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Crestron Now Shipping Slick New Docking Stations For iPad and iPad 2

Crestron Press Release : July 06, 2011

With Crestron Control Solutions for Apple® Devices, the Mobile Lifestyle is Simply Magical; Whether You Own the Original Apple iPad® or iPad® 2 - Crestron’s Got You Covered

Crestron today began shipping a stylish new line of docking stations for both the original iPad® and the new, thinner iPad® 2. The new charging docks turn the wildly popular Apple mobile tablets into tabletop or wall mount Crestron touch screens for simple finger touch control of the home, classroom and building. IDOC-PAD and IDOC-PAD2 enables any iPad or iPad 2 to be stationed and used while charging in a sleek, minimalist in-wall design, or in a slim ergonomic tabletop model.

Available in a gloss white or black finish, both models provide a clean, contemporary appearance for mounted use of iPad and iPad 2 in any environment. Simply press the slim frame on the wall mount model and the dock extends, inviting you to slide the amazing tablet in or out. The curvy and lightweight tabletop model is designed for quick docking - and then swiping it off again - so you can move freely from room to room or across the office, keeping you as mobile as your iPad. There are no clumsy latches or annoying locks to slow you down.

“Whether you own the original iPad or the new iPad 2, there’s a Crestron mobile control solution to accommodate you,” said Crestron VP of Technology, Fred Bargetzi. “We’re committed to keeping our customers on the edge of cutting edge by offering the solutions that bring the latest, most popular technology into their lives. Our new IDOCs for iPad and iPad 2 are just the latest examples of our commitment.”

IDOC-PAD docking stations for iPad and iPad 2 are the latest additions to Crestron’s complete line of mobile solutions for Apple mobile devices. The best-selling Crestron Mobile Pro® G app turns any iPad into a powerful Crestron or Prodigy touch screen, enabling reliable whole home and building control from anywhere in the world.

From any iPad or iPad 2, users can control lighting, thermostats, and audio settings and view streaming video in one or multiple locations such as a primary residence, vacation home, office, or across a campus. The ultra-intuitive graphical interface also provides convenient real-time feedback so users can adjust settings as they deem necessary, no matter where you are. Room temperatures, shade positions and lighting levels, plus audio volumes and metadata including album, song and artist, are displayed right on the iPad screen.

Posted by chantal Fri, 05 Aug 2011 16:08:00 GMT

Eyes on with Sony's PlayStation 3D Monitor

3D for the dorm room. Move aside, beer pong.


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One of the key directives brought up during Sony’s media conference at the Electronics Entertainment Expo this year was the company’s desire to drive home their commitment to 3D gaming. They’ve focused on dismantling one of the biggest roadblocks in the way of mass consumer adoption: the price of the TVs themselves.

Sony’s answer: A new PlayStation-branded 24” monitor, which will debut later this year bundled with Resistance 3, an HDMI cable, and a set of active shutter glasses, all for $500.

In addition to functioning as a traditional stereoscopic display, it performs a cool trick, generating two separate images instead of the stereo pair. This allows two players to play split-screen games without, well, splitting the screen. Each player dons a pair of Sony’s newly price-dropped active shutter glasses ($69). Every other frame feeds an individual image to one of the viewers. The effect is totally convincing, too.

In addition to being on display at Sony’s booth, the new set was shown in a faux dorm-room setup at the company’s media event on Monday night. An array of disposable red cups, arranged in a familiar triangle shape on a coffee table, along with a pile of empty pizza boxes made it clear just who this set is being marketed toward.

I only was able to see canned demo material, with footage of Motorstorm: Apocalypse and WipEout HD, but what I saw looked good. Sony’s lower-end TVs have never been anything worth talking about, but this didn’t have any picture noise that I could see and handled motion incredibly well without noticeable smearing .

