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Electronic House Names Product of Year Awards: Part 16

Best products in 35 categories unveiled at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
January 06, 2011 by Steve Crowe

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Electronic House has announced the winners of its 2011 Product of the Year Awards during an awards presentation at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
Covering 35 different categories, the winning entries were chosen by a panel of industry experts, integrators and the editors of Electronic House. Judging criteria included creativity, innovation, incorporated equipment, obstacles overcome, aesthetics, and lifestyle benefits.

PC/Mac-based Servers and Media Extenders

Sonos ZonePlayer S5



Consumers are so connected to their devices like the Apple iPhone and iPad that the thought of leaving them physically docked in one location no longer seems palatable. And with millions of songs and hundreds of thousands of radio stations, audio programs and podcasts being streamed online at any second of the day, there’s no longer any reason to be limited to just the music in a personal iTunes or CD collection. The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 evolves the standard plug-in iPod/iPhone music dock into a full-featured music system. Using a home Wi-Fi network, the Sonos S5 pulls together music from personal iTunes collections and from just about every major online audio content source (Pandora, Rhapsody, the legendary concert archive of Wolfgang’s Vault and SIRIUS Internet Radio among others) for playback to any room in the home. The entire home music experience can be controlled via an iPhone or iPad app that integrates all those sources into one simple to use interface.

Telephone/Telecom/Intercom

Ooma Telo



Ooma represents a revolutionary next step in consumer telephony by providing a low-cost, yet high quality and feature-rich telecommunications experience. Ooma delivers free local and long distance calls anywhere in the U.S using a high speed Internet connection with the reliability and sound quality of traditional landline and advanced features that enable consumers to take control of their home phone in ways never before possible. The Ooma Telo device connects to a broadband Internet connection and to an existing phone or the Ooma Telo High-Definition Handset with DECT 6.0 technology. The system includes PureVoiceTM HD Technology that provides crystal clear, high-definition voice quality for an optimal calling experience through cutting-edge Voice Compression, Adaptive Redundancy, wire-speed QOS, HD Voice, and Encrypted Calls.

Satellite Systems/Antennae & Digital Audio

Livio Radio The Livio Radio featuring Pandora - LV003



This all-new Livio Radio is a timeless, classic design that expands upon the heritage established by the existing family of Livio radios. The design of this latest offering calls attention to the all-new features of this next generation Livio Radio product. The LV003 features a high-quality, full-color TFT display, capable of displaying exciting visual information such as album artwork, station identification, the current weather, etc. The display and the radio controls were laid out in a new formation, one that is visually organized for functional simplicity and one that creates an easy-to-use interface that is the hallmark of the Livio Radio philosophy. The key design consideration for the Livio Radio was to develop a product with an acoustically-sealed audio chamber. All elements of the mechanical design were implemented to support this goal. The Livio Radio’s audio chamber is created by a clever sandwiching of two plastic housings with a wood composite enclosure.

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Posted by chantal Mon, 18 Apr 2011 16:19:00 GMT

3D TV: Passive 3D vs. Active 3D: The Format War of 2011?

By Chris Boylan

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At the year’s Consumer Electronics Show and in the weeks that have followed, a line in the sand has been drawn around two different approaches to 3D TV. In one camp, we have Panasonic, Samsung and Sony, touting the benefits of Full HD 3D TV with their active 3D glasses that deliver full high definition (1080p) images to each eye. In the other we have VIZIO and LG waxing poetic on the benefits of a passive 3D TV solution which, though it may sacrifice detail, offers other benefits such as less flicker and lighter, less expensive 3D glasses. Which is better? This is not a simple question to answer. But which technology is a better choice for the consumer depends on preferences and intended use for 3D in the home. To make an informed decision, it is helpful to understand how both technologies work.

It’s All an Illusion

With either the passive or active approach to 3D TV, the intent is to fool your brain into thinking it is seeing a three dimensional image from a two dimensional screen. The way this is done is based on the concept of stereoscopy: because our eyes are positioned a few inches apart, we see a slightly different image with our left eye and with our right, and this difference is interpreted by our brain as depth. If an image is far away, the left and right eye images are pretty similar, but if it is close, the left and right eye images are quite different. If you can present the left and right eye with each “half” of a stereoscopic image, then our brains will see the illusion of depth. But how you get there with active vs. passive technology is a bit different.

