Programmable Logic Controller - Wireless Lighting Control

Radio-controlled systems allow wireless remote control of existing residential lighting. The communication link between the PLC and the radio-controlled system is an RS232 interface unit. The connection is via a standard DB-9 serial cable between the PLC and the RS232 interface unit. Both devices should be mounted close together as per the RS232 minimum power requirements.

Tubes You Can Use

This is based on a tip I got from someone at the CEDIA EXPO show. Each year, BES Manufacturing does a retrofit contest in their booth. The contest consists of fishing a cable between two (of several) locations in a wood frame "set" in the booth. The best time of the day wins a prize. One of the fishing tasks requires feeding a ballchain down a wall cavity and retrieving it from a hole in the bottom of the cavity on the opposite side.

CEDIA Expo UK 08

Against a backdrop of increasingly tough economic conditions across Europe, the 12th CEDIA UK Expo (23-26 June, ExCeL London) sounded a positive note for the custom installation industry.

Classic Home Toys #17 - Make Way for SACD

Whatever the future holds for SACD, listeners cannot deny the formats superior audio quality and after listening for some time to SACD's. one may find it difficult to go back to listening to the traditionally recorded CD's in their collections.

Content Insider #104 - OS Battles

We often wonder why Macophiles and Linux people portrayed Bill as the dark force in the universe. Guy was just trying to earn a buck…and put a computer on every desktop.

Content Insider #105 - Devices Aren't Enough

It's almost impossible to go out and buy a plain old mobile phone anymore. We threw tons of features/capabilities on them. We changed them from utilitarian to dress accessories ... statements of who we are and our importance.

Content Insider #106 - Cloud Computing

The concept is great ... everything is handled for you in the cloud...you can focus on work and not updating, rebooting your system (yeah like Macs don't have that problem too). You can grab/store anything/everything and never have to worry about buying a new HD or losing your storage. It's all done in the cloud.

High Fidelity and Utility for Stuctural Loudspeakers

The Ideal Structural Loudspeaker (ISL) will open up a world of possibilities for this important application. This ISL will produce no acoustic energy in the ceiling structure and greatly reduce vibration while increasing dynamics and dispersion.

Infocomm Best Buzz Awards

Insight Media is pleased to announce the 2008 InfoComm/Projection Summit Best Buzz Awards. These awardees both impressed our Insight Media analysts and created a general "buzz" at InfoComm and Projection Summit.

Is Old-School Retail Shedding It's Skin?

The only way to keep from stagnating or being passed over in favour of some crappy $30.00 website, is for you to realize what you can offer to those customers... what they CAN'T get on-line.

Media Center, Music Server, Video Server? What do I need?

In this article I try to give you a brief description of the products and then break down the different products and highlight their features.

Media Servers

It seems as if the issues previously holding back production, such as drivers and Vista have been resolved. This year, we are seeing a huge push for media servers from all of the CE manufacturers.

Open Systems Provide Added Flexibility

When all of the components of the system use open standards - you can use one control device to work with all of the systems. You can also add storage to increase the capacity of the music server - without having to go back to the original vendor if you don't want to.

OutCast Wireless Outdoor Speaker System

I pulled it out of the box and in about 10 minutes had a new and very full bodied speaker out on the patio playing music from my ipod.

Pinnacle Studio 12

Certified for Windows Vista™, the Pinnacle Studio version 12 family consists of three affordably priced versions to meet the needs of consumers ranging from novices to dedicated video enthusiasts.

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GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection