Novel Home Automation Projects That Don't Break the Bank

When we think about Home Automation Systems, we tend to think of things like lighting control, HVAC control, energy monitoring, whole house audio and video and security. A good integrator can help you solve many other everyday annoyances without breaking the bank. Our friends at DSI Entertainment Systems shared some interesting projects with us.

SunBriteTV Outdoor TV Interview

Installing a TV in an outdoor environment involves a little more than keeping it dry and in a location out of direct sunlight. We asked SunBriteTV's Tom Dixon, Vice President of Marketing, what makes a good outdoor TV and how it should be installed.

In Wall Speaker Placement: Five Simple Rules For Great-Sounding 5.1

It's classic Mars and Venus: one of you craves the thrill of 5.1 surround-sound in movies, music - even many television shows today. But the other half of your relationship is definitely not excited by the idea of five large speakers in the room. Enter in wall speakers, a sleek option for great sound without taking up any floor space. Modern in wall speakers aren't restricted to just white anymore - you can get them in paintable finishes that help them really blend into the room. Paint the speakers before you install them for the best finish.

Being a Technology Leader Means Staying Focused on the Goal

Innovation has got to be one of the most used, overused words in the 21st century. No one simply produces a new, better product...they innovated, changed the entire industry. They totally reshaped your universe while you were asleep last evening. Innovation doesn't necessarily mean a new product/solution that will turn the earth on its ear. It's a new, better way of looking at what you're using, doing in a totally different way. Sometimes - ok lots of times - you look at what Apple, Samsung have done and you say "big deal." But it's the elegance of what they achieved that you can use immediately and it feels as though you've always done it that way...that's true innovation at its best

BrightAuthor by BrightSign

BrightSign offers both hardware and software digital signage products. Their extensive range of players is compatible with several DS software products and the software spans everything from locally installed authoring and management to enterprise grade SaaS. We took four of their players for a spin to build a 2x2 matrix.

Sorting Out the Digital Signage Logistics Puzzle

Bill explains some of the different services that logistics companies and specialty consultants offer during the planning, installation and maintenance phases of a project, and why these types of vendors may (or may not) be worth considering for your next project.

Scriptel GloveTouch

The Next Generation Capacitive Touchscreen Panel Allows Users to Operate Electronic Touch Screens While Wearing Gloves

Arthur Holm customizes retractable screens for law firm Cuatrecasas

Barcelona based law firm, Cuatrecasas, completes significant project with in-desk pop up screen that will allow them to work better as a team and provide a better service to their customers

Can a $35 PC really run a full blown HD Media Center?

A UK-based project to produce a computer that any student can afford has got the Home Theater PC (HTPC) crowd brimming with excitement. I placed a credit card order with RS Components (across the pond) in May. A few weeks ago, my Raspberry PI had arrived. Did it live up to my expectations?

Introducing WiSA™, the Wireless Speaker & Audio Association

In traditional home theater surround sound systems, there is a receiver wired to 6, 7, or 8 different speaker cabinets. You look at your living room and you start to imagine where you could put the subwoofer(s) and where the surround speakers might go. Typically, the choice is constrained by cable runs. Not anymore with WiSA.

If You Have Friends, Why Four Subwoofers are Better Than One

Our friends at DSI Entertainment Systems explain all about bass response and why you really want more than one subwoofer when more than one person is watching a movie in your Home Theater.

KanexPro CubeUp™ 2D to 3D Converter Review

Logically 2D to 3D conversion cannot be done in real time. There are too many parameters for any processor to compute in an instant without some kind of a very powerful processing power. So here comes KanexPro 2D to 3D converter / scaler / HDMI switch to the rescue, or so they claim.

Today's Boomers - Contributing, Savvy, Buying

Your grandparents probably retired at a respectable age, maybe your parents did as well. But while today's boomers may be looking at retirement it's in the long, distant future. There are a lot of reasons including feeling more youthful and a retirement fund that is upside-down. In addition, companies are anxious to hang onto their most valuable resource - the accumulated experience and expertise. Today's boomers not only focus on staying mentally, physically fit they also focus on staying abreast of and mastering our increasingly diverse, complex personal, home technologies. Seems like they won't go quietly or gently...

Monitor Audio Speaker Technologies

Monitor audio explain some of their newest speaker technologies.

DOOH Mysteries: How Much Do Outdoor LED Billboards Really Cost?

Large format displays like LED billboards aren't as exotic -- or expensive -- as they once were. But they're still complicated to quote and hard to buy. For all that, though, these natural successors to the roadside billboard market can teach us all about project planning, budgeting, and making memorable content.

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