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Crestron Press Release: New DigitalMedia 8G Room Controller

Crestron Press Release - March 04, 2011

New DigitalMedia 8G™ Room Controller Adds Built-In HD Video Scaler And Audio Amplifier For Best Digital AV Experience In Every Room

DM-RMC-200-C Scales Any Video Signal to Match the Native Resolution of Any Display, Enables High End Sound Quality in Any Room

Crestron today added the DM-RMC-200-C DigitalMedia 8G™ Receiver & Room Controller to its revolutionary line of DigitalMedia™ 8G distribution technology. Featuring a built-in HD video scaler and 30-watt stereo amplifier, DM-RMC-200-C provides a single HDMI® output, plus speaker and line level audio locally to each display, delivering optimal high-definition display resolutions and audio performance in any room on a DigitalMedia 8G AV network. DM-RMC-200-C accepts any video source from standard 480i to HD 1080p60 with Deep Color, plus all computer sources, and scales them perfectly for the best possible experience in every room.

“Displays today have built-in scalers, but some can’t handle non-standard resolutions from laptops or standard def 480i. Or what about when you want to send a 1080p signal to an older display that can’t handle it?” explained Crestron Director of Marketing, Vincent Bruno. “The new DM-RMC-200-C is the perfect solution to manage all signals to any room display for the best possible experience.”

DM-RMC-200-C extracts the audio from the HDMI signal for easy connection to high-quality external speakers or an amplifier rather than relying on the speakers built into projectors and displays (or for room displays without speakers). The built-in 30-watt stereo amplifier conveniently provides power to drive a pair of local speakers, or the line output can be used to connect directly to an input on the display device, a pair of amplified speakers, or a local AV receiver, amplifier, or sound system.

“HDMI makes cabling easier because all the audio and video is carried on one wire”, explains Bruno. “But what happens when you’re connecting to a display that doesn’t have speakers, or you want better sound than you get from the projector speakers? How do you get the audio out of the HDMI? Now you can.”

For custom applications such as video walls, DM-RMC-200-C provides zoom capability on its output to display just a portion of the source image. Using this feature, multiple units may be combined to configure a high-definition video wall composed of up to 16 individual displays. All that is required is a separate DM-RMC-200-C for each display. Also, 3D to 2D conversion allows 3D content to be fed simultaneously to separate 3D and 2D displays for added flexibility and video performance in settings where multiple screen types are installed.

The only true one-wire high-output AV network, DigitalMedia 8G distributes all analog and pure high-definition digital content - including 1080p with Deep Color, 3D high-definition video, 1920x1200 computer signals, digital AV, control, data, and Ethernet - long distances over a single DM 8G™ cable or CresFiber® 8G, without any need for compression or repeaters.

Posted by chantal Mon, 14 Mar 2011 17:31:00 GMT

Crestron Press Release: New DigitalMedia 8G Fiber Receiver

Crestron Press Release - March 04, 2011

New DigitalMedia 8G™ Fiber Receiver Adds More Audio And Control Options For Maximum Flexibility

DM-RMC-150-S DigitalMedia receiver and room controller accepts all signals over a single fiber strand and outputs HDMI and analog stereo; provides multiple control options plus USB port

Crestron today released the DM-RMC-150-S DigitalMedia 8G™ Fiber Receiver & Room Controller. The room controller receives all analog and uncompressed HD audio/video signals, control, data and Ethernet from a single multimode fiber strand and outputs standard HDMI to the display device. In addition, this latest DM fiber receiver also provides a separate analog stereo audio output to connect to a line input on a display, an AV receiver or an audio amplifier such as the Crestron MP-AMP30.

“Fiber is the infrastructure of the future and the best way to transmit AV and control long distances,” said Crestron Director of Marketing, Vincent Bruno. “CresFiber can carry all signals, including HDMI, up to 1,000 feet. The DM-RMC-150-S takes the fiber in and outputs standard HDMI to the display.”