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Posted by chantal Wed, 03 Aug 2011 16:08:00 GMT

Crestron Prodigy PLX3 Handheld Remote Control Now Available, Gives Homeowners Whole House Control From Any Room

Crestron Press Release : June 29, 2011

Surpassing the Distance Range of Other RF Handhelds, PLX3 Provides Reliable Wireless Home Control and 2-Way Feedback Across Any Size Home

Crestron today announced that the PLX3 Prodigy® Handheld Remote, its new long range remote control for Prodigy home automation systems, is now available. As part of a complete Prodigy system, PLX3 combines long-range performance and Crestron customizability with ergonomics and affordability for push-button control of lights, thermostats, multiroom audio, home theaters, security systems and more, from anywhere in the home. To solve the range limitations of traditional RF remotes, PLX3 operates on proven Crestron wireless technology. The high-performance 2.4 GHz mesh network increases the strength and reliability of the entire wireless network, resulting in longer range operation and total whole house control from any room, no matter what size the home.

“PLX3 combines the speed, simplicity and reliability of IR/RF remotes with the long-range mobility of WiFi,” said Fred Bargetzi, Crestron VP of Technology. “You can control your whole home without worrying about the common gripes of WiFi such as delays in button response and intermittent signal interruptions.”

PLX3 features a bright 2-inch hi-resolution color display, ergonomic feel, piano-black exterior finish, and smooth, responsive push buttons. Intuitive control of the entire home from a graphic-rich user interface makes PLX3 easy to use, and just as simple to configure. A convenient thumb scroll knob plus easy-to-read backlit pushbuttons lets you quickly select home control commands, while displaying real-time status of lighting levels, audio volumes and temperature settings.

Prodigy provides a cool interactive experience for the whole family. There’s even a graphical on-screen menu that displays all home control icons on the TV screen. Surfing through control and entertainment choices from a PLX3 Handheld is fast, fun and easy. Choosing music in each room from your iTunes® library is a breeze with native scrolling lists, while adjusting lights, room ambiance and temperature is just as simple.

Once in bed for the night, you can make sure the TV in the family room is turned off, the alarm is set and lights are out, and even adjust the temperature in the kids’ rooms. You’ll know what’s going on anywhere in the house without having to get up and do a nightly “walkthrough” to manually shut everything down.

“Whether watching TV in the theater, searching movie and song libraries, or setting thermostats and lighting levels, PLX3 puts every house control and home entertainment function in the palm of your hand,” said Vincent Bruno, Crestron Director of Marketing.

PLX3 sends wireless control signals hundreds of feet through floors and walls, making system design, setup and installation easy. Customizable presets with graphical icons are created by following the menu-driven setup wizard.

Posted by chantal Mon, 01 Aug 2011 16:18:00 GMT

Apple Announces iCloud

The company’s free cloud-based service will officially launch this fall.

June 07, 2011 by Rachel Cericola

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After quite a few web rumblings, Apple officially announced iCloud. Apple CEO Steve Jobs just unveiled the free cloud-based service at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Calif.

The service is designed to store all of your digital goodies, then wirelessly push the content to devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as a Mac or PC. It can also sync those devices, meaning when something changes on one device, all compatible devices will get the message almost instantly.

“Today it is a real hassle and very frustrating to keep all your information and content up-to-date across all your devices,” Jobs said. “iCloud keeps your important information and content up to date across all your devices. All of this happens automatically and wirelessly, and because it’s integrated into our apps you don’t even need to think about it—it all just works.”

Additional iCloud services include MobileMe Contacts, Calendar and Mail, the App Store and iBookstore, iCloud Backup and Storage, and a photo stream service. iCloud includes 5GB of free cloud storage for Mail, Document Storage and Backup. However, purchased music, apps, books and the Photo Stream service do not count against the storage limit.

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Posted by chantal Fri, 29 Jul 2011 16:24:00 GMT

First Look: SIM2 LUMIS SOLO 3D Home Theater Projector

EH gets hands-on with SIM2’s latest star projector

July 05, 2011 by Robert Archer

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The Italian-based video manufacturer SIM2 has established itself as one of the top video products manufacturers in the consumer electronics and commercial video industries.

