HOME AUTOMATION AND X-10

I wrote this article 19 years ago but many of the principles of Home Automation Systems are still relevant today --- and X-10 products are still around too.

Nine Open Source Home Automation Projects

Here is a list of 9 open source home automation projects that consumers should evaluate more to see if it fits their needs.

The LEOPARD Project

An ideal loudspeaker would reproduce sound which a listener would find indistinguishable from that coming directly from a sound source.

Consumers want a Smart Home Butler that provides services - not a bunch of connected things

There is a better way to market the Smart Home and Consumer Internet of Things.

3 Smart Thermostat Startups That Could Save on Your Energy Bills

Challenging Nest and Honeywell are three startups with different approaches to use your thermostat to save you money.

Are Dedicated AV Networks Going to Disappear?

Historically IP networks dominate over dedicated proprietary networks, and the technology behind the 4K over IP concept looks fundamentally sound.

Storage Challenge: The Degree of Content Value

Hard drives will continue to be used when price, capacity and availability are the primary considerations. Flash will win where speed, ruggedness, form factor and fragmentation are important factors.

How To Future Proof Your Home Audio Receiver Purchase

If you haven't looked at AV receivers in the past five years, you might be surprised at some of the new features. The best part is that many of the features described in this article were only offered on high end models just a few short years ago, and are now coming in at affordable price points.

Installer Tips: Enhance Wireless Media Streaming with 802.11ac

With media streaming and other demanding mobile applications becoming such a driving force in our homes, offices and culture, better wireless networking is a necessity. 802.11ac delivers a big step up in terms of wireless network performance.

Home Control Software Interview - CastleOS

Our HTML5 automatically adjusts to any device or screen size you have. Any mobile operating system is compatible.

IoT Journey: 50B Connected Things Means … 50B Connected Things

If your company wants to stake a claim with the Internet of Things, you first need to develop a distinctive "way to play"-a clear value proposition that you can offer customers.

Projection Mapping Helps Spark City's Economic Revival

Christie and Bartkresa Design help stimulate Redwood City economy with projection mapping display.

Keep The Good Hackers to Protect Us from Bad Hackers

Software is never finished and always new, always better when the white black hatters are challenging it.

Google's new Wi-Fi router sleek, but has a few hiccups

Most people don’t think about their home Wi-Fi router unless they are (A) installing it, or (B) undergoing severe digital withdrawal because the Internet is down and they need to hit reset. But Google wants you to think about its new OnHub home Wi-Fi router all the time. The Mountain View tech giant designed OnHub to be proudly displayed out in the open next to your kid’s photos, not hidden in a dark, dusty spot under a desk. Is that a reason to spend $199 on an OnHub, which goes on sale online Monday, if you don’t need a new router? Probably not. But if you are looking to upgrade a worn-out device, Google’s first entry into the router race is a compelling choice. Not to be overlooked, the OnHub is also Google’s answer to Apple’s equally designer-friendly AirPort Extreme Base Station. With both companies battling for an early lead in the emerging market for smart-home devices, having a router that’s the center of it all could become a key beachhead.

Wireless Controllers and Roaming: What You Need to Know

Your customers need stable, secure and useable Wi-Fi, and they need it in increasingly larger spaces and under more challenging conditions. Determining the best wireless solutions will require a little homework on top of considering customer requirements and budgets.

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