CES 2005 News Report

Special Show News Report for CES 2005

CES 2005 Show Report

Over 114,000 attendees from 115 countries made their way to the Nevada desert for this year's show.

Differential Amplifier Design

A truly differential drive amplifier, consists of two complete amplifiers for each channel: one + amplifier and - amplifier. The positive input signal is amplified by the positive amplifier and the negative input signal is amplified by the negative amplifier when a balanced signal is applied to the input.

Give the Customers What They Want

It's not unusual for installers and system designers to avoid using computers or to fail to recognize the cost-saving benefits for setting up a LAN or local area network. Each LAN is unique because homeowners invariably want different capabilities from their home networks.

Home Automation for the rest of us

With it's "Jetsons-era functionality, this software is great for people that want to control their home or apartment with minimum amount of fuss.

Home Automation Portal Appliance

The Home Automation Portal Appliance will soon become an essential addition to most home automation projects of any complexity. In this paper we discuss how the small, lightweight and low power box produced by IO Anywhere can act as a Home Automation Portal Appliance.

ISE 2005 News Report

Special Show News Report for ISE 2005

Multitask in the Living Room

Thanks to the expansion of broadband, wireless networking, a new generation of PDAs and software, you now have the ability to multitask at home as you do at work. And, you can clear your couch of the electronic clutter and easily navigate and control your recreational tasks.

Need for an Electrical Design

An electrical design will gather all switching requirements for the home. Determine what level of control is acceptable and propose an electrical control system to meet these needs.

NetDisk Network Storage Device

Within a few minutes I had access to 160 gigabytes of storage designated as Drive E. Simple as that. And it's available to all computers on that network.

Node Zero Gallery

"Node Zero" is the area in the house where all the cables come together. Below is a selection of N0s belonging to our readers. You can see photos and read descriptions of a variety of projects, from a few simple components in a cupboard under the stairs, to huge multi rack installations. Hopefully this page will show you what can be done and inspire you to do your own.

Packet8 VoIP Telephone Service

For $20/mo I can see how normal telecoms see companies such as 8x8 and the emergence of VoIP as a threat. I was very pleased and surprised at the call quality and the ease of setup.

PLC - Variable Codes

Entering variable codes could be done via a desk or laptop PC, but a more convenient way is via a LCD display panel.

Rules of Thumb for selling Remote Controls

While categorized as an "accessory," there's not a consumer out there who doesn't consider remote control a necessity. If they have trouble using it, you could end up losing future business. Make sure you're familiar with the variety of product choices in the marketplace and their capabilities. Recommend what makes sense.

SOHO Storage Solutions

Using a design that incorporates a patented chip and software technology, a NetDisk drive operates as a PC's local hard disk and can be shared with other PC's connected over Ethernet to your LAN.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

ELK Products -M1 GOLD with Two-Way Wireless

ELK Products -M1 GOLD with Two-Way Wireless

The M1 Gold Security & Automation Control combines security, fire, energy management, lighting, and access control to provide total control of the home. Easily integrating with products of industry partner manufacturers, M1 controls offer a truly customized solution. With remote access capabilities and simple, user-friendly interfaces, M1 keeps homeowners informed and in control, anytime, anywhere! ELK's Two-Way Wireless family of products for the M1 offers a truly secure and reliable wireless solution with cutting edge techniques such as frequency hopping and UL approved jamming detection to defend against interference, hacking, and jamming. Advanced features ensure reliability, extend battery life, and provide innovative security enhancements including wirelessly interconnected smoke detectors, motion detectors with built-in security/convenience lights, and key fobs with a system status inquiry button, allowing users to see if an alarm has been activated before entering the home.