Home Toys Q&A with David Rodarte of NuVo Technologies Multi Room Audio

David Rodarte is President and Chief Operating Officer of NuVo Technologies LLC, a leading designer and manufacturer of whole home audio systems. Rodarte possesses a well-earned reputation for rapidly accelerating businesses through market analysis, sales, organizational effectiveness and strategic planning. Under Rodarte's leadership, NuVo has grown close to tenfold. David's firm, reassuring presence is reinforced by his excellent ability to build relationships that unify rather than divide groups of people. At NuVo, Rodarte has led the growth, branding and positioning of the emerging whole home audio player. Today, NuVo is widely recognized as the fastest-growing brand within its market niche. From the beginning of his tenure, Rodarte has intuitively steered NuVo to its high-value/high-quality philosophy and closed-distribution structure, a strategy that has served NuVo extremely well in the marketplace, and has given NuVo employees a common mission. Rodarte's enthusiasm and evangelism for the multi-room audio category has greatly expanded the appeal and market penetration of NuVo's products, as well as those of its competitors. Rodarte serves on the board of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) TechHome Division, is an immediate past board member of CEA's Multi Room Audio Council, and is the current Vice Chairperson for the CEA Homebuilder Initiative. Prior to joining NuVo in August 2002, Rodarte served for four years as president of Dynamic Control, makers of Dynamat brand acoustic solutions for the mobile electronics and automotive restoration industry.

HomeToys Interview - Brandon Purdie - Open Air Cinema

Open Air Cinema, is the world's largest outdoor cinema equipment supplier and event producer focusing on inflatable movie screens and complete outdoor cinema systems engineered for private, commercial, and government use. Clientele include the Disney Orlando resorts, the Tribeca Film Festival, and FilmAid. However, thousands of homeowners around the world have added a Cinebox system and inflatable screen to their home theater. Open Air Cinema's outdoor cinema systems are unrivaled in affordability, ease of use, and high quality for backyard theaters.

Hometoys Interview - Guy Dewsbury Smart Homes for Disabled People in the UK

Guy Dewsbury worked as a Researcher Associate for Lancaster University in England and is currently studying there for his doctorate. As a researcher his field of expertise is smart homes and designing technology for older and disabled people. He co-designed the first smart house in Scotland for a person with an acquired brain injury in Dundee Scotland ten years ago and then co-designed over fifty technology assisted homes for adults with severe autism in Grampian in Scotland. Most recently Guy has been writing his PhD on assistive technology and person centred-design whilst specialising in the field Telecare and Telehealth. Guy currently has a website www.smartthinking.ukideas.com and a blog http://thetelecareblog.blogspot.com.

Hometoys Interview with Tony Pelura President of Centronics

Tony Pelura received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management/Marketing from Salisbury University in Maryland. He is currently two classes shy of receiving his Masters of Science degree in Finance from the University of Baltimore. He started in the electronics industry eleven years ago as a sales rep for a TV mount company. He currently serves as president of Stevensville, Md.-based Centronics, Inc. For 50 years, Centronics has been a leader in the distribution of A/V, DBS, off-air, high definition, home theater speakers and accessories, and satellite and antenna products. As the industry has changed, Centronics has met those changes head on. What will never change is our commitment to provide quality products at reasonable prices. Centronics stocks products such as TV mounts by Video Mount Products, satellite distribution equipment by SPAUN, antennas and off-air accessories by Winegard and AntennaCraft, home theater equipment…from HD cables to speakers…by CWI, Speco Technologies, and Universal Remote Control.

Interview with Jerry Chapman of SolidSignal.com The State of Consumer Electronics from an Etailer Po

Jerry Chapman founded Solid Signal in 2002 after experiencing his own frustrations locating specific technology products through retailers. As owner of Solid Signal, he not only oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, Chapman also works hands on with customers, providing them with personalized and comprehensive advice on product selection and troubleshooting. In 2007 and 2008 Solid Signal made the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. It is also a 2008 Internet Retailer: Top 500 Company. In addition to Solid Signal, Chapman is the owner of TriStar Consulting in Franklin, Michigan. TriStar provides assistance in the creation, maintenance and support of a technology and its applications. Before he founded TriStar in 1999, Chapman was Vice President at MNP Corporation in Utica, Michigan, one of the largest manufacturers of fasteners to the automotive industry.

Online Marketing Generates Sales

In today's budget stricken climate, it's important to recognize the prominent role that the Internet can play in a cost-effective marketing strategy. Not only is Web marketing very affordable, but it also offers you an effective vehicle for public exposure. Web marketing is a cost-effective medium, however, as with any marketing campaign, you'll have to invest time and money. And although Internet marketing is less expensive compared to alternative marketing campaigns, web marketing is dynamic, so you'll need to re-invest on a regular basis. In summary, you'll need to plan your strategy in advance so that you'll know how to budget resources.

