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.

SSD … More Stuff than You Can Afford to Carry

SSD is ideal when response time (low latency) and performance (IOPs - input/output operations per second) are more important than raw capacity.

ADS Security Merges Home Security and Home Automation with New Home Control Service

ADS Security (ADS), a local security company, has merged their primary service, home security, with home automation to offer a new high-tech home control system service with security at its core. ADS Home Control delivers home security and home automation packaged together and remotely managed from anywhere on a mobile device. "ADS is proud to offer a home automation service from a company that has always had safety and security as its primary focus," said ADS President and COO, John Cerasuolo. "ADS Home Control merges seamlessly with our core business, home security, to offer an ideal home management experience." ADS Home Control saves homeowners time, money and energy by allowing them to manage their home when it's convenient for them. Whether at home or away, residents can arm or disarm their security system, lock or unlock doors, and adjust lights, thermostat and small appliances. Home control systems help reduce energy bills by letting homeowners make instant adjustments to the thermostats and lights. Automatic adjustments can also be set by customizing home control schedules.

Five Tips to Help Retailers Achieve Greater Satisfaction From Digital Signage

A recent survey reveals many retailers aren't exactly where they want to be with their IT technology, including digital signage. These five tips can help. Retailers realize the important role IT technology, including digital signage, will play in their continued success, but many say they aren't using technology to its full potential. Those are two important findings of a newly released survey from CompTIA, a non-profit association for the IT industry. The report "Retail Sector Technology Adoption Trends Study," finds that 72 percent of retailers surveyed see technology as important to their business -a level that is expected to grow to 83 percent by 2014. However, only 7 percent say they are exactly where they want to be with the use of technology. Twenty-nine percent say they are close to their ideal application of technology. The study also reveals that digital signage is seen by retailers as an important part of their IT mix. The CompTIA study finds a third of retailers said they currently use digital signage, and 20 percent intend to begin doing so soon. Seventy-one percent of respondents said the most popular application of digital signage was for announcements of sales and other promotional offers. Given the survey findings regarding satisfaction with how well technology is being used and the importance of digital signage to retailers, the need for some advice on how to make the most out of digital signage technology seems apparent. These five tips should help put retailers on the right track. View full article:

Mobiplug Raises $2.7 Million Series A Financing Round Led By Foundry Group

 Mobiplug Networks Inc., a recent TechStars Boulder 2012 graduate, has secured $2.7 million in Series A funding led by Foundry Group. Additional strategic investors include Bullet Time Ventures, SK Ventures, Social Leverage, Clarion Direct Investment, and others. The company also named seasoned entrepreneur, Tim Enwall, as new Chief Executive Officer. As part of the round, Foundry Group's Ryan McIntyre will be joining Mobiplug's Board of Directors. Fresh out of TechStars Boulder 2012 summer class, Mobiplug offers an affordable all-in-one home monitoring and control solution. Mobiplug makes the smart home a reality for mass market consumers with easy-to-use iPhone and iPad apps, enabling hundreds of off-the-shelf smart household items from retailers such as Amazon, Home Depot, Lowe's, and Best Buy. The Mobiplug applications, associated web services and enabling equipment allow homeowners to achieve comfort, convenience, peace of mind and conservation right from their smartphones, home or away, with a single application experience. These services will also be available to developers who want to create their own immersive home monitoring and control experience.

JD Power Study: Still Little 3D TV Interest

The percentage of TV buyers who purchase a high definition television for its 3D capabilities remains very low- just 11 percent. That's according to J.D. Power and Associates' new 2012 High Definition Television (HDTV) Report. Price (75 percent) remains the top reason customers choose specific TVs, followed by brand reputation (60 percent); positive reviews (37 percent); past experience with the brand (36 percent). "While still finding its niche, 3D HDTV capability is not a leading force in purchasing a television," said Sara Wong Hilton, a director at J.D. Power and Associates, said as part of the announcement. "One reason is that 3D HDTVs are typically more expensive than non-3D-capable HDTVs. Additionally, in order to view 3D media, special media players, and 3D glasses in some cases, are required. The extra cost could play a role in dissuading customers from adopting the technology at this point."  

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