In addition to the RS232, IR and Ethernet ports, DM-RMC-150-S adds relays, closure sensing and USB ports for additional control options for maximum design and programming flexibility. The slim profile DM-RMC-150-S installs neatly behind a flat panel display or above a ceiling mounted projector.

“HDMI makes cabling easier because all audio and video is carried over one wire”, explains Bruno. “But how do you get the audio out of the HDMI when you want to connect directly to powered speakers or an external amp or receiver? With the DM-RMC-150-S controller, we’ve made it simple.”

The DM-RMC-150-S also functions as a keyboard/mouse extender, allowing a USB HID-compliant keyboard and/or mouse to be connected at the display location. Controlling a computer located at the central equipment rack or in another distant location is no longer an issue, and provides added convenience for teachers, speakers and presenters.

The only true one-wire high-output AV network, DigitalMedia 8G distributes all analog and pure high-definition digital content - including 1080p with Deep Color, 3D high-definition video, 1920x1200 computer signals, plus control, data, and Ethernet - long distances over a single DM 8G™ cable or CresFiber® 8G, without any need for compression or repeaters.

Posted by chantal Thu, 10 Mar 2011 17:16:00 GMT

Apple announces the iPad 2

by Bill Stiteler on Mar 2, 2011 at 02:22 PM



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Today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the iPad 2. The device features front and rear cameras for picture and video, as well as a new A5 processor. Like its predecessor, it comes with 16, 32, or 64 GB in hard disk space. The iPad 2 comes in both WiFi and 3G (GSM and CDMA) configurations. The price point remains the same as the original iPad, with the base model starting at $499 (up to $829 for a 64GB 3G model). All models will be available in black or white on March 11th.

[Update: the Apple store lists the wifi models as being available on March 11. 3G models are “coming soon.”]

The iPad 2 has a slightly different form factor than the iPad, with beveled edges, and it is thinner with a weight of 1.3 lbs. Apple claims the device has an average battery life of 10 hours, same as the original iPad.

There were a few surprises in today’s iPad 2 event, however:
- Jobs announced that with the new processor, the iPad 2 would have up to 2 times the processing speed, and 9 times the graphics power. Resolution remains the same as the original iPad.
- An HDMI out accessory for mirrored video.
- The device is available in both black and white, a coloration problem which still plagues the iPhone.
- There was no mention of 4G upgradability for the device.
- There is no SD card slot, as some sites had rumored.

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Posted by chantal Thu, 03 Mar 2011 18:38:00 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

Featured Product: Crestron ADMS Intermedia Delivery System

Crestron ADMS Intermedia Delivery System

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The ADMS Intermedia Delivery System dramatically revolutionizes and simplifies the way home entertainment is acquired, managed and enjoyed, by removing the boundaries between movies, music, TV and the Internet once and for all. ADMS is much more than a mere media server with a bay of hard drives that store whatever you rip to them. ADMS is a dynamic, real-time entertainment delivery technology that brings any media you want right to your home theater, all from your Crestron touch screen or remote. To access the voluminous but fragmented flood of online music and videos available today, homeowners have to search each source independently through its own proprietary interface. Until now. For the first time, the universe of digital entertainment can be captured and enjoyed right from your couch. And ADMS doesn’t just serve the audio and video content you own. Exclusive, WorldSearch® technology locates and displays anything the homeowner desires. Search online movies, TV, & videos through Netflix®, Hulu™, Metacafe®, Vimeo™, YouTube™, ESPN, CNN, ABC News, Comedy Central and many other online sources The new paradigm for managing media, ADMS consolidates and streamlines home and online source information, saving precious time when seeking a music file, new blockbuster release, video clip or online TV episode. A beautiful, intuitive menu guides you along the way, displaying cover art and metadata for music and movies, with multiple ways to find the precise content you want, fast. ADMS brings all your digital media together into one attractive solution, incorporating an audiophile-grade multimedia server, Blu-ray Disc-compatible DVD player, Web browser and streaming media player.

