Home Toys Q&A with David Rodarte of NuVo Technologies Multi Room Audio

David Rodarte is President and Chief Operating Officer of NuVo Technologies LLC, a leading designer and manufacturer of whole home audio systems. Rodarte possesses a well-earned reputation for rapidly accelerating businesses through market analysis, sales, organizational effectiveness and strategic planning. Under Rodarte's leadership, NuVo has grown close to tenfold. David's firm, reassuring presence is reinforced by his excellent ability to build relationships that unify rather than divide groups of people. At NuVo, Rodarte has led the growth, branding and positioning of the emerging whole home audio player. Today, NuVo is widely recognized as the fastest-growing brand within its market niche. From the beginning of his tenure, Rodarte has intuitively steered NuVo to its high-value/high-quality philosophy and closed-distribution structure, a strategy that has served NuVo extremely well in the marketplace, and has given NuVo employees a common mission. Rodarte's enthusiasm and evangelism for the multi-room audio category has greatly expanded the appeal and market penetration of NuVo's products, as well as those of its competitors. Rodarte serves on the board of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) TechHome Division, is an immediate past board member of CEA's Multi Room Audio Council, and is the current Vice Chairperson for the CEA Homebuilder Initiative. Prior to joining NuVo in August 2002, Rodarte served for four years as president of Dynamic Control, makers of Dynamat brand acoustic solutions for the mobile electronics and automotive restoration industry.

HomeToys Interview - Brandon Purdie - Open Air Cinema

Open Air Cinema, is the world's largest outdoor cinema equipment supplier and event producer focusing on inflatable movie screens and complete outdoor cinema systems engineered for private, commercial, and government use. Clientele include the Disney Orlando resorts, the Tribeca Film Festival, and FilmAid. However, thousands of homeowners around the world have added a Cinebox system and inflatable screen to their home theater. Open Air Cinema's outdoor cinema systems are unrivaled in affordability, ease of use, and high quality for backyard theaters.

Hometoys Interview - Guy Dewsbury Smart Homes for Disabled People in the UK

Guy Dewsbury worked as a Researcher Associate for Lancaster University in England and is currently studying there for his doctorate. As a researcher his field of expertise is smart homes and designing technology for older and disabled people. He co-designed the first smart house in Scotland for a person with an acquired brain injury in Dundee Scotland ten years ago and then co-designed over fifty technology assisted homes for adults with severe autism in Grampian in Scotland. Most recently Guy has been writing his PhD on assistive technology and person centred-design whilst specialising in the field Telecare and Telehealth. Guy currently has a website www.smartthinking.ukideas.com and a blog http://thetelecareblog.blogspot.com.

Hometoys Interview with Tony Pelura President of Centronics

Tony Pelura received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management/Marketing from Salisbury University in Maryland. He is currently two classes shy of receiving his Masters of Science degree in Finance from the University of Baltimore. He started in the electronics industry eleven years ago as a sales rep for a TV mount company. He currently serves as president of Stevensville, Md.-based Centronics, Inc. For 50 years, Centronics has been a leader in the distribution of A/V, DBS, off-air, high definition, home theater speakers and accessories, and satellite and antenna products. As the industry has changed, Centronics has met those changes head on. What will never change is our commitment to provide quality products at reasonable prices. Centronics stocks products such as TV mounts by Video Mount Products, satellite distribution equipment by SPAUN, antennas and off-air accessories by Winegard and AntennaCraft, home theater equipment…from HD cables to speakers…by CWI, Speco Technologies, and Universal Remote Control.

Interview with Jerry Chapman of SolidSignal.com The State of Consumer Electronics from an Etailer Po

Jerry Chapman founded Solid Signal in 2002 after experiencing his own frustrations locating specific technology products through retailers. As owner of Solid Signal, he not only oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, Chapman also works hands on with customers, providing them with personalized and comprehensive advice on product selection and troubleshooting. In 2007 and 2008 Solid Signal made the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. It is also a 2008 Internet Retailer: Top 500 Company. In addition to Solid Signal, Chapman is the owner of TriStar Consulting in Franklin, Michigan. TriStar provides assistance in the creation, maintenance and support of a technology and its applications. Before he founded TriStar in 1999, Chapman was Vice President at MNP Corporation in Utica, Michigan, one of the largest manufacturers of fasteners to the automotive industry.

