Intel Demos Low-cost Home Energy Monitor

Intel showed off a pocket-sized device that monitors power usage by gadgets and appliances across a house. A sensor in the box could detect which appliances were being turned on or off by watching for their unique electricity usage patterns. That allows the creation of logs that can show, for instance, at what hours each day an Xbox or certain lights have been turned on. The sensor works by simply recognizing voltage drop patterns when devices are turned on and off, and doesn't require anything special from the appliances themselves. No official word on when a real product will be available but Intel says they will be using an Intel Atom processor and the MeeGo Linux operating system so developers can build additional applications for the device.

Popbox SDK Released

Syabas Technology's upcoming $130 Internet-based A/V streaming set-top box Popbox , the successor to the Popcorn Hour, will feature a complete UI redesign. The new interface includes "infopops" which show off the weather, Twitter feeds, and other data. The interface also includes a cover-flow-esque visual thumbnails selection for videos, music and other data, as well as universal search. The interface can handle Flash, Java and QT meaning Netflix is now available. Also available is Hulu, CBS and ABC content, which can now include the in-video ads required for playback. Facebook, Twitter, Shoutcast MP3, Revision3 and other Popcorn Hour content will rollover to the new box. Released today, the Popbox SDK enables developers to take an existing Adobe Flash application and easily transform it into a new applications for popbox. The popbox SDK hooks into the popbox UI to handle remote commands, execute widgets, and load application-specific data. Developers will be able to create popapps that play videos, music, and photos, read and write content metadata, and access files on mounted drives and UPnP servers from the home network or media from the cloud. Applications developed with the popbox SDK will be available to popbox consumers at launch through the platform’s popapp Center and can be made available to the existing installed base of over 50,000 Popcorn Hour A-200 and C-200 NMTs already in market.

Three Things Someone Somewhere Wants

I think everyone can agree that the high-school football team should be allowed to tackle both the guy walking downtown with his pet boa constrictor and the guy reading his iPad outside a bakery. That being said there might be legitimate sound reasoning for new internet devices--as long as owning one doesn't turn you into snake or iPad guy. The Mintpad is a 2.86-inch Wi-fi enabled device with a proprietary pen based UI built on top of Windows CE. Techlore has a demo of the device in action and its way more polished than you expect. The ASUS EeeKeyboard is said to be finally shipping at the end of April and the Chumby / Sony Dash sit nicely on tables displaying whatever RSS feeds your life requires. Also indoor scrolling LED sign have never been more popular.

ARM-based Mini HTPCs Are Coming

Pegatron , an off shoot of ASUS, recently showed off a prototype tiny low power HTPC built using an ARM processor and Nvidia's new Tegra 2 . The unit itself includes HDMI, Ethernet, microphone and speaker plugs on the back and the Tegra 2 chip can decode 1080p and Flash video. This particular model is designed to run Windows CE or Google Android but it's possible other manufactures will incorporate full Linux Distros like Ubuntu For Arm and include either Boxee or XBMC software for a full Linux HTPC experience. Although no price has been set yet you can expect these units to be quite a bit cheaper than their Intel Atom based counterparts like the Acer Revo($350 US with Windows 7 Home Premium) .

Avtrak Rotating Equipment Rack

This rack was an absolute breeze to install --- even for me --- so professional installers will have no problem whatsoever.

Blu- Ray: The Next Generation DVD - Part 1

Once DVD's had become an entrenched part of the world's media landscape, home video aficionados knew that not much time would pass before movie companies did one better than the picture and sound quality of DVD discs.

Blu-Ray DVD Part 2: The Format Wars Begin

In 2004, the physical specifications for Blu-Ray Disc were finalized. In January 2005, Sony announced that they had developed a hard coating polymer for Blu-ray discs. Cartridges, originally used for scratch protection, were no longer necessary and were scrapped. The BD-ROM specifications were finalized in early 2006.

Consumer Video Security

Many of the technologies used in consumer video security are adopted from those implemented in the broad consumer electronics market. As advanced consumer technologies are introduced, market leaders such as LOREX will continue to adopt and integrate them in their video security solutions.

Content Insider #138 - Interactive TV

According to The Nielson Co., 106.5 million people watched Super Bowl XLIV. Our kids grabbed most of their favorite Winter Olympics events on their smartphones or notebooks. With less than 100 days to futbol's World Cup, we're all looking forward to the South African event.

Content Insider #139 - The Smarter Smartphone

With 300+ million in the U.S. and six billion plus globally, mobile phone/device penetration is rapidly approaching 90+ percent. Young/old, rich/poor, male/female are constantly available if not using their device to communicate with others, find information/entertainment.

Content Insider #140 - Boomers Plus

Our son can't imagine how people survived in the "Dark Ages" without email, texting, cell phones, social sites, MP3, Tweets. He also can't believe that some of the rock stars of that era are still going strong.

Content Insider #141 - Skirt Length

Technology is So Pass© … It's All About Fashion

Content Insider #143 - Business, Skills Training Is a Never Ending Process

As we move forward in the 21st century, traditional technical workers will have to expand their business skills while general business employees have to become more proficient in their understanding and use of technology. People across the board will need to not only know how the devices and applications work, where the information is located and what the data means.

Controlling HVAC Systems with Home Automation

If it were my home and money was not a concern, I would put in geothermal units with zoning, media air cleaners, UV lights, steam humidifiers, whole-house dehumidifiers and energy recovery ventilators. I would then be able to control each zone from the home automation systems through touchscreens and remotes.

Crestron DigitalMediaâ„¢ Debuts in the UK

Crestron DigitalMedia (DM) was engineered to break through the barriers and overcome the challenges, hassles and confusion that surround HDMI and HD digital signal distribution in whole home environments.

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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!