DSE 2013 - Special News Report

Press Releases and Product Announcements from the show floor.

First-Run Movies in Your Home Theater

Up until now the only way to get the latest Tom Cruise movie in your home on the Friday night it hits theaters was to become a member of the exclusive Bel-Air Circuit.

Content Insider #264 - Three Ring Circus

Everyone - except people who have a clown or big crowd phobia - loves the circus.

Integrated Systems Europe 2013 News

HomeToys has partnered with ISE 2013 again this year and is providing a Specail Newspage devoted to news and announcements from this years event. Click here for the ISE 2013 HomeToys Newspage. Integrated Systems Europe is the world’s best attended tradeshow for the professional AV and electronic systems industry. Launched in 2004, ISE has grown year-on-year to become a global forum for technology, education and networking. ISE 2013 is the biggest yet. With 894 exhibitors occupying 33,000 net square meters of floor spaces and more than 40,000 registered attendees to its Amsterdam RAI location.    

Logitech to sell Harmony remote division after 'unacceptable' Q3 results

Logitech has posted its financial results for Q3 of its 2013 fiscal year, and they're not too encouraging: the company made an operating loss of $180 million off sales of $615 million. Retail sales were down 14 percent year on year, and CEO Bracken Darrell has announced plans to take "decisive action" on the "unacceptable" results. And he's not kidding — the company has "initiated the process" to divest itself of its Harmony remote control division, along with its security video camera business. By the end of this year, Logitech also plans to have discontinued "non-strategic products" including video game console peripherals and speaker docks. Darrell says the strategy is for the company to focus on PC-related products and maximize profitability. The news isn't entirely bad, though, with Darrell buoyed by "continued strong demand" for the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad.  

Dish Closing 300 More Blockbuster Stores

Dish Network is closing another 300 Blockbuster video stores in the next few weeks, bringing its total number of locations to about 500, the company announced Monday. The move comes after Blockbuster closings last year that included the shutdown of 500 locations last February. The company said Monday, as it did last year, that it would close unprofitable stores. No locations for the closings have been announced. Some of the stores are reaching the end of their building leases, while others will close because of their performance, Dish spokesman John W. Hall told TheWrap. The closures come as little surprise as more consumers watch streaming videos or buy them on-demand through their cable company rather than trekking to the brick-and-mortar stores that were so packed with customers in the 1990s. Dish, which purchased the video chain for $320 million in 2011, is increasingly using Blockbuster's remaining physical locations to hawk its Dish services.

Luxul Networking Review

Like most people, in the past I've bought consumer grade from CISCO (formerly LinkSys), Netgear, D-Link, etc. I've grown increasingly dissatisfied with these as time goes by. I've run across Luxul networking products in several pro-installations so when I got the chance to try them for myself, I jumped at the chance.

A Dynamic 'Convertible' Home Theater on a Shoe-String Budget

I found myself at the ripe old age of 61, sitting in a cabin in Wisconsin, wondering how to incorporate a dedicated home theater into an open living-dining-kitchen area. To further complicate the situation, it couldn't just be any home theater - after all, I had my reputation to consider. It had to be dynamic, unique and most of all - hidden.

Using Audio Visual In The Courtroom

They say that justice is blind, but an attorney must approach a jury with both clear visuals and understandable audio to win his or her case. Therefore, the architect who is responsible for designing a new courtroom or a renovation must give serious consideration to the use of visuals and audio during a trial.

Surviving in the Home Automation Market

The home automation and control systems market can be a frightening place. Housing starts, devastated by the recession, are experiencing a tepid recovery. Control equipments' already limited profit margins are being further compromised by direct-to-consumer sales. Independent installers and systems integrators are wary of competition with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Verizon and others large players who are moving into home automation.

Report: Remote Control Boosts Willingness to Buy Home Security

More than half of broadband households without professionally monitored interactive security services are willing to pay for them if they’re combined with remote monitoring and control capabilities, according to “ Smart Home Systems: Consumer Adoption and Attitudes ,” a report currently featured on Strategy Analytics’ Smart Home Strategies (SHS) advisory service . Strategy Analytics surveyed broadband households in France, Germany, Italy, the U.K. and the U.S. and found that those households were more interested in and willing to pay for a variety of connected home services than expected. Survey respondents also indicated a significant willingness to pay for remote healthcare and energy management services for the connected home—if they were priced right. Potential adoption of smart home services is highest in the U.S., U.K. Germany and Italy, and less in France, “with the exception of retail DIY monitoring and control,” said the Boston-based market research and advisory firm. The highest level of potential interest in remote healthcare services was found to be in Italy, if recurring fees were kept under $10 per month.

