The Quest for a Better Remote

I've used Logitech Harmony remotes on my Home Theater and in the Master Bedroom for a few years and for the most part, they worked OK. The "Help" button painlessly solved many hiccups. With a move to a new house, all AV gear was hidden away (most of it in the basement). A second Blu-ray player and Apple TV complicated things, so it was time to look for a new solution that would dispense with the hiccups. My quest has ended (for now) with URC.

Blowing Hot and Cold with Z-wave and Wi-Fi Thermostats

Last winter I installed a Z-wave thermostat. Integration was good, but usability was dreadful. The Wife Acceptance Factor plummeted; my own with it. Waking up to a chilly house about a month ago reminded me that it was time to turn on the heating, and replace the thermostat. I was torn between a better Z-wave model and a Wi-Fi unit. Whatever I chose had to integrate with my Home Automation system, and that was the challenge.

Laser Phosphor Display Screens

LPD walls are larger than the largest LCD screens, far brighter than projection screens, and far more detailed than LED displays. LPD displays have no bezels, allowing the image to extend to the edge of the glass, resulting in displays that can be lined up in stacks or rows to form a single image, as large as desired.

Device Design - The Art of Compromise

It is important to know the requirements of your target customer base. For a general purpose product this can be quite difficult. Some users will only be interested in monitoring inputs, be they digital or analogue. Others may be interested only in controlling outputs. Others again may have requirements for both input monitoring and output control.

Eldercare Robots

Games, sensors and robots are among the tools beginning to come to market to help aging people live in their homes as long as possible.

Petabytes are the New Terabytes

The growth in content complexity will drive higher storage demand for rich media projects including direct attached storage but increasingly network attached storage and even Internet-accessed cloud-based storage as the speed of these solutions increases and the costs go down. A project that used to require terabytes of storage may now require petabytes at a higher resolution and frame rate.

IAV Light Speaker

Put it conveniently into 5" and 6" ceiling cans or neatly into larger lamps, pendant lights or carriage light fixtures; anywhere there is a standard Edison light socket. Once installed you have not only a high quality speaker system but you gain a super efficient lighting system that will last decades and because it saves energy and therefore your money,

VMP Showcases Rugged FRM Series Non-Penetrating Roof Mounts

The FRM Series is a Non-Penetrating Roof Mount Designed for Numerous Applications, Including Wireless CCTV Signal Communication, that Won't Damage Roofing Surfaces

D-Link® 802.11ac Dual Band Wireless Adapter Now Available

D-Link's Wireless AC1200 Dual Band USB Adapter Provides Easy Upgrade for Existing Notebooks or PCs to Faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi Performance

HydraConnect LLC Introduces iRule Home Automation Support for HDMI Matrix Processors

The HSS control software manages a centralized database of current connections that allows it to determine when it is safe to power off a source device.

Fraden Corp announces NEW INFRARED THERMOMETER INVENTION FOR SMARTPhONES

New Infrared Module Built into Smartphones Takes Body Temperature without Any Contact in Less than One Second - Works with Phone's Digital Camera----- Measures Surface Temperature of Any Object in Kitchen, Bathroom, Construction, Automotive & Industry----- U.S. Patent Granted - Created by Inventor of Popular ThermoScan Ear Thermometer----- Also Measures UV Sun Exposure & Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMF) Pollution - Future Expansion to Include Night Vision Camera

KANEX UNVEILS DOUBLEUP, A NEW FULL POWER DUAL USB WALL CHARGER

DoubleUp Named a CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Award Honoree

Antennas Direct Monitors & Enforces MAP Policy with Channel IQ

Antenna leader protects authorized resellers with across-the-board pricing

InfoComm International® announces upcoming Webinars

Delivered by locally based regional experts and available to anyone in the world, InfoComm International, the trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries, announces their line up of topical computer-based webinars through 2012. 

CEDIA RELEASES SECOND EDITION OF TECHNICAL REFERENCE MANUAL

The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) has launched the second edition of its comprehensive guide to the world of residential electronic systems, the "Electronic Systems Technical Reference Manual".

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Advanced UPB Lighting Packages from Simply Automated

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