ZigBee Smart Energy is a standard, easy and affordable way for communicating energy-related information, such as price, over ZigBee wireless home area networks. It is a global, open standard that facilitates the creation of interoperable energy-related devices from multiple vendors to monitor, control and automate the use of energy.
In an ideal scenario, integrating a home theater with a multi-room system would be accomplished by a single component; one capable not only of carrying the audio content - as digital or analog - but also equipped to convey system control signals and the metadata that frequently and increasingly accompanies the content.
The Mark of Excellence Call for Entries is right around the corner and who better to give advice to integrators and manufacturers than one of our long time and accomplished winners, Shawn Smith of S&S Electric Co. Inc. Shawn has been a member of CEA since 2002 and his company has been the winner of several Mark of Excellence Awards. In this exclusive interview, Shawn gives some of his advice on how to submit a great entry and the importance of the Mark of Excellence Awards for home technology installers and manufacturers. You can be sure that when the call for entries opens on October 1, S&S Electric will be submitting yet another competitive entry.
Most people think that Star Wars (1977) was the first movie shown in movie theaters using surround sound technology. It wasn't. Although Star Wars ushered in the new era of surround sound (despite being named Dolby Stereo), it was Walt Disney that utilized Bell Lab's Fantasound technology in the movie Fantasia (1941).
As the LG Techorator, I know how important it is for your technology to integrate seamlessly into the home and with your lifestyle. With a few easy "techorating" tips, you can make sure your new technology works with the look and feel of your home, rather than overwhelming the space.
In today's perceived slow economy, we hear that individual technicians and owners of installation companies are seeing increased downtime across the board. This issue has technicians looking for new opportunities to increase business and get their days back to fully efficient.
Standards can be a good thing; the GSM standard proved to be a great thing. Yet standards must be useful and not established simply for the sake of having a "standard." A European mobile TV standard will not enable lucrative roaming services, nor will it solve the economies-of-scale problem facing the market. It will, however, deny European operators the freedom to choose which technologies they need and also deny them the use of established network infrastructure.
Radio-controlled systems allow wireless remote control of existing residential lighting. The communication link between the PLC and the radio-controlled system is an RS232 interface unit. The connection is via a standard DB-9 serial cable between the PLC and the RS232 interface unit. Both devices should be mounted close together as per the RS232 minimum power requirements.
This is based on a tip I got from someone at the CEDIA EXPO show. Each year, BES Manufacturing does a retrofit contest in their booth. The contest consists of fishing a cable between two (of several) locations in a wood frame "set" in the booth. The best time of the day wins a prize. One of the fishing tasks requires feeding a ballchain down a wall cavity and retrieving it from a hole in the bottom of the cavity on the opposite side.
Nexus 21 exhibited their innovative TV Lift products at the CEDIA Expo. They are a popular choice among AV Pros because they are compact, near-silent, and very affordable. New products this year are TV Lifts that swivel and a clever new shelf system.
SNELL ACOUSTICS ADDS NEW "HIDDEN" IN -CABINET AND "INVISIBLE" IN -WALL MODELS TO SIGNATURE SERIES LOUDSPEAKER LINE AT CEDIA
Both New Signature Series Loudspeakers Provide "No Compromises" Audio Performance for the Ultra-Premium "Built-In" Market
Designed & Engineered by Dr. Joseph D'Appolito, the System Features a Unique 3-Way Design and Virtually Resonant Free Cabinet Construction, Providing the Ultimate in Audio Performance
SNELL'S NEW MARKETING STRATEGY CLEARLY DEFINES ITS "NO COMPROMISES" APPROACH IN ALL LISTENING APPLICATIONS FOR DEALERS AND CUSTOMERS
Two-Pronged Dealer Incentive Program Will Energize Select Retailer Base to Showcase the Company's High-Performance Loudspeaker Solutions
Introducing Boston Acoustics "Classic Series" Loudspeakers: Legendary Style and Sound with Advanced 21st Century Performance
Classic Boston Speakers, Classic Boston Value; High-Performance Models Are Visually Reminiscent of Traditional Speaker Designs, with Advanced Audio Engineering and Features for Unparalleled Sound
Boston Acoustics Introduces a Major Advancement in Custom Installation Friendly In -Wall and In -Ceiling Loudspeakers
Thanks to Innovative Magnetically Attaching Grilles and New Reduced Bezels, Speakers Offer Quick and Easy Installation and Are Virtually Invisible Once In Place
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Automation & Control - Featured Product
The BLE2 Series replaces our popular BLE Series and continues our brushless motor advantages by featuring an all new compact, high-power and high-efficiency brushless DC motor combined with a Driver that can be digitally set and controlled via external DC voltage or by the front panel. The BLE2 Series can easily compete with larger 3-phase inverter driven motors in many more applications, with built-in simple holding torque function, saving space and increasing performance thanks to the advantages of a brushless motor design. The BLE2 Series has a maximum speed of 4000 r/min, achieving a speed ratio of 1:50 (80 to 4000 r/min). The new motor structure is small than previous models and enables high power and high efficiency while incorporating easy setting, installation and wiring. The new motor connector offers IP66 degree of protection and allows for easy and direct connection between motor and driver with two available orientation of cable outlet direction.