2013 International CES Wrap Up

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced today that the 2013 International CES® is the largest in the show's 45+ year history, with 1.92 million net square feet of exhibit space. The previous record was 1.86 million net square feet of space at the 2012 International CES. More than 3,250 exhibitors unveiled some 20,000 new products at the 2013 CES, drawing more than 150,000 attendees, including more than 35,000 from more than 170 countries outside the United States. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2013 International CES is the world's largest annual innovation event and concluded today. "Innovation abounded at the 2013 CES and executives from every major industry that touches technology were here this week," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. "From amazing new products, to CEA's new book Ninja Innovation, to our new publication - It Is Innovation (i3), innovation prevailed across 37 football fields of technology at the 2013 International CES. Our event is the biggest mobile show to kick-off the year and showcase our new mobile future." Major product launches occurred across all 15 product categories at the 2013 CES. In wireless/smartphones, highlights include the launch of Sony's Xperia Z, the Huawei Ascend Mate and ZTE Grand S. In video displays, LG featured its touchscreen Ultra HD, Sony launched the first Ultra HD OLED display, Samsung featured its bendable OLED and Hisense launched its transparent 3DTV. Digital Health and fitness launches included new products from Fitbit, Withings and BodyMedia. Audi and Lexus featured driverless vehicle technologies. For gamers, the 2013 CES saw the launch of Nvidia's Project Shield, the Oculus Rift, the Sifteo and Razer Edge. Other noteworthy products launched at the 2013 CES included: the Valve SteamBox, Tobii eye recognition technology, the Kickstarter-funded Pebble smart watch, Qualcomm's Vuforia augmented reality, multi-device connectivity from Ultraviolet, NFC technology from LG and Sony, tabletop applications from Lenovo, MakerBot's Replicator 2x and Samsung's Smart TVs with voice recognition. Click here for the Full Press Release here. Click here for the HomeToys CES Newspage. Click here for the HomeToys CES Tradeshow Report.

Top 10 New Trends You Will See at DSE 2013

You can count on DSE to show you the most innovative digital signage technologies from suppliers around the world. In a recent poll of current exhibitors about what attendees can expect to see this year, here's what they had to say: LCD EXPANSION INTO OUTDOOR MARKETS, 4K DIGITAL SIGNAGE, ANALYTICS-DRIVEN DIGITAL SIGNAGE, AUGMENTED REALITY TECHNOLOGY, HTML5 FOR CONTENT DEVELOPMENT, LIVE VIDEO FEEDS, TABLET TECH, CONNECTED CONSUMER, INTERACTIVE DIGITAL SIGNAGE & AUTOMATED RETAILING/INTELLIGENT VENDING.   Read Full Article Here:

CES 2013 Tradeshow Report

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.

The world according to CES 2013

The gadgetry world gathered in Las Vegas this week to show off their best ideas for how technology can solve problems, improve daily life and basically make the world more efficient. There’s always a deluge of products coming out of the International CES show, so it can be hard to see how adopting all of this tech could actually change your daily life. But that’s exactly the vision of CES, at a high level. Tech could transform nearly every part of your life. Take a normal Saturday routine. With, for example, a phone toting a screen that wraps around the edge of your device, you could read at least part of your e-mail without even lifting your head. As for breakfast, you could pick something to eat by checking the fridge inventory without opening it and find out which food may be ready to spoil — since your fridge let you scan your receipts from the store. Once you’ve decided on a meal, you could even send a recipe to your oven to get things pre-heated.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

INTRODUCING THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CONTROL YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE YOUR VOICE. Imagine this... We've all been there-walking through the door into a dark house, arms full. Wouldn't it be nice to tell your house to offer a helping hand? Now you can. A simple voice command-such as "Alexa, turn on Welcome"-lights up the hallway and kitchen, fires up your favorite Pandora station, while the door locks itself behind you. This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.