HomeToys Interview

I think the home theater industry is on the verge of significant growth, despite the current economic environment. This can probably be attributed to a number of factors, but perhaps the most significant is that people are choosing to travel less because of several recent world events and instead are investing in their homes and in forms of entertainment like home theater.

Part 5 - The Lab

In many cases the hub may be located in a closet or utility room. Planning is extremely important for this location. Bigger is much better. As your system expands and changes ... more room will be required at the hub. Depending on the types of systems and equipment you install ... you may need to provide for working space, ventilation etc.

Reviving the Info Superhighway

Debate still lingers over government's role in building an Information Superhighway and whether our lack of a national broadband policy means the concept is forgotten. Broadband - the "always on" network connection that receives and transmits digital content and services at high speeds - was supposed to change the way we live, work and play … as well as how we learn, shop, make things, entertain ourselves, and interact with others. But since that aging vision is coming slower than expected, this paper aims to revive the initiative.


With a little help from smart-home experts Bob Hetherington and Bob Vila, you can install the gadgets and wiring to give your abode - new or old - an IQ boost.


TVScreenART is an exiting new way to present visual art on a regular TV screen in excellent quality. It's a "virtual painting" on TV. Typically, TVscreenART is shown when entertaining at parties, dinners, social events or simply for relaxation.

Part 4 - Multi-Room Audio System

The system that we are working with is the Elan Z-Series. We have 6 zones (rooms) and can select from up to 6 music sources. Five of the zones have keypads for control and the 6th has a VIA! TouchPanel. Initially the sources we are using are an Imerge Soundserver, a Parasound Tuner and an old RCA VCR.

Home Automation for the Technologically Challenged

The best part is that my family now expects lights to come on in certain areas when it's dark and they enter. They now expect that the fan will come on when it's needed. They now expect that the temperature is set properly when they leave or come home.

HomePlug Powerline Networking Devices

Once you have a powerline network operating in your home it's simple to add computers ... no matter what network plugs they have in them. These manufactures and others make USB adapters, Wireless adapters and Ethernet adapters. They also make Powerline DSL/Cable Routers to connect your powerline network to a broadband internet service.

HomeToys Interview

LCD Display Panel for PLC Programming

Assigning various inputs/outputs and functions is done through the LCD display and keypad panel by entering pre-assigned codes.

Logitech® Mobile Video

Lets you set up a camera and view it from your cell phone. You can watch over your home office, garage, nanny, traffic driving by, or anything else. Moreover, you can also watch the camera from any Web browser.

The Pyramat PM300i Speaker Mat

This sound system might not be the most powerful on the market but when the sound comes from such a close source, with the bass reverberating against your back, its more than enough.

The Chinese Telecom Market

China's telecom carriers market will gradually open to foreign investors, in the order of value-added services, basic mobile services, and basic fixed telecom services. Geographically, the Chinese government will first open the market in three super-sized cities-Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, then 17 big cities, and finally the rest of the country.

The Kids' Zone

Sit down with your family and discuss the where, what, why and when's of media distribution through the home. Though some rooms may never have access to some sorts of media, wire for everything conceivable, as family members' needs may change, and you never know when you might be handing the keys over to the next inhabitants of your technology abode.

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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