AVAD Expands into Pro AV

Leading custom electronics distributor to carry a full line of commercial AV products; Dealers looking for new profit centers benefit from access to top brands, in-depth trainings and special programs

OmniMount Launches Social Media Promotion for the Power40

The company releases a video parody aimed to increase brand and product awareness, also offering consumers a free Netflix subscription.

Kef's 5' Tall Concept Blade Speakers

Kef's Concept Blade speaker took over three years to develop and although the unit is a 'one off' demonstration speaker the research concepts and technologies that it embodies will surely trickle down to the rest of the KEF lineup. The speaker takes KEF's familiar Uni-Q array concept (where a tweeter is positioned coaxially within a midrange or mid-bass driver, with the drivers sharing the same "acoustic centers") to a much higher level. In essence, Concept Blade is designed to behave as if the entire loudspeaker has become a giant, full-range Uni-Q array. The Concept Blade is a 10th-generation forward-firing Uni-Q array. KEF then surrounds that array with four side-firing 10-inch bass drivers positioned symmetrically around the Uni-Q array. Together, the four bass drivers share the same combined acoustic center as the front-firing Uni-Q array, essentially become part of it.  The cabinet itself features a curved-wall enclosure made of a carbon fiber/balsa wood composite. The compound curves of the Concept Blade enclosure are said to give the cabinet much greater rigidity and resistance to resonance than conventional flat-wall enclosures. A video demonstration of the tecnology can be found at Kef's website.

Platinum Tools® Introduces CCP Series J -Hooks

Designed to Support Today's High Performance Voice/Data Cable, Fiber Optics, Coax, and Flexible Conduit, the Cable Cage Polypropylene (or CCP) Series J-Hooks Combine a Smooth Pulling Design with an Integral Latch for Stress Free Cable Support

Fixed Mobile Convergence Extends Alteva Platform to Any Phone Device

Alteva Deploys Alteva Anywhere

Successful DTV Reception Pushes Antennas Direct First -Quarter up 224%

Over-the-air viewers having reception trouble find success with Antennas Direct

CAYIN Technology to Join COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2009 with Big Hits in World Trade Center Hall 3

CAYIN will impress visitors by 5 scenarios imitating practical applications in COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2009. In addition, CAYIN will continue to sponsor TAITRA this year for digital signage deployments in World Trade Center Hall 1, Hall 3, and Nangang Hall.

An Experiment In Home Automation Creative Use of Home Automation Resources and the Creation of an In

The real estate market in a megacity like SĂ£o Paulo, Brazil, has a strong competitive trend. Consumers compare among the latest launched condos in their favorite locations, searching for the ideal new home. The final price of the apartment or house depends mainly of two factors: size (useful area) and location. But, one can say that the medium price by square feet tends to be the same, despite some differences in constructive details. In this competitive scenario, the inclusion of Home Automation as a new attribute to a real state product distinguishes it from others. So, builders and investors may gain in sales speedy, improve their margins and associate an innovative image to their venture. Assuming that hypothesis, the creators of a new condo located in an emergent area of the city decided to contract a System Integrator office to design a special project, including several technological solutions rarely finded in the neighborhood. And, more than this, determined to build a "model apartment" in order to show all this stuff working in a real situation. This temporary "showroom" would run next to the sales stand.

Choosing The Right Projector Mount

Home theaters are becoming commonplace. Everything from huge DLP Projection TV's to customized acoustic walls/ceilings built to augment the 8-speaker surround-sound is proffered to the home theater enthusiast. Cinema (or stadium)-style seating is even available for the home! But not every home theater is created equally. Perhaps the most important consideration for the ultimate home theater experience is the projector…specifically, the HOW, WHICH, WHERE and WHAT…

Classic Home Toys #22 - The Rebirth of 3-D: Part 2

The earliest confirmed 3-D movie ever screened for a paying audience was The Power of Love which premiered September 27, 1922 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. This was the first time that the red/green dual strip projection was used as well as the anaglyph glasses. The film despite the novelty of the 3-D effect failed to capture the interest of theatre owners and exhibitors and was shelved. Unfortunately, all copies of the film have been lost.

Content Insider # 120 - Cloud Work Netbooks…The Easy Way to Sell More Service

It sounds almost too good to be true -- a cheap computer you can use/carry everywhere, never have to upgrade the operating system or your apps, with a battery that lasts for ... well a long, long time. Sounds great except we end up leaving all of our work in the beautiful white clouds. The clouds move. We forget which cloud has our stuff and how we get in. Worse, there's a **** storm in the cloud just as we want to get in. Yeah...who knew what grandpa taught our little Miss Sunshine while we were out of the room?? Guess we may end up with yet another device to take along... convenience sure is getting heavy!!! "No one gets left behind! No one gets left behind! Outstanding soldier!" Frank (Steve Carell) - Little Miss Sunshine (20th Century Fox - 2006)

