Mirage MMS-2 Media Server Review

We took the cloud-connected MMS-2 media server for a spin for a number of weeks. It turned out to be a well-preforming, well-connected device.

Cooling the (almost) impossible enclosure

Active Thermal Management's CEO, Frank Federman, explains how to deal with challenging cooling projects

Content Insider # 217 - Protect Your Own

While it's impossible to avoid the cloud with all the web services that are out there, it's not a place we want to store anything we feel is important or private. Our new home cloud is a 16TB RAID that we hope will be enough storage and backup for a year or so.

Is Your Head in the Clouds?

Basically cloud computing is a data center on-demand. It is an unstructured infrastructure owned and operated by someone outside of its customers' company that accepts and runs workloads created by its customers. Previously, if a company needed more computing power, it added more servers, but for a small company, this is not cost effective. Using cloud computing, a company can plug into the Internet to access more computing power, which is scalable; meaning that as the demand changes, the cloud system will scale up or down.

Christie MicroTiles Creating Buzz at University of Iowa Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Christie® MicroTiles® are drawing rave reviews at the recently remodeled University of Iowa's Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The 15,500-seat arena is the home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes men\'s and women\'s basketball teams, as well as the university\'s wrestling (winner of 23 NCAA championships - including 11 straight starting in 1975), men's and women's gymnastics, and volleyball teams. Located in the main lobby of the new entrance, the 10 wide (13 feet 4 inches) by 7 high (7 feet) Christie MicroTiles array greets Hawkeye fans with commissioned video art, slideshows and graphics of upcoming events, and videos of current players and alumni of the college powerhouse. "We collaborated with KJWW Engineering on this project and originally there was another brand of traditional LCD-type video wall that was supposed to go in there,\" said Nate Lawrence, vice president of operations, Electronic Communications Systems (ECS). "We saw the Christie MicroTiles and thought this renovation project would be a good application for them. ECS has done a lot of video walls and we were really excited to get this new technology in there."  

The hottest tech of 2015 and beyond

When you walk into the home, you're greeted by "Grace," a disembodied voice named after computer pioneer Grace Hopper. Grace gives you a rundown on what's happened since you left, including the news that your electric scooter will be charged in 37 minutes, your daughter got an A on her math test, and you have four voicemail messages. Microsoft envisions a near-future where everything is connected to the cloud. That means your home will learn a lot about you, including your routine. It can remind you to take your medicine and automatically send a message to your relatives if you do anything out of the ordinary like come home early or leave your doors unlocked. Hundreds of tiny sensors are located throughout the home, tracking everything from whether your suit is at the cleaners to when a plant needs more light. Knowing what's in your fridge and pantry, the home suggests a suitable recipe, which Grace can read out while you cook. Full Article:  CNN Money

Global 3D Technology, Products & Applications Market worth $227.27 Billion by 2016

According to a new market research report, “The global 3D technology, products and applications market is expected to reach $227.27 billion in 2016 at an estimated CAGR of 15.81% from 2011 to 2016. North America will remain at the top followed by Europe and APAC. Gaming and animation will be leading application areas in 3D industry..marketsandmarkets.com), the total market is expected to reach $227.27 billion by 2016, at a CAGR of 15.81%. Three Dimension (3D) technologies has now commercialized in most of the products and applications such as Smartphone, TV, Animation, Gaming, Medical imaging etc. After the success of ‘Avatar’, numbers of producers are releasing their movies in 2D as well as 3D version. Thus, 3D cinemas have become the additional revenue generator for cinema producers. Products like 3D Smartphone, 3D printer, 3D gaming consoles etc. are latest 3D technology based products, which have just been launched and are yet to capture the market, but as 3D market is progressing rapidly, these products are expected to perform better in near future.    

Home Routers Increasingly Installed in Livingrooms

Eight in ten US broadband households have installed a home network, with nearly 40% of home network routers located in residents’ primary living rooms, more than twice the number installed in home offices, according to a new report from TDG, The Diffusion Group. The number of broadband-networked US households installing home network routers in their living rooms increased 26% in the last year, from 30% in 2010 to 38% in 2011. Conversely, the number installed in home offices declined 30%, from 26% in 2010 to 18% in 2011, according to TDG’s “The CE and PC Ecosystem of the Broadband Household: 2012.” “The migration of home network hardware from the ‘home office’ to the primary living space offers both functional and figurative insight,” notes Michael Greeson, TDG founding partner and director of research. “TDG noted in 2005 that, driven by the incessant desire to optimize their entertainment experiences, consumers would progressively place their network access point adjacent to key net-enabled video entertainment platforms such as game consoles, disc players, and DVRs. In 2012, this is precisely what we observe and most would acknowledge. The meaning of this shift, however, remains lost on the majority of observers.” Full Article:

3D displays for Digital Signage

Interview with Chris Chinnock, President of Insight Media, about 3D displays and their application in digital signage.

