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.

Time again for the Show!

These are just a few of the exceptional new products that you can see on the show floor. Whether you are a user, installer, or show producer, InfoComm 2015 is where you need to be.

Content Insider #391 - New Content Leaders: Indie Filmmakers Grow in Importance at NAB Booths, Sessions

You didn't have to be a Jedi at NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) to know there was a giant tear in the M&E (media and entertainment) industry this year.

Options for Wired Infrastructure Multiply Creating New Opportunities

We know the demand for more bandwidth will continue, so how can wired infrastructures adapt to these demands?

Barren Content Barons: NAB Was Abuzz with 4K Production and Delivery

Almost everywhere you turned at NAB there was a booth featuring products/tools for indie filmmakers, educational sessions to cover anything/everything and a loosely connected next generation of producers, directors, filmmakers.

Hitachi Introduces High-Performance Wireless Whole-Home Audio Speakers

Hitachi America, Ltd. today announced the debut of three stylish new Wi-Fi enabled speakers powered by the AllPlay™ smart media platform, a wireless whole-home audio solution developed by Qualcomm®. AllPlay is a complete hardware and software whole home audio platform that offers manufacturers and consumers a unified solution for local media and cloud based Wi-Fi streaming across iOS and Android platforms.   Hitachi’s smart speakers offer seamless streaming of high-quality local and cloud-based audio content – with the high performance and versatility of Wi-Fi – at three affordable price points. Industry-leading audio streaming music services such as Spotify®, Rhapsody® and others have committed to supporting speaker products powered by AllPlay this year.

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