Web Services for the Digital Home

The role of Web Services in the digital home is guaranteeing interoperability among devices, services and systems involved. Web Services generally provide communication and coordination infrastructure to digital home systems which may have minimal computational ability for interoperation. Interoperability in the digital home is achieved between components and services offered when they are capable of transparently collaborating on a particular service that they provide to the home user. Interoperability is the central cohesive source of support in digital home systems.

What's Under Your Desk? Solving the Power Cord Pretzel Problem

Green Plug believes the time has come for a reusable, multi-port power supply that can provide a universal power interface for all electronic products. The company is also taking a stand for setting a worldwide DC power standard. At CES 2008, they debuted a new electronics component chip - called the Green PlugTM Universal Power Protocol (UPP). The chip enables real-time collaboration between electronic devices and their power sources for the first time, using a secure, digital protocol.

802.11 Debugging Made Easy

This article covers 802.11 installation and troubleshooting tips for the professional custom electronics installer, but is applicable to any wireless network installation done professionally.

CableCARD - Who Needs It?

We have Windows Media Center under Windows Vista receiving high definition premium cable content without CableCARD. It is so simple, it makes us wonder why no one else thought of it.

In-home Wiring

This paper presents recommendations for wiring homes for video, voice, and data connections from fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) Optical Network Terminals ONTs. The material generally follows the terminology and recommendations of the National Electric Code, the Telephone Industries Association (TIA), and BICSI. References to all three are presented at the end of this document.

Interview - HDMI

The most tangible and immediate way that HDMI changes the way we interface with our components is in the set-up. One cable replaces up to 11 analog cables, highly simplifying the setting up of a home theater as well as supporting the aesthetics of new component design with cable simplification.

Interview - Wireless HDTV

Products using Airhook technology are designed to deliver superior picture quality in a convenient, plug and play package, so consumers will be able to easily and inexpensively connect the transmitter dongle to their set-top box and the receiver dongle to their HDTV and enjoy high-quality HD wirelessly.

Working Within HDMI Protocol Boundries & Words On 1.3

In keeping with our reports and rants on the 'interesting' world of HDMI, here are more observations I've made along with facts via e-mail and phone calls with Bob Rappaport at PureLink, HDMI tech support and the DTS Pro Audio division. This may help you with any dropped signals you've had thus far.

Digital Technology Agent

A DTA is a layer of software that can be readily installed on existing computing devices and, with the addition of some network based components, can be added to existing CE devices. Supported by a digital home data model the agent can then provide true convergent services to the digital home.

Integrating MCE with Video Displays

The big difference between the data signal produced by a computer graphics card and the video signal that most TVs are configured to accept has to do with overscan.

Things to Know About the New SDHC Flash Cards

The RIDATA SDHC flash memory card also features CPRM copyright protection for optimal security and reliability, ECC auto-correction to correct data errors, and a firmware-update function that provides the latest firmware and flawless compatibility with future advanced equipment.

Too Close for Comfort?

We have all heard the recent news of projector manufacturers boasting about their new 1080p capable projectors. With this newly created resolution is there an impact on some of the rules we have been using for screen selection? Perhaps we should reexamine such decisions as are we……

Defeating Noise for Medium Voltage Powerline Communications

The two major application areas for BPL Access networks are for Broadband Access networks and for core Utility Applications like Automatic Meter Reading, Outage Management and Grid Optimization.

WiMax Developments

As WiMAX becomes more portable, businesses and consumers will use the technology for more applications, like VoIP and video, as they are with Wi-Fi today. You can think of WiMAX as Wi-Fi that covers several miles instead of hundreds of feet.

Back to wires? How did that happen?

With the truly robust 200-Mbps HomePlug AV standard-based PLC technology, home networks are established instantly with plug-and-play simplicity. It is the reason why service providers worldwide are having this proven technology embedded into their gateways, PVRs and set-top boxes.

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