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.

Solid State Light (SSL) Projectors

Laser projectors offer longevity, constant brightness and lower maintenance costs which all help positively impact their future in the projector industry.

Weird Stuff: The Fantasy World of the Billion Dollar Club

Of course the dot.com bubble could never happen again and we couldn't experience another boom/bust cycle because these things just don't happen to cute unicorns. Or maybe too much money is chasing too few valuable ideas.

Company DNA: Understand Who You Are, Not Just What You Make

There is something terribly wrong with the consumer electronics industry because we never have a product category - real category - until Apple comes on the scene.

4K/60 - The Inconvenient Truth

With all eyes on 4K distribution and transport, manufacturers are now beginning to promise HDMI 2.0 support for complete 4K/60 connectivity. The truth or a reassuring lie?

Build a Strong Sales Force

A salesperson must be able to get customers to like him or her. If a salesperson isn't likable, no amount of product knowledge will help.

Using the myLink App to Control Window Coverings

You can now open your blinds in the morning by rolling over and pressing a button on your smartphone.

ISC West 2015 - Special News Report

Exhibitors and Press Agencies are welcome to publish ISC news releases here.

New Rules: With Hackers, Cybercriminals and Cyberterrorists There's no "Business as Usual"

Being aware, prepared and practicing sound computing/security processes and procedures can level the playing field, improving your odds.

Smart Home Interview - SmartThings

Part of this open ecosystem is a smart device certification program where SmartThings curates and certifies innovations submitted from the developer community.

Smart Home Interview - iSmartAlarm

Currently the iSmartAlarm system uses proprietary radio frequency, and Z-Wave and Zigbee is expected available in 2015.

Smart Home Interview - HomeSeer

HomeSeer controllers are compatible with a wide variety of wireless and wired technologies including Z-Wave, Insteon, X10, UPB, PLCBUS, Nest, HUE, Sonos, IFTTT and many more.

Smart Home Interview - TiO

TiO is purchased from, and installed by, a systems integration professional.

Smart Home Interview - ECS (Event Control System)

We perform the initial setup for free (so our customers can start using it immediately, and have working examples to learn from). ECS may be accessed via any web browser/device.

SmartThings delays its next-gen smart home products

From PCWorld: SmartThings, the home automation company Samsung Electronics acquired last August, has delayed the launch of its new home hub and sensors to the third quarter, as it works to improve performance and stability.   Even though the products have been built and are currently being tested, SmartThings felt it necessary to postpone the launch from the second quarter to what will most likely be the third quarter, the company said in a blog post on Tuesday.   One of the goals with the new hub is to improve stability compared to its current offering, and this seems to be taking longer than originally thought. The company has been performing lots of additional testing to address many recent disruptions users have experienced, it said.   When they work, the SmartThings hub and connected sensors can be used to control lights, thermostats, doors and warn about things such as water leaks. However, users of the current hub have been suffering from device control and connectivity issues and apps that don’t execute properly, leaving them unable to fully control their homes. The company’s status website lists six incidents between just March 23 and 31.

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