About 3 million U.S. households plan to buy an Internet-connected television through the holiday shopping season, according to a new report. Research firm Parks Associates said the projection suggests another nail in the coffin for brick-and-mortar video stores. Despite the tally, just 38% of households plan to make a CE purchase by Christmas compared to 50% during the same period last year, according to Parks. “Consumers want deals; that is their trigger as economic conditions have made them more cautious buyers,” CEO Tricia Parks said. “Market players must stress the value and convenience of Internet-connected devices.” Connected devices include connected game consoles, Blu-ray Disc players, tablet computers and media players. By the end of the year, more than 40 million U.S. consumers will have a broadband-connected game console, more than 8 million will have a PC-to-TV connection, more than 5 million will have a connected Blu-ray player and more than 4 million will have a networked media player, such as an Apple TV or Roku. “Connected devices are the future of content consumption and entertainment in the living room as they capture the broader trends of integration among different silos in consumers’ lives,” principal analyst Kurt Scheff said.
Apple has been granted a patent for a projection system that can enable multiple viewers to simultaneously view 3D images without the need for those dorky 3D glasses. The patent, succinctly entitled "Three-dimensional display system," is fiendishly complex, but its goal is simple: to provide "highly effective, practical, efficient, uncomplicated, and inexpensive autostereoscopic 3D displays that allow the observer complete and unencumbered freedom of movement." Autostereoscopic is the standard term for the ability to present 3D content without the need for eyewear such as active shuttered or passive polarized glasses, as are used for most current 3D presentations. As the patent states, "...most voyages into virtual reality are currently solitary and encumbered ones: users often wear helmets, special glasses, or other devices that present the 3D world only to each of them individually." Understandably, this is less than ideal - "observers generally do not like to wear equipment over their eyes," the patent notes.
ELAN’s g! Series Home Control System is shipping worldwide with built-in multi-language support. The IP-Based, whole house entertainment and management solution includes the HR2 handheld remote, TS7 seven-inch in-wall Touchscreen, HC12 and HC6 controllers, TS2 touchpad and its VL2 tabletop kit, plus g! Mobile iPhone app and new precision panels. The ELAN g! Series Home Control System provides users with icon-based control from their favorite devices, including TVs, touchscreens, touchpads, PCs, iPhones, and iPads. The standardized interface works across platforms, so that the g!Mobile app on the iPhone appears and works similarly on ELAN touchscreens, valets and handheld remotes as well as users' televisions and mobile devices. Individual apps for each subsystem allow the user to control security, climate, lighting, media, irrigation, pool/spa, messaging, video, and photos. The interface also features personalized scheduling and detailed history views, enabling consumption subsystems like lighting and climate can be closely monitored and managed.
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Atlona Technologies Release New HDMI to Mini DisplayPort Converter/Scaler for Apple's 24 and 27 -inch LED Cinema Displays and iMacs.
Atlona Technologies Release the perfect accessory for Mac users looking to play video games or watch Blue-Ray movies on their Apple's 24 and 27-inch LED Cinema Displays and iMacs, the DP300
New, multifaceted source component's features include cloud synchronization and the ability to stream content from network-attached storage
Substantial Growth Necessitates Continuing Organizational Changes
Keeping pace with the 3D revolution, SENCORE today announced the launch of innovative 3D video test signals and images for the company's MP500 Multimedia HDMI Generator/Analyzer.
Oscar 2.0 Offers New Graphics Designed From the Ground Up, New Supported Resolutions -- Including iPad(R) -- and Increased Customization
SENSIO Technologies Acquires Algolith's Intellectual Property and Secures Integration of Key Employees
SENSIO Augments Its IP Portfolio and Qualified Personnel, Strengthening Its Offering in 3D Image-Processing Solutions
CEDIA Asia Pacific has reported well-attended training, growing membership interest and an increase in profile for the residential custom installation industry following its latest round of education and networking events in China Japan and Hong Kong
Autonomic Controls, Inc., a leading manufacturer of digital media products for integration professionals, has announced an agreement with Invision UK.
Sony and Bowers & Wilkins Support HTSA Members with Netsertive's Online Marketing Program.
HTSA's 2011 board members
Let's start by saying 2011 is going to be the year we wanted three years ago when the financial institutions "borrowed" our global wellbeing!¬† It was the first time we entered unfamiliar territory because the financial meltdown didn't affect just one country but all of us.
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