The Data-driven Video Discovery Evolution

Expanded consumer choice and interaction are disruptive forces for providers, consumer electronics manufacturers, content owners, and advertisers. Time-shifted viewing via the DVR or video-on-demand in combination with video options via the Internet has created an increasingly fragmented consumer "television" experience. And although live television still dominates viewing in a typical U.S. TV household, viewers are supplementing this experience with additional options.

The Personal Cloud

The main driver for cloud-based services today is data safekeeping, but as content libraries grow, so will demand, both explicit and implicit, for solutions to organize, manage, and retrieve data, files, and media.

Using the Kindle Fire as a Home Automation Touchscreen

Ever since I saw the first homes with wall-mounted touchscreens, I've yearned for an affordable alternative. Was the Kindle Fire, the answer to my dreams. I ordered one in an attempt to find out.

Like a kid waiting for Santa, I looked out the window every 15 minutes on Saturday morning for the UPS driver. After what seemed like an eternity (it was after 10:30 am after all), it arrived. I excitedly unboxed it and got to work. Within 10 minutes, I had the tablet up and running and controlling devices and events (albeit with a sample skin). A few hours later, I had my custom iPad screens adapted to the size of the Fire and deployed on the device. I now had my $199 Home Automation touchscreen. One in every important room was within my grasp and my budget.

Visual Presentations for the Modern Sports Bar

The ideal sports fan experience includes views available from any seat in the bar with multiple, large high-definition TVs positioned for ease of view.  The size of the bar will determine how many TVs can be utilized and whether a large projection-screen would work.  Customers are drawn to the mega screen for sports action, such as NASCAR. 

The layout of the bar will determine the placement of the TVs.  Place as many TVs behind the bar as the space will allow.  There was a time when mirrors or paintings were mounted behind the bar because tube type televisions would not fit, but today these decorations are replaced by flat panel televisions, which need only inches from the wall for mounting. 

What can you expect in today's conference rooms?

To grow, a company has to spend money.  Many companies upgrade the technology for their employees, but they often forget the potential of their conference rooms.  Before the first piece of equipment is purchased, a company needs to evaluate how the room will be used, the esthetics of the room, and the layout. 

Control Protocol Design
A Guide for Controllable Hardware Manufacturers

This document is for developers of hardware devices which are intended for external control by automation systems, specialized control applications, or hardware controllers, via some sort of wired or wireless connection. Any such device must expose a 'control protocol' which defines the form and meaning of commands and information passing between the two involved parties. This document describes how to create a high quality control protocol, and the considerations thereof. The information in this document is intended to improve the quality of automation at the most fundamental level, because automation systems are no better than the extent to which they can reliably and conveniently provide control over the customer's devices, and long experience has shown that far too many devices have substandard control protocols. This document starts out fairly simply and generically, so if you already have some experience in this area, you may wish to skip forward a bit to the more detailed technical sections.

Control Protocol Design

This document is for developers of hardware devices which are intended for external control by automation systems, specialized control applications, or hardware controllers, via some sort of wired or wireless connection. Any such device must expose a 'control protocol' which defines the form and meaning of commands and information passing between the two involved parties. This document describes how to create a high quality control protocol, and the considerations thereof.

The information in this document is intended to improve the quality of automation at the most fundamental level, because automation systems are no better than the extent to which they can reliably and conveniently provide control over the customer's devices, and long experience has shown that far too many devices have substandard control protocols.

This document starts out fairly simply and generically, so if you already have some experience in this area, you may wish to skip forward a bit to the more detailed technical sections.

Cooling Large Home Theater Installations

The easiest way to overcome the noise and control issues is to use cooling devices that:
  • are located away from the enclosure,
  • turn slowly, and
  • are controlled by the temperature within the enclosure.

Facebook … The Next Best Thing to Buy, Like

While 93 percent of Facebookers like "Like" buttons at least monthly; the action/commitment means different things to different people.  With some, it's merely a way of social bookmarking so they can quickly find the location again.

Companies, brand managers and communications people walk a fine line as they begin to engage more and more with customers and users on a one-to-one basis.  But with more than 800M (and counting) Facebookers out there brands simply have to work harder, do more to be Liked … and stay Liked.

HDMI: Extension, Distribution and Switching via Cat5e/6

Due to the fact that Cat5e/6 is not designed like HDMI cable, additional connectivity hardware is needed to interface between the HDMI equipment and the Cat5e/6 cabling system.  This connectivity hardware comprises three main functions; Distance Extension, 1xN Distribution and Matrix Switching.

Health, Privacy and Security within the Smart Grid

On the surface, a smart grid system sounds like it has great potential from controlling our appliances and saving us money to keeping the world green.  On the other side, we could face security, privacy and health issues.  These concerns need to be addressed before we can feel comfortable with the smart grid.

Home Automation Protocols, Networks and the Smart Grid

We have a long way to go before AV, lighting, HVAC, and appliances come together within a home automation network that will work with smart meters and the utilities' back office system to communicate both ways flawlessly, controlling how and when energy is wisely consumed.  Strides are being made in each area and we will see more systems coming together for the perfect balance of energy consumption and energy savings. 

Home Surround Sound vs Movie Surround Sound

For one thing, it's a heck of a lot cheaper to fill your living room or dedicated basement home theater with top performing surround sound than it is a big movie theater. What's even better, you'll enjoy even greater fidelity and natural surround sound in your home if you get your home surround sound speakers from a dedicated hi-fi speaker manufacturer with a long history of research into loudspeaker design and surround sound setups.

How to Build Your Own Home Theater - Part 4 - Everything Else

Description: Home Theater Feature Marquee SignThis is the last of a 4 part series that will walk you through the process designing and building a home theater.

Here is a link to Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3

Well, we are getting close to sitting back and enjoying the movie experience in your own home.  Just think how much you will be saving on popcorn by not having to take out a loan to see a movie on a commercial theater screen.

How Will the Smart Grid Affect The Home Tech Industry?

All aspects of home technology will be affected by the country's need to conserve energy on a mass scale, placing the systems integrators and equipment manufacturers in a position for growth.

Integrators will have the responsibility of suggesting the end devices that work with the energy management control systems and then tying these devices into a HAN that integrates with the smart grid to control HVAC, lighting and other power usage devices.   Such a connection will improve the operation of the device and lower the cost of energy for your customer. 

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