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Posted by chantal Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:25:00 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

LG's new CINEMA 3D TV rewrites the rules for 3D

LG Press Release

With World’s First “Flicker Free” Certification, LG CINEMA 3D TV Offers the Ultimate in Smooth, Comfortable and Bright 3D Viewing

SEOUL, Feb. 16, 2011 – LG Electronics (LG) today announced the Korean release of its new CINEMA 3D TV, which boasts the first third-party endorsed “flicker free” 3D images, along with more comfortable glasses, a brighter picture and a wider viewing angle. Together, these features make it more comfortable than ever for viewers to enjoy 3D content in the company of family and friends.

“Having used our expertise in 3D to address consumer concerns about 3D, such as the sometime flickery picture and unwieldy glasses, today we’re ready to unveil a real breakthrough in 3D with LG CINEMA 3D TV,” said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “LG CINEMA 3D TV will be a real game changer in 3D TV, pushing 3D viewing to new heights of excitement and taking 3D technology firmly into the mainstream of home entertainment worldwide.”

CINEMA 3D TV’s outstanding 3D viewing experience begins with its Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology, which optimizes the separation of images for the left and right eye. Those images are then matched up with CINEMA 3D glasses specially designed to receive each image, creating an outstandingly smooth 3D picture.

The resulting picture has earned CINEMA 3D TV “flicker free” certification from Intertek and TÜV, two world-renowned certification agencies based in Europe, making it the world’s first 3D TV to receive the designation. With such a smooth picture, the Cinema 3D TV practically eliminates the feelings of dizziness or eye fatigue that could occur with previous 3D TVs, meaning viewers can enjoy 3D content for longer and in greater comfort.

The Cinema 3D TV also comes with comfortable and lightweight 3D glasses. Tipping the scales at just 16 grams, the glasses have no electrical parts, so they are free of electromagnetic waves and never need to be recharged. And because the CINEMA 3D TV’s glasses don’t need to be synced or shuttered, they ensure CINEMA 3D stays entirely free of onscreen flicker.

Further ramping up the picture quality is LG’s 3D Light Boost, a thin film covering the CINEMA 3D TV’s screen that ensures 3D images are shown at full brightness. By counteracting any dimness that can sometimes occur with 3D content, 3D Light Boost creates brighter, clearer images for a superior 3D viewing experience.

Thanks to its wider viewing angle and flexible viewing positions, CINEMA 3D TV is ideal for watching 3D with big groups of friends or family, while sitting or lying down in practically any spot in front of the TV.

Besides superb picture quality in 2D and 3D, CINEMA 3D TV boasts all the advantages of LG’s Smart TV technology. With its simple Home Dashboard and Magic Motion Remote Control, LG CINEMA 3D TV makes it easy to access a full array of premium content via top global providers, the best in locally sourced shows, and the growing range of LG Apps designed specifically for use on its Smart TVs.

Following its Korean release, LG CINEMA 3D TV will be rolled out globally from March.

LW5700 Specifications:

• Light and Comfortable Glasses

• 3D Light Boost

• Wide Viewing Angle

• Smart TV

• DLNA/WiFi/DVR ready

• 2D to 3D conversion

• LED Plus

• Local Dimming

• TruMotion 120(100)Hz

• DivX Plus/HD

• Smart Energy Saving Plus

Posted by chantal Mon, 21 Feb 2011 17:51:00 GMT

SANUS Releases iPad Mount Adapter

SANUS, the leading global brand of audio/video mounts, furnishings and consumer electronics accessories, announces the release of a mount adapter that allows easy attachment of an iPad™ to any TV wall mount that is VESA 100 x 100 compatible. The new VisionMount® VMA301 iPad™ Mount Adapter provides an easy solution to iPad™ mounting anywhere in a home, office or kitchen.

With the VMA301, iPad™ mounting has never been simpler. The mount adapter is incredibly easy to install and use. It features:

  • A custom molded design and material for a snug and durable fit
  • A convenient release tab for quick device removal; no tools are required to attach or remove the iPad™ from the adapter
  • Compatibility with any VESA 100 x 100 mount

Posted by chantal Fri, 18 Feb 2011 19:07:00 GMT