Sonos introduces PLAYBASE - an off the wall approach to TV sound

PLAYBASE slides the best of Sonos underneath your TV, delivering powerful home theater sound when the TV is on, and music all the time when it's off.

New Crestron Zūm Makes It Simple to Design, Set Up, and Manage Lighting Control in Any Space

Setup requires only a few taps on a keypad or iPhone®, and no programming. Easily expandable from a single space to a centrally managed building-wide lighting control solution.

Crestron Makes It Easy to Control Circadian Lighting

Greater productivity, concentration, creativity, faster healing, and cost savings cited as key benefits; Crestron solution ensures all pieces, protocols, wiring, and software work together to meet objectives

Cobalt Robotics Introduces a (Mostly) Autonomous Mobile Security Robot

Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum:  Today, Cobalt Robotics (a startup based in Palo Alto, Calif.) is announcing an autonomous mobile robot designed for indoor security applications that can “work alongside human guards to provide better security than people can do alone.”

The key realization here is that security guards spend the vast majority of their time doing almost nothing, and even in a worst case scenario (like someone trying to break in, or a fire or other serious problem), their primary responsibility is making the right phone call as quickly as possible as opposed to dealing with the situation directly.  Full article:

ATC SHIPS ITS C3C Ver.3 CENTER CHANNEL SPEAKER

Matching the acclaimed SCM7 and SCM11 Loudspeakers, for all-round 5.1 Channel Accuracy

Meridian America (MAI) Announces Upcoming U.S. Events, Strengthening Its Dedication to Networking and Education in the U.S. Custom Installation Market

Meridian Audio's exclusive U.S. distributor shares new products and the significance of high resolution audio in the home at a number of events this spring

FSR Announces Surge Protection For Ceiling Boxes

Device used to protect branch circuits against transients in all three modes

Shorten Response Times with the K-2000-DVA Voice Alarm Dialer or Store Caster by Viking Electronics

The Viking K-2000-DVA is a programmable auto dialer and digital announcer. Easily record and store alert tones and voice announcements for on-demand play back and emergency notification.

Sound United Announces Acquisition of D+M Group

Sound United LLC, parent company to Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, and Polk BOOM, today announced it has completed the acquisition of the D+M Group, owner of the Denon, HEOS by Denon, Marantz, and Boston Acoustics brands. The D+M Group is the largest supplier of audio/video receivers worldwide and a leader in wireless multi-room audio. Sound United is the largest supplier of loudspeakers in North America and a leading supplier of sound bars and wireless music systems. The combined company will be known as Sound United, which will own and operate some of the most prestigious brands in the consumer audio space, providing synergy opportunities for the existing core businesses, while also unlocking the potential to expand the product portfolio and market reach. The sale was finalized on February 28, 2017 and the terms of the sale were not disclosed.   Full Press Release:

Fibaro Adds Russound Integration to Deliver Easy Control of Multi-Room Audio and Streaming Within the Smart Home

FIBARO, a leading global manufacturer of wireless intelligent home automation and control devices, announces integration with Russound, whole house audio market innovator.

New Riser Diagrams in Wattstopper DLM Software Simplifies Project Submittal and Quote Process

This feature makes preparing project submittals and quotes easier for designers and technicians, and makes working with larger systems more effective.

Schlage Expands Footprint in the Smart Home Space with Amazon Alexa Integration

Integration Allows Alexa-Enabled Devices to Lock and Check the Status of a User's Front Door

"Alexa, Lock my Door"

Kwikset smart locks on the Samsung SmartThings and Wink platforms can now be controlled using voice commands on Amazon Alexa devices

Joseph Electronics at the 2017 NAB Show

On display at the 2017 NAB Show will be Joseph Electronics' Tote Caddie series of portable fiber-optic signal-acquisition systems for ENG, SNG, and other outside broadcast (OB) applications. Tote Caddies offer a better option for fast, operator-deployed, point-to-point signal transport. Built using rugged Pelican cases, each Tote Caddie is a compact, functional, and weather-resistant fiber solution for news and field crews working in harsh environments. The Totes Caddies are designed with customization in mind, with more than 12 modules available that can be mixed and matched in nearly unlimited combinations to provide the exact signal count necessary for a given application.

Consumer Confidence Toward Tech Spending Continues Year-Over-Year Climb, Says CTA

The CTA Index of Consumer Technology Expectations (ICTE), which measures consumer expectations about technology spending, increased 3.9 points in February to 92.7. That total is up 7.8 points year-over-year from February 2016.

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