When Lightning Strikes

As the owner of Custom Connections, L.L.C. a Kansas City, Mo.-based custom home installer of A/V and home automation systems, Keith Stewart knows about the importance of power management.

Wireless Home Energy Control

Wireless automation provides the next of level of sophistication to HVAC zoning by increasing the number of controllable zones, automating energy efficient programming from a single location and providing connections through a secured wireless mesh to allow home owners to control the temperature in every room.

3D TV - A Few Facts

As many of you are aware, I try to be informative and break down the technology into a less technical fashion to help educate and inform those we've had contact with.

The 3D technology is definitely improved and the movie experience is very involving. If you decide to jump in and get the technology, you'll definitely wow family and friends.

Beyond the TV: Choosing the Right Mount, Accessories to Maximize the 3D Experience

While most shoppers focus their efforts on selecting precisely the right 3D TV to meet their needs and budget, too many overlook the importance of mounts and accessories in the 3D viewing experience. Without the right mount, viewing position, cabling and glasses, it's virtually impossible to achieve the authentic, immersive experience most 3D enthusiasts desire. Ultimately, the 3D experience is only as good as the weakest link.

Blu-Ray DVD: Part 3

On January 4, 2008, a day before CES 2008, Warner Bros. (the only major studio still releasing movies in both HD DVD and Blu-Ray Disc format) announced that it would release only in Blu-Ray Disc after May 2008. This included other studios that came under the Warner umbrella, such as New Line Cinema and HBO -though in Europe, HBO distribution partner, the BBC, announced it would continue to release in both formats while keeping an eye on the market.

Content Insider #142 - Whither Broadcast Storage

This year's NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show had written/unwritten themes:

  • bigger, faster, cheaper.
  • close enough is good enough.
  • what happens when the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) "steals" the broadcasters' spectrum

Content Insider #143 - Clash of the Titans II

Maybe people like Jobs and Schmidt aren't omnipotent gods, but don't tick them off.

Adobe insulted Steve back in '96 when they helped Gates first and wouldn't do a special version of software for the lowly Mac.

Now Jobs looked down to the apps developers and said, "They need to be reminded of the order of things…"

BAM!!!  he eliminated Flash from their iPhone connection and wouldn't let it on his tablet.

Crestron Mobile Pro G iPad App

With the iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™, Apple® has flung open the door to interacting with touchscreens and having fun doing it. This has created a whole new market for programmers and integrators, with Crestron leading the way. Crestron released the industry's first fully functioning iPad app before the iPad was even available.

Digital Signs Don't Sell, Don't Inform When They Display the Blues

By the time PC-based digital signage users realized that the February 2010 Microsoft security updates were causing their PCs to crash, it was already too late. Their PCs were plagued with the dreaded "blue screen of death" and rolling reboots, causing the digital signs they were using to deliver targeted messages to completely shut down.

ENGINEER TO CEO ... THE DEVELOPMENT OF BALANCE

Over the past 10 years we've studied the formation of more than 50 companies in the PC/CE/communications content arena. We've also talked with the heads of several venture capital organizations about the subject.

We realize this isn't startling that 90 percent of them were started by engineers,  beyond that, we focused on the disciplines that are generally found in engineers and entrepreneurs,

The goal?   See why so many individuals--and organizations--fail.

HDMI cabling for 3D TV

I've always said that the cable should be the easy part in the home cinema system installation - the bit you don't see when it's all finished, the bit that doesn't give you grief.  With the advent of 3D, this mantra does not change. 

Hidden Wires - Audio from the Cloud

From entertainment to lighting and energy controls, it is no exaggeration to say that home entertainment and control options have changed - or more appropriately, evolved - several-fold in a very short period of time. And, nowhere are these changes felt more clearly than in the area of distributed audio.

HomeToys Interview - Healthcare Automation

PEAC provides a robust, scalable and flexible platform to extend your health care facility and provide palliative care for your residents. It can be integrated during the construction or retrofitted onto an existing facility without the need for expensive rewiring.

HomeToys Interview - Media Decor - Vanessa Sayen

Located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Media Decor, LLC was founded in 2003 to fulfill elegant designer-level solutions for today's home entertainment installations for designers, architects, and A/V custom installers. 

HomeToys Interview - RF Remote Control - Bob Dolatowski of NextGen

NextGen is an innovative provider of unique a/v product solutions for the residential and light commercial markets. The company is best known for its award-winning Remote Extender which gives an ordinary remote control powerful RF capability. Founded in 2002 and based in Port Richey, Florida, NextGen designs and builds many of its award-winning products and then markets them throughout the world.

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