Programmable Logic Controller - Features

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are forever upgrading and changing to stay current with today's technologies. Everyday we hear of new and improved cell phones, handheld computers, GPS systems, etc. The same holds true for PLCs. Every year new models of PLCs are introduced into the marketplace. This article is going to touch on some of the new features available on PLCs.

Will RF4CE be the Killer App for ZigBee?

Recently the RF4CE Alliance got itself adopted by the ZigBee Alliance, a clear example of a win-win situation. For the RF4CE Alliance it means an immediate broad adoption in the consumer electronics industry, while avoiding the cost of setting up a "marketing machine" to achieve this. For the ZigBee Alliance this is a brilliant move into a direction that will make it flourish. For the consumer electronics market, and in particular for the end-customers, this adoption is a clear stake in the ground that opens up opportunities for a wide range of new and interesting applications.

Hulu Desktop

Hulu Labs has released Hulu Desktop , a "lean-back viewing experience for your personal computer," as the developers explain. The software features a sleek interface that has been optimized for use with Apple or Windows Media Center remote controls, "allowing you to navigate Hulu's entire library with just six buttons." Windows users must have at least an Intel Pentium Core Duo, with a 1.8GHz processor and 2GB of RAM running Windows XP. Mac users need an Intel Pentium Core Duo, with a 2.0GHz and 2GB of RAM running OS X 10.4 (Tiger). Hulu Desktop runs directly on your computer and does not require a web browser, making thing easier to navigate on a HTPC.

HDMI 1.4 Specs Unveiled

The HDMI Digital Connection Standard formally unveiled the new HDMI version 1.4 specifications. Features include an HDMI Ethernet Channel (HEC) enabling data transfers of up to 100Mbps between supported connected devices, an Audio Return Channel to enable upstream audio connections via the HDMI cable, 4K x 2K resolution support, support for 3d and expanded support for color spaces designed specifically for digital still cameras, including YCC601, Adobe RGB and AdobeYCC601. Read the Business Wire release for the full details.

Demo Videos Of Sony's New TV Interface

Sony's XBR9 and Z-series televisions have a built-in Ethernet jack for accessing internet media and informational widgets based on the Yahoo platform. The Youtube channel SonyConvergineer have put together a few introductory videos showing-off Sony's new connected capabilities on a production television set using Sony's Xross Media Bar UI and Bravia remote control. The interface is similar to Sony's PS3 and PSP gaming interface so anyone familiar with those machine should know what to expect. Video one , two , and three .

Motorlight Adjustable Beam Light

The Motorlight Wall is wall mounted light that features an adjustable beam that can be angled between 10 and 120 degrees, creating a wide or narrow shaft depending on your illumination needs. The Motorlight Wall is operated via a remote control, which can interface with up to 30 lights simultaneously. The remote allows you to control the shaft of light and brightness of each luminaire, individually or as a group. The Motorlight Wall will be available in five different colours Red Glow, Blue Glow, Black Gloss, White Gloss and Clear Glow. No official word on pricing or availability but Design Boom has a few pictures of the lights in action.

Okoro's HTPC With Built-in Amp

Okoro Media Systems' OMS-AX100 is a new low profile digital media system designed with a built-in 5-channel amplifier delivering 100 watts per channel. This will allow customers to connect passive speakers directly to the OMS-AX100 for playing music, video games, and movies. OMS-AX100 is a Digital Entertainment System based on AMD's low powered 45 Watt platform with Intersil D2Audio DAE-3 5-channel amplifier. This allows the OMS-AX100 to deliver 100 watts per channel while generating very little noise in your home theater environment. The box features a 45 watt Dual Core AMD Processor, a 5.1-channel Intersil D2Audio Audio Amplifier, 4GB 800Mhz RAM, ATI Radeon HD 3200 w/ HDMI 5.1 audio, and NTSC/ATSC/QAM tuner.

Netflix Added Into Windows Media Center

Microsoft has added Netflix accessibility directly into the Windows Media Center application , providing a Netflix section under the TV+Movies tab. This means that users are able to not only stream movies and TVs instantly through the application, but also manage both their instant and DVD queues, and search/filter searches through the entire Netflix library without having to open up a browser to access the site first. Available for Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate Vista but unfortunately not XP.

Linksys & HP Kill Off Their Media Extenders

It looks like both HP's MediaSmart Connect line and Linksys' Media Center Extenders have been discontinued. It seems the stand alone media streaming units didn't perform as well as the manufacturers had expected with consumers for the most part choosing other ways to stream their content from their PC to their televisions. Both the PS3 and Xbox 360 allow you to stream video and audio content from your PC as well as offering online services the stand alone units didn't. Newer Blu-ray player like the LG BD390 also include media streaming as well. I guess with just about every unit in your television cabinet capable of streaming content a $300 stand alone unit just wasn't needed.

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