Smart Home Needs a Master Plan to Succeed

The Home of the Future, the totally connected home, can/will become a model of efficiency. Technology isn't holding us back. We're holding ourselves back.

Outdoor Power Over Ethernet (PoE) A Fair Weather Friend

We all have a fair weather friend that only participates when conditions are just right. Delivering Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a technology that, like a fair weather friend, may not be well suited for all outdoor weather conditions.

The Real World of Spatial Operating Environment

From clicking to touching, and now pointing and grabbing, the future of computer interaction is going through a major overhaul. A gesture-based operating environment or Spatial Operating Environment (SOE) is now realized and will transform the way we work and design, making the most of our hands. Now we can use spatial interface to control applications and data across many displays. Anyone on a network can share content and applications with any coworker anywhere in the world on an interactive basis.

Consumers Drive Storage Everywhere!

The growth of digital content is accelerating as the needs of modern consumers include more ways to create, share and experience digital content.

Is your house flood proof?

The only time you will see a difference between a floating house and the traditional one is during floods - when your house rises above the water and your neighbor's stays put and slowly sinks under the water.

Content Insider # 257 - Odd Choices

If we want to catch up on work or catch up on the last segments of Cybergeddon, our options are at hand and we agree with Felix that it "Doesn't make any difference."

Mobile Devices and Tablets as Home Controllers

A single tablet can be the remote control for your TV, the CCTV monitor for your video surveillance equipment, and the hub of all your other sub-systems like access control, wireless security sensors, thermostats, lights, irrigation, audio/video, etc.

Smartphone Purchasing … It's for More than Just Coffee

Everyone is so sure that you're going to abandon your billfold/purse and eliminate the need for dirty, evil money that they're standing in line waiting for you.

A Shower TV? Hey, Why Not...It's What the Cool People Do

At first a shower TV seems like a needless luxury...but then the more you think about it, it starts to makes sense, doesn't it? We all lead busy lives and spare time is at a premium. Unless you are like my father who brags about taking 3-minute showers, you probably like to linger in the shower as the hot water relaxes you.

The Quest for a Better Remote

I've used Logitech Harmony remotes on my Home Theater and in the Master Bedroom for a few years and for the most part, they worked OK. The "Help" button painlessly solved many hiccups. With a move to a new house, all AV gear was hidden away (most of it in the basement). A second Blu-ray player and Apple TV complicated things, so it was time to look for a new solution that would dispense with the hiccups. My quest has ended (for now) with URC.

Blowing Hot and Cold with Z-wave and Wi-Fi Thermostats

Last winter I installed a Z-wave thermostat. Integration was good, but usability was dreadful. The Wife Acceptance Factor plummeted; my own with it. Waking up to a chilly house about a month ago reminded me that it was time to turn on the heating, and replace the thermostat. I was torn between a better Z-wave model and a Wi-Fi unit. Whatever I chose had to integrate with my Home Automation system, and that was the challenge.

Laser Phosphor Display Screens

LPD walls are larger than the largest LCD screens, far brighter than projection screens, and far more detailed than LED displays. LPD displays have no bezels, allowing the image to extend to the edge of the glass, resulting in displays that can be lined up in stacks or rows to form a single image, as large as desired.

Device Design - The Art of Compromise

It is important to know the requirements of your target customer base. For a general purpose product this can be quite difficult. Some users will only be interested in monitoring inputs, be they digital or analogue. Others may be interested only in controlling outputs. Others again may have requirements for both input monitoring and output control.

Eldercare Robots

Games, sensors and robots are among the tools beginning to come to market to help aging people live in their homes as long as possible.

Petabytes are the New Terabytes

The growth in content complexity will drive higher storage demand for rich media projects including direct attached storage but increasingly network attached storage and even Internet-accessed cloud-based storage as the speed of these solutions increases and the costs go down. A project that used to require terabytes of storage may now require petabytes at a higher resolution and frame rate.

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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!