Details R Us

With active 3D, you have a TV that delivers images at 120 frames per second, alternating between a left eye image and a right eye image. An active 3D TV set uses the full resolution of the imaging system (LCD panel, plasma panel or a projector’s imaging engine) for each eye, which is typically full high definition 1080p: 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high. There are some lower resolution active solutions such as 3D-capable 720p plasma panels and 720p DLP projectors, but we’ll ignore these for now.

Because the active panel presents both the left eye and right eye images on screen in rapid succession, the naked eye sees a blurry image with no 3D effect. However, if you put on a pair of active shutter 3D glasses, the glasses synchronize themselves to the 3D TV, allowing your left eye to see only the left eye frame, and the right eye to see only the right eye frame. The glasses employ an electronic shutter system that blacks out the left eye image when the right eye image is on screen, and vice versa. Your brain then processes these discrete left eye/right eye images as 3D to form the illusion of depth.

The benefits to active 3D are that you can see the full detail of the image in both eyes. This presents a realistic and high quality 3D effect for most viewers. The drawbacks are that these active 3D glasses are fairly expensive to manufacturer, hence more expensive for the consumer – typically selling from $100 to $200 per pair. Want to have a 3D movie night or Super Bowl party for your friends? Expect to spend as much on the glasses as you did on the TV, if not more. The additional drawback of active 3D is that the electronics in the glasses tend to make them rather bulky and heavy, which can lead to discomfort over extended viewing periods. Manufacturers are working to improve this however, with Samsung’s newest active shutter 3D glasses weighing in at under one ounce.

Bring the Movie Theater Home

Passive 3D TVs work a little bit differently, more like 3D movie theaters. A passive 3D TV uses a technique call circular polarization to create discrete left and right eye images by polarizing the left and right eye image’s light output in different directions. Again, as with active 3D, a passive 3D TV in 3D mode will look blurry to the naked eye, as you are seeing the left and right eye images on screen at the same time. But a pair of passive 3D glasses will filter the light properly so that the left and right eyes will see their respective images and your brain will create a 3D image from the result. Those same light 3D glasses you get at most 3D theaters will work with most passive 3D TVs.

With passive 3D projection systems, you can still get the full resolution of the projector on screen for each eye, but you actually need a separate projection engine – a separate projector with its own lens – for the left and right eyes, which can get expensive and can be tricky to align precisely. Some 3D projectors actually include dual projection engines and lenses into a single chassis, an elegant, though normally expensive, solution.

With flat panel 3D TVs, the way the passive 3D technique is accomplished is via a polarizing filter built into the screen. These filters polarize each alternating line of the image for the left and right eyes. The drawback here is that you are then splitting the panel’s resolution or detail in half by allocating half of the pixels to the left eye and half to the right eye. This is compounded when you view a side-by-side (SBS) 3D source as these images have already lost half their detail in transmission so you effectively end up with 1/4 of the full resolution.

Also, the vertical range or viewing axis of a passive 3D TV system tends to be much more restrictive than an active system. If you try to watch it from too low or too high, the 3D effect collapses and you will see a doubled image. On the other hand, horizontal viewing axis of a passive 3D system is fairly wide so it can be a good choice for “event viewing,” e.g., watching a 3D sporting event in a sports bar. One benefit of a passive 3D system is that the light transmission tends to be higher, leading to a brighter image compared to active 3D. Another benefit is that the passive 3D glasses can be much less expensive, lighter and more comfortable as they contain no active shutter system or electronic processing.

An additional advantage of passive 3D systems is that, instead of being limited to a refresh rate of 120 Hz (120 frames per second), with the left and right eye seeing images at 60 Hz each, a passive 3D TV can be run at 240 Hz or more, enjoying the benefits of reduced blur and improved motion resolution even in 3D mode. Passive 3D sets can also potentially employ native cinema modes for movies (a display rate that is a multiple of a film’s 24 frame/second rate) which can present a more film-like image to the viewer, free from an effect known as “judder” where motion can be jerky and uneven and free from artificial-looking motion smoothing techniques that can make movies look more like video. Active sets could be enhanced for these feaures in the future, but currently all active 3D TVs available in the U.S. are based around a 120 Hz (60 Hz to each eye) delivery system when in 3D mode.

