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.

Motion Simulation

It's been a wild and thrilling ride so far as we've progressed from a prototype that wasn't at all commercially viable to a product line with 15 consumer models and from a mere 4 minutes of motion coding to well over 500 full-length motion pictures.

New Projection Technology Powering the Digital Lifestyle

There will be constant pressure in the emerging digital home for increased performance and it appears 3LCD technology is situated to address those demands by maintaining bright images, enhancing aperture ratios, picture definition and overall image quality.

One Voice Technology

Although it may seem like a good idea to recycle your old audio equipment and "Frankenstein" yourself a new home theater, once you hear it you'll understand why the villagers formed the angry mob.

PLC - Touchpanels

The decision to use touchpanels should be based on the number of inputs and outputs (I/O) in the project. Projects that have a large number of lighting circuits, drapery motors, and whole house audio/video distribution with very little wall space for switches, definitely requires a touchpanel.

Protecting Your Precious Plasma!

AC noise is far greater in both amplitude and bandwidth than ever before. When it couples into critical circuits it will distort low-level information as well as create data corruption and losses.

Quality Cables

Using the best wiring, cabling is very important in one's stereo or home theater system. Some cables have very inexpensive connectors with inferior soldering. Quality control and quality of the cable components, will affect the long term musicality in ones system.

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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!