ISE 2013 Special News Report

Press Releases and Product Announcements from the show floor.

CES 2013 - Special News Report

Press Releases and Product Announcements from the show floor

DSE 2013 - Special News Report

Press Releases and Product Announcements from the show floor.

First-Run Movies in Your Home Theater

Up until now the only way to get the latest Tom Cruise movie in your home on the Friday night it hits theaters was to become a member of the exclusive Bel-Air Circuit.

Content Insider #264 - Three Ring Circus

Everyone - except people who have a clown or big crowd phobia - loves the circus.

Luxul Networking Review

Like most people, in the past I've bought consumer grade from CISCO (formerly LinkSys), Netgear, D-Link, etc. I've grown increasingly dissatisfied with these as time goes by. I've run across Luxul networking products in several pro-installations so when I got the chance to try them for myself, I jumped at the chance.

A Dynamic 'Convertible' Home Theater on a Shoe-String Budget

I found myself at the ripe old age of 61, sitting in a cabin in Wisconsin, wondering how to incorporate a dedicated home theater into an open living-dining-kitchen area. To further complicate the situation, it couldn't just be any home theater - after all, I had my reputation to consider. It had to be dynamic, unique and most of all - hidden.

Using Audio Visual In The Courtroom

They say that justice is blind, but an attorney must approach a jury with both clear visuals and understandable audio to win his or her case. Therefore, the architect who is responsible for designing a new courtroom or a renovation must give serious consideration to the use of visuals and audio during a trial.

Surviving in the Home Automation Market

The home automation and control systems market can be a frightening place. Housing starts, devastated by the recession, are experiencing a tepid recovery. Control equipments' already limited profit margins are being further compromised by direct-to-consumer sales. Independent installers and systems integrators are wary of competition with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Verizon and others large players who are moving into home automation.

CES 2013 Tradeshow Report

The HomeToys Team has scoured the news pages and product announcements to bring you a neatly compiled list of some of the new and interesting products we think are important to the Home Technology and AV Systems industry.

CES and ISE 2013 News Coverage and Product Reports

It's 2013 and two of the most important tradeshows are already upon us. CES and ISE start the year for us by bringing the industry to the forefront of the news all over the world.

Dream kitchens of the Future

Is the next step in our kitchen of the future replication of food, similar to Star Trek? Just maybe. We have 3-D printing for solid objects; can food be far behind?

Review - IAV LightSpeakers - Wireless Multi Room Audio System

Since began over 15 years ago we have always had a passion for products we feel are innovative, creative and are helping move this AV industry forward. When I saw the press release for the launch of the IAV LightSpeaker come across my email a few months back I was intrigued. Basically this is a self-contained wireless speaker and lighting system where each speaker fits into your standard 5" & 6" pot lights with standard Edison sockets, no speaker wiring needed.

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.

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