Manufacturers Weigh In

Panasonic, a strong proponent of active 3D technology, began showing their full HD 3D TV solution as early as 2008 at the CEATEC show in Japan, and introduced the first full HD 3D TVs to the public in March of last year. When we spoke with their CTO Eisuke Tsuyuzaki at CES, he told us he was disappointed that some manufacturers were switching to a passive solution as it represented a “large step down in picture quality, which is bad for the customer, and bad for the 3D TV market.” Apparently Sony and Samsung agree as they too remain committed to active 3D TV solutions.

Meanwhile LG’s Tim Alessi, director of new product development for LG Electronics says that their own private market research has shown that consumers prefer a passive 3D TV solution 3:1 after seeing both types in action. At LG’s Cinema 3D launch event last month, Tim told us, “We intend to release both active and passive 3D TV systems this year, but in 2012, we expect to offer only the Cinema 3D (passive) models.” VIZIO will be following the same path but more aggressively as they are not releasing any new active 3D TV models this year, focusing instead only on passive 3D TV solutions.

Format War or Consumer Choice?

Although we see this passive vs. active 3D TV division as a kind of format war, the fact is that both approaches to 3D are valid, and neither truly excludes the other. The sources that work best with 3D TV today, namely Blu-ray 3D players and 3D-capable cable and satellite set-top boxes, work equally well with either system. And the 3D movies you may buy or rent on Blu-ray 3D Disc or on streaming services such as VUDU also work with either system.

So if you’re in the market for a 3D-enabled TV, your best bet would be to take a look at both types, read the reviews and decide which format is best for you: do you need the highest possible detail or do you want the flexibility of using inexpensive passive 3D glasses? The good news is that both types of 3D TVs also work perfectly well in 2D mode at full resolution. So for the vast majority of content that is not yet available in 3D, you’ll get to see every last detail without having to wear any glasses.

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Posted by chantal Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:21:00 GMT

Electronic House Names Product of Year Awards: Part 15

Best products in 35 categories unveiled at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
January 06, 2011 by Steve Crowe

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Electronic House has announced the winners of its 2011 Product of the Year Awards during an awards presentation at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
Covering 35 different categories, the winning entries were chosen by a panel of industry experts, integrators and the editors of Electronic House. Judging criteria included creativity, innovation, incorporated equipment, obstacles overcome, aesthetics, and lifestyle benefits.

Multiroom Audio

Crestron Sonnex 24X8 Multiroom Audio System



Blending one-wire technology, full-matrix switching, high-performance digital audio processing, and high-powered amplification into a single component, Sonnex™ 24X8 Multi-Room Audio System introduces a new generation of multi-room audio distribution. Transmitting 48 channels of uncompressed 24-bit HD audio across a single shielded Cat5-type cable to up to 74 zones, the Sonnex™ unquestionably redefines audio distribution in the Digital Age. Featuring a breakthrough all-in-one high-efficiency hardware design and exclusive single-wire digital bus technology, Sonnex substantially reduces the hardware and cabling requirements of traditional systems while advancing performance, output, efficiency and ease-of-installation. Speaker wiring distances are greatly reduced by allowing expansion units to be placed central to the rooms they serve. Routing 24 stereo channels of uncompressed digital audio and control to each expander over a single inexpensive shielded CAT5e cable is now a reality.

Other Home Enhancements

TRUFIG Solid Surface Solutions



TRUFIG Solid Surface Mounting Platforms allow for the completely flush installation of most technology devices (touch screens, keypads, receptacles, light switches, data jacks, etc) into hard surfaces such as granite, marble, and wood. When painted to match the surrounding surface, the TRUFIG fascia completely camouflages the device itself, rendering technology invisible.

Motion Systems

D-BOX Technologies SRP-230 Motion Platform



The adjustable SRP-230 is perfect for upgrading your existing home theatre seating. This is now attainable by sliding the platform under your current seating (from 50 inches up to 80 inches in width). Our SRP-230 model enables you to live the action with the unique D-BOX movie experience, right next to your loved ones. The SRP-230 weighs 90 lbs, requires an operating current of 5.0 A, is 30 inches, fixed in width and 13.7 inches in height. With a maximum load capacity of 750 lbs, the SRP-230 provides a cost effective solution to bringing your current home theatre seating to the next level.

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Posted by chantal Mon, 28 Mar 2011 16:13:00 GMT

Electronic House Names Product of Year Awards: Part 14

Best products in 35 categories unveiled at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
January 06, 2011 by Steve Crowe

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Electronic House has announced the winners of its 2011 Product of the Year Awards during an awards presentation at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
Covering 35 different categories, the winning entries were chosen by a panel of industry experts, integrators and the editors of Electronic House. Judging criteria included creativity, innovation, incorporated equipment, obstacles overcome, aesthetics, and lifestyle benefits.

