Home Networking, Home Automation

CyWee Streams iDevices

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CyWee Streams iDevices

Wireless and Motion-sensing wizard CyWee showed buyers the AirShuttle,  the first (and only) MFi-certified accessory that enables real-time audio and video transmission from an iPod, iPhone, or iPad.  Without the use of cables, users can now share mobile content on-the-go and at home via TV.

International Sales Manager Thomas Hartung [in photo] demonstrated the product at CeBIT inside the ICP Pavilion. Continue reading...

New Members for HDBaseT Alliance

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New Members for HDBaseT Alliance

The HDBaseT Alliance increases its membership roster, with 23 companies joining the cross-industry association.

With LG, Samsung, Sony and Valens as founding members (and the likes of Crestron, Gefen, Elka and CWIN as Adopter members, amongst others), the alliance plans to push its HDBaset standard further as the installer and consumer's first choice for connectivity.

HDBaseT delivers the 5Play Continue reading...

Is the Third Wave of Home Automation in Your Hand?

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Is the Third Wave of Home Automation in Your Hand?

If the CEO of Green-Peak is right, the Third Wave of Home Automation...the wave that just might finally make it to the home shore...will wash up like the proverbial message-in-a-bottle....This time the message is inside the humble Remote Control.

CEO Cees Links runs a fabless semiconductor company. They offer low power wireless and battery-free data comm controller chips for consumer electronics and control applications.

And Links (yes, Links is such a great name for a home automation specialist) wakes up each morning thinking about...remote controls.

Sure, there’s a lot of attention on the TV itself, especially with the connected TV. You can even find industry analysts that insist it’s the game console, the PlayStation, the Xbox, the Wii that will finally bring in true home automation. Others think smart meters.

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A Cyclops to Universally Control

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A Cyclops to Universally Control

GenosTV will showcase its Cyclops controller at CES 2011.

The company is an IPTV operator, and will also exhibit its services for the first time to the public at the show.

Few details are out on the frisbee-shaped Cyclops remote-- it will act as a keboard and mouse for GenosTV's cable box and also communicates via bluetooth with mobile phones (no mention whether it also uses IR).

Meanwhile at CES Continue reading...

Kaleidescape Unleashes Modular Disc Vault

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Kaleidescape Unleashes Modular Disc Vault

A solution to the 'interim inconvenience' surrounding Kaleidescape's Blu-Ray importer/players is revealed at CEDIA Expo 2010. While the M500 and M300 copy discs to a Kaleidescape server, copy control agreements dictate playback from server is only enabled if the actual disc is present in the player's disc tray.

The Vault eliminates the need for disc handling. Housing up to 100 Blu-Rays it switches Continue reading...

Now Intel's Inside Energy Management...

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Now Intel's Inside Energy Management...

You may never see an Intel-branded energy management system but Intel wants its technology (sold under other brands) to create a new era of home energy control. And that makes sense....

Think INTEL INSIDE as Intel shows protypes of a home energy management system (HEMS), Home Dashboard energy monitor, Smart TV technology, and sensors that can be placed throughout the home to detect status and Continue reading...

20% of TVs in Europe Will be Net-Ready

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20% of TVs in Europe Will be Net-Ready

More than 20% of flat panel TVs shipped in Europe this year will be able to connect to the internet, says Futuresource Consulting.

By the end of 2010, the installed base of connected TVs will increase to 15 million devices, nearly 10% of the total number of flat panel TVs in use.

The next step for manufacturers, says Futuresource, will be to add more compelling video services, including Continue reading...

Significant Coaxial Cable-based Home Networks

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Significant Coaxial Cable-based Home Networks

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) announces the results of a study into coaxial infrastructure in homes in the UK, France, Netherlands and Poland: there is a significant addressable market for coaxial cable-based home networking in these countries.

Results from the UK and France were very similar, with 56% and 55%, respectively, of respondents stating they had two or more coaxial outlets Continue reading...

Intel’s WiDi Makes Wireless Easier

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Intel’s WiDi Makes Wireless Easier

Consumers who wanted to connect laptops and PCs to their large plasma and LCD monitors typically need either a direct video connection or the use of a media extender boxes (but have a nasty time with limited functionality and file format incompatibilities). Continue reading...

WHDI Finalizes Spec For Multi-Room HD Streaming

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WHDI Finalizes Spec For Multi-Room HD Streaming

The 5GHz-band technology will be demonstrated at CES in January.

The Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) consortium finalizes its WHDI 1.0 standard for streaming uncompressed 1080p video. (It's based on Amimon technology --other competing wireless technologies also offer multi-room capability but almost all use compression.)

The finalized standard would ensure interoperability among different-branded Continue reading...

First TV with Control4 Automation Built-In

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First TV with Control4 Automation Built-In

First TV with Control4 Automation Built-In 

LG is the first to incorporate the Control4 OS into TV sets. LG's commercial division intends to sell these TVs into hotels and boardrooms. The home automation wants to become the "home OS" and expects this deal to eventually carry over into consumer products..

With the success of the LG deal, Control4 launches its new Control4 Partners Continue reading...

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