Universal Electronics makes smart home bid with Ecolink acquisition

By Ben Munson for CEDMagazine:  Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) is strengthening its position in the smart home market by acquiring Ecolink Intelligent Technology, a wireless home security and automation specialist. UEI is spending about $12.4 million in cash and incentive-based considerations over the next five years to acquire Ecolink’s assets. Those assets include over 25 issued and pending patents, related intellectual property and Ecolink’s smart home, wireless security and home automation business. Ecolink will become a wholly owned subsidiary of UEI and continue being operated and marketed under the Ecolink name. For Ecolink, the acquisition likely means a significant boost in market penetration. For UEI, the purchase means a stronger foothold in the smart home/home automation market that’s becoming part of many cable companies’ and telco’ businesses.   Cont'd...

Installer Tips: Delivering Professional Quality Rack-based Solutions

While there is no one-size-fits-all recipe for designing and installing a functional, manageable and nice-looking rack-based system, there are a lot of great tools and products available to help you deliver professional looking solutions.

The Importance of Smart Home Technology

Music streaming and reproduction in multiple areas of the home is now very easily possible without the need for wall mounted complex and costly control panels.

AptoVision is the Silicon Driving New 4K AV over IP Products

The idea is to use standard Ethernet infrastructure and equipment to move audio, video, control, USB and even Ethernet signals from source to sink.

Outdoor Digital Menu Boards: The Move From Static to Digital

Through the use of a digital menu board, QSRs are able to add motion to high-ticket items.

Sony launches crowdfunding site, features e-paper home control

Tim Hornyak, IDG News Service:   Struggling electronics maker Sony has moved further into the crowdfunding scene by starting its own platform to raise funds for internally generated business ideas, including a new universal remote control with an electronic paper interface. Launched Wednesday, First Flight is a crowdfunding and e-commerce platform designed to take product proposals from the ideas to sales. It’s only available in Japanese and is limited to Sony’s in-house projects. First Flight has three stages, a teaser stage, in which new ideas can be previewed and discussed, followed by crowdfunding and e-commerce. “One of the strengths and aims of First Flight is to facilitate ongoing dialogue with customers from initial development through to market introduction, by seamlessly connecting each phase from previewing and crowd funding to e-commerce,” a Sony spokeswoman said.   Cont'd...

Bluetooth speakers drive growth in home audio, says firm

The home audio market (wireless speakers, soundbars, Hi-Fi systems, A/V receivers and speaker docks) grew by 22% to ship 71 million units. Trade value also grew by 22%, generating just under US$10 billion worth of revenues in 2014, according to Futuresource Consulting. Wireless speakers and soundbar shipments exceeded market expectations and accounted for the lion's share, far outweighing the decline in demand for traditional audio devices i.e. A/V receivers and Hi-Fi systems. The wireless speaker market was fuelled by strong growth in Bluetooth speakers in the lower end of the price spectrum and multi-room audio at the premium end. Home audio devices increasingly offer wireless functionality and shipments with this feature grew by 93% from 27 million units in 2013 to 53 million units in 2014. Futuresource said it predicts that virtually all home audio devices will be wireless by 2019.

We Close the Book on Another Exciting InfoComm

This is just a sampling of what you missed if you didn't attend the best A/V show in the country.

Using This Draper Screen IS Brain Surgery

This room allows our doctors to see imaging in High Definition-1920 x 1280-allowing them to see patient films such as CT scans, MRIs, and angios, not only together, but in a super clear and large format.

InfoComm 2015 Tradeshow Report

For well over a decade HomeToys.com has been covering InfoComm and bringing all the industry news and exciting new products to our eMagazine to help our readers make sense of the massive event. Here we have compiled a list of some new product releases from this years show.

Wide Color Gamut Displays Bring Opportunity and Some Concerns

Color perception is not just affected by narrow primaries. It can happen in conventional displays with seemingly conventional images. A good example was the infamous "blue dress" that some thought was white with gold trim.

Infocomm 2015 - Special News Report

News announcements from the show. You are welcome to post your company Infocomm news here too.

Putting Drones to Work in Pro AV

Who wouldn't want to program the path of a drone and stream its 4K footage to their mobile device?

Perception vs. Reality: A Sound Conundrum

In the final analysis, what we hear, how we perceive and evaluate it is such a unique combination of quantitative and subjective inputs that coming to any agreement on what perfect sound is, is nearly an impossible undertaking.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is Coming, but How Will it Impact Your Business?

What is HDR? In simple terms, most would agree that it is an expansion of the contrast of an image and the display coupled with a significant elevation of overall image brightness.

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