A/V Racks & Rack Accessories

Salamander Designs Professional Audio Rack Mounts



Now, for the first time, it is possible to own Pro Audio Rack Mounts that look like furniture. Salamander has added rack mounting capability to its Synergy System line and to all nine decorator styles in its Chameleon Collection of A/V cabinets. The Synergy rack mounts are available for single, twin, and triple-width cabinets in open and full-door configurations in many heights, supporting up to 42 rack space units. Twenty-inch high cabinets, for example, support 10-rack units, 30-inch cabinets support 15 rack units, and 40-inch cabinets support 21-unit racks. The Chameleon Collection rack mounts are available in all nine Chameleon styles (Berlin, Hampton, Sonoma, Geneva, Barcelona, Corsica, Elba, Oslo, and Venice) and in each of four different configurations. Additional features include a strong, extruded aluminum frameworks soft-closing door dampers and lacing bars for managing cables.Using the mounts, it is possible to isolate hot running gear in cabinet segments, which are thermally managed by an automatic active cooling system. All the rack mounts are constructed of premium components with exceptional attention to detail, reliability and durability. And whether someone selects the Ready-to-Assemble Synergy System or fully assembled Chameleon Collection units, he or she can be assured the racks will be rock solid for supporting electronic gear.

Remote Home Monitoring and Management

ADT Security Services, Inc. Pulse Interactive Solutions



ADT Pulse Interactive Solutions is a new smart home solution that goes beyond traditional home security to provide a new level of control, accessibility and connection with the home. As connectivity and interactivity are driving the way people live and manage their homes, ADT Pulse gives you a way to manage your home from wherever life takes you and takes into consideration the needs of today’s always-connected consumer. It includes a flexible, full-featured security system for intrusion and fire detection to meet the needs of virtually any residential security application. But it’s also more than just remote security—it is controlling lights, thermostats and seeing video. ADT Pulse provides you with anywhere, anytime access to your home via smartphones or personal computers. Via secure access from web-enabled devices, you can easily get a quick status of your home, remotely arm and disarm your security system, adjust lighting or thermostat levels, or view real-time video or stored video clips from security cameras covering different areas of your home. Customized schedules for turning the lights on or off can be programmed, event-based text messages can be sent to mobile devices, and so much more.

Whole Home Control

Savant Systems Savant TrueControl iPad App



Savant’s latest TrueContol Automation App transforms the iPad into the ultimate remote for your Savant Automation, Control and Entertainment System. Savant’s TrueControl App provides a truly comfortable and lead-edge way for controlling your audio and video systems, lighting, security, climate and any other subsystem or technology. Savant’s TrueControl incorporates a number of innovative core features including: Category and Services Docks, Navigation Bar and Active Content, User Customization including backgrounds, categories & channel favorites, Supports TrueImage Control™, Multi-Room Control, Push-to-Talk (PTT) Intercom Communication, Guest Access and Remote Access, Internet Music and Subscription Services (Rhapsody, Pandora, last.fm, etc.) and Screensaver mode including slideshows.

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Posted by chantal Tue, 08 Mar 2011 17:58:00 GMT

Electronic House Names Product of Year Awards: Part 13

Best products in 35 categories unveiled at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
January 06, 2011 by Steve Crowe

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Electronic House has announced the winners of its 2011 Product of the Year Awards during an awards presentation at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
Covering 35 different categories, the winning entries were chosen by a panel of industry experts, integrators and the editors of Electronic House. Judging criteria included creativity, innovation, incorporated equipment, obstacles overcome, aesthetics, and lifestyle benefits.

Video Distribution Systems

ATEN Media Distribution Solution (MDS)



Comprising the ATEN Media Distribution Solution (MDS) are the VS1504/VS1508 and VB552. ATEN’s MDS is designed for all types of digital signage installations. The ATEN VS1504 and VS1508, offered in four- and eight-port flavors, are CAT5 video splitters/extenders ideal for digital signage. The VS1504/VS1508 allows a single 1600 x 1200 video source with audio to be distributed to four and eight monitors up to 490 feet away. When connected to an ATEN VB552, a VGA over CAT5 repeater, the VS1504/VS1508 may be cascaded to three levels of additional VS1504 and VB552s providing audio/visual data to potentially hundreds of displays.