Earlier this year the company announced a string of new products that it says will bolster its product line in 2011 and beyond. Headlining these new products is the company’s LUMIS Solo-3D projector, which is designed to provide home theater enthusiasts with a single-chassis, high-performance 2D and 3D projection solution.

Utilizing a Texas Instruments’ three-chip Dark Chip 4 DLP chip set, the LUMIS 3D-Solo also features a choice of lens options, multiple inputs, including two HDMI 1.4; video processing and the company’s triple-flash 3D technology that’s said to be three times faster than the movie industry’s 24fps video standard.

SIM2 explains the triple-flash technology by pointing out it is engineered to produce pictures that are six times faster than 24fps video to ensure that 3D graphics appear smooth to viewers. “Currently triple flash is only used in commercial theaters—-and DCi group professional projectors—-because it is the answer to most of the usual complains about 3D vision: flicker, vision fatigue and ghosting,” says the company on its website. “LUMIS 3D-SOLO images are displayed at 144 fps, 72 fps per eye, resulting in extreme smoothness and visual pleasure.”

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Posted by chantal Thu, 28 Jul 2011 17:16:00 GMT

Panasonic Readies 3D Projection System

Panasonic is developing a 3D projection system for the commercial market that will launch this summer, the company announced Tuesday on its Critical View blog.

The PT-DJ3D53 system will be offered to military and education customers, as well as restaurants and sports bars. It will feature two PT-DW530U DLP projectors, and does require glasses.

Posted by chantal Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:22:00 GMT

Are House Keys About To Become Obselete?

By Mobiledia Staff Jul. 5, 2011

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Lock maker Schlage released a new app allowing smartphone owners to unlock their homes without a traditional metal key, adding to the number of ways in which people can control household items with mobile technology. The Colorado Springs-based company said its new technology, called “LiNK,” works by sending a signal from a smartphone to a house lock, which is controlled by wireless signal inside a home’s Internet connection.

Schlage isn’t the first company to announce home control technology using smartphones. Apigy’s Lockitron system also lets users lock and unlock their doors remotely, by using a wired connection with an Ethernet cord and electronic lock. Schlage’s system eliminates the cords and wires that Lockitron uses, however, there are additional costs involved, due to special locks. Like any other technology, LiNK has some drawbacks. For one, homeowners must punch in numbers and codes to unlock the door, which takes more time. In addition, if a user’s cell phone runs out of power, they may be locked out of the house. Remote key services have already found their way into the hospitality industry. InterContinental Hotel Groups, which owns Holiday Inn, tested wireless technology to open doors for guests. With OpenWays, a user can open a hotel door by pointing his cell phone at it, eliminating the need for keys or electronic keycards.

Schlage’s system doesn’t have to be next to the door to open it. LiNK lets homeowners open doors remotely for a friend or relative or lock it while away from home. Just last month, Google announced its new Android@Home service, which allows owners to use the mobile devices as universal remotes for their homes’ electronic devices. Android@Home also includes a wireless home lighting network so homeowners can control their lighting virtually, as well as creating a wireless home theater system.

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Posted by chantal Wed, 13 Jul 2011 18:11:00 GMT

Samsung Launches 3D on Demand

Samsung Electronics this week announced the launch of its “Explore 3D” app, through which owners of connected Samsung 3D TVs can stream 3D content.

The available content includes movie trailers and programs from Wealth TV.

“Once consumers experience the wonder of immersive 3D that we deliver on Samsung 3D LED and 3D Plasma TVs, they generally crave all the 3D content they can get their hands on,” John Revie, senior vice president of Home Entertainment, Samsung Electronics America, said as part of the announcement. “We decided to expand our Explore 3D App with both free content and – coming soon - feature films in order to meet this growing demand.”

