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Volume 15, Issue 5
Oct / Nov 10

Cover Page

The Media Stream
Daily Stories about Streaming Media

Home Automation Apps
Daily Stories about Home Automation Apps

Hot Stories
Daily News and Stories about Home Tech

Tech Articles
Logitech Revue vs. Netgear Roku

Secrets of Amplifier and Speaker Power Requirements Revealed

Is Your Home Theater Setup Ruining Your Movie Experience?

Pre-Wire Your Home Chapter 9: Whole-Home Video

3 Reasons why Home Technology Integration is about to Ignite

Consumer Attitudes and the Benefits of Smart Grid Technologies

The Future of Home Control and Automation

To Internet Or Not To Internet

Are Internet HDTVs The Next Big Thing?

Pre-Wire Your New Home:
Chapter 8: Things To Avoid

The Role of the Set-Top Box

When Lightning Strikes

What the heck happened?

Backyard Movie Magic

CEDIA EXPO 2010
Special News Report

Most Innovative Products at CEDIA

Project Showcases
HD Air Case Study: Darien High School

A Keyless Entry Solution for Disabled People – Axeze

San Mateo County Community College – Atlona

The Penthouse Apartment – AVD Australia

Interviews
Invisible In-Wall Speakers
Steve Olszewski, Stealth Acoustics

Roll On Projection Screens
Kevin Nute, Goo Systems

How the iPort is changing the face of Home Systems
Buzz Delano, iPort

TV Lift Furniture
Denzil Cintron, Cabinet Tronix

Home Security and Interactive Services
Bill Diamond, Xanboo

Wireless Home Energy Control
Shawn Grennan, Advector Systems

Management
Publicity…Everything Changes But the Tool

Columns and Series
Blu-ray DVD Part 5: Blu-ray survives

Insider #153 – Entertainment Everywhere

Insider #152 – The Family NAS

Insider #151 – Social Media

Content Insider #148 – The iGen Gen X, Gen Y

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Tech Articles
Secrets of Amplifier and Speaker Power Requirements Revealed
Oct 21 – Alan Lofft
As audio/video hobbyists, most of us grew up thinking that if we have an amplifier with 50 watts of rated output power into 8-ohm speakers, and that combination produces reasonably clean and loud music, then by doubling the amplifier power to 100 watts per channel, the system would then play twice as loud. Many readers likely still believe that. Not so.

Logitech Revue vs. Netgear Roku
Oct 14 – Tom Abell
While Netflix has steadily built an empire from its streaming media, there have also been a number of hardware companies that have put together devices that “aggregate”, or combine, the plethora of channels (for lack of a better word) that exist beyond Netflix and that are available to anyone with a high-speed Internet connection.

Is Your Home Theater Setup Ruining Your Movie Experience?
Oct 14 – Alan Lofft
It’s always exciting for audio/video enthusiasts and novices alike when their new speakers, big flat-screen TV, A/V receiver and other components arrive at the front door, ready to be unboxed and set up for the first movie viewing and home theater experience. Sometimes, however, after setup, the initial impact of the experience may not meet the owner’s expectations. Disappointment ensues.

Pre-Wire Your Home Chapter 9: Whole-Home Video
Oct 1 – David Feller
This is the final chapter of this terrific resource and it goes into depth about how to wire for video throughout the home.

3 Reasons why Home Technology Integration is about to Ignite
Oct 1 – Tom Abell
It is time we realize that we can now expect the same functionality that we get on that 4.3″ screen of our Smartphone from the 46″ HDTV in our living room, the laptop or all-in-one PC in the kitchen, and even from the tablet we use sitting out on the patio enjoying nature.

Consumer Attitudes and the Benefits of Smart Grid Technologies
Oct 1 – Bill Ablondi
Consumer attitudes about the benefits of smart grid technology are still in a formative stage. Most consumers are not aware of the term, much less the capabilities smart grid technologies will be bringing in the next few years

To Internet Or Not To Internet
Oct 1 – Freevolve White Paper
While the Internet is an amazingly useful tool, it is not appropriate for every application – in spite of the efforts being made to tout it as such.

Are Internet HDTVs The Next Big Thing?
Sept 13 – Tamaryn Pratt
Someday Internet TVs will be mainstream, but for now they are still cutting edge. If you own one, your valuable experience and insights will help manufacturers fully develop this feature.

Pre-Wire Your Home- Chapter 8: Things to Avoid
Sept 3 – David Feller
Short and sweet – a few things not to do when you wire your home for technology.

The Role of the Set-Top Box
Aug 27 – Harry Wang
Parks Associates expects the role that a set-top box serves in the home to expand. Service providers, especially cable and telco/IPTV operators, will leverage this platform to support their multiplay strategies.

When Lightning Strikes
Aug 27 – Keith Stewart
In the history of Custom Connections, we have had three houses hit by lightning, where everything electrical in the house was destroyed except the home theater equipment connected to a power management system.

What the heck happened?
Aug 24 /10 – Bob Hetherington
Please designers and marketers, don’t focus completely on mobile devices and therefore limit our future to having fairly good products that do everything. We still want really good products that do specific tasks perfectly. Broadcasters (soon to be renamed Streamers) need to stay with the program too.

Backyard Movie Magic
Aug 24 /10 – Ooen Air Cinema
These new inflatable movie screens have theater-quality projection surfaces and are so easy to use it’s a no-brainer. They take about 30 seconds to inflate—secure them with the tethers and you’re good to go.

