Brazilian Home Automation in a Glance

In the academic field, the number of projects related to pervasive environments and home automation technology has increased considerably in Brazilian Universities in the last five years.

Broadband Adventures in Rural America

In a perfect world, everyone would have access to a broadband technology like cable or fiber. However, it will be decades before telcos and cable providers expand these high-speed services to rural areas. While none of these alternative solutions have emerged as a leader, it looks to be a race between WiMAX and BPL.

Choose Media As Though Your Data Life Depends On It

CD, DVD storage won't stem the overwhelming flow of documents, data and information you gather and receive every day, but it does have the higher capacity we need. It also provides portability, random access, longevity (50+ years), and data reliability … all at a storage cost of less than $.01/MB.

Content Insider #80 - Death By Phone

Somehow we don't believe the perfect everything for everyone mobile phone is possible, practical, in demand. But it may be the perfect way to murder entertainment as we know it.

Defeating Noise for Medium Voltage Powerline Communications

The two major application areas for BPL Access networks are for Broadband Access networks and for core Utility Applications like Automatic Meter Reading, Outage Management and Grid Optimization.

Demystifying the World of HDTV

When you go shopping for a HDTV at your local electronics superstore, you are bombarded with a host of technical jargon. Let's break down the typical "features" they list to better understand what they mean.

Designing an Entertainment Room with Performance & Function

A room designed with Blue Ocean® will satisfy the dark room, purist videophile, as well provides any homeowner with the most versatile and useful entertainment space in the house.

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Fatman iTube

The iTube's warmth and liquidity very nicely smoothes the rough edges of the iPod's output and makes the music surprisingly good for such a small, inexpensive system.

Human Interface and Panel Design/Layout

A process for interviewing and communicating with clients is paramount. The panel designer can guess what people like, but that is not a good way to create a good user experience.

NTI Shadow v3.0

We wanted a solution that would be inexpensive for all of the systems in the house and would allow the systems to be backed up to an external drive locally as well as on the home network.

Off-Air Antennas and an Alignment

It was usually acceptable to align an off-air antenna for NTSC analog signals by simply looking at the screen while someone moved the antenna for best picture and minimum "ghosting". Unfortunately, this technique will not work for DTV.

PLC (Powerline Communication) for Triple Play and IPTV Whole-House Distribution

All households have electricity, so they are network-ready; there is no need to install new cables or do "truck-rolls". Then, with several electrical sockets in every room, IPTV & Triple-Play services are available everywhere in the home with consistent performance.

Smart Homes are Here

The prevalence of smart home technologies is much greater now than even five years ago. More and more builders are beginning to include pre-wiring in houses for cable TV, computer networks, alarm systems and distributed audio.

Structured Cabling Approach Helps Streamline Digital Signage Systems

Digital signage is one of the fastest growing applications, allowing audio-video content to be distributed virtually around the world. Retailing, education, banking, government, restaurant, hospitality and transportation are just a few of the sectors where digital signage has been rapidly adopted.

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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!