This is an exciting time to be in our industry. Consumer electronics are advancing in ways that people never expected them to. When you bought your first DVD player, you never thought to yourself that one day I can watch a DVD while downloading and burning a movie from the Internet, let alone burn that entire movie onto a single 700MB CD at better than VHS quality. But thanks to advances in codecs and silicon technology, entertainment enthusiasts will finally have a way to enjoy Internet video in the living room without the PC.
CompTIA works closely with the training industry and publishers to help third parties develop course and training materials for the HTI+ program. Currently community colleges across the nation are planning training and curricula for HTI+, and several publishers have published training materials for the HTI+ exam.
According to Parks Associates, by year's end, 23.5 million U.S. homes will have broadband access and 11 million homes will have some form of PC-centric home network. Given those forecasts, and our own research, which shows that consumers have a strong desire and need for connected home solutions, we're bullish on market acceptance of connected home technologies.
Sonance wants to be an "end-to-end" solution provider for multi-zone products, providing products from source components, to control/switching systems, to playback products likes amps and speakers.
The DHWG recognizes the importance that consumers place on being able to move both personal and purchased content throughout the home network. At this time, the industry is developing the Digital Rights Management (DRM)/Copy Protection (CP) technologies it will need to deliver protected purchased content anywhere within the digital home.
Electricity savings for a household of four occupants varied from about 200 kW-h/year to 400 kW-h/year for a single point of use. Extrapolation to a home with at least four points of use would imply electricity savings from 800 kW-h/year to 1600 kW-h/year.
Matching amplifier power to your listening expectations is a critical part of purchasing an audio system. Accounting for the three key factors (discussed herein) will help to insure that you realize maximum enjoyment and longevity from the components you choose.
Working with an expert gives you the personal guidance you need to plan, program, and perfect every detail of your ultimate home theater.
Creating applications with a "10-foot" interface is as easy as Tic-Tac-Toe when you're working with the right tools.
No more are you limited by the wiring systems that were installed when they built your home. New wireless home control systems can easily modernize your home?s electrical system and much more.
As content delivery over broadband increases, especially with the advent of HDTV, bandwidth demands will skyrocket. Using a wired network will help ensure uninterrupted delivery of your favorite programming.
How to integrate 10 HTPCs, solve the noise issues, make it cheap and inexpensive, make it flexible, make it simple to use, and use nothing but off-the-shelf parts.
Homeowners would like to increase their comfort level while conserving energy. An excellent method to do this is through zoning. Most two-story homes have an 8 to 10 degree temperature difference between upstairs and downstairs (because heat rises). Additionally, larger ranch homes generally have a big temperature difference between one end of the house and the other (due to the distance of the duct runs).
This article describes how MP3 music from a computer in the home office was distributed throughout the house on existing cat3 phone wires for a customer not willing to spend a lot of money with professional installers. It took less than half a Sunday afternoon to finish the whole project. Even though this project utilized cat3 wires, the solution is applicable to cat5, cat5e and cat6 wiring as well.
One of the most recent and promising wireless personal area network (WPAN) technologies is the IEEE 802.15.4/Zigbee standard. The harmonious combination of the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and the Zigbee wireless technology holds the promise to satisfy the market?s need for a cost-effective, standard-based and flexible wireless network technology for control and monitoring applications with low to moderate data rates.
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Automation & Control - Featured Product
Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!