Review - Square Connect SQ Blaster with SQ Remote App

This is a WiFi remote control solution available for the Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The SQ Blaster is unique from other solutions because it will also interact with Z-wave home control systems. The device itself is available in either a Cherry wood or Bamboo finish which look very nice with the decor of traditional wood furniture and is a refreshing change from the piano black and gloss-white finishes that have become obligatory for iPod accessories. After all, the SQ Blaster is an accessory for your home, not just your iPod.

The Energy Efficient Residence - Australia

To bring together a five-storey stand alone converted warehouse with such an advanced level of electronic integration a number of smart systems had to be used. Two major systems were chosen, AMX as the over-all control system because it brought the best customisation of graphics and flexible control capabilities to the home and Dynalite because it not only controlled all the different types of lighting throughout the home but allowed the connection of inputs and outputs to the environmental monitoring hardware; control of all motorised blinds, windows, roof, water and air pumps; complete customised and consolidation of switch plates capabilities and because it offered the most robust communications to master control systems (the AMX in this case).

The first Thai-developed digital embedded network is here

According to MISOLIMA administrative Director for Asia, Mrs. Phongsri FIKO, it took time to launch the next generation of the popular embedded network DOLLx8 due to the complexity in embedded software developments, but it's now tested and ready to be introduced in March of this year. New DOLLx8 devices will begin with sales in Asia and then in the United States and Canada later on this month and finally Europe expected by first week of April 2011 together with Australia and New Zealand. DOLLx8 version 3.18 is faster and better than ever before, running a faster processor than the previous DOLLx8 version. And as expected, it comes with more functions, which also includes a complete alarm system aimed for GSM or Internet. Although the new DOLLx8 is packed with new functions and user configurations compared with its predecessor, the cost of main module is still the same as before.

The HTPC is Dead -- Not!

If you ask me, the HTPC is perfectly positioned for the wave of public awareness coming towards the Connected Home.  Instead of removing an option for people, why not leave the HTPC in its current position as the high-end solution for integrating your Home Theater not only with the world's content, but also with the rest of the house as well!  As much as I believe that these embedded devices of various operating systems will appeal to the majority of home users because of their simplicity, I also believe that the amount of people who want the extra power and functionality that an HTPC brings to the table will continue grow as well.

The Sweet Spot

As an audiophile you want the best performance, and you probably aren't above spending money and trying tweaks of various sorts to help you get it. But there are real improvements that can be had without extra accessories or emptying your wallet. Amplifying circuitry can be made better without more complexity and without more feedback. The best part of this for do-it-yourselfers is that these are things that can be done on your own bench, costing mostly just the time it takes to tweak the circuit and evaluate the results. Moreover, this approach is not seen on the factory floor - for most manufacturers it's simply too time consuming to do, and the rest probably never heard of it.

What

For the foreseeable future, online data/backup services will complement local storage such as computers and attached hard drives because they provide redundancy and the flexibility of multiplatform access. Online solutions will not reduce the need for robust storage in the home over the next five years, but it could eventually bring forth the long-anticipated arrival of "thin client" computing, where devices don't have to rely on large amounts of storage and processing. But it's a long-term evolution, and it will be awhile before consumers start to see their local storage and computing needs diminish.

BTX Receives InfoComm International(R) Sapphire AVSP Level Designation

BTX Technologies, a global value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface and integration products, today announced that the company and staff have qualified as InfoComm International(R) Sapphire AudioVisual Solutions Provider (AVSP).

HAI Expands Support for Spanish Speaking customers by offering Webinars, Products, Technical and Marketing Materials in Spanish

HAI products will be demonstrated in booth # 5R118 at ISE (Integrated Systems Europe), held in Amsterdam on February 1-3, 2011. On February 8th, 2011, HAI will conduct an entertainment-focused Webinar from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Central Standard Time.

Parks Associates study predicts Connected TV market to hit 76% by 2015

While their presence was more subtle than 3DTV and not as in-your-face as non-iPad tablets, connected consumer electronics devices were more diverse and pervasive at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with every major manufacturer showing off new electronics that have their own built-in apps and can access content from the Internet. With devices that incorporated complete Internet browsers, HDTVs that offered hundreds of applications, even set-tops that turned current HDTVs into a completely connected device, the theme of combining the home theater set-up with a PC experience was everywhere. Consider: In 2010 less than a quarter of all HDTVs were connected, according to research firm Parks Associates. By 2015, Parks believes that number will hit 76% (more than 150 million units). The firm projects that by 2015 there will be more than $8 billion worth of transactions on connected consumer electronics devices, from e-purchases to gaming to VOD and streaming.

HAI Expands Support for Spanish Speaking customers by offering Webinars, Products, Technical and Marketing Materials in Spanish

HAI products will be demonstrated in booth # 5R118 at ISE (Integrated Systems Europe), held in Amsterdam on February 1-3, 2011. On February 8th, 2011, HAI will conduct an entertainment-focused Webinar from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Central Standard Time.

Tributaries® Offers HEC HDMI with Ethernet

Tributaries is pleased to offer its new HEC HDMI with Ethernet cables. The new models conform to the performance requirements consistent with all the new HDMI v1.4 upgrades.

Pro Audio Technology Broadens Presence In CI Market With Affordable Options For Distributed Audio And Media Rooms

Pro Audio Technology Broadens Presence In CI Market With Affordable Options For Distributed Audio And Media Rooms

Crestron Introduces the Versatile TPMC -9 Touch Panel, Delivering Speed, Power and Performance at a Great Value

TPMC-9 Touch Panel Supports Standards-Based Core 3 OS; Sleek, Contoured Design, Widescreen Display and Extreme Graphics

Draper Announces New Window Shades Web Site

Draper, Inc. has unveiled a new Window Shades Web site. The site has the same information, support documents and illustrations, but in an easier-to-use format.

Atlona Introduces Cost -Effective Installation Testing Kits Designed to Diagnose Digital Connectivity Issues With Ease

New Pre-Packaged AT-KIT-HD1, AT-KIT-PROHD2, and AT-KIT-PROHD3 Kits Combine HDMI Signal Generator and Seven-Inch HDMI Testing Monitor in Pelican(TM) Case; AT-KIT-PROHD3 Also Features HDMI EDID Emulator and Monitor Battery

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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!