Posted by chantal Thu, 30 Jun 2011 16:06:00 GMT

SID 2011: A Sneak Peek of Future HDTV Technology

May 24th, 2011

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The Society of Information Display’s (SID) show took place last week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. While there was not as many experimental designs as prior years, we were able to view a number of new, cool technology statements. Samsung was the most prolific company displaying new 2012 LCD panels, experimental sequential color backlights and more. Listed below are our favorites.

Like any other prototype, things could get pushed back or stalled out so don’t assume these products will reach market in 2012 or beyond, although a number look production ready.

Transparent LCD Refrigerator Door

This is a see-through LCD screen so you can make sure you have enough beer in the house without opening the door, while watching ads or whatever on the screen. The Samsung spokesman was kind enough to open the fridge and prove they were really cold brews inside. We don’t see this as a practical item for the home, but can imagine seeing LCDs in your grocer’s refrigerated food section hawking sales and specials.

70″ Ultra Defintion Oxide Semiconductor 3D TV

Samsung took best in show honors for its UD 70″ LED LCD. By using a oxide semiconductor TFT (thin film transistor) Samsung is able to cram 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution in a 70″ LCD display, an industry first.

Advanced Field Sequential Color Backlight LCD

Instead of red, green and blue color filters in front of sub-pixels as used in every LCD panel (Sharp adds a yellow filter in their Aquos sets) Samsung incorporates a color sequential back light unit (BLU) to create full color using red, green, blue, cyan and white LEDs. If commercialized, sub-pixels would be eliminated as each pixel would represent all colors, making panels less expensive. Sequential color is currently used in front and rear single chip DLP projectors.

Z-Screen Active Panel 3D TVs

We first wrote about this technology last September link. Samsung displayed its latest prototype. Like LGs FPR 3D, the Samsung/RealD design achieves 3D with passive glasses (like the ones you get at the movie theater), however their display is Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, not one-half (1920 x 540) as with the patterned retarder designs. Samsung announced at SID it will be shipping Active 3D Panel computer monitors followed by a 55″ Full HD 3D TV in 2012.

Samsung VA I and VA II LCD Panels

Samsung showed new LCD panels promising wider viewing angles, faster response time and higher light transmission for more energy efficiency. The VA I is scheduled to be introduced in 2012 and the VA II panel in 2013

Real D Universal Active 3D Glasses

Real D developed an new application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that allows its active 3D glasses to automatically sync to any infra-red or RF sync TV. A Real D spokesperson said these new glasses may be available later this year through major retailers.

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Posted by chantal Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:15:00 GMT

Marvell chip designed to improve LED light quality

MAY 16, 2011 by Martin LaMonica

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Semiconductor company Marvell today is set to introduce a chip geared at improving the light from LED bulbs and connecting them to a network. The 8801 chip is small–about the size of a penny–and will be about the same price as existing LED lighting electronics.

If Marvell signs on light manufacturer customers, it could bring the very good light quality of some commercial LEDs to more affordable consumer products, said Kishore Manghnani, vice president of Marvell’s Communications and Consumer business. He said the chip, which integrates multiple functions on this single controller chip, is being tested by commercial or consumer light fixture makers now and it takes them about six months to introduce products with new chips.

Light quality for consumer LED bulbs has improved over the past few years but the color rending index (CRI), a measure of quality, is still not as high as incandescent bulbs. With the chip, Manghnani said a CRI of 95, higher than most of the consumer LED bulbs available now, is possible. The chip can control the current and temperature of two types of LED light sources. So a fixture or bulb maker could use the chip and driver to use LEDs with two different colors, such as white and red, to improve color rendering. Until now, the electronics to control different colored LEDs would be too large or expensive for consumer products, Manghnani said.

The Marvell component will also make LED dimming more precise and allow a lighting company to embed a wireless chip in the bulb. With a wireless ZigBee or Wi-Fi radio, lights can be controlled from a central point or set on a schedule. Last week, Google demonstrated a networked LED bulb controlled by its Android@Home software due for release by the end of the year.

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Posted by chantal Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:10:00 GMT