Content Insider #119 - New Markets Social Media…The Hunted Can Become the Hunter

Today's Web 2.0 social media environment offers a tremendous opportunities for companies to closely engage with customers, prospects and market segments in a positive, mutually beneficial manner. The problem arises when marketing and communications people view these new 1:1 outlets as a great marketing/sales and PR pitching opportunities. They forget that the individuals if not treated properly and with professional respect can turn and instead of being the ones who are being hunted can become the hunters. People -- regular folks -- can be mean and brutal if they are abused. Marketeers need to know the pros/cons, challenges/opportunities. Consumers need to know that they have a powerful platform to strike back and cause real damage. It requires a mutual understanding on both sides and a meaningful two way relationship otherwise...duck. "Nothing in those files makes their sacrifice worthwhile. You have to let go. We're professionals, when an operation goes bad, we tie it off. " - Ward Abbott (Brian Cox) - The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

Content Insider #121 - Content Contention Entertainment Flexibility…Big Iron Doesn't Matter

NAB -- National Association of Broadcasters -- how the industry has changed over the years (even with attendance that was down dramatically). We've gone from huge cameras that took two men and a boy to move around the floor. A room full of sliding levers and people everywhere. Slowly, almost without seeing it the shift began and schools, health care facilities, houses of worship and even businesses could afford the lighter, more automated capabilities. Then we moved to really light stuff -- an HD camcorder, notebook and some kid doing his/her show on the fly. This year the show had obviously made the shift. Mobile and personal video took center stage...all in highdef. Gawd that's gotta really tick off the big iron folks because they've gotta sell a lot of $10,000 "facilities" to make up for lost ground. Get a life folks because our kids are directing, producing, posting their own shows...and they're good !!!! "Why do you have to paint everything so black? Suppose you got hit by a truck. Suppose the stock market crashes. Suppose Mary Pickford divorces Douglas Fairbanks. Suppose the Dodgers leave Brooklyn!" -- Joe (Tony Curtis), Some Like It Hot (United Artists -1959) Television production used to be pretty straight forward. You had HUGE, HEAVY cameras three people pushed around. In the control room you had sliders And BAM!! magically the signal went over the air. At home you turned on the set. Had dinner (families ate together then) and a half-hour later the tube was lit and you watched the Sid Caesar or Lone Ranger show. It was so cool.

Content Insider #122 - Twitter World Trust Us…You Ain't That Interesting

Ah the power of 140 characters. It is proving dynamite for well just everyone. Even us. We've got Twitter sending us notes saying people are following our Tweets and we have yet to send one out. But we aren't really that interested in someone following our every mumble on the Internet. Some people think it's a great solution. We think its stalking. Lots of people sign up but their fall off rate is worse than the churn on some of the mobile service people. Oh it will last. Everything lasts on the Internet. 7Command Performances - Everyone it would seem loves to perform and be in the spotlight. That is certainly true with the noise that surrounds the "gotta be on" approach people have taken regarding Twitter. Problem is even though thousands join each month, only about 40 percent of them stick around after a few days. The thrill of talking to yourself in a crowd seems to get old real fast according to most studies. "Son derriere noir... c'est formidable!" - Hilary van Doren, Fame 1980, MGM Photo Source - MGM In today's budget stricken climate, it's important to recognize the prominent role that the Internet can play in a cost-effective marketing strategy. Not only is Web marketing very affordable, but it also offers you an effective vehicle for public exposure.

Content Insider #123 - App Stores Following the Leader Who Follows the Leaders

It started out -- as most things do in the PC/CE/communications industry -- as a "little" idea...an application store on a corner of the virtual cloud world. Apple's iPhone app store got a lot of attention, a lot of traction, heck a lot of sales. More than one company said, "hey we want/need one of those thingies! Make it so." Suddenly you can't make your way around the web without bumping into another one. No one at Apple will say but people speculate the company has racked up $45 million with their virtual store front. The shelves are stocked -- more than 30,000 "products." People bustle in and out the door -- the billionth download occurred a couple of months ago. Now new smartphones are coming out, every app store offers something, the new Palm is going to try to beat the beast and news will soon emerge from WWDC (Apple's worldwide developer's conference). Is this a beautiful, fun, exciting, occasionally profitable industry or not? It is!!! 1Open for Business - Apple wasn't the first to build a smartphone or the first to offer apps. They were just the first to make them real, real fun/interesting. Offer the right merchandise, the right mood and most people will take the bait. Source - Screen Gems Guess when you have $56 billion and change in the vault in today's economic environment you must be doing something right. "I knew it would come to this." - Beth Charles, Obsession (2009) Just wish our kids would quit contributing to the stash Apple is using to buy GPU (graphics processor unit) technology and game designer talent. A few years ago Apple decided all smartphones sucked (they're not too hot on netbooks either). So they announced the step up from the iPod (they didn't like those other MP3 players!)…the iPhone.

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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!