2012 will be the year of Home Automation

I know what you're thinking: another "year of X" prediction that has as much chance of coming to fruition as I have of winning the lottery. (I'm still waiting for smell-o-vision.) So, why am I so keen to stake my reputation on this? One reason: the number of entry level systems appearing on the market. We'll be reviewing some of these over coming months, but for now we'll just list some of the major contenders. Mark Anderson is a long-time home theater enthusiast and lives on the bleeding edge of Home Automation. He will be covering everything related to Home Automation and AV. He is also a regular contributor to avystemsmag.com, where he covers commercial AV and automation.Please welcome Mark to the HomeToys team.

Is Windows Media Center Alive?

Windows Media Center is one of the best and most underrated products produced by Microsoft. As a cord-cutter, I use it as my TV guide, DVR and a whole lot more. In the last few months, I've attempted to find three key plug-ins. Not one exists. It seems developers interests lie elsewhere these days. So is this a nail in WMC's coffin. I hope not.

Speaker Impedance, Your Amplifier And You.

In the audio world, simple spec numbers rarely adequately describe real-world performance. When a speaker is specified as being "8-Ohms," that is really an oversimplification of a complex issue. A speaker's impedance is different at different frequencies!

Foundation‚ĄĘ Platform for Residential Demand Response and Home Energy Management

Foundation combines not only multiple features, but also, in effect, multiple devices. It is both a smart thermostat and an in-home display integrated into a single device. It is also extensible with the ability to control other loads, receive over-the-air (OTA) upgrades and add support for another network, such as Wi-Fi, with a USNAP (Universal Smart Network Access Port) module.

3D Projection Technology

The future of 3D will grow with more engaging content (movies/games) and the effects/experience of 3D to be even immersive (almost like a virtual reality experience). And we (Mitsubishi) continue our trend of making the 3D experience even more engaging (i.e. our recent example of our HC7800D implementation of 3D).

ISE 2012 (Integrated Systems Europe) Trade Show Report

With over 750 exhibitors ISE 2012 in Amsterdam was the largest professional AV and systems integration trade show ever held in Europe, bringing together manufacturers, distributors, integrators, specifiers and technology managers from over 100 countries worldwide.

ISE 2012 - Special News Report

News and Product Announcements from the show.

CES 2012 - Special News Report

News and Product Announcements from the show.

CES … It's a Show, It's Biz, Live with It

With more than 13 football fields of show space, CES attendees have to crowd in opening day and walk themselves ragged in hopes of not just seeing all the show but seeing what will win/fail big in the coming year.

Unlock the Secret to Selling to the Military

Selling to the military is not easy, but if you are persistent and take one step at a time, asking questions along the way, military sales can add substantially to your bottom line.

Capturing Eyeballs, Mindshare in a Distracted World

Today's digital signage appeals to consumers because it delivers messages in a familiar, high-quality form that competes with their entertainment devices.

Using Technology in Houses of Worship

Modern technology drives information towards today's generation. It is in all aspects of our life today and this role will only increase in the future. Any house of worship that ignores this fact will lose its congregation, especially the children, whose learning and development is technology based.

2012 International Consumer Electronics Show Report

From Las Vegas, NV the 2012 International CES is expecting record attendees and exhibitors along with a host of Hollywood Stars, Sports Legends and Musical Icons.  With so much to see the HomeToys team has compiled a report of some of the interesting products in the Home Technology sector at this year's show. And HomeToys.com is a great place to post your company's CES news and keep up to date on what others are up to.

Classic Home Toys Installment # 27

The development of Linux is one of the most prominent examples of free and open source software collaboration; typically all the underlying source code can be used , freely modified,  and redistributed, both commercially and non-commercially, by anyone under licenses such as the GNU General Public License. Typically Linux us a format known as a Linux distribution for desktop and server use.

Cooling the Enclosed Video Projector

Many of the projectors on the market today (all fixed-matrix; R.I.P., CRT!) have been specifically designed for home use. Part of the redesign for this market has been to significantly reduce noise, both from the fan motors and the movement of air through cooling passages. Nevertheless, some projectors still produce more noise than is acceptable in quiet theaters in which projectors are located close to the audience. There is also a desire in many cases to hide the projector for aesthetic reasons. So the client needs only a bit of noise reduction and perhaps a bit of camouflage. This makes life much easier, as a partial enclosure can usually achieve both objectives.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

INTRODUCING THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CONTROL YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE YOUR VOICE. Imagine this... We've all been there-walking through the door into a dark house, arms full. Wouldn't it be nice to tell your house to offer a helping hand? Now you can. A simple voice command-such as "Alexa, turn on Welcome"-lights up the hallway and kitchen, fires up your favorite Pandora station, while the door locks itself behind you. This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.