Digital Cinema Market Innovating to Stay Relevant

Large flat panel TV and home theater projectors offer stunning images and sound quality, so how can the theater differentiate the experience enough to entice consumers to leave the comfort of their home?

Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary - June, July, August & September 2015

Here is a summary of what Tradeshows, Conferences & Exhibitions to look forward to in the coming months.

CEDIA Launches Video Guide to Smart Home Wiring

CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) has produced a new video Guide to Smart Home Wiring which introduces consumers, builders and design professionals to the benefits that a properly designed and installed cabling infrastructure can provide in homes today.  "We all dream of living in a comfortable, secure and energy efficient home," says Matt Nimmons, CEDIA EMEA's Operations Director. "The reality is that technology can now be seamlessly integrated and controlled to deliver these benefits to us all. By following the Best Practice advice within CEDIA's Smart Home Recommended Wiring Guidelines, this video shows how the right cabling infrastructure is an essential requirement for the internet-connected smart home."  CEDIA's Guide to Smart Home Wiring looks at how technology is an integral part of a typical family's lifestyle in today's home. It then explains how the right wiring infrastructure can manage and distribute audio-visual, lighting, heating, security and other data hungry services effectively within a property whilst, at the same time, helping to minimise electronic box and cable clutter in the home. 

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.

4K Distribution - The Good, the Bad, and the Distant Truth

Since the beginning of 2013, the biggest buzz in the A/V industry was and still is surrounding the future of 4K. To address the rapid oncoming of this new era of immersive visual experiences, manufacturers have developed and marketed not-so-ready 4K products and solutions as the only answers to 4K connectivity.

Sony announces 2015 home and portable audio ranges

Sony has announced an extensive line-up of new audio products for both in the home and on the go.   The home audio products — new sound bars, wireless speakers, and audio/video receivers  —  have prioritised high-resolution audio, multiroom connectivity and expanded music streaming capabilities. For example the range will offer Google Cast and Spotify Connect. The new Google Cast platform allows you to control music directly from music streaming apps like Deezer, Rdio, Pandora and Google Play Music. To cater to growing consumer demand for multiroom audio, a complete home sound system can be set up and controlled throughout multiple rooms with the Sony app SongPal.   “Imagine stepping into your home and being greeted by your favourite music being streamed seamlessly throughout every room. With a touch of a button, you can access a world of music options and control all the connected speakers within in your home,” said Abel Makhraz, head of video, sound & tablet, Sony Australia & New Zealand.   For inside or outside the home Sony has announced a range of portable wireless speakers. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours with Bluetooth and NFC to stream music from your smartphone or tablet.

HD KVM over IP: The Union of AV and IT Gets Real.

Ideal for highly demanding facilities such as post-production, broadcast, telecommunications and government, Gefen's HD KVM over IP can help improve performance, increase productivity and streamline equipment.

Three Pillars of Audio Networking

This paper examines what constitutes and drives useful interoperability in audio networks, and examines the state of the audio industry from this perspective.

Control4 Brings 4K Ultra HD to the Smart Home With New 4K Media Distribution Solutions

Control4 Corporation is now bringing 4K Ultra HD content distribution to smart homes across the world by providing fully HDCP 2.2 compliant 4K UHD audio and video matrix switches for home automation installations. 4K UHD is the new standard for high-definition video, and is redefining the home entertainment experience for consumers by providing four-times the resolution of standard 1080P HD video content. Available for order today, the new line of Control4® 4K UHD Matrix Switches provides the ability to distribute 4K content, including copy-protected content, to every room in the Control4 Smart Home without the need for additional hardware or software.   “We are committed to delivering on the promise of 4K by offering compelling video distribution solutions to homeowners who expect the very best in entertainment,” said Martin Plaehn, Control4 Chairman and CEO. “Our recent acquisition of Leaf, the Australia-based provider of audio/video distribution products, helped us get to market faster with a comprehensive media distribution solution that is truly 4K-ready today.”

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?

IP Video Intercom Kits by Comelit

Our new range of IP Video Intercom kits have been a revolutionary development for our market segment.

How Small Can You Go - Pico Projectors

It is expected that the Pico projector market will reach $9.32 billion by 2020, growing at a 39% yearly rate.

NEXCOM Fuses Digital & Physical Retail with Responsive Store Solutions

Responsive stores cover all aspects of shopping experience from entrance to exit. They can be divided into digital shopping carts, digital shelf management system, in-store intelligent video system, virtual fitting room, and experience centers.

ISE 2015 underway in Amsterdam

Integrated Systems Europe 2015 is now underway in Amsterdam.  With over 1000 scheduled exhibitors and 50,000 attendees this years show will be Europe's largest ever AV Systems integration exhibition. This year they will be offering a dedicated "Discovey Zone" showcasing the first time exhibitors at ISE.  As well they have divided the show floor into 4 technology areas:  : Digital Signage; Residential Solutions; Unified Communications and Smart Building. As usual The HomeToys Team we'll be busy posting news and product announcements from this years show which you can view on our  ISE 2015 Newspage .

Creating a Digital Signage Network: Design, Management & Operations

If considering a digital signage network for your business, I offer the same advice that I give to my kids: Do your homework.

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D-Tools System Integration Software

D-Tools System Integration Software

D-Tools' System Integrator (SI) is the most widely used and comprehensive estimation, design, and project management software platform, specifically designed to fulfill the diverse needs of residential AV systems design and installation firms. D-Tools ties project workflow together into a singular, data-driven, connected process that increases operational efficiency while reducing time and costs. Along with access to a comprehensive library of manufacturers' products, this solution positively impacts all areas of a system integrator's business.