BrightAuthor by BrightSign

BrightSign offers both hardware and software digital signage products. Their extensive range of players is compatible with several DS software products and the software spans everything from locally installed authoring and management to enterprise grade SaaS. We took four of their players for a spin to build a 2x2 matrix.

Sorting Out the Digital Signage Logistics Puzzle

Bill explains some of the different services that logistics companies and specialty consultants offer during the planning, installation and maintenance phases of a project, and why these types of vendors may (or may not) be worth considering for your next project.

Scriptel GloveTouch

The Next Generation Capacitive Touchscreen Panel Allows Users to Operate Electronic Touch Screens While Wearing Gloves

Arthur Holm customizes retractable screens for law firm Cuatrecasas

Barcelona based law firm, Cuatrecasas, completes significant project with in-desk pop up screen that will allow them to work better as a team and provide a better service to their customers

Scala Provides Five Tips for Retailers Getting Started with Digital Signage

Scala Inc. today offered five tips for retailers that are looking to get started with digital signage systems to educate consumers about available products and services, cross-promote products and improve the customer experience. A recent retail sector technology adoption study from CompTIA found that one in three U.S. retailers currently uses digital signage with another 22 percent planning to implement soon. Among the top ways retailers use digital signage are for sales or promotional announcements; photo displays including images of customers using products; and custom videos such as tutorials, advice and customer testimonials. “A growing number of retailers are adopting digital signage because they see it can help them alter the usual shopping patterns of consumers,” said Marcy Patzer, senior director of retail strategies, Scala. “By enabling this change even for a split second, retailers entice customers to stop their routines and direct their attention to something new. That split second can truly transform consumer shopping activities and buying cycles.” Scala offers retailers the following five tips as they look to get started with digital signage:

Raspberry Pi announces Raspbian

We recently reviewed the Raspberry PI for use a Home Theater PC (HTPC) and found that performance was a little sluggish. In order to improve performance, Raspberry has now released Raspbian, which is a, hard-float optimized version of Debian. One of the main areas of improvement for general use will be web browsing. For XBMC users, audio stream decoding is significantly improved. The chart above shows the amount of CPU time required to decode various audio formats in real time on the Raspberry Pi. This is particularly important for XBMC users as all audio streams are decoded in software on the ARM CPU, and high-bitrate audio streams can be troublesome. This data shows a significant performance increase when decoding these formats on Raspbian. Full benchmark results can be found here . The latest release also brings improvements to the firmware, kernel and applications, and is recommended as the distribution most appropriate for general users. An SD card image of Raspbian is now available for download from http://www.raspbian.org

LG Display to develop 60-inch flexible OLED by 2017

Most of the talk about OLED today revolves around consumer electronics, but the Korean government wants to make sure Korea leads the way in commercial applications. As such, it has chosen LG to be part of the “Future Flagship Program” and has tasked the company with developing a 60-inch flexible OLED display by 2017. The transparent flexible OLED is planned to be deployed in applications such as a window displaying information at bus stations, aquariums and retail stores. The program’s primary sponsor, The Ministry of Knowledge Economy, expects to generate $56 billion in exports and create 840,000 jobs through the research and development of transparent and flexible displays. LG Display said that the project will be able to further widen the technological gap between Korea and the fast-growing economy of China in the display sector.

Can a $35 PC really run a full blown HD Media Center?

A UK-based project to produce a computer that any student can afford has got the Home Theater PC (HTPC) crowd brimming with excitement. I placed a credit card order with RS Components (across the pond) in May. A few weeks ago, my Raspberry PI had arrived. Did it live up to my expectations?

Introducing WiSA™, the Wireless Speaker & Audio Association

In traditional home theater surround sound systems, there is a receiver wired to 6, 7, or 8 different speaker cabinets. You look at your living room and you start to imagine where you could put the subwoofer(s) and where the surround speakers might go. Typically, the choice is constrained by cable runs. Not anymore with WiSA.

If You Have Friends, Why Four Subwoofers are Better Than One

Our friends at DSI Entertainment Systems explain all about bass response and why you really want more than one subwoofer when more than one person is watching a movie in your Home Theater.

KanexPro CubeUp™ 2D to 3D Converter Review

Logically 2D to 3D conversion cannot be done in real time. There are too many parameters for any processor to compute in an instant without some kind of a very powerful processing power. So here comes KanexPro 2D to 3D converter / scaler / HDMI switch to the rescue, or so they claim.

Today's Boomers - Contributing, Savvy, Buying

Your grandparents probably retired at a respectable age, maybe your parents did as well. But while today's boomers may be looking at retirement it's in the long, distant future. There are a lot of reasons including feeling more youthful and a retirement fund that is upside-down. In addition, companies are anxious to hang onto their most valuable resource - the accumulated experience and expertise. Today's boomers not only focus on staying mentally, physically fit they also focus on staying abreast of and mastering our increasingly diverse, complex personal, home technologies. Seems like they won't go quietly or gently...

Monitor Audio Speaker Technologies

Monitor audio explain some of their newest speaker technologies.

Aereo Beats Broadcasters

A few months ago, we reported that Aereo were being sued by several broadcasters. Well, the jury’s out and Aereo has won, for now. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan said she understood how the service provided by the company, Aereo, may be unfair to broadcasters. But she said the law left her no choice but to reject a request by News Corp.'s Fox and other broadcasters to pull the plug on the company. For $12 a month, subscribers can rent a mini antenna and have its content streamed to their devices over the internet, satisfying the requirement to have an antenna. Unfortunately, the hearing was the result of a request for a preliminary injunction. A final ruling will follow, no doubt by many appeals. Aereo’s CEO told the judge that extended litigation would “be the end of the company”, so maybe the deep pockets of the broadcasters will win out in the end.

Discover the buzz around CEDIA EXPO 2012.

  Discover the buzz around CEDIA EXPO 2012. From the kitchen of the future (you will hardly recognize it), how EXPO is helping you get things done to sneak peeks and new product launches, explore the hottest stories about CEDIA EXPO! Remember, CEDIA EXPO 2012’s first chance to save big ends today! Register before 5:00 p.m. (PST) and save up to 40% off your registration fee. 3 Sneak Peeks Into CEDIA EXPO 2012 “Own the network. Own the home.” You may have heard this phrase around the industry in the past few months. But exactly does that mean and how can it help your business? Here are three sneak peeks into CEDIA EXPO 2012 that not only address owning the network and the home, but also help it can help you increase your bottom line. (more)   Q: What Do John Dillinger, Kurt Vonnegut and CEDIA EXPO 2012 Have In Common? (Infographic) A: The gangster, the writer, and the industry’s leading tradeshow have all called Indianapolis home. While the Circle City has bid farewell to Dillinger and Vonnegut, CEDIA EXPO returns to Indianapolis once again in 2012. The show will come to the Indiana Convention Center September 5-8, packing a punch that’s sure to be one for the books. How? Well, let the numbers show you… (more)   The Kitchen of 2016: It’s Not Your Mother’s Kitchen… Come 2016, your mom will hardly recognize the kitchen she had once known and loved (or for some, hated). Moving away from the concept of the “smart home,” in 2016 the completely intuitive home will be smartly designed and integrated … (more) Taking Care of Business As a small business owner, managing an infinite to-do list isn’t something new. You are a chameleon of change and “going with the flow.” You make juggling different job functions on any given day look easy. You check emails on your lunch break and at stoplights (we won’t tell). You are a master at multitasking and making sure everything on the schedule is updated and running smoothly… (more)  

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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