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Apple Unveils HomeKit Home Automation Effort
June 3, 2014

Apple, as part of its World Wide Developers Conference keynote on Monday, announced its rumored move into home automation app development. It's called HomeKit, and while the topic only took up a couple of minutes in the presentation, it promises to have great influence on the automation space.

Projectors & Screens: Our Dynamic Duo
August 1, 2013

The continual decrease in pricing for large-screen flat-panel TVs has made big-screen viewing more common than ever. But there is still no more appealing and
immersive audio/video entertainment experience than the one-two punch provided by projectors and screens.

Optoma Debuts New Portable 3D DLP Projectors
May 29, 2013

Optoma has released two brand new projectors, which are designed for on the go people, but not so on the go that they can’t watch a movie in in the third dimension. Both new models, the W304M and X304M, sell for right at $850, and both offer the latest chips from Texas Instruments, a wide color gamut, and easy menu setup so you can enjoy your portable cinema on the go in no time.

Home Theater Installers Thrive, Sony Keeps Polysilicon LCDs to Itself
July 16, 2011

Earlier this month, I attended my eighth CEDIA show and was thoroughly impressed. CEDIA, the leading home theater and home automation show in the world, is like an older person's toy store. It's full of all those gizmos and gadgets that we all want in our home. The weirdest thing I saw was a booth from a company called BEYOND who is marketing a line of appliances (including a coffee maker, a microwave oven, a clock radio and even a bread maker) all networked. You may know BEYOND as the company who brought you the first kitchen entertainment system

A Mobile Ecosystem Slowly Grows Around Home Energy
February 14, 2011

Home energy management is still an early adopter trend for most normal consumers, but as mobile operators and device makers get more involved in selling network access and special energy monitoring devices, the sector may hit the mainstream in a year or two. Several news items out of the Mobile World Congress (MWC), a mobile electronics show being held in Barcelona this week, indicate that 2011 or 2012 may be the tipping point — and the smartphone or tablet may be the controller that allows you to coordinate your thermostat with your life. For example, chip company Texas Instruments

Build the Buzz preview
August 1, 2009

Acoustic InnovationsCEDIA EXPO Booth #1227561-995-0090www.acousticinnovations.comConcerto Wall-Systems (CWS) offer a customizable stretch-wall solution for your next theater application. Encountering projects with existing millwork and an interior designer seeking control of the design? Find out why CWS is the perfect solution! Offering three levels of performance and documentation and an easy estimator to obtain immediate pricing. avielo…

Best Buy Joins HomeGrid Board
March 16, 2009

Best Buy this week joined the Board of Directors of the HomeGrid Forum, a global trade group which supports and promotes the nternational Telecommunication Union’s  G.hn standardization efforts. The retail giant has become a member of both the group itself and its board.

Casting a New Image
January 1, 2009

Front projectors have come a long way in a fairly short time. It wasn’t long ago that we were installing hundreds of pounds of CRT, and spending hours (days?) making them look good.