Mozaex Media Server Review

Mozaex offers a range of 3D-ready media servers and media players that can be used to distribute audio and video throughout the house. Priced at a fraction of the cost of Kaleidescape, the products do not breach any of the DVD Copy Control Association's (DVD CCA) contracts. We took a few of their products for a spin and were impressed.

Crestron's airConnect won't leave iOS users out in the cold

Creston's airConnect is a revolutionary location system that currently utilizes Near-Field Communication (NFC) and a user's NFC-equipped SmartPhone. The launch of the iPhone 5 without NFC looked (to many) like it would be a no-go ofr iOS users. Turns out the iPhone 5, and new iPods incorporate a key piece of technology and Crestron have had a contingency plan all along.

Two-Piece Projection Systems in Residential Environments

Projectors have long been beanished to the dedicated home theater, but with such rooms disappearing from floorplans more and more and improved technology, Screen Innovations makes a compelling case for replacing the TV with a two-piece projection system.

Automotive Ethernet Conformance and Interoperability Testing

Automotive Ethernet promises to both reduce the cable weight used in cars today and offer increase bandwidth compared with existing MOST-based designs. At the forefront of the interoperability testing is UNH's InterOperability Lab (IOL).

4K TV is Here For Your Home Theater! But Should You Care?

We've seen and heard about 4K TV and Projectors for some time now. Our friends at DSI Entertainment Systems share their perspective.

Using a Wireless Bridge and Megapixel IP Camera for Remote Security

Megapixel IP Cameras deliver significant enhancements over traditional analog cameras, but they require considerable network bandwidth and power. These cameras can now be installed in remote locations using wirelss bridging.

CommandFusion Interview

CommandFusion (CF) began as GuiLink in 2005 specialising in custom touchpanel design. The product direction shifted with the release of the iPhone in 2007, and the company name officially changed to CommandFusion in 2011. Today, the company now offers both software and hardware in the form of a scalable communication network that connects any automation hardware in any topology.

Maximize your Video Image

Whether you are buying a LCD or plasma television or maybe a projector for your home theater, you will want to get the most out of the video image. Most consumers run their plastic through the store's machine, pick up their new display at the dock, take it home, unpack it and turn it on. The viewer then plops down on the sofa with a bag of popcorn, and accepts whatever video image that is displayed on the screen. If you truly want the best video image, you need to take a few minutes and make some adjustments to the set. The basic calibration procedure for your television can also be used for a projector.

Capitalizing on Mobile Device Support

In the connected home the lines have blurred between services, devices, and experiences, resulting in high-operational costs for technical support helpdesks. Telling a customer "we can't help you" will ultimately hurt the customer relationship. Maintaining a high-level of customer satisfaction and fostering greater business loyalty among users means that changes must be made to the way telecom service providers, retailers and manufacturers approach the technical support role.

DTV Green Dishtenna

The DTV Green Dish is a patented hybrid Dishtenna® designed for those individuals who want to enjoy great network television programming without the high costs of satellite or cable TV.

HDMI = High Performance

The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) was invented in 2002 by several major electronics manufacturers. HDMI is the first uncompressed all-digital interface that carries audio and video signals.

SSD … More Stuff than You Can Afford to Carry

SSD is ideal when response time (low latency) and performance (IOPs - input/output operations per second) are more important than raw capacity.

HomeToys eMagazine - Special Coverage of CEDIA 2012

Here is a synopsis of the many CEDIA 2012 news and product reports that we have prepared this year. Use these links to browse the coverage from your easy chair.

CEDIA EXPO 2012 - Tradeshow Report

As expected, CEDIA was full to the gills with cool and interesting products. In the article below, you can read about our take on industry trends and see what products we considered noteworthy.

Hometoys - CEDIA 2012 News Report

Tons of news from CEDIA 2012 - Almost 200 news announcements at last count and still growing. Be sure to add your own company news to this report - just click the link that says "Click here to Submit Your Free Show News Release"

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