Wireless Networking Devices

Actiontec Electronics MI424WR Wireless N Gigabit Ethernet Broadband Router



Actiontec’s MI424WR Gig E next generation Wireless Broadband Router is a powerful home gateway designed to simplify how HD video and other media-rich content are distributed throughout today’s home. The next-gen MI424WR features industry leading performance, Gigabit Ethernet and MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) support to give consumers, Custom Installation professionals, and broadband service providers an easy, high performance solution to satisfy increasing demand for streaming HD broadband video.

Media Servers

Autonomic Controls, Inc Mirage Media Server



Autonomic’s Mirage Media Server is a five source streaming media server that combines traditional media server functionality with Internet cloud technology that provides users with global access to their content and streaming media services. The Autonomic Mirage Media Server stores its content on a private, secure digital locker on the Internet. This enables the device to automatically synchronize multiple units in remote locations, as well as provide customers with access to their media on virtually any portable or web enabled device. The server also maintains a local copy of media for reliable, local playback. Content can be uploaded from anywhere and instant access is available with mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Google Android, Windows Mobile), consumer devices (Nintendo, Wii, Sony Playstation, Tivo), or though home control systems such as Crestron, AMX, RTI and URC. The Autonomic Mirage Media Server is built upon the field-proven and industry acclaimed Mirage Media Control System technology. The Mirage Media Control System is the most comprehensive control solution for integrating digital media and streaming Internet content.

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Posted by chantal Tue, 01 Mar 2011 17:19:00 GMT

Electronic House Names Product of Year Awards: Part 12

Best products in 35 categories unveiled at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
January 06, 2011 by Steve Crowe

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Electronic House has announced the winners of its 2011 Product of the Year Awards during an awards presentation at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
Covering 35 different categories, the winning entries were chosen by a panel of industry experts, integrators and the editors of Electronic House. Judging criteria included creativity, innovation, incorporated equipment, obstacles overcome, aesthetics, and lifestyle benefits.

Security Panels & Sensors

Honeywell LYNX Plus



LYNX Plus is a self-contained wireless security control used to guard against residential burglary. The product provides homeowners with two-way voice, a combination control panel, keypad, dialer and speakerphone. The vibrant display is easier to use than traditional security systems—it announces the exact type and location of an alarm and gives homeowners information they need to react quickly. Additionally, two-way voice communication with the central station operator helps ensure that the proper emergency response personnel will be dispatched to the home in the event of an alarm. LYNX Plus also puts security and convenience at a homeowner’s fingertips. It serves as a home control with options to turn lights on or off and control garage doors with the touch of a button. For busy households, LYNX Plus’s family message center lets everyone record and playback voice memos for one another. As plain-old-telephone service (POTS) declines, LYNX Plus is a critical security asset for any homeowner.

Power Management, Conditioning and back up

Panamax M4315-PRO



The Panamax M4315-PRO Power Conditioner takes the category of power management to a new level, offering full cloud-based remote control and energy management functionality via Panamax/Furman’s exclusive BlueBOLT® platform. Engineered for professional integrators, the M4315-PRO features eight rear panel AC outlets with catastrophic surge/spike protection, over/under voltage protection, and Linear Filtering Technology optimized for audio/video frequencies. With BlueBOLT, integrators can remotely reboot problem components without the time and expense of a service call. Since control is at the outlet level, BlueBOLT’s control functionality allows full hard-reboots (the same as unplugging a component from the wall and plugging it back in) to immediately address a myriad of common system issues ranging from locked up components to bad communications handshakes. Additionally, BlueBOLT’s robust energy management features provide integrators with a tremendous value-add for any installed system, allowing users to monitor power usage and power quality in real time or over history, including energy consumption in dollars.

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Posted by chantal Fri, 25 Feb 2011 17:08:00 GMT

Electronic House Names Product of Year Awards: Part 11

Best products in 35 categories unveiled at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
January 06, 2011 by Steve Crowe

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Electronic House has announced the winners of its 2011 Product of the Year Awards during an awards presentation at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
Covering 35 different categories, the winning entries were chosen by a panel of industry experts, integrators and the editors of Electronic House. Judging criteria included creativity, innovation, incorporated equipment, obstacles overcome, aesthetics, and lifestyle benefits.

