Eight in ten US broadband households have installed a home network, with nearly 40% of home network routers located in residents’ primary living rooms, more than twice the number installed in home offices, according to a new report from TDG, The Diffusion Group. The number of broadband-networked US households installing home network routers in their living rooms increased 26% in the last year, from 30% in 2010 to 38% in 2011. Conversely, the number installed in home offices declined 30%, from 26% in 2010 to 18% in 2011, according to TDG’s “The CE and PC Ecosystem of the Broadband Household: 2012.” “The migration of home network hardware from the ‘home office’ to the primary living space offers both functional and figurative insight,” notes Michael Greeson, TDG founding partner and director of research. “TDG noted in 2005 that, driven by the incessant desire to optimize their entertainment experiences, consumers would progressively place their network access point adjacent to key net-enabled video entertainment platforms such as game consoles, disc players, and DVRs. In 2012, this is precisely what we observe and most would acknowledge. The meaning of this shift, however, remains lost on the majority of observers.” Full Article:
Rapid Displays has debuted its new intelligent shopper recognition software platform that identifies gender and age group. The software can be integrated into a kiosk to allow retailers to identify who is viewing their ads and then tailor the message accordingly. The technology also tracks analytics, including who saw the media and how long they dwelled in front of the display, said Alan Foshay, vice president of business development for Rapid Displays. "It will allow brands and retailers to actively evaluate in real time who's actually watching, what they're watching, how long they stay there, and if that's proving to not be the target they anticipated they can instantly change that content."
The Atlantic Technology WA-5030 Wireless Transmitter/Amplifier System combines a brand new WA-5030-r zone amplifier and wireless receiver with the company's proven three-zone WA-50-t wireless transmitter. The WA-50-t transmitter can be sourced from any RCA analog audio line outputs or to a Mac or PC via a built-in USB connection. It broadcasts lossless, uncompressed CD-quality digital audio with a 48 kHz sampling rate over on the 2.4 GHz radio band. The wireless technology is highly robust with no data drop issues and essentially no time delay over distances of 150 to 300 feet depending on intervening structures. A three-position zone switch on both the transmitter and receiver allow up-to three separate WA-5030 systems to be used in close proximity to each other. The system's WA-5030-r receiver/amplifier contains a matching 2.4 GHz RF section, digital-to-analog converter, and a high-quality 30-watts per channel stereo power amplifier. The receiver is is suitable for driving most compact bookshelf or in-wall/ceiling 8-ohm speakers to high sound levels with low distortion. The WA-5030-r also comes with an infrared wireless remote control, to allow users adjust volume and to mute the system. WA-5030-r can also be programmed to drive speakers in the bi-amp mode or to drive speakers in a commercial or distributed audio system.
Finding the perfect fit so clothing conforms to a person's unique body shape is at the heart of the Bodymetrics Pod. Developed by Bodymetrics, a London-based pioneer in 3D body-mapping, the Bodymetrics Pod was introduced to American shoppers for the first time today during Women's Denim Days at Bloomingdale's in Century City, Los Angeles. This is the first time Kinect for Windows has been used commercially in the United States for body mapping in a retail clothing environment. Bloomingdale's, a leader in retail innovation, has one of the largest offerings in premium denim from fashion-forward brands like J Brand, 7 for all mankind, Citizens and Humanity, AG, and Paige. The Bodymetrics services allows customers to get their body mapped and find jeans that fit and flatter their unique shape from the hundreds of different jeans styles that Bloomingdale's stocks. During Bloomingdale's Denim Days, March 15 - 18, customers will be able to get their body mapped, and also become a Bodymetrics member. This free service enables customers to access an online account and order jeans based on their body shape.
Beijing - Television manufacturer TCL said Friday that its Shenzhen-based China Star Optoelectronics Technology subsidiary has developed the world's largest 110-inch 4K HD 3D LCD screen. The company formally launched the technology at a recent ceremony here by donating two of the mammoth screens to the Great Hall of the People for public display. "The successful launch of the world's largest 110-inch screen once again proved TCL's research and development capabilities," Li Dongsheng, TCL chairman and CEO, said. "Not only will TCL benefit from the development of this breakthrough technology, all TV manufacturers in China and overseas, will be able to capitalize on this revolutionary product design." There was no word yet on plans to introduce the LCD in the U.S. or how much the set will cost. Read Full Article here:
Digital Signage Expo® (DSE), the world's largest and longest running International Conference and Tradeshow dedicated exclusively to digital signage, interactive technology and digital out-of-home networks (DOOH), today announced that its ninth show held last week at the Las Vegas Convention Center has officially shattered previous records, set a new attendance milestone and reinforced DSE's position as the digital signage industry's preeminent show. While additional specifics will be forthcoming, show management has just confirmed that new all-time benchmarks established last week include: *4,024 qualified attendees (excluding exhibitors) - a 9% increase over 2011 *Record conference attendance *Record international attendance from a total of 69 countries *Record exhibit sales: 62,440 net square feet - a 4% increase over 2011 Click here for Full Press release.
