Sony, Discovery and IMAX to Launch 3net, the 24/7 3D Television Network, in the U.S. February 13, 2011 on DIRECTV
-- Network to Debut Premieres Every Night Throughout February --
Home Networking Powerhouses Sign Liaison Agreement to Ensure G.hn/G.hnem Wired and ZigBee Smart Energy Wireless Devices Work Seamlessly Together in Home Energy Management Networks
Kramer Introduces the TP -123 -od/TP -124 -od Twisted Pair Transmitter/Receiver Pair with EMP Protection
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The HomeGrid Forum (HGF) today announced a new liaison agreement with the ZigBee® Alliance to extend their collaboration on the ZigBee Smart Energy™ standard development. This work will pave the way for consumers and utilities to use ZigBee Smart Energy version 2.0 wireless or wired networks to further advance Smart Grid programs and deliver new energy, financial and environmental savings. Both organizations will collaborate on ensuring ZigBee Smart Energy version 2 and HomeGrid Forum's ITU-T G.hn and G.hnem standards can be utilized in a wide variety of smart grid usage models. When finalized, applications such as AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure), Demand Response (DR), Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEV) and any other Smart Grid application/service that needs a reliable Home Area Network (HAN) or distribution/access network will benefit. "ZigBee Smart Energy is a leading home area network and AMI standard that helps consumers gain greater control of their energy use," said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "Working with HomeGrid will give energy service providers, utilities and consumers another wired choice when implementing either wired or wireless home area networks or utility links to smart meters."
The new Apple TV is already a hit, having sold more than 1 million units in just three months after its release, but the device could become even more popular if it becomes a hub for social games. New code in the next version of Apple TV's operating system hints at gaming capabilities being added - which could lure in a whole new fan base for the broadband set-top box, and could create a whole new revenue stream for Apple. Engadget reports that new code in the iOS 4.3 beta firmware has references to "ATVGames" and "ATVThunder," which could make it not just a streaming device but a gaming device as well. Social gaming is already incredibly popular on other iOS devices, to the tune of 19 million users spending more than 22 minutes per day using gaming apps on their iPhones, iPads and iPhone touch devices. That's on par with the number of viewers for popular TV programs such as Sunday Night Football and Dancing with the Stars, suggesting there could be more of an audience for games on Apple TV than for actual video viewing.
According to Stereoscopic 3D Consumers, the Modest Depth-only 3D Experience in Movies has no Place in Most 3D Video Games
We came across a fun product at ISE 2011 that we wanted to share. Unique Automation's unique bathomatic™ bath management system is a modular kit which can be fitted to any bath, bathomatic™ automatically controls the pre-programmed filling, water temperature, water depth and emptying of the bath water. It will also maintain temperature and automatically add bubble bath or fragrance, as required, on site or remotely. The system has now been developed to suit a range of applications both domestic and commercial, including hotels and care homes.
Now Shipping, Platinum Tools' 4Mapper Coax Tester is the Solution to Find and Identify Single or Multiple Coax Cables Connected to Televisions, Security Cameras, Splitters, Monitors or Routers
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Electronic House Magazine's panel of industry experts, integrators and editors selected the ATEN MDS as the most innovative "Video Distribution System."
Coming out of CES this year, one of the main stories was the debut of new "passive" 3D TVs, announced by companies including LG, Toshiba, and Vizio. One big promise of passive 3D is that you can wear lightweight, inexpensive polarized glasses like the ones you get in movie theaters, rather than the bulkier, more expensive active-shutter glasses required by current 3D sets. The first passive 3D TV to hit the market is Vizio's 65-inch VT3D650SV ($3,700), a 1080p LCD TV that uses an edge LED backlight. We bought a set as soon as it was available and recently completed preliminary testing in our TV labs. For purposes of comparison, we pitted the new Vizio set against Panasonic's top-rated TC-P65VT25 ($4,300) plasma 3D TV. It's no secret that we've so far found plasma to be a better technology for 3D, primarily due to the lack of ghosting, so we were curious to see how the Vizio passive set stacked up. In general, there is a lot to like about the VT3D650SV. For one thing, the polarized glasses are very comfortable to wear; they weigh just 0.7 ounces, so they felt very similar to wearing regular sunglasses. We also liked that you get four pairs of glasses with the TV, with additional pairs expected to cost from $10 to $30. That's a far cry from the $130 to $150 you have to shell out for active glasses. In addition, the passive 3D glasses dim the image less than any of the active-shutter glasses we've tried, enabling the Vizio to produce the most satisfyingly bright picture we've experienced when viewing 3D.
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XANTECH OFFERS SYSTEM INTEGRATORS ITS FULL RANGE OF RESIDENTIAL SOLUTIONS AT ISE 2011
Light control manufacturer Lutron Electronics has just announced the availability of an Apple iPad app for its wireless RadioRA 2 total light control system. The app is designed to control lights, shades, temperature and appliances, adding convenience and the benefits of saving energy throughout the home. The app allows homeowners to: monitor and control their system while away from home (ideal for vacation properties); enact a temporary, energy-saving "green" mode that reduces light levels and turns off unneeded appliances; personalize programming with a real-time level editor; control multiple homes from one iPad.
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