Fire Safety

In-O-Vate Technologies Inc LintAlert



According to the U.S. Fire Administration, clothes dryers were involved in an estimated 15,600 U.S. structure fires, fifteen deaths, 400 injuries, and $99 million in direct property damage, annually, between 2002-2004. While the majority of lint is trapped by the dryer’s lint filter, a fair portion escapes past this initial filter screen and is suspended in the moist heated exhaust air. Due to the characteristics of the exhaust conduit and the vent hood, lint build-up is a natural occurrence. Over time this lint buildup in the dryer vent reduces air flow and accelerates more lint buildup. Lint blow-back into the appliance is the result and becomes the ultimate ignition concern. Technical innovation revolves around the use and integration of the MB-LPS1-01 series low-pressure sensor. The transducer is a MEMS-based thermo-anemometer on a monolithic silicon chip. Rejustor technology combined with CMOS circuitry provides on-chip-integrated analog-only compensation and conditioning electronics. Essentially, the less air-flow a sensor requires through its body to make its measurement, the more ideal is the behavior of the sensor, and the better is the immunity to dust-bearing air. Our sensor provides very high flow impedance and therefore is very well suited for the challenge of the dryers’ environment. The LintAlert would not be what it is without this remarkable pressure sensor. A custom tap fitting is installed in the dryers’ transition hose at or near the dryers exhaust port. This SmartTap™ fitting is connected to the alarm module by a 1/8” I.D. vinyl PVC clear tube and allows the pressure sensor to monitor pressure levels in the dryers’ flex transition hose and the balance of the exhaust conduit. Dual purpose considerations were important in the design. The alarm module doubles as a simple night light, and the pass through electrical terminal provides an extra outlet.

Displays

LG Electronics LX9500 3D LED HDTV



The 55LX9500 is LG’s first 3D Ready LED LCD HDTV. The 3D ready capability of this model allows consumers to enjoy their home entertainment as if the action was unfolding right in their living room, offering them an extraordinary gaming and entertainment viewing experience with special glasses. LG’s 3D technology works with active shutter glasses and an emitter built directly into the television. LG increases LCD motion response time with TruMotion 480Hz technology, using a combination of 240Hz processing and scanning backlight to achieve a new level of motion performance. Combined with LG’s unique IPS panels, this virtually eliminates motion blur and improves picture quality at different viewing angles. TruMotion 480Hz technology also eliminates messy transitions between images by constantly timing each section of the screen until the pixels are ready with the new image. The end result for the consumer is a crisp, clean picture that eliminates the “zigzags” in rapidly-moving images. LG also improved overall style and picture quality with “Full LED Slim.”

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Posted by chantal Thu, 24 Feb 2011 17:28:00 GMT

Electronic House Names Product of Year Awards: Part 10

Best products in 35 categories unveiled at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
January 06, 2011 by Steve Crowe

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Electronic House has announced the winners of its 2011 Product of the Year Awards during an awards presentation at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
Covering 35 different categories, the winning entries were chosen by a panel of industry experts, integrators and the editors of Electronic House. Judging criteria included creativity, innovation, incorporated equipment, obstacles overcome, aesthetics, and lifestyle benefits.

Surveillance Cameras

VideoIQ iCVR-HD High Definition Camera



VideoIQ’s patented video analytic technology is the only system capable of processing full megapixel streams on-camera – producing the highest accuracy and greatest range. iCVR-HD analytics deliver more than two times the range of D1 analytics. Additionally, with a wider field of view and higher resolution than standard resolution cameras, VideoIQ’s iCVR-HD cameras allow operators to capture greater detail and track objects for longer periods of time, delivering better context and perspective on suspicious behavior. Finally, the camera’s real-time threat detection relies on VideoIQ’s award winning adaptive analytics, which calibrate in minutes, maintain calibration over time, and are capable of uniquely distinguishing people, vehicles and boats from other objects, animals and scene movement. Leveraging VideoIQ’s patented analytic technology, iCVR-HD cameras support IQTrack™ to automatically identify, track and digitally zoom in on people, vehicles and boats, delivering enhanced detail, while continuing to monitor and record the entire scene.

Fixtures/LED/Fiber Optic

Salamander Designs Lighting System



The Salamander Lighting System gives consumers unprecedented flexibility to subtly or dramatically illuminate their TVs, A/V cabinets or full home entertainment systems. The Lighting System consists of slim, LED-based lighting bars designed to connect through a four-port USB-type hub. It is operated using a handheld infrared remote. As a system, it presents consumers and installers with a unique combination of modularity, expandability, affordability and adjustability, since the lights can be dimmed or brightened as users prefer and even include preset scenes.

