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.

The Changing Face of Hotel In-Room Technology

Many hotels' technology offerings are limited to basic Wi-Fi and over-priced in-room movies. Trying to hook-up a laptop or personal media device to in-room electronics is virtually impossible. Changes are afoot, and Roomlinx is one of the pioneers in making life on the road for the tech-savvy traveler a much more satisfying experience.

Edifier e30 Spinnaker Bluetooth Speaker System

It's not often that a set of speakers comes to market that is aesthetically striking, produces quality sound and affordable. The Edifier Spinnaker Bluetooth Speaker systems achieves all three.

Cell Signal Boosters

Many homes, or parts of homes, have poor or non-existant cell-phone coverage. Cell signal boosters can remedy this by providing strong, reliable coverage inside your home for all your cellular devices.

Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI)

Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) is a consumer electronic standard for a wireless HDTV connectivity throughout the home. WHDI revolutionizes the home multimedia experience by wirelessly delivering interactive HD video from any device to any display. WHDI is supported and driven by AMIMON, Hitachi Ltd., LG Electronics, Motorola, Samsung Group, Sharp Corporation and Sony

Using Wi-Fi Signal Mapping Technology as a Sales Tool

As any network installer knows, Wi-Fi is not an exact science and requires a certain amount of know-how to deliver reliable and seamless coverage. Wi-Fi users can be demanding, and oftentimes skeptical about the value being delivered. This being the case, what if you could show a customer a map of their entire building, complete with a graphical representation of actual wireless coverage?

iKare FamilyLink

With aging in place becoming ever more popular, friends, relatives and caregivers are increasingly interested in ensuring their charges or loved ones are safe, while ensuring their privacy and independence. From a business perspective many custom installers are now reporting that they earn more than half of their revenue from seniors. iKare offers a both a valuable service for families and caregivers, as well as a sound business opportunity for custom installers.

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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!