HDMI = High Performance

The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) was invented in 2002 by several major electronics manufacturers. HDMI is the first uncompressed all-digital interface that carries audio and video signals.

SSD … More Stuff than You Can Afford to Carry

SSD is ideal when response time (low latency) and performance (IOPs - input/output operations per second) are more important than raw capacity.

HomeToys eMagazine - Special Coverage of CEDIA 2012

Here is a synopsis of the many CEDIA 2012 news and product reports that we have prepared this year. Use these links to browse the coverage from your easy chair.

CEDIA EXPO 2012 - Tradeshow Report

As expected, CEDIA was full to the gills with cool and interesting products. In the article below, you can read about our take on industry trends and see what products we considered noteworthy.

Hometoys - CEDIA 2012 News Report

Tons of news from CEDIA 2012 - Almost 200 news announcements at last count and still growing. Be sure to add your own company news to this report - just click the link that says "Click here to Submit Your Free Show News Release"

Realizing An End-to-End Digital Signage Solution

A successful digital signage implementation requires more than purchasing hardware and throwing together a bit of content. Choosing a good solutions provider prevents the customer from being overwhelmed with technical details and ensure the correct mix of services and warranties.

Expanding Role of the Service Provider-from Music to Games to the Connected Home

Opportunities for value-added services span such categories as entertainment, technical support, home management, energy services, and healthcare. Each one offers a unique value proposition, and service companies view these services as means to retain customers and as platforms for future revenue growth.

How Poor Industrial Design Loses Sales

Features and price are the two most common reasons why companies lose sales, but poor industrial design can also be a factor.

Business Model Evolution in OTT and On-demand Video Markets - 2012 Edition

In the study Business Model Evolution in OTT and On-demand Video Markets - 2012 Edition, IMS Research estimates that in 2011 the market for on-demand video reached 998.9 billion video transactions. Pay transactions are estimated at 7.2 billion streams/downloads in 2011, generating $16.2 billion in revenues.

The Wireless Speaker & Audio Association

The Wireless Speaker & Audio Association's remit is to advance the adoption of wirelessly transmitted, interference-free high-definition (HD) surround-sound audio in the home theater environment. We spoke to President, Jim Venable about the organization and the standard.

The Future of Wireless Energy Transfer

Nearly all of our communications are now wireless, but people and devices are still tethered to the wall by power cords. In the not too distant future, we'll be able to enjoy wireless power too.

Absolute Zero Home Theater Curtains

At HomeToys.com, we get lots of hi-tech gadgets to play with, but sometimes, it's the distinctly low-tech items that make or break a great home theater. Controlling sound and light are critical to a good home theater, so we decided to take a look out some blackout drapes from Ellery Homestyles.

Web Sites Are Built for Visitors…Not Designers

Web designers love to show you their elegant sites and how beautiful the Flash/HTML 5 stuff looks, what artistic videos they have, how gorgeously everything is laid out. Sorry, but folks aren't there for the show; they come to a website to get product/service information, to buy and get on with their lives.

Video Quality and Service Assurance

IneoQuest offers video quality and service assurance technologies and solutions that enable companies to monitor, aggregate, gather, and analyze video data across their video networks. They provide the intelligence needed to make better business decisions for delivering the highest quality video experience and controlling operational expenditure.

PC-based HD Video Conferencing

With Vaddio's EasyUSB tools, you now have pro AV computer peripherals to easily transform a personal computer into an effective and affordable meeting room system. Whether looking to design a small video conferencing system, or a large integrated lecture capture classroom, Vaddio gives you all the tools you need to make your software applications work in a real world AV environment.

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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.