Choosing Your Plasma TV

Are you planning a Plasma TV purchase? Plasma televisions are among the most expensive big screen options. Hence, proper planning of your purchase is essential to enjoy the best results. Discover the features to look for when choosing your flat-panel Plasma display TV set in this Plasma Television Buying Guide.

Classic Home Toys: Super 8 Film

This new column, Classic Home Toys, will feature electronics of yesteryear. It is this reviewers hope that this column and forthcoming articles will bring nostalgic memories back to those who used these formats and, hopefully, help out those readers who may still be using these formats to connect with other hobbyists who have an appreciation for what these home toys of yesteryear could do.

DVD Insider 45 and 46

DVD Insider #45 - HD is Everywhere - Screen Options Becoming Aggressive - Delivery Battle Could Be Brutal DVD Insider #46 - Phones, Snapshots, Music - Mobile Video - A Little Bit of Storage

DVD Insider 47 and 48

DVD Insider #47 - IPTV - The New Content Opportunity - Citizen Videographers - Home-Wide Entertainment - Getting Closer Personalizing Entertainment DVD Insider #48 - The War of the Worlds - Declining View of High Def - Remember the Alamo - The Book of Five Rings, The Art of War

Extend your reach Serial-over-Ethernet

With this technology, you can control the lighting, the alarm system, the front gate, virtually anything on your property that is controlled serially, or needs no control beyond the application of power.

Getting Your Video Your Way

These days, although going to a theater to "experience" a movie still has appeal, bigger-clearer Plasma and LCD screens, shrinking personal video displays, dropping technology prices and of course, this age of wireless has re-defined how and where we "experience" our content.

Giving the Customers Control

We have a responsibility to our customers and co-workers to not make their lives harder. By giving them control of these systems, in a manner they can easily understand, we can make long term customers, and long time friends.

Going the Distance With HDMI

If you're looking to setup an audio/video system in a home or business, HDMI connectivity is certainly worth considering. For long run applications, there are many options available to ensure a successful, trouble-free installation.

Have a Home Theater Plan

If you really want to do it well and make the right choices, you're going to need to have a plan and follow that plan as closely as possible to the end.

Home Builders: Key Channel for CE

Home builders sold $11 billion worth of technology products in 2004 and expect sales to increase 10-12% in 2005, according to Parks Associates' 2004 Builder Survey.

Home Theater Design - Part 3

The most dramatic change in bass caused by subwoofer placement has to do with the interaction of the subwoofer and the room itself. Because of the relationship between a room's dimensions and the wavelength of sounds, certain frequencies are reinforced and certain frequencies are canceled at different areas within your home theater (or any other room).

How to Hide the Wires

Many times, it takes a combination of two or more options and methods to achieve optimal results. In the end, most consumers agree that the best wire is a hidden wire!

Interoperability in the Home Network

The networked home concept is still in its infancy. If it's going to catch on, it has to be feature rich, secure, and simple to operate. The combination of industry standards and cost effective, programmable platforms can help fulfill the vision of any content, any format, any where, any time.

Lights, Plasma, Action!

Among the myriad choices in lighting control, it is easy to find a system within your budget. Your best bet is a lighting control system which works reliably in your home, is easy to program, and integrates with your home automation controller.

Media Centers for Home Automation

Today, many of the major smart home technology manufactures, like HAI and Home Seer, are developing software plug-ins for Windows Media Center that allow you to access and control their devices (and others) with Media Center.

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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