Online Marketing Generates Sales

In today's budget stricken climate, it's important to recognize the prominent role that the Internet can play in a cost-effective marketing strategy. Not only is Web marketing very affordable, but it also offers you an effective vehicle for public exposure. Web marketing is a cost-effective medium, however, as with any marketing campaign, you'll have to invest time and money. And although Internet marketing is less expensive compared to alternative marketing campaigns, web marketing is dynamic, so you'll need to re-invest on a regular basis. In summary, you'll need to plan your strategy in advance so that you'll know how to budget resources.

Programmable Logic Controller - Features

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are forever upgrading and changing to stay current with today's technologies. Everyday we hear of new and improved cell phones, handheld computers, GPS systems, etc. The same holds true for PLCs. Every year new models of PLCs are introduced into the marketplace. This article is going to touch on some of the new features available on PLCs.

Will RF4CE be the Killer App for ZigBee?

Recently the RF4CE Alliance got itself adopted by the ZigBee Alliance, a clear example of a win-win situation. For the RF4CE Alliance it means an immediate broad adoption in the consumer electronics industry, while avoiding the cost of setting up a "marketing machine" to achieve this. For the ZigBee Alliance this is a brilliant move into a direction that will make it flourish. For the consumer electronics market, and in particular for the end-customers, this adoption is a clear stake in the ground that opens up opportunities for a wide range of new and interesting applications.

Anterus RFID Solution for Home Systems Doug Hall - AMX

AMX® launched Anterus™ - the world's first Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solution designed specifically for use with integrated control systems. Anterus is a new product family that extends the capabilities and features of AMX control and automation systems, allowing users in any commercial or residential environment to locate, track and secure any device, or trigger automated events.

Baby Boomers Embracing Consumer Technology

For the past two years, Accenture has been conducting in-depth research about the usage patterns of various types of consumer technology products and services among U.S. consumers. The data below represents research completed in the winter of 2008/2009 and provides direct comparisons with last winter's 2007/2008 research data. The goal was to determine if there had been any changes in usage between Baby Boomers + (age 45 and older) and Generation Y (ages 18 to 24). The research uncovered several interesting trends:

Content Insider #117 - Mobile Contact Options

"Victory? Victory you say? Master Obi-Wan, not victory. The shroud of the dark side has fallen." - Yoda, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) You can forgive the news reporter who mistook President Obama's Shaka wave for a sign to call him during the inauguration. The connected candidate -- who took communications to a whole new level -- would have expected a text message or email…not a call. Doubt if his new phone number is in the phone book anyway!

Content Insider #118 - Game Entrapment Hard Core Gamers Taking a Back Seat

"Believe me, I was prepared for everything - except you." - Mac (Sean Connery), Entrapment (1999), 20th Century-Fox It came as a rude shock to our son…he was no longer one of the most sought after people on the planet - the hardcore gamer. It dawned on him after watching his sister and Mom play their Wii musical instruments, exercise with the system and do a little Dancing With the Stars. While he and his comrades were busy shootin 'em up, bustin 'em up; the gaming industry had discovered there was a brave new market existed beyond teens…beyond boys! Figure 1 - Surprise - Hard core gamers have lost their "most sought after" position for video game system and software producers. Without a lot of fanfare the developers/manufacturers have found that there is a huge general and casual gamer market out there…young/old, male/female.

Don't Panic - There's A Room For You!

Where do you go when there's nowhere else to go? To your very own panic room of course! AVD Australia, Sydney-based advanced home automation specialists recently undertook the design and engineering of a highly secure "panic room" in a large residential home in NSW.

Flat Panel Television Trend Breathes New Life into the 'Lift' Industry

Motorized lifts are "hot"again as innovative designs bring sophistication and convenience to homes and corporate offices. The flat panel profile, now down to 4-5 inches, means that building the television into walls, embedding the item into a piece of antique furniture, heirloom trunks and even ceilings is also more easily accomplished.

From Boob Tube to YouTube

For about 70 years, the television has established a firm role as the "entertainment hearth." Although the distribution and consumption of TV has changed - first with the addition of more broadcast and then cable and satellite channels, and then with the introduction of features such as video-on-demand - the TV was reserved for … well, TV! Television shows were television shows, and movies were movies, and that was about all the TV had to worry about. However, TV will not be the only type of media for which the television will be expected to play a more direct role in accessing. The television's role as the centerpiece for entertainment is changing significantly, thanks to at least two major catalysts: Growing collections of all types of digital media content - including linear and on-demand television programming, optical and digital movies, user-generated content, and music - that consumers will want to access from multiple sources; and the desire by both television service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers to create value out of their services and products by building in connectivity and the ability by devices to easily find and display content.

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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.