Home Automation 2.0: What Everybody Should Know!

Do you ever wonder why home automation has been around since the 18 hundreds… and its adoption by the general population has failed dismally?

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In Technology Leadership, the Big Dogs Play for Keeps

Trends, Technologies, & Ecosystems: Evolution of The Digital Home

Parks Associates, with more than 25 years of industry expertise and consumer research, analyzes the top trends influencing the future of the connected home and digital lifestyle.

ABB and andyRobot Develop Standard RoboScreen Packs

Function packages feature five robot and screen size combinations, dedicated software and concert style mixing board for simplified control

Why is ABUS Audio Still Going Strong?

ABUS is an analog line level system on Cat5 with keypads in each room that are true amplifiers with speaker level output using minimal speaker lengths to a pair of speakers per keypad and a hub pushing the line level audio/IR and 24 Volts to each amp/keypad.

"Hands-Free" Corporate Communication

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." - George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright

When Should You Walk Away From a Sale?

Just remember that if something sounds or looks too good to be true, check it out - and if it doesn't feel right, consider walking away.

Crestron Ultimate Home Automation Solution Demonstrated in Las Vegas Show House

The New American Home 2013 achieved LEED Platinum Status from the U.S. Green Building Council and Emerald status under the National Green Build Standard.

Siri Home Automation Integration from Start to Finish
Part 1 - The Basics (using a Linux VM)

I've been wanting to get Siri up and running with my Home Automation system for quite a while. I tried and failed last year, but recently attacked the problem again; this time with great success. Not only did I get it running on 4 versions of Linux (long story), but also on my Raspberry PI. Further, I now have it integrated with my Home Automation system. (The approach I chose for this should work with virtually any Home Automation system.) The instructions in this article will get you up and running--virtually guaranteed--in under 30 mins. If you don't want to start from scratch, you can download a 250MB VMware appliance with it fully installed. All that's required are a few minor config changes for your own IP address. In Part 1, we'll cover the basics (using a Linux VM). In Part 2, we'll cover Raspberry PI installation. In Part 3, we'll cover Home Automation integration.

Siri Home Automation Integration from Start to Finish
Part 2 - Raspberry PI Installation

This is Part 2 of a three part article. In this part, we'll see how to install SiriProxy on a Raspberry PI. In Part 1, we'll cover the basics (using a Linux VM). In Part 2, we'll cover Raspberry PI installation. In Part 3, we'll cover Home Automation integrations

Siri Home Automation Integration from Start to Finish
Part 3 - Home Automation Integration

This is Part 3 of a three part article. In this part, we'll look specifically at how to integrate Siri with a Home Automation system. In Part 1, we'll cover the basics (using a Linux VM). In Part 2, we'll cover Raspberry PI installation. In Part 3, we'll cover Home Automation integrations

Defining Audio Fidelity

Only four parameters are needed to define everything that affects audio fidelity: Frequency response, distortion, noise, and time-based errors.

Applications for Transparent Displays

Transparent displays are not new; many panel makers have demonstrated prototypes for years. But when they first see a transparent display, people are often impressed and amazed.

AVnu Alliance & UNH-IOL Launch Audio Video Bridge Certification Program

AVB provides a huge step forward for transporting audio/visual content, and provides a means for replacing the diverse varieties of point-to-point connectors with a single, extensible network.

Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2013 Tradeshow Report

ISE 2013 was the biggest yet. With 894 exhibitors occupying 33,000 net square meters of floor spaces. Thousands flocked to Amsterdam to catch up on all that is exciting in residential & commercial AV as well as digital signage.

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