ClareHome App Extends Users' Control of Home Automation Experience

"People Over Places" interface to debut at CEDIA Expo 2012

Miracast - A Challenger to Apple's AirPlay

Between my wife and me, we have three AppleTV’s, two iPhones, two iPads, a MacBook Pro and two Windows laptops. One of the single best features we use on the Apple devices is AirPlay. Sure, the AppleTV can stream virtually anything that’s already in the iCloud or in a known location on the network, but all too often, I have friends over and have something on my iPhone/iPad that I want to show them. Rather than copying it somewhere, passing the device around the room, or have several people hunching over it, I simply turn on my 50-inch plasma and stream it to the TV using AirPlay and the AppleTV. Sure, if it’s something on YouTube, I could search on the AppleTV, but frankly, I’d rather go to the dentist than use those infernal on-screen keyboards.

At one of my consulting clients, we recently equip all the meeting rooms with Sharp 80-inch screens, MacMini’s (with Bootcamp, so they can run Windows too) and AppleTV’s. Anyone sporting an iDevice or a recent Mac with Mountain Lion can stream to the TV.

When it comes to content on my PC it’s a whole other, very sorry, story. One of my laptops is a fairly new Core i7 model, and supports Intel’s WiDi. At last count, there were two devices available that would connect to a TV and neither had other compelling features. There are several proprietary solutions on the market for streaming wireless HDMI, but I don’t need any more set-top boxes, especially ones that won’t work with my friend’s devices. The Apple eco system, makes it all so simple: when my iFriends come over, anyone can throw up anything on the big screen. For my Droid/WM buddies, it’s a can of mal-connected worms.

The Wi-Fi Alliance has a plan to address this (WiDi RIP).

Wi-Fi Direct enables peer-to-peer connections between Wi-Fi devices and Miracast (Wi-Fi Display) supports display of video content from consumer electronics and mobile devices. According to ABI Research, by 2014, 66% of consumer electronics devices are expected to support Wi-Fi Direct and the majority of these will be Miracast certified too.

Major chipmakers, such as Nvidia, Texas Instruments, Marvell and Broadcom are all on board. Let’s hope Intel recognize that the writing’s on the wall for WiDi and support the open effort too.


Is AppleTV set to become a cable box?

There have been a lot of reports of Apple negotiating content deals with the major networks and the possibility of a la carte available via the iTunes store. According to the Wall St Journal, current discussions are centered on Apple producing a fully fledge set top box.

TiVo Inc. currently dominates this sector of the market, but has a miniscule installed base compared to users who are happy to rent a DVR form their cable provider for $10-15 a month. For those looking for a solution outside of their cable operator’s offering, an Apple-based device would be an attractive proposition if it provided the functionality of the current AppleTV. Such a device would allow users to get virtually all of their Cable and OTT content on a single device (and presumably stream wirelessly around the house). The device would also give TiVo a run for their money, especially fi there were no subscription fees on an Apple-branded device.

Edifier e30 Spinnaker Bluetooth Speaker System

It's not often that a set of speakers comes to market that is aesthetically striking, produces quality sound and affordable. The Edifier Spinnaker Bluetooth Speaker systems achieves all three.

Cell Signal Boosters

Many homes, or parts of homes, have poor or non-existant cell-phone coverage. Cell signal boosters can remedy this by providing strong, reliable coverage inside your home for all your cellular devices.

Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI)

Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) is a consumer electronic standard for a wireless HDTV connectivity throughout the home. WHDI revolutionizes the home multimedia experience by wirelessly delivering interactive HD video from any device to any display. WHDI is supported and driven by AMIMON, Hitachi Ltd., LG Electronics, Motorola, Samsung Group, Sharp Corporation and Sony

Using Wi-Fi Signal Mapping Technology as a Sales Tool

As any network installer knows, Wi-Fi is not an exact science and requires a certain amount of know-how to deliver reliable and seamless coverage. Wi-Fi users can be demanding, and oftentimes skeptical about the value being delivered. This being the case, what if you could show a customer a map of their entire building, complete with a graphical representation of actual wireless coverage?

iKare FamilyLink

With aging in place becoming ever more popular, friends, relatives and caregivers are increasingly interested in ensuring their charges or loved ones are safe, while ensuring their privacy and independence. From a business perspective many custom installers are now reporting that they earn more than half of their revenue from seniors. iKare offers a both a valuable service for families and caregivers, as well as a sound business opportunity for custom installers.

Wowza Software Powers First Live Public Trial of MPEG-DASH During the London Games

Streaming Origins for World's First Live Demonstration of New Streaming Standard Provided by Wowza Media Server Software

Kramer Introduces the 840Hxl HDMI Test Pattern Generator

With its unique features, the 840Hxl is a powerful tool for troubleshooting HDMI systems.

NEC Display Solutions Enhances Its Interactive Software Solution

Downloadable Software Renews Collaboration in the Education and Corporate Markets

Pioneer Builds 2-Channel Elite Integrated Amplifier Ideal for Music Enthusiasts

Designed for anyone who loves music, the A-20 is built to handle a range of sources from the latest digital formats to vinyl records.

Gartner's 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Identifies "Tipping Point" Technologies That Will Unlock Long-Awaited Technology Scenarios

2012 Hype Cycle Special Report Evaluates the Maturity of More Than 1,900 Technologies----- Gartner to Host Complimentary Webinar "Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle: What's Hot for 2012 to 2013," Today at 10 a.m. EDT and 1 p.m. EDT

Vaddio Releases IP Camera Control Upgrade to ClearVIEW HD-USB PTZ Camera Systems

The free Version 1.1 software update allows ClearVIEW HD-USB PTZ camera users the ability to control the camera from any computer or mobile device that supports a web browser.

T-VIPS CP524 TS Adapter Enables Operators to Flexibly Repackage and Deliver Video Content to Multiple End Points

T-VIPS IBC stand: Hall 1. B71.

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Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!