Trends, Series, Shows and Columns
Blu-ray DVD Part 5: Blu-ray survives
Oct 10 – James Russo
With James Cameron’s Avatar becoming the most successful Blu-ray DVD to date, Blu-ray manufacturers could finally breath a sigh of relief and be confident that the once infant format has finally matured.

Insider #153 – Entertainment Everywhere
Oct 14 – THE Insider
More Content Than Your Mind Can Hold. We’re not certain what the preoccupation is with TV, but firms beyond the old-fashioned content developers, producers, “shippers” have gone out of their way to say they have the solution you need/want!

Insider #152 – The Family NAS
Oct 10 – THE Insider
Imagine being able to access any file in the house — wired or wireless. Yes a safe haven where you can store, protect, enjoy, share the family content and other stuff. All it takes is Plug and Play NAS. PnP sounds so friendly, so nice, so easy, so fun.

Insider #151 – Social Media
Oct 10 – THE Insider
Some people are more paranoid than others. Some people are more willing to share than others. Some people click and post without a care in the world…ignorance is bliss. Your stuff is out there and it will probably exist long after you’re gone.

Content Insider #148 – The iGen Gen X, Gen Y
Aug 27 /10 – THE Insider
NO…Doesn’t have a thing to do with “that” smartphone…or “that” store…or “that” tablet. It’s the next generation. Kids and we mean little kids. That’s what today’s products are being designed for/targeted at. You happen to buy one…fine.

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Sponsored Articles
Invisible In-Wall Speakers
Oct 28 – Steve Olszewski, Stealth Acoustics
Building upon proven custom carbon-fiber motor and cone woofer technologies, Stealth Acoustics has created a new invisible speaker line that enhances fidelity, high-frequency smoothness and bass performance over previous offerings, while streamlining installation practices.

The Future of Home Control and Automation
Oct 1 – Jeff Singer
We all just want simple, convenient, reliable access to our equipment – and no one wants a dozen remotes on their coffee table. With a home control system, you can consolidate all those remotes and reduce wall clutter too.

CEDIA EXPO 2010
Special News Report
Press releases and announcements from the show. And by the way, it’s still not too late to add your announcements to this report.

Most Innovative Products at CEDIA
Now lets have some fun. Click here and add your entry or vote for the most Innovative Products Introduced at CEDIA 2010. If you want to blatantly promote your own product that’s OK with us. The voters will decide. The winner will get a free one year marketing partnership program at HomeToys to help get that product off the ground.

UPDATE – Oct 28 – Crestron and Atlona are still battling it out for dominence. Only a few days left to enter but please be sure to stop by and add your votes and or comments.
Most Innovative Products at CEDIA

Tips and Tricks Contest
Well, we didn’t get the creative turnout we had hoped for but here is a link to our winner, A never-ending fight for TV-time. Congratulations Ruslan Ulanov, your Advanced UPB Lighting Package from Simply Automated is on the way now.

Project Showcases
HD Air Case Study: Darien High School
Oct 21 – Atlona Technologies
With projectors and smart boards replacing the chalk board in school districts, Schools are looking for a clean, easy to install, and reliable application to hook up their PC or Tablets to these projectors. As technology has grown, many of these schools are looking for a wireless solution for this application.

San Mateo County Community College
Aug 24 /10 – Atlona Technologies
The Cosmetology Senior Lab source center caters to students. The project focused on setting up a complicated video distribution system involving several inputs of all sorts and outputting those in HD to 10 different displays.

The Penthouse Apartment
Aug 17/10 – AVD Australia
Towering over Sydney’s busy Darling Harbour is a state-of-the-art twostorey penthouse apartment with floor-to-ceiling glass windows which provide uninterrupted 360 degree views of the city and its environs.

Send an email to news@hometoys.com if you would like to submit your project for publication here.
Interviews
Roll On Projection Screens
Oct 21 – Kevin Nute
Screen Goo is a line of specially formatted acrylic paint products designed specifically for video projection applications. It allows anyone to transform a wide variety of paintable substrates into high performance front, rear and 3D projection screens.

A Keyless Entry Solution for Disabled People
Sept 13 – Axeze
Dean’s home is situated 30 minutes south of Perth in a quiet semi rural setting and within a cul de sac. His home has a large natural garden with pathways winding throughout this peaceful setting, which he is able to freely access with the independence provided by automatic door opening.

How the iPort is changing the face of Home Systems
Sept 3 – Buzz Delano, iPort
No industry or brand has ever grown without extending its reach to more people. iPad is a bridge to a larger market. It is making more people aware of the choice for an automated home and at a fractional price for the interface. That’s important as it opens up more customers to the dealers.

TV Lift Furniture
Sept 3 – Denzil Cintron, Cabinet Tronix
The demand for hiding the TV has grown enormously. With more and more high rises with incredible views, high demand for extra floor space and even for people with bad vision.

Home Security and Interactive Services
Aug 24/10 – Bill Diamond
Proprietary security panels will give way to IP centric gateways or controllers that run the security alarm manager as one of several or even many applications in the home or business.

Wireless Home Energy Control
Aug 17/10 – Shawn Grennan
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.

Management Articles
Publicity…Everything Changes But the Tool
Aug 27/10 – Andy Marken
When you want to be informed (or better yet when YOU want to inform) you think of the lowly, maligned press release. It’s not dead. It’s just that so few can do the darn thing right. Let’s look at the facts and do it right…

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