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Posted by chantal Tue, 22 Feb 2011 17:14:00 GMT

Electronic House Names Product of Year Awards: Part 9

Best products in 35 categories unveiled at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
January 06, 2011 by Steve Crowe

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Electronic House has announced the winners of its 2011 Product of the Year Awards during an awards presentation at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
Covering 35 different categories, the winning entries were chosen by a panel of industry experts, integrators and the editors of Electronic House. Judging criteria included creativity, innovation, incorporated equipment, obstacles overcome, aesthetics, and lifestyle benefits.

Lighting Controllers & Accessories

Lutron Electronics HomeWorks QS



Save energy with unparalleled total home control. HomeWorks QS offers a new level of total home control that provides increased energy savings and features greater integration capabilities than before, including lights, shades, HVAC and appliances. HomeWorks QS integrates the control of all your light: interior and exterior, electric light and daylight. The system also integrates with other manufacturers’ audio-visual and HVAC controls, for broader control of your home environment. And it does all of this while saving energy, so you’re not only choosing a system that will redefine your way of living—you’re investing in a system which can pay for itself over the life of your home. HomeWorks QS operates via The Power of Quantum®, Lutron’s newest product platform.

Universal Remote Controls

ELAN Home Systems HR2 Handheld Remote Control



ELAN’s HR2 Handheld Remote Control is a striking extension to the company’s “g!” control interface with all the function of a touchscreen packaged in a sleek 1-inch thick remote that weighs a mere 8 ounces. Its stylish, ergonomic design feels at home in your hand and is ready at a moment’s notice with a built-in accelerometer that instantly turns the HR2 on when you pick it up. Integrated Wi-Fi and IR ensure both rich metadata content as well as speedy local control of sources and TVs. Nearly 6 months of R&D went into the button layout alone – with 46 backlit buttons logically arranged in a very pleasing and easy-to-use configuration. Three hot keys provide instant access to commonly used features like the now playing screen, media guide and remote’s home page. But the real magic is in the 2.4” OLED touch display that provides the perfect blend of feedback and control to complement the hard buttons required for easy TV viewing.

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Posted by chantal Wed, 16 Feb 2011 17:12:00 GMT

Electronic House Names Product of Year Awards: Part 8

Best products in 35 categories unveiled at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
January 06, 2011 by Steve Crowe

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Electronic House has announced the winners of its 2011 Product of the Year Awards during an awards presentation at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.
Covering 35 different categories, the winning entries were chosen by a panel of industry experts, integrators and the editors of Electronic House. Judging criteria included creativity, innovation, incorporated equipment, obstacles overcome, aesthetics, and lifestyle benefits.

Home Theater Furniture

Salamander Designs Floating Wall Bracket



Salamander’s new Floating Wall Bracket creates an unusual and dramatic look for all nine styles of Salamander’s flagship Chameleon Collection of A/V cabinets. The bracket mounts flush against the wall, and connects to the rigid crossbar of the cabinet’s sturdy aluminum framework. Fully mounted, it creates the illusion a Chameleon cabinet is floating above the floor. The bracket, which mounts to conventional wood wall studs, is the essence of simplicity, but the effect is quite dramatic. The bracket is available in the four sizes of each of Chameleon’s nine styles and single, double wide, triple and even quad lengths (which can be 90 inches or longer).

CE Gadgets

Gefen GefenTV Auto Volume Stabilizer with Digital Audio Decoder



This solution has a big impact on the way consumers enjoy their entertainment systems. When watching television, for example, commercials are often much louder then the program. This device enables a smooth transition and consistent level of volume when listening to TV, movies and CDs. It automatically equalizes audio from different sources for a steady volume; everything is heard at the same intensity for a more enjoyable experience. The device is easily installed, and comes with analog (L/R) and digital (TOSlink, S/PDIF) connectors. It incorporates Dolby 5.1 digital decoding and converting to 2-channel to expand its compatibility and convenience. It will work with today’s television sets, A/V receivers, CD players, DVD players and more. Multiple sources can be connected at the same time, and accessed with the IR remote or a selector to switch sources. Whatever source is selected will be automatically adjusted to maintain your optimal level of volume. There is also a bypass button to prevent automatic stabilizing, if desired.

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Posted by chantal Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:15:00 GMT