Interview - What is ZigBee RF4CE?

Removing the clutter of multiple remote controls scattered around the coffee table is a silent desire of many consumers. But the real driving factor for acceptance of RF4CE is cable TV companies and service providers who want to expand their service into the home. Specifically, the remote control has become the key point of contact with the consumer, so what more can be done with it?

Interview - Wireless Home Automation Devices

As many of your readers probably know, the idea behind technologies like Zigbee and ZWave is to simplify the installation process for users and installers. For our Zigbee systems, devices are automatically recognized by the CUBE controller and can be added or removed in a matter of a few seconds. The Z-Wave products are similarly easy, but can be integrated into ecosystems of products under certified Z-Wave Alliance controllers.

Powering - Protecting and Connecting Today's Converged* Home Networks

Our commitment to Total System Performance and Reliability, coupled with the realization that today's AV systems are no longer "Isolated Islands" but rather constantly connected and sharing the converged* Network with other equipment and systems, has fueled our entry in the Communications Network Surge Protection and Connectivity.

Projectors: Bigger, Smaller, Brighter, and Cooler Than Ever

Just because televisions are getting larger and cheaper doesn't mean projectors are going the way of the 8-track player. On the contrary, there are more reasons than ever why projectors are growing in popularity: Maybe Bob Dylan foresaw all these developments when he wrote the lyrics, "The times they are a-changin."

Review - Boxee Box Media Streamer

Out of the box, this is one of the simpler setup processes I've had --- bearing in mind that often what I get to test is not really ready for prime time. I'm running it on a wireless network for the test so all I had to do was plug it into a power strip and connect it to my home theater receiver using one of the many hdmi inputs available.

Schlage LiNK and Z-Wave

The Schlage LiNK System was created based on the Z-Wave platform from which a user could control a variety of home automation tools by various manufactures from their computer or smart phone. In fact, users can add over 200 different Z-Wave devices to their Schlage LiNK System to customize the system to their lifestyle- from locks to lighting and temperature control.

Superior Digital Video Images through Multi‚ÄźDimensional Color Tables

The recent color improvements in televisions and video projectors, the desire to enjoy entertainment media on smaller, lower quality devices and the static digital color standards have created a unique need for new video color processing technology.

Take Control - Make Your Audio/Video System Easy To Use

Each of your components probably came with its own remote, so they can add up pretty quickly.  However, a well-programmed universal remote provides some very useful advantages.  One of the more common requests I get is to eliminate the clutter and confusion caused by having multiple remotes.  My clients want to be able to pick up the remote and not think about how the system works or which input they must switch their TV to, in order to watch cable or a blu-ray movie.  They want it fairly self-explanatory when they pick it up.

Understanding Audio and Video Wire and Cable

The area where Coaxial cables spank twisted pairs, and therefore are so worthwhile for so many applications is in maintaining a constant impedance which becomes very important at higher frequencies.

Amulet - Voice recognition and control applications within the Connected Home

The Amulet Voice Remote is another example of the increasing trend of interacting with your TV, Home Theater, and even Home, not just by giving commands…but by receiving answers in return as well.  Amulet is creating the sense of absolute control…by using our voices.

Automating Your Home with UPB

A few weeks ago, I was preparing to order a bunch of switches for my house, and was trying to decide the best way to go. I had 8 switches in my last house that were Simply-Automated, so I wanted to stick with those for consistent look/feel. I noticed though, from talking to people and reading posts, that there was misinformation out there. I decided that, now that I'm 2/3rds of the way through a 60+ device install, I'd share what I know and the things I've learned in the process about the Simply-Automated line and different configuration and programming options you may encounter.

CES 2011 - Special News Page

News announcements from the show

CES Trends: Four Promising Trends from the World's Largest Consumer Technology Show

Product Development Technologies (PDT), a global, full-service product development firm, has named their top four trends from the recent 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  The list is compiled by PDT's team of experienced product developers who have helped create products for some of the world's leading technology companies.

Content Insider # 164 - A World of Plenty

What can be better than equal net access for all and a network privacy police force patrolling, monitoring the pipes to protect you?  Sure equal network access isn't in your country's constitution...but it should be!  And just because you're not sure how to act or what to do on the iNet that's not your fault...it's the government's!! Equal access should be available to anyone/everyone who wants it but that doesn't mean everyone "deserves" a pipd big enough for him/her to watch TV, download Web videos or do video on demand with your "device."  Some cultures remember government police actions and somehow they went astray and the powers were abused.  There are rules, there is commonsense and there is a strong degree of group policing on the Net that is done by the group and the common good. As someone said be careful for what you wish for because you just might get it. " Can't push him too hard; he might break. You gotta' remember who you're dealing with." - Steve McCroskey, Airplane (1980), Paramount

Content Insider #159 - Trends vs. Fads

Trying to figure out what tech trend (necessity) to buy is one of the biggest challenges people face today. Holidays are nerve wracking for you, us, everyone.  You want to buy just the right...thing.  You don't want to spend too much or too little.  You want it to be something the recipient will want, will use, will keep, won't go out of style tomorrow.  With the  speed of change in the industry that's a tough order. Even worse when you're buying something for your business or yourself.   Admit it...look in your store room.  Peek in the garage.  Yesterday's great solutions, great answers are lying around and you wonder how you could have missed the signs.  Our recommendations aren't bulletproof but maybe some of the information will help you think twice and avoid investing in another deadend revolutionary product/solution.  But 20+ years in the industry working with industry leaders will give us a huge edge.

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