Cutting edge visual displays and content creation and management systems were showcased last week at the Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas. For restaurants, the largest takeaways included a look behind best practices and usage at Dairy Queen and Wendy’s, where operators said digital menu boards and supporting technologies have increased sales, helped drive consumers to specific, margin-friendly items and helped inventory management. “I get goose bumps thinking about it,” said Sue Culver, vice president of retail merchandising for International Dairy Queen, while discussing the potential of digital signage to more easily manage the presentation and promotion of 47 different menu types that exist for the chain’s DQ Grill & Chill, Brazier and “Limited” concept variations. Read full article here:
Kaleidescapes movie servers allow user to copy DVD (but not Blu-ray) content to their server’s hard disk for playback with the Media Server. Even though this content cannot be copied to another location, the DVD CCA claims this is in breach of its contract with the DVD CCA. Kaleidescape and its agents and distributors cannot continue to sell the product and the courts agree. Moreover, Kaleidescape cannot provide any support related to the Content Scramble System (CSS) copy-protection scheme. If this becomes a legal precedent, the DVD CCA could go after any vendor that creates a product allowing the ripping of DVD’s. This could be the shot in the arm that Project Phenix and UltraViolet need. Ultraviolet allows a digital copy to be freely copied and played on registered players and the new Project Phenix will create and license solutions that secure high definition and other premium copyright-protected content on local and portable hard drives, and flash memory products such as USB flash drives, SD™ cards and solid state disk drives (SSDs). Of course, industry-wide buy would be required and two big players (Apple and Disney) are not on-board. In related news Walmart today announced its new Disc to Digital service for UltraViolet: http://hometoys.com/news_detail.php?pr_id=19998617
Stephen Gillett, the Starbucks chief information officer who revamped the retailer's technological approach to selling coffee, is joining electronics giant Best Buy. The 36-year-old former college football player is charged with no small task: helping Best Buy go up against Amazon while continuing to sell products in brick-and-mortar stores. Gillett joins Best Buy (BBY) Monday as president of the company's digital business, including its online stores, as well as replicating the information-systems responsibilities he held at Starbucks (SBUX). At the Seattle coffee company Gillett was instrumental in offering free wireless Internet service to customers as well as allowing payment by smartphones. The moves were credited with being a part of the rejuvenation of the customer experience at Starbucks under CEO Howard Schultz. In recognition of his efforts, Fortune named Gillett to its list of 40 top executives under age 40 in 2010.
Apple was recently valued at more than the country of Greece and there’s no denying its success in the smartphone, tablet and digital media market. Although, Apple doesn’t directly serve the digital signage market, the iPad is used for many DOOH applications, but there is an additional revenue stream for Apple in this sector. Recently, Apple was granted 24 new patents for multi-touch technology. Several of the patents were related the Magic Mouse’s 3D curved substrate lamination, but it was also granted 10 further patents related to multi-touch to bolster the 11 it was granted in 2010. So what does this mean for digital signage? Basically any vendor that uses multi-touch technology may have to pay royalties to Apple. In the digital signage world, this is likely to include kiosks, POS terminals, ATM’s, vending machines, e-ticket machines, etc.
Just when you thought your cable bill couldn’t get any higher, Comcast are planning to add a further offering—Cloud Enabled Thermostats—to their Infinity Home service. Building on their foray into home automation and security, they recently entered into an agreement with EcoFactor, a provider of energy management solutions, to create a new service that optimizes the heating and cooling patterns of a home and integrates with the Xfinity Home platform. "Through our Xfinity Home service, we've created a broadband and cloud-based platform for security, remote home control and energy management and we're always looking to collaborate with innovative companies like EcoFactor," said Mitch Bowling, Senior Vice President and General Manager of New Businesses for Comcast Cable. "With EcoFactor, we see an opportunity to bring new and exciting technologies to our customers through an automatic energy management solution that works in real-time." Adding Xfinity home with a thermostat will add $40 to your monthly bill and will require an initial investment of $350.
In a move that should surprise no-one, Aereo is being sued by not one, but two groups of broadcasters (including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and the local PBS station) for allegedly rebroadcasting their content without permission. Subscribers pay $12/month to access 27 locally broadcast TV stations that Aereo streams via the web. Billionaire owner Barry Diller's, who was previously CEO at Fox, believes the company is not infringing copyright because each user does have their own antenna. The way Aereo works is that instead of rebroadcasting the signal from a single antenna, each watching subscriber is assigned a remote Aereo mini antenna. They just happen to be watching the channel with a remote antenna. Aereo is due to launch its service on March 14th, exclusively in New York city.
AVSystemsMag.com, the new eMagazine has a greater focus on Commercial AV, Automation and Digital Signage
HomeToys.com, a leading Home Technology and Automation eMagazine, went live today with a freshly revamped website. The new look is designed with increased white space and easier to navigate features that will improve the reader's overall experience. Not to worry though, it's 16 years of archived articles, news and product information remains intact. It's just easier to find. Along with the revamped look for HomeToys, the developers also formally announced the launch of their newest eMagazine, AVSystemsMag.com. Following the same mission and format as its sister publication AVSystemsMag.com will have a stronger focus on the Commercial side of AV & Automation as well as the digital signage industry. Click here to visit AVSystemsMag.com:
Digital Signage Expo (DSE), the world's largest International Tradeshow and Conference dedicated exclusively to digital signage, interactive technology and digital out-of-home networks (DOOH) is underway in Las Vegas. DSE will present a total of 42 topics in its FREE On-Floor Workshop Program on March 6-9, 2012, in Las Vegas. DSE's FREE On-Floor Workshop Program runs in three show floor theater areas - with the Digital Content Show Theater dedicated specifically to the all-important topic of content - from 10:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. and offers a rich variety of walk-up presentations on Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 8. Click here for list of topics:
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