New tech aims to transform homes, shopping in Spain

With a flick of the wrist, residents of a futuristic home developed in Spain can browse Internet pages displayed on the living room walls, switch off a giant projected alarm clock in the bedroom or transform the entire interior into a busy streetscape or tranquil beach. It may seem light years ahead of current "smart home" technology, but this prototype apartment in Fuenterrabia, a city in Spain's northern Basque country, is far from the realms of fantasy. In fact, the technology used to create the interactive interior is the same as that already being used in video games. The team behind the prototype have linked projectors which beam interactive applications on to walls to Kinect motion sensors, developed by Microsoft for its X-box 360 console, thus allowing residents to control their environment simply by waving their hands. It seems to work like magic. In the morning, a wave at the wall will switch off the alarm and display your diary at the same time. If you fancy a change of scenery, just one small gesture will splash video on every wall, turning half of the apartment into a busy urban street or picturesque seascape, complete with sound effects. "The project is a working prototype of a smart home," said its creator, Ion Cuervas-Mons, at a visual presentation of the project to AFP in Madrid. Full Article:

Analog Way exhibits a new generation of high-end AV processors at InfoComm China - Booth #U1-01

Analog Way is pleased to exhibit a new generation of high-end systems for signal processing and distribution, based on their state-of-the-art LiveCore platform. Two products of this new generation, NeXtage 16 and SmartMatriX Ultra will be demonstrated in Analog Way's booth #U1-01 at InfoComm China.

Icron Technologies Launches New USB over Network Extender

USB 2.0 RG2304-LAN featuring ExtremeUSB® extends USB 2.0 over Local Area Networks (LAN) without speed limitation

GreenPeak Launches the New GP501 ZigBee Radio Chip

A New Generation of ZigBee Transceivers with Wi-Fi Coexistence Schemes, Deep Packet Inspection and Wake-on-LAN Features

NEW MARTINLOGAN HELOS IN-CEILING SPEAKERS NOW SHIPPING

With updated bezel-less grilles and legendary MartinLogan performance, the Helos 12 and Helos 22 effortlessly provide extreme sonic accuracy for discrete installations.

It's The World's Biggest Little Loudspeaker

Audience Is Now Shipping Its ClairAudient The ONE

Yamaha Networked Home Entertainment Systems Power Endless Entertainment Possibilities from Virtually Any Source

-New YHT-899U, YHT-799U, YHT-699U and YHT-599U systems offer Mobile High-Definition Link, a market-leading AV controller app and powerful speakers-

BROADCASTERS, MANUFACTURERS AND CONSUMERS TO RALLY AROUND MOBILE TV AT THE 2013 NAB SHOW

-- Try It and Buy It: Consumer-ready Devices Available for Purchase at NAB Show Store --

Tech Tour Takes HomePlug® Technology to Major U.S. TV Markets

HomePlug Certified Products Featured as Problem-Solving Gadgets for Improving Connectivity in the Home

CAYIN Unveils Entry-level CMS Servers for Self-hosted Digital Signage Networks

CAYIN Technology unveils the entry-level content management server, CMS-20, to manage digital signage projects involving less than 20 media players. The server offers an optimum solution for users to manage a smaller-scale, self-hosted digital signage network.

Why Home Automation Systems are at the Forefront of Energy Savings

Intelligent building efficiency is not just relegated to offices. As energy prices rise and incomes are squeezed, home automation systems will become a more enticing investment as their efficiency improves and costs decline due to innovation and scale. And, consumers will start paying attention: currently the average household pays over $100 a month for electricity according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Half of those costs are to keep the motor and compressors in operation in air conditioners and heaters. So if smarter systems are going to save consumers money, the work must start with the machines that cool us during summer and keep us warm during the frigid winter months. And if consumers had the ability to control their home’s climate control systems remotely from a smartphone or a web application from a remote location, they could save money without sacrificing convenience and comfort. In my interview earlier this month with Emerson’s VP of Marketing at Emerson Climate Services, he shared with me some of the challenges, future benefits and upcoming trends in the home automation technologies market. “We’re data hungry–we want it at our fingertips. At the same time, when it comes to our comfort and convenience, we want it easily and quickly with no distractions.” — Geoff Godwin describing the role of data in the development of cutting-edge home automation systems. Currently less than two percent of homes in the United States have some form of home automation or smart grid system, but Godwin sees huge growth in the next four to five years. Communications protocols such as Zigbee have improved in their sophistication to match the growing complexity of HVAC and water heating systems that consume less energy than ones manufactured just a few years ago.  

Christie Interactivity Kit and Christie MicroTiles Engage Visitors at Cleveland Museum of Art

Two Digital Display Walls Embrace New Audience and Called a Beautiful Thing to See

Wowza Exec to Share Company's 'TV Anywhere' Concept at 2013 NAB Show

Session to Highlight How Broadcasters Can Recreate the TV Watching Experience by Using Simple Workflows to Deliver Seamless, High-Quality Video to Viewers Using Any Device

Connected cars driving consumer M2M market as number of subscribers to double in 2013-2016

Connected cars are a significant area for consumer-based M2M (machine-to-machine) growth, according to new research from Parks Associates, which projects by 2017, 17.6 million consumers will subscribe to embedded connected vehicle services such as General Motors' OnStar and Chrysler's UConnect Acces

KVMSwitchTech Brings New 8x8, 16x16, 32x32 and 64x64 Multi Video Matrix Switch Products to Market

New multi format Video Matrix Switches with TCP/IP control provide the ultimate video integration and distribution solution.

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GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

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