Digital Hell

There are lots of theories about how and why new products achieve mass-market success. I'd like to offer my own little rule of thumb. No product will ever achieve mass-market success unless it inspires envy. People must look at the early adopters and want to become one.

Editorial Comments

It's already daylight saving time where I live. Did your PVR / Media Server / Home Automation Controller know about the change? A minor headache if not ... but a headache none the less. The more spoiled we become ... the more spoiled we want to become and the more dependent we get on technology. I'll leave it to philosophers to decide whether that is a good thing or not.

Home Theater Design Part 9 - Adjusting for Peak Performance

Now it's time to head to the fridge for a cold one, kick off those shoes, and see how many decibels you can make from the MI3 sound track before the neighbors come over for an intervention.

Improving Home Theater Performance

Every link in your home entertainment system should be the best your budget allows. Think of the power conditioner as the bloodline. Anything less than the best will only lessen the vitality of your system.

M1 Gold Cross Platform Control

The M1Gold is a very economical and easy to use solution for your every day installations and many of today's advance home control and automation needs. It can bring your company into the automation market without a big investment in time or arduous training.

NuVision 47LCM1 Deep Black 1080p LCD HDTV Monitor

Being a sports fanatic my first test would be an NBA game in HDTV. NuVision Monitors display HDTV in 1080p, and the industries brightest panel provides a clear, bright and crisp picture superior to any others I have seen. With the fast NBA action no noticeable artifacts could be seen.

PLC - Memory Backup

The memory card is a recent method for memory backup. Some new PLCs provide a slot for a memory card. The PLC ladder application program can read and write to the memory card.

Power How-To #3

Dear Home Sketch Pad Experts, To rattle the rafters with the audio of my home theater, I recently purchased a very powerful, top-flight subwoofer and a 7.1 amplifier. When installing these, I noticed a warning in both manuals: "Do not use with a surge strip or power conditioner." I will of course follow the instructions, but I'm a little confused. Wouldn't I want to protect and amplify the performance of this equipment the same way that I would the rest of my components? What should I do instead? Sincerely, Confused in Connecticut

Ten Reasons to Buy a Video Processor

Video-processing technologies are essential in order to achieve outstanding picture quality for today's high-resolution video displays. When buying a video processor, consumers should look for the following technologies and features to receive the best-possible viewing experience from their HDTVs.

AVOID MOWING THE LAWN!! BUY A LAWNBOTT FROM PARADISE ROBOTICS.

Never mow your lawn again! Purchase a Lawnbott fully automatic lawn mower from Paradise Robotics! Place a wire around your property, install the recharging base/electronics, click a few buttons and let it go! Relax and enjoy!

DSC to Offer Life|ware Home Automation Package

DSC security dealers can now offer their customers the best value on the most advanced security, home automation and entertainment solution in the industry.

VIDIKRON AWARDS S3 ENTERTAINMENT AS 2006 DEALER OF THE YEAR

Vidikron recently honored Park City, UT based S3 Entertainment, Inc. as its 2006 Vidikron Dealer of the Year.

Liberty Wire & Cable Adds New Custom Cable Facility, Expands Service Capacity by 200 Percent

Vast Inventory, Skilled Assembly Staff Plus 72-Hour Turnaround Speed Help Installers Avoid 'The Big Oops' and Get Jobs Right Every Time

American Recorder Technologies Releases New Studio in a Box Compact Model SIB -075

Following the highly successful and Award winning introductions of the original Photo Studio in a Box® and the Photo Studio in a Box® -Supersized, New Compact Model SIB-075 is introduced at PMA 2007.

American Recorder Technologies Releases New Studio in a Box Pro Model SIB -180

American Recorder Technologies Grows Line with the New Photo Studio in a Box® Professional Model SIB-180 at the Recent PMA Show in Las Vegas.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection