Trends of 2011 and the Storylines for 2012

Many thanks to our friends at Parks Associates for this great summary of what happened last year and what to expect over the next.

A 3D Printing Primer

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship "Enterprise". Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. Do these words sound familiar? Well, today man has gone where no man has gone before. On the star ship Enterprise, there is a device known as a "replicator." The concept was to have a 23rd century technology that could replicate anything by reconstituting raw material into the object desired.

What Are the Characteristics of a Good-Sounding Room?

No matter how well treated, there is no such thing as a perfect-sounding room. Second, no matter how good a room might sound on its own, every room can be improved with intelligently-applied acoustic treatment.

A Year Without Cable TV

A little over a year ago, I went cold turkey with Cable. I had literally everything that one of the big providers could offer (as my sister-in-law worked there, and we owned a two-flat with her). In this article, I'll share my experiences and the current state of play with TV in my house. Mark Anderson is a long-time home theater enthusiast and lives on the bleeding edge of Home Automation. He will be covering everything related to Home Automation and AV. He is also a regular contributor to avystemsmag.com, where he covers commercial AV and automation.Please welcome Mark to the HomeToys team.

NFC coming to a smart phone near you

NFC stands for Near Field Communication. So, what does this mean? If you attend a trade show and meet someone, whom you would like to exchange business cards, you both can touch your NFC smart phones to the other's show badge and the information is exchanged. You no longer have to carry a pocket full of business cards, or have to sort cards after the show.

Z-Wave Announces 600th Certified Product

The Z-Wave Alliance, the consortium behind the world's largest ecosystem of interoperable wireless control solutions, today announced that it has certified its 600th product. This major milestone solidifies its position as the leading consortium dedicated to Home Control and Smart Energy development. The 600th Z-Wave product is a Whole House Energy Meter designed to provide timely and accurate consumption data. Six months ago, saw the 500 th certified Z-Wave product: a goal that took almost 6 years to reach. Today, the announcement of a 600 th product indicates rapid growth in Z-Wave. What are the primary factors for the growth? Read Mark's take on this here.

Z-Wave Announces 600th Certified Product -- RCS Technology EM52 Whole House Energy Meter

Major Milestone Reaffirms Z-Wave as the Largest Interoperable Ecosystem for Wireless Home Control and Smart Energy

SurgeX Announces Exclusive Distribution Rights of Certified Cyber Solutions

The agreement positions SurgeX to provide greater security integration with advanced power management, smart energy management, secure remote diagnostics, and monitoring.

proAV recognised as Cisco Authorised Digital Media System (DMS) Partner

proAV, one of the UK's leading audio visual systems integrators has been officially recognised as a Cisco Authorised Digital Media System (DMS) Partner, having demonstrated a proven sales and support capability to clients with integrated digital media solutions.

Digital View Extends LCD Controller Range to Offer Wide Temperature Support

Harsh environment LCD controllers support display systems from -40° to +80°C operating temperatures

Scala Presents Digital Signage Checklist for DSE 2012 Attendees

Checklist Reviews Essential Criteria to Use When Evaluating Digital Signage Systems

Adobe Announces Integrated Video Publishing, Advertising and Analytics Platform

Project "Primetime", the Industry's First Integrated Video Content and Ad Service Across Devices, Promises to Accelerate Advertising Revenue

WOW! Launches ARRIS Whole Home Solution

ARRIS Group, Inc. announced today that top 20 cable provider WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone has launched the ARRIS Whole Home Solution

DSE 2012 to Present a Record 42 FREE On-Floor Workshops

FREE On-Floor Workshop Program on March 6-9, 2012, in Las Vegas

ELAN® HOME SYSTEMS DEBUTS ENHANCED ONLINE TECH FORUM TO ACCELERATE PEER-TO-PEER COMMUNICATION AND RESOURCE SHARING

Significantly enhanced service is password protected and designed to allow dealers to showcase projects to one another, obtain real-time answers to questions, search through a database of productinformation and receive feedback from ELAN technical support team members.

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