Rapid Displays launches gender, age- tracking kiosk

Rapid Displays has debuted its new intelligent shopper recognition software platform that identifies gender and age group. The software can be integrated into a kiosk to allow retailers to identify who is viewing their ads and then tailor the message accordingly. The technology also tracks analytics, including who saw the media and how long they dwelled in front of the display, said Alan Foshay, vice president of business development for Rapid Displays. "It will allow brands and retailers to actively evaluate in real time who's actually watching, what they're watching, how long they stay there, and if that's proving to not be the target they anticipated they can instantly change that content."

TV Watching Role Reversal

For decades, people have slumped on the couch and watched TV. Well that role is about to be reversed. Samsung’s new 2012 top-end models are bristling with surveillance gadgets including HD camera, twin microphones, face tracking and speech recognition. Coupled with a vast array of apps and these always-connected cameras and microphones, it won’t be long before people start forgetting and unintentional living room (or worse, bedroom) footage makes it onto the web. Samsung’s own privacy policy is unclear as to what data it collects. It seems George Orwell was only 28 years off. My sister had a cover for her budgerigar at nighttime, maybe you should get one for your TV!

Atlantic Technology Debuts WA-5030 Wireless with Power Amp

The Atlantic Technology WA-5030 Wireless Transmitter/Amplifier System combines a brand new WA-5030-r zone amplifier and wireless receiver with the company's proven three-zone WA-50-t wireless transmitter. The WA-50-t transmitter can be sourced from any RCA analog audio line outputs or to a Mac or PC via a built-in USB connection. It broadcasts lossless, uncompressed CD-quality digital audio with a 48 kHz sampling rate over on the 2.4 GHz radio band. The wireless technology is highly robust with no data drop issues and essentially no time delay over distances of 150 to 300 feet depending on intervening structures. A three-position zone switch on both the transmitter and receiver allow up-to three separate WA-5030 systems to be used in close proximity to each other. The system's WA-5030-r receiver/amplifier contains a matching 2.4 GHz RF section, digital-to-analog converter, and a high-quality 30-watts per channel stereo power amplifier. The receiver is is suitable for driving most compact bookshelf or in-wall/ceiling 8-ohm speakers to high sound levels with low distortion. The WA-5030-r also comes with an infrared wireless remote control, to allow users adjust volume and to mute the system. WA-5030-r can also be programmed to drive speakers in the bi-amp mode or to drive speakers in a commercial or distributed audio system.  

Kinect for Windows Solution Leads to the Perfect Fitting Jeans

Finding the perfect fit so clothing conforms to a person's unique body shape is at the heart of the Bodymetrics Pod. Developed by Bodymetrics, a London-based pioneer in 3D body-mapping, the Bodymetrics Pod was introduced to American shoppers for the first time today during Women's Denim Days at Bloomingdale's in Century City, Los Angeles. This is the first time Kinect for Windows has been used commercially in the United States for body mapping in a retail clothing environment. Bloomingdale's, a leader in retail innovation, has one of the largest offerings in premium denim from fashion-forward brands like J Brand, 7 for all mankind, Citizens and Humanity, AG, and Paige. The Bodymetrics services allows customers to get their body mapped and find jeans that fit and flatter their unique shape from the hundreds of different jeans styles that Bloomingdale's stocks. During Bloomingdale's Denim Days, March 15 - 18, customers will be able to get their body mapped, and also become a Bodymetrics member. This free service enables customers to access an online account and order jeans based on their body shape.  

Cooling the Mid-size Enclosure

One feature common to stand-alone and built-in enclosures is the presence of a door, ensuring that the audio and video components inside the cabinet will have very little (meaning "no") ventilation unless the designer or installer "makes it happen"

TCL Unveils 110-inch 4K LCD TV

Beijing - Television manufacturer TCL said Friday that its Shenzhen-based China Star Optoelectronics Technology subsidiary has developed the world's largest 110-inch 4K HD 3D LCD screen. The company formally launched the technology at a recent ceremony here by donating two of the mammoth screens to the Great Hall of the People for public display. "The successful launch of the world's largest 110-inch screen once again proved TCL's research and development capabilities," Li Dongsheng, TCL chairman and CEO, said. "Not only will TCL benefit from the development of this breakthrough technology, all TV manufacturers in China and overseas, will be able to capitalize on this revolutionary product design." There was no word yet on plans to introduce the LCD in the U.S. or how much the set will cost. Read Full Article here:    

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