Parks Associates forecasts energy management networks will be in over 9 million U.S. households by 2014

Majority of energy management systems will be independent residential energy management networks (iREM Nets)

Home Automation and security come together in the ProGuard800!

The holiday period started and how can you close the door behind you without worrying, keep an eye on things from a distance and then come home knowing that everything is fine? And how can you easily combine this with home automation?

New Remote Base Antenna adds RF Expansion Capabilities

Add Multiple Base Antennas to increase RF Range 200 ft., per antenna plus allow for System Expansion of up to 256 Hybrid Wall Box Dimmers and Lamp Modules

Panasonic buying Sanyo and other unit for $9.4 billion

Japan's Panasonic Corp plans to buy out subsidiaries Sanyo Electric and Panasonic Electric Works for up to 818.4 billion yen ($9.4 billion) to strengthen its push into greener businesses. The world's No.4 flat TV maker will raise up to 500 billion yen in a new share issue to help finance the buyouts, sending its shares down as much as 11 percent. Under President Fumio Ohtsubo, Panasonic has been shifting away from low-margin home electronics products and investing more aggressively in solar cells, batteries and other energy-related areas which offer promising growth prospects. Panasonic said making the two subsidiaries wholly-owned would allow it to more effectively allocate management resources across the group as well as speed up decision making amid growing competition from overseas rivals.

Borg's Introduces the Protégé 10a - New 16:9 multi -touch platform on Intel Atom

Borg Displays introduces the Protégé 10a, a 10;1" 16:9 format using the newest in touch technology, multi-touch. The Pro10a leverages Microsoft™ Windows Embedded Standard (WES) or XPe on the Intel 1.6GHz Atom processor for optimum performance.

A Keyless Entry Solution for Disabled People

Dean's home is situated 30 minutes south of Perth in a quiet semi rural setting and within a cul de sac. His home has a large natural garden with pathways winding throughout this peaceful setting, which he is able to freely access with the independence provided by automatic door opening.

Are Internet HDTVs The Next Big Thing?

Internet TVs have been around in some fashion for a while now, let's call it year 3, and actual sales results have been, well, lukewarm. It was CES 2009 that kicked off the first big year for Internet TVs as 2008 was really a starter year with unit sales of little over a half a million.

Backyard Movie Magic with Open Air Cinema

These new inflatable movie screens have theater-quality projection surfaces and are so easy to use it's a no-brainer. They take about 30 seconds to inflate-secure them with the tethers and you're good to go.

Blu-Ray DVD Part 4: To Java or Not to Java

Just as compact disc had conquered the domain of vinyl LP records and VHS had decimated its Betamax competition, Blu-Ray DVD was beginning to make great strides in the home electronics world. Although Blu-Ray has yet to completely replace standard definition DVD's, the format has gone from virtual obscurity to the most sought after home video format since VHS tapes first made their appearance. With the successive release of each new blockbuster movie onto Blu-ray , sales records are repeatedly made and then a few months later shattered.

Case Study: Omni Commercial Controller Powers Full Integration at Penal Institution

For 25 years, Home Automation, Inc. (HAI) has provided innovative, quality home automation products to professionals in the low-voltage market. These products offer security along with luxury and convenience, making HAI's system a good bet for anyone who wants both security and energy management.

Content Insider #144 - The Ancient Art of Computing

Your Hardware Selection Depends on "Their" Ecosystems Today, two things seem to define who you are…your significant other and your computing device. One is ( hopefully ) permanent, the other changing. Hint -- the device is the one that should change more frequently.  You can (and probably do) have several devices.  They don't seem to mind when you prefer one over the other or when another enters your life.  Try that in your personal relationship and it will go over like a lead balloon! We came to that epiphany when our son just had to have one of those new tablets for school and other stuff. "I found a cure for the plague of the 20th century, and now I've lost it! - Dr. Robert Campbell/Sean Connery, Medicine Man (1992) - Cinergi Pictures

Content Insider #146 - Games Get Real

Historically, two "fringe" markets drove technology advances.  One was - and still is - video gaming…if you can't figure out the second, tough! But video gaming isn't video gaming anymore.  Not like it used to be, dominated by hardcore pasty skinned dudes who had more luck with their keyboards than with gals.

Content Insider #147 - Security

If you pay a lot of attention to your online security, you're probably not reading this. If you pay no attention, you're probably ****ed! If you have a normal concern…how bad can it be? Take a minute and go to your favorite sites and search on the subject of online/onphone security.

Content Insider #148 - The iGen Gen X, Gen Y … Creating Havoc for Marketers

We're part of the Baby Boomer Generation--(there are two parts -- 1946 - 1964).   Then, there are the Gen Xers ('65 - '78).   Then Gen Y ('79 - '89).   Now, it's the  iGen (1990 - 2009).

Google TV - Searching for Success

Kurt Scherf studies developments in home networks, residential gateways, digital entertainment services, consumer electronics, and digital home technical support services. Kurt is the sole author or contributing author/analyst to more than 80 research reports and studies produced by Parks Associates since 1998.

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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!