Flying Without Navigation

Or how we learned to stop worrying and love the research bomb*

CES 2014 News Report

News and Product Announcement from the show.

Nostalgia - HomeToys December 2000

Here is our December 2000 eMagazine issue - bear with us on some of the broken links but you may find the articles interesting --- some even relevant.

Leviton's OmniPro ll Helps Provide Enhanced Access for Assisted Living Residents

The system provides residents and caregivers access to the complex and their apartment through their iPhone using the Snap-Link app.

What is Audio Video Bridging?

Technology managers need to know about AVB because it allows them to manage and optimize networks that now are converging to carry both data as well as audio/video

Data Apocalypse

Today's advanced BD preservation media delivers a data life of 50 years or more without constant media migration or requiring power (except when read/written) or AC, delivering piece of mind and savings.

Staples Launches Staples Connect to bring Connected Home to the Mass Market

Staples is moving into this space because they see the big trends moving this way as well - pervasive broadband, consolidated wireless standards, and apps everywhere.

Two Residential Automation Examples By Leviton

Wijk en Aalburg, The Netherlands and Warwick Square, Central London

Movie Theater vs. Home Theater

Personally, I enjoy sitting at home with surround sound, my feet up, drinking what I want, and snacking on popcorn. Even better is watching a movie that I have chosen from my collection, which includes films from the glorious days of film making.

The Top Twelve Things Your CE Website Needs To Do

Your website is the single most important weapon in your marketing arsenal.

Information Overload

More Data Doesn't Make Better Decisions, it Just Takes Longer

AudioControl's Rialto 400

Being a big Sonos fan (I have 6 zones in my house), I've always been curious if I'd see any improvement with an external DAC. Recently I had the opportunity to test a Rialto 400 from AudioControl with my Sonos system and was impressed.

IMAX Private Theatre

As it should be, the IMAX Private Theatre is designed as a complete system, not a bunch of disparate components put in a room as is often the case with many home theater "systems".

Cloud Computing and Wireless Sensor Networks

In the current worldwide ICT scenario a constantly growing number of more and more powerful devices (smartphones, sensors, household appliances, etc.) join the Internet. Among such devices we can also include wireless sensor and actuator networks such as the Advanticsys TelosB / Tmote Sky motes.

CEDIA 2013 - Tradeshow Report

For well over a decade HomeToys.com has been covering CEDIA and bringing all the industry news and exciting new products to our eMagazine to help our readers make sense of the massive event. We have compiled a list of some new product releases from this years show below.

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ELK Products -C1M1 Dual-Path Alarm Communicators with Remote Services

ELK Products -C1M1 Dual-Path Alarm Communicators with Remote Services

C1M1 offers a truly significant reduction in transmission time in comparison to other communicators that rely on dial capture or data bus decoding. This can result in quicker response time to emergency situations which could save lives and assets. By providing both IP and cellular pathways, C1M1 provides the reliability installers are looking for in an alarm communicator. C1M1 eliminates port forwarding and extra fees for remote access. Installers can remotely upload/download programming changes to M1 controls over IP or cellular using ElkRP2. Consumers can control the M1 remotely via the free ElkLink mobile app and web portal, as well as eKeypad and M1 Touch Pro apps. Other IP-based software and interface partners can connect to the M1 control over the local network through C1M1. C1M1 also provides email/text notifications for arm, disarm, and alarm events. ELK-C1M14GSM supports GSM (AT&T/T-Mobile) networks and ELK-C1M1CDMA supports CDMA (Verizon) networks.