals

But if you cannot travel to InfoComm 04, ICIA offers a number of web-based as well as hands-on courses for individuals looking to begin or advance their careers in the audiovisual industry.

Electricians of the 21st Century

While a plumber must work with the limitations of a physical world of pipes, fixtures and (ugh) water, a Digitician® can work through secure digital Internet connection to complete his or her work without ever leaving the office.


The event will bring together representatives from TV and cable networks, government agencies, satellite and cable providers, retailers, distributors, TV brands, TV OEMs, panel/tube/engine manufacturers and IC manufacturers.


Based on the technological advances and pricing models of VoIP telephony, traditional telephone dedicated line service will need to continue to evolve and show additional value to consumers in order to keep pace with VOIP development in the future.

Ideal Remote Controls

Combining a remote with a controller can bring back the joy of having a simple remote control. Done right, there is no need to "understand" how the entertainment equipment is wired, nor a need to learn how to control it. It just works. In fact, it passes the babysitter test.

The Central Nervous System of the Digital Home

Remember, structured wiring is all about being able to use not only today's technologies, but also tomorrow's. Done right, structured wiring will immeasurably improve the liveability of a home for a modest price.

UPB Powerline Carrier Home Control Technology

UPB provides a stable and highly reliable alternative for home control, as compared to other powerline carrier technologies. It is highly affordable, delivering the same performance as many hard wired control systems.

Broadband Lessons Learned

As you may have experienced in your own projects, start-up was the hardest part. Once the "plumbing" was in place, the applications we wanted to demonstrate, ranging from video entertainment to music services to showing digital photos on your big screen and much more worked like a charm.

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