Simplifi 5075D Digital Amplifier

The unit contains not only the amplifier but also the sound card and requires only a USB connection. It's a Creative Sound Blaster Live 24 bit external card. Once you plug it all in, the unit automatically senses that your Media Center is on and turns itself on too.

The Instant Camera That Was: Polaroid film in the Digital Age

Because of its ease of use and its ability to produce a picture in a seconds at any location, the Polaroid was used by insurance agents, construction foreman, real estate agents, and filmmakers.

Video Modulation over Digital Cable

The Affinity allows each TV location desired to access digital cable as well as the modulated signals by providing an easy way to switch between the two feeds. Essentially, one can think of this product as a remote-controlled A/B switch.

3D Displays Going Mainstream in Sports and Cinema

Key pieces of the 3D puzzle are falling into place and will result in the much more widespread adoption of 3D systems in several key market segments. These improved, moderate-cost technologies will first move into existing markets for 3D displays and enable the development of new, broader markets in the future.

Am I ready for Wireless Speakers?

When it comes to wireless speaker systems, keeping it simple and playing it conservative is your best approach. The technology is constantly improving. Do your homework.

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.

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