DSF Establishes New Standards for Educators

The Digital Signage Federation has established a set of new National Standards for Digital Signage Education to provide curriculum guidance for universities, colleges and specialty schools throughout North America, wherever areas of study touch on coursework related to the various facets of digital signage. By establishing National Standards for Digital Signage Education, the DSF aims to broaden the labor pool of qualified candidates for future employment in the digital signage industry. As the digital signage industry grows, it is imperative that employers have qualified entry-level choices of personnel to be able to grow their business affordably. Going forward, the DSF will be working to secure adoption of these Standards by colleges, universities and specialty schools, to provide the guidance necessary to frame their curricula to ensure that graduates have the prerequisites necessary to meet the industry’s hiring needs.  

Startup Ube Readies Free Android, iOS Home-Control Apps

Startup Ube Management, whose founders include former CEDIA CEO Utz Baldwin, plans November availability of free Android and iOS apps that deliver Wi-Fi and cellular control of more than 200 IP-based home electronics and home-control products. The compatible products range from smart TVs and set-top boxes to garage-door openers, thermostats, and planned Ube-brand lighting dimmers and smart power outlets. The lighting dimmers and smart outlets are due in March. The technology eliminates the need to install a central processing unit to control multiple home systems and eliminates expensive programming, which often involves the mixing and matching of different hardware and software standards, the company said. Ube’s system will therefore bring down the cost of home control to mass-market prices, the company continued. “By moving the intelligence into the device, where it belongs, these smart energy devices enable simple, intuitive smartphone control of home lighting and other appliances,” Ube said. The company is using seed money from founders and angel investors to launch the apps, and it plans to raise additional money to launch the Ube-branded hardware.

Taking the Guesswork out of HDMI switching with InstaPrevue

InstaPrevue technology provides the first-ever, live picture-in-picture preview of HDMI® and MHL inputs connected to an AVR or HDMI/MHL switch. Instead of having to remember, or guess, which device is connected to which input of a TV or AVR, a thumbnail of the content makes it easy to identify the source.

Setting the Soundstage: How to treat your home theater like a real theater

Modern AVR's include all kinds of wizardry for speaker setup, positioning and room equalization. Anyone in the know will tell you that room EQ hardware and software should be a last resort. Correct acoustical treatments will pay much bigger dividends.

Mozaex Media Server Review

Mozaex offers a range of 3D-ready media servers and media players that can be used to distribute audio and video throughout the house. Priced at a fraction of the cost of Kaleidescape, the products do not breach any of the DVD Copy Control Association's (DVD CCA) contracts. We took a few of their products for a spin and were impressed.

Crestron's airConnect won't leave iOS users out in the cold

Creston's airConnect is a revolutionary location system that currently utilizes Near-Field Communication (NFC) and a user's NFC-equipped SmartPhone. The launch of the iPhone 5 without NFC looked (to many) like it would be a no-go ofr iOS users. Turns out the iPhone 5, and new iPods incorporate a key piece of technology and Crestron have had a contingency plan all along.

Two-Piece Projection Systems in Residential Environments

Projectors have long been beanished to the dedicated home theater, but with such rooms disappearing from floorplans more and more and improved technology, Screen Innovations makes a compelling case for replacing the TV with a two-piece projection system.

Automotive Ethernet Conformance and Interoperability Testing

Automotive Ethernet promises to both reduce the cable weight used in cars today and offer increase bandwidth compared with existing MOST-based designs. At the forefront of the interoperability testing is UNH's InterOperability Lab (IOL).

4K TV is Here For Your Home Theater! But Should You Care?

We've seen and heard about 4K TV and Projectors for some time now. Our friends at DSI Entertainment Systems share their perspective.

Using a Wireless Bridge and Megapixel IP Camera for Remote Security

Megapixel IP Cameras deliver significant enhancements over traditional analog cameras, but they require considerable network bandwidth and power. These cameras can now be installed in remote locations using wirelss bridging.

CommandFusion Interview

CommandFusion (CF) began as GuiLink in 2005 specialising in custom touchpanel design. The product direction shifted with the release of the iPhone in 2007, and the company name officially changed to CommandFusion in 2011. Today, the company now offers both software and hardware in the form of a scalable communication network that connects any automation hardware in any topology.

Maximize your Video Image

Whether you are buying a LCD or plasma television or maybe a projector for your home theater, you will want to get the most out of the video image. Most consumers run their plastic through the store's machine, pick up their new display at the dock, take it home, unpack it and turn it on. The viewer then plops down on the sofa with a bag of popcorn, and accepts whatever video image that is displayed on the screen. If you truly want the best video image, you need to take a few minutes and make some adjustments to the set. The basic calibration procedure for your television can also be used for a projector.

Capitalizing on Mobile Device Support

In the connected home the lines have blurred between services, devices, and experiences, resulting in high-operational costs for technical support helpdesks. Telling a customer "we can't help you" will ultimately hurt the customer relationship. Maintaining a high-level of customer satisfaction and fostering greater business loyalty among users means that changes must be made to the way telecom service providers, retailers and manufacturers approach the technical support role.

DTV Green Dishtenna

The DTV Green Dish is a patented hybrid Dishtenna® designed for those individuals who want to enjoy great network television programming without the high costs of satellite or cable TV.

HDMI = High Performance

The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) was invented in 2002 by several major electronics manufacturers. HDMI is the first uncompressed all-digital interface that carries audio and video signals.

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