Three Hometoys Related Kickstarters For January
01/14/15, L Hetherington for, Hometoys
SPIN remote – The Simplest, most Stylish remote ever / TOG: The Ultra-Small Bluetooth Enabled Button / iCamPRO FHD
Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary
March, April, May 2015
01/14/15, Brandon Hetherington for, AVSystemsMag
Looking ahead to the spring April is jam packed with great events here in North America and abroad. ISC West promises to be bigger and better then ever as new technology continues to change the home security market at a furious pace.
Ever Given Thought to the Wiring for your Speakers?
01/14/15, Contributed by, Copper Alliance
In rooms like the kitchen, where people are always moving about, there is no fixed location for listening and in this case it makes more sense to opt for a less complex mono connection rather than 2 stereo speakers.
Video a GoGo: More Good Video Choices Coming Out on More Devices
01/14/15, THE Insider
With the dearth of mobile apps available, the majority of digital media consumed today is on mobile devices.
Popularity of the Newest CE Products
01/07/15, Jennifer Sikora, CivicScience
The data from the CivicScience InsightStore™ provides some strong research insights into consumer awareness, sentiment, and intent toward many emerging consumer products – and in this report, we highlight some of those findings to coincide with CES 2015.
New Hollywood: Two Factions Are Making M&E Better, More Available
01/05/15, THE Insider
The expensive budget-busting films that folks stole from Sony are only a small part of today's video entertainment. More than 200 hours of quality (and garbage) video every minute are uploaded to sites around the web.
The Power of Smart Lighting – The Best and Brightest Wireless Bulbs
01/05/15, Jennifer Tuohy for, The Home Depot
While home automation industry veterans may view some of the tricks the newest offerings in the smart lighting space can perform as just that—not-so-cheap tricks—the inescapable fact is that they are helping drive mass-consumer adoption of home automation, which is what will ultimately make all of our home automation dreams come true.
Once More: Eliminate User and Security Breaches, Hacks Will Be Solved
01/05/15, THE Insider
There are things you can do every day to protect your stuff from evil doers even if you use their Cloud. Be a little paranoid combined with a big dose of common sense/diligence. That includes helping your company protect its vital and sensative information.
Interactive Displays Are Growing
12/15/14, Len Calderone for, AVSystemsMag
Interactive LED displays are giant circuit boards filled with super-bright LEDs that respond in a complex and subtle fashion to stimulus provided by human interaction.
Dolby Atmos vs. Auro-3D… All About Next Gen Surround Sound
12/15/14, Contributed by, VIA International
Before we talk about putting these new 3D sound systems into a room, let’s talk about the differences between Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. They are significant.
Smart Thermostats from Honeywell
12/15/14, Mike Bruce, Honeywell
The Lyric thermostat is intended as a DIY product, that can work with 97% of HVAC systems in the U.S
12/15/14, Keith Brandon, Kwikset
Controlling all the home automation from the front door is really all about the convenience of being able to set-up the home right at the home’s entry point.
Priorities for Managed Service Gateways in the Fiber-Connected Home
12/01/14, Brett Sappington, Director of Research, Parks Associates
Moving forward, data will be an increasingly precious commodity, leveraged by innovative companies to provide personalized services to consumers.
CES and the Smart Home
01/14/15, Len Calderone for, AVSystemsMag
Smart homes should be able to automatically adapt to your wants and needs, so you don’t have to think about them if you don’t want to.
2015 International CES Tradeshow Report
01/06/15, Brandon Hetherington for, HomeToys.com
The HomeToys Team has scoured the news pages and product announcements to bring you a neatly compiled list of some of the new and interesting products we think are important to the Home Technology and AV Systems industry now being branded as the "Smart Home".
CES 2015 Special News Report
01/05/15, HomeToys.com News team
The show is on and news is pouring in. Exhibitors are welcome to publish CES 2015 show news here at any time.
European manufacturer of the wireless home automation system FIBARO comes to U.S.
11/17/14, Contributed by, Fibar Group
Fibar Group, European manufacturer of the wireless home automation system FIBARO comes to U.S.
2014 In Review
12/01/14, Bob Hetherington for, AVSystemsMag
Here are some of the more popular and interesting articles and developments from the past year.
Keeping It Green: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Installs Peerless-AV® Xtreme™ Displays
12/01/14, Contributed by, Peerless-AV
Utilizing its internal digital content network, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s staff has found it easier to connect with visitors and share relevant and interesting information.
How Small Businesses Can Use Smart Technology
12/01/14, Abby Perkins, Software Providers
Home automation technology doesn’t only save business owners time and money. It also helps boost their reputation as tech savvy, environmentally friendly organizations.
Will Lasers Be The Future For Projectors?
11/17/14, Len Calderone for, AVSystemsMag
In the future, I expect the familiar projection bulbs that we have used for decades will be phased out and replaced by laser/LED technology, as this light source puts out much less heat and are quieter, allowing for more placement options.
Bluetooth and ZigBee: A new standards war brewing?
11/17/14, Cees Links, GreenPeak Technologies
Just like there are WiFi/Bluetooth combo products today, capable of “talking” both WiFi and Bluetooth, there will be devices in the future that can “talk” both ZigBee and Bluetooth. Trying to pit one technology against the other does not do right to either of them, creates a standards war, and stalls the market.
Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary Jan, Feb, Mar 2015
11/17/14, Brandon Hetherington for, AVSystemsMag
With the New Year comes the end of the Holiday Tradeshow lull and of course CES and the many events centered around it!
The Pros, Cons of Software vs. Hardware RAID
11/17/14, Larry O’Connor, Other World Computing
With today’s vastly improved, more powerful CPUs, the performance differences between hardware and software RAID options have been virtually eliminated.
Smarten Up: Win More Home Buyers Through Effective Audio Branding
11/17/14, Angi Cividino, Levven
As a homebuilder, you have an opportunity to convey numerous positive sounding audio messages about your brand – from the quality of your work to the top-quality products that go into your work – throughout your showhome.
Miller Outdoor Theatre Takes the Leap to Digital Signage Displays
11/17/14, Contributed by, Peerless-AV
Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre Installs Peerless-AV® Xtreme™ 55″ Daylight Readable Display to Increase Advertising and Enhance Electric Vibe