3D TV autopsy: Did it finally die, or was it never alive to begin with?

If you were shopping for a TV three years ago, you were probably bombarded with all kinds of talk about how cool 3D was and how it was the “next big thing” in TV viewing. Movies and sports would never be the same again, with characters and players popping out of screens and into your living room as if they were right in front of you. It’s now 2013, and 3D is but a footnote that barely measures up to smart TV features and the looming 4K Ultra HD resolution TVs. It all begs the question: Why didn’t 3D ever take off the way it was expected to?

There is no single answer to that question, but a variety of factors may have led to 3D’s seeming irrelevance. During CES 2010, 3D was all the rage on the show floor, and it seemed like an ideal situation for manufacturers and consumers, alike. It was relatively easy for TV makers to incorporate into flat-panel LCDs and plasmas, and it wasn’t going to cost consumers a premium to get the extra dimension onscreen. This may have looked like a perfect storm, but once you got past the action, it was all smoke and mirrors.

The introduction of 3D TVs around 2010 came smack dab in the middle of the fallout from the financial crisis, and TV sales were already flattening before the first 3D flat-panels could hit retail. With only a slight bump up in price and the promise of a flurry of 3D content, manufacturers thought this was the ticket to spurring more growth and churning dollars out of your wallet.

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ZigBee Home Automation Standard Version 1.2 Ratified

The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced that an update to ZigBee Home Automation has been ratified and is now available for product development. The new version is fully interoperable with the earlier versions of the standard. 

ZigBee Home Automation is the industry leading standard helping to create smarter homes that enhance the comfort, convenience, security and energy management for the consumer.  ZigBee Home Automation 1.2 adds several important new features that improve the battery life for security sensors to over seven years, standardize pairing of devices and simplify installation and maintenance for consumers and custom installers alike. These features have a significant impact on operational and device costs to service providers and quality of service to consumers. 

ZigBee Home Automation 1.2 includes enhancements to functions in devices such as door locks and support for additional devices including smart appliances and electrical measurement devices. The standard incorporates new features resulting from a collaboration with the Energy@home initiative, an Italian collaborative and ZigBee Alliance partner, which will benefit consumers by integrating new devices and raising consumer awareness of energy usage without necessarily connecting to an electric utility. 

SIM2 Miami Road Show Exceeds Expectations

SIM2's top dealer partners attending the SIM2 Road Show in Miami are calling the first two days of the three-day tour a resounding success.

Control4 Scores Top Marks from Esteemed A/V Reviewers for Performance and Ease-of-Use.

As homeowners rewrite the rule book of their personalized smart home, industry influencers share their expertise and insight into what makes a high-tech home work.

Child Injuries from TV Tip-Overs Increasing in the US

SANUS® Partners with Safe Kids Worldwide to Build TV Safety Awareness

Smith Monitoring Sets Themselves Apart from Other Companies That Offer Home Automation

Smith Monitoring, a Dallas-based home security system, sets themselves apart from other companies by successfully integrating home security technologies with home automation technologies.

Bose® Introduces RoomMatch® Utility RMU208 Small-Format Loudspeaker

The RoomMatch® Utility RMU208 loudspeaker is designed for use in high-quality foreground music, under-balcony, zone fill, and vocal-range floor monitor applications

Pro Audio Technology Subwoofer Offers Big Impact from Compact Design

Professional-grade components, visceral bass performance, and a surprisingly compact enclosure make the LFC-10sm the perfect choice for space-conscience home cinema installations.

Mitsubishi Electric meVIEW AR iPad App Helps Homeowners Visualize a System with Augmented Reality

Mitsubishi Electric designed the tool to make it easier than ever to showcase and sell America's No. 1 selling brand of ductless cooling and heating systems.

Benchmark Expands their DAC2 Audio Converter Line

The streamlined DAC2 L is focused on customers who listen exclusively through speakers

Amadeus Launches New UDX Series Speakers

Amadeus, French provider of high-end audio solutions and services, re-launches the UDX Series speakers 30 years after its first edition

VMP Ships New PDS-LCHB 360-Degree Large Flat Panel Tilt Ceiling Mount Adapter

The PDS-LCHB Adapter Allows for the Accommodation of a 37- to 70-inch Flat Panel Display to an Existing Ceiling Mount Mast, so There's No Reason to Replace the Entire Mount

TouchSystems Partners with Flypaper to Offer Digital Signage Software

TouchSystems helps with digital signage content creation by partnering with Flypaper, a digital signage software vendor.

LG Electronics' Pro:Centric Platform Delivers Industry-Leading In-Room Patient TV Solutions

Pro:Centric Enhances Opportunities for Healthcare Facilities to Save Time, Money

Almo Professional A/V and ClearOne Strike New Partnership to Expand Distribution of AV Solutions

"Almo Pro A/V is the fastest-growing AV distributor in the U.S., specializing in many key vertical markets for ClearOne solutions"

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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.