Programmable Logic Controller - Wireless Lighting Control

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.

Tubes You Can Use

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.

Media Streaming Through Coax

The ZeeVee's ZvBox is a small box that patches through your computers vga signal and then broadcasts the signal through your home's coax allowing it to be viewed on any local QAM-capable television. Using the supplied ZvRemote remote you can control your pc's desktop and content from any room. Unlike other streaming media solutions this little box adds no extra hardware to your television and its content is only restricted by what you have on your pc. Engadget overview and product webpage .

6 Year Lamp Life With Liquid Cooling

At this years Cedia a little known OEM supplier, Chilin Technology, announced the worlds first liquid cooled 1080p LED projector. Featuring a Luminus PhlatLight LED in place of a conventional UHP lamp and Texas Instrument's 1080p DMD technology and dissipates the heat directly by water. This technology truly enables the concept of "no lamp replacement" and Chilin expects to achieve up to 50,000 hours under its liquid cooling technology. Currently no info available about the cost or availabilty. Info on Luminus PhlatLight LED and AVS thread with additional info about the projector .

HP's 26" wall mounted touchscreen

HP is set to release its second generation of all in one touchscreen computers. The TouchSmart IQ804 and IQ816 features a 25.5 inch monitor with 1920×1200 native resolution touchscreen. TouchSmart-specific applications, a TV tuner with remote, integrated webcam, Bluetooth and optional blue-ray are included within its singular casing. The unit can be mounted to a wall with the included mounts. TouchSmart is best seen in motion for you to fully appreciate it.

Portable Mine Projectors Arrive

Several manufacturers are preparing to release miniture projectors of varying size and picture quality this year. Some will end up in the next generation of cell phones while others are slightly larger and capable of display good quality images at up to 100 inches. Oobject has a rundown of 18 of them. Oobject.

15,000 square-foot public workshop

San Fransisco has the first of its kind membership based 15,000 square-foot builders workshop. TechShop provides you with access to a wide variety of machinery and tools, including milling machines and lathes, welding stations and a CNC plasma cutter, sheet metal working equipment, drill presses and band saws, industrial sewing machines, hand tools, plastic and wood working equipment including a 4' x 8' ShopBot CNC router, electronics design and fabrication facilities, Epilog laser cutters, tubing and metal bending machines, a Dimension SST 3-D printer, electrical supplies and tools, and pretty much everything you'd ever need to make just about anything. Monthly fees are $125 and training classes for the various equipment are also available. Techshop website.

6.7" x 6.7" media centers

Mini-itx (6.7” x 6.7”) motherboards have been around for a while now but for the most part they have been rendered useless for media centers because of low performing on board graphics cards. This summer that changed when Intel introduced a mini-itx motherboard with a on board graphics card capable of 1080p high-definition video playback with hardware decoding. AVS forums has an ongoing discussion with people using this board to build media centers small than a loaf of bread. AVS forum thread.

CEDIA Expo UK 08

Against a backdrop of increasingly tough economic conditions across Europe, the 12th CEDIA UK Expo (23-26 June, ExCeL London) sounded a positive note for the custom installation industry.

Classic Home Toys #17 - Make Way for SACD

Whatever the future holds for SACD, listeners cannot deny the formats superior audio quality and after listening for some time to SACD's. one may find it difficult to go back to listening to the traditionally recorded CD's in their collections.

Content Insider #104 - OS Battles

We often wonder why Macophiles and Linux people portrayed Bill as the dark force in the universe. Guy was just trying to earn a buck…and put a computer on every desktop.

Content Insider #105 - Devices Aren't Enough

It's almost impossible to go out and buy a plain old mobile phone anymore. We threw tons of features/capabilities on them. We changed them from utilitarian to dress accessories ... statements of who we are and our importance.

Content Insider #106 - Cloud Computing

The concept is great ... everything is handled for you in the cloud...you can focus on work and not updating, rebooting your system (yeah like Macs don't have that problem too). You can grab/store anything/everything and never have to worry about buying a new HD or losing your storage. It's all done in the cloud.

High Fidelity and Utility for Stuctural Loudspeakers

The Ideal Structural Loudspeaker (ISL) will open up a world of possibilities for this important application. This ISL will produce no acoustic energy in the ceiling structure and greatly reduce vibration while increasing dynamics and dispersion.

Infocomm Best Buzz Awards

Insight Media is pleased to announce the 2008 InfoComm/Projection Summit Best Buzz Awards. These awardees both impressed our Insight Media analysts and created a general "buzz" at InfoComm and Projection Summit.

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