CEDIA Expo Draws Nearly 17K Attendees

CEDIA EXPO 2012 showed positive growth with non-exhibitor attendance gains of 4% over last year’s event. Ninety new exhibitors and more than 80 home technology products made their debut at CEDIA EXPO 2012, Sept. 5-8 in Indianapolis. More than 450 exhibitors participated in the 2012 event and over 16,900 attendees from 71 different countries. Of the total attendance 15% were first-time attendees to EXPO. This year’s event, exhibitors, and attendees were defined as “electric”, “high caliber”, and “rock-solid”. CEDIA EXPO offered 175 training courses including manufacturer product training. This year’s show was focused on educating electronic systems contractors on the network in addition to the foundational and advanced home technology education. Of those courses, 22 were new advanced IP Networking courses, all of which sold out. Additionally, CEDIA introduced a new credential, the Residential Networking Specialist, aimed for those who have demonstrated mastery of the network.

Is Digital Signage Worth the Investment for Small Retailers?

Digital signage is an increasingly affordable marketing technology that has become a lot more accessible to small retailers in the past couple of years. Digital signage display screens with HD resolution no longer cost the earth, while professional digital signage software can be downloaded for free. In fact, if you have a spare PC and either a plasma screen or LCD screen available it is pretty easy to get up and running at zero cost. But will it bring small retailers more sales? The signs are positive. Digital signage is strong on the delivery of high impact visuals that capture attention and motivate consumer action. Animations, image movement and video on a well-positioned screen will certainly grab eyeballs. Data from Out-of-Home Video Advertising Bureau Europe (OVAB) suggests that moving images are as much as 28% more effective in attracting attention than static posters or billboards.

Scala Software Bundled In New Digital Signage Evaluation Kit 2012 From Intel, Kontron And Microsoft

Scala Inc. today announced its Scala digital signage software is packaged as part of the new Digital Signage Evaluation Kit 2012 (DSEK-12) introduced by Intel, Kontron and Microsoft. Scala digital signage software makes it easy to develop and deliver bold content that commands attention by tapping the advanced computing performance, and enhanced media and graphics capabilities of the DSEK-12. Scala software drives content creation, management and distribution in digital signage networks. Scala has certified the DSEK-12 as a Scala player, ensuring optimal performance for display manufacturers, systems integrators, software developers and digital signage users. Scala software fully leverages the latest, 3rd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) processors in the DSEK-12 to produce and display visually stunning, broadcast-quality content in implementations ranging from a small number of screens to thousands of displays in a global network.

CEDIA Expo 2012 - Underway in Indianapolis

HomeToys.com has a special Newspage devoted strictly to all the news and product announcements coming out of this years show. So make sure to read and post all the news from the show. Click here for our Special Newspage. CEDIA 2012 the leading tradeshow in the residential electronic systems industry is set to open its doors in Indianapolis, IN this week.  Boasting 444+ exhibitors showcasing thousands of products, over 135 education sessions taught by the industry's most respected experts and over 20,000 expected attendees from all around the world.  

Expanding Role of the Service Provider-from Music to Games to the Connected Home

Opportunities for value-added services span such categories as entertainment, technical support, home management, energy services, and healthcare. Each one offers a unique value proposition, and service companies view these services as means to retain customers and as platforms for future revenue growth.

How Poor Industrial Design Loses Sales

Features and price are the two most common reasons why companies lose sales, but poor industrial design can also be a factor.

Business Model Evolution in OTT and On-demand Video Markets - 2012 Edition

In the study Business Model Evolution in OTT and On-demand Video Markets - 2012 Edition, IMS Research estimates that in 2011 the market for on-demand video reached 998.9 billion video transactions. Pay transactions are estimated at 7.2 billion streams/downloads in 2011, generating $16.2 billion in revenues.

The Wireless Speaker & Audio Association

The Wireless Speaker & Audio Association's remit is to advance the adoption of wirelessly transmitted, interference-free high-definition (HD) surround-sound audio in the home theater environment. We spoke to President, Jim Venable about the organization and the standard.

The Future of Wireless Energy Transfer

Nearly all of our communications are now wireless, but people and devices are still tethered to the wall by power cords. In the not too distant future, we'll be able to enjoy wireless power too.

Absolute Zero Home Theater Curtains

At HomeToys.com, we get lots of hi-tech gadgets to play with, but sometimes, it's the distinctly low-tech items that make or break a great home theater. Controlling sound and light are critical to a good home theater, so we decided to take a look out some blackout drapes from Ellery Homestyles.

Web Sites Are Built for Visitors…Not Designers

Web designers love to show you their elegant sites and how beautiful the Flash/HTML 5 stuff looks, what artistic videos they have, how gorgeously everything is laid out. Sorry, but folks aren't there for the show; they come to a website to get product/service information, to buy and get on with their lives.

Digital Signage Expo Named 2011 "Fastest 50" by Trade Show Executive Magazine

Digital Signage Expo (DSE), the world's largest and longest running International Tradeshow and Conference dedicated to digital signage, interactive technology and digital out-of-home networks (DOOH), was just named one of Trade Show Executive Magazine's 2011 Fastest 50. This award recognizes the fifty fastest-growing trade shows in North America based on total net square footage of exhibit space, number of exhibitors and attendance growth between 2010 and 2011. DSE was a previous winner of the Fastest 50 award in 2007 and 2009 when the now defunct TradeShow Week magazine was sponsoring this awards program. By winning in 2011, DSE is now a 3-time winner of this prestigious award.

Nortek Launches New "Core Brands" Group

Nortek, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK), a global diversified company with leading brands and innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for residential and commercial applications, today announced the formation of Core Brands, a new group that combines the product and marketing strengths of 10 of the company's formerly independent audio, power management and control brands operating within its Technology Solutions segment. Including Nortek's Aton®, BlueBOLT®, Elan®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands, Core Brands has more than 190 years of combined experience in the residential, commercial and professional markets and over 4,300 direct customer accounts in multiple distribution channels in the U.S. and worldwide.

Sony readying super-sized 84-inch 4K TV

Sony plans to introduce a super-sized 84-inch LCD television during IFA 2012, Europe's major consumer electronics show, a source told CNET. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed to CNET that the upcoming 84-inch TV can display a massive 3,840x2,160 resolution (four times the number of pixels in a conventional 1080p set), also known in the industry as 4K. We learned that the 84-inch Sony TV features a side-lit LCD panel (think thin) and removable speakers. In terms of design, our source describes the aesthetics as a reimagined retro-style appearance with a modern twist.  

Video Quality and Service Assurance

IneoQuest offers video quality and service assurance technologies and solutions that enable companies to monitor, aggregate, gather, and analyze video data across their video networks. They provide the intelligence needed to make better business decisions for delivering the highest quality video experience and controlling operational expenditure.

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!