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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Invasion of the CE Pro Blog Mob at CEDIA Expo 2012
There is only so much a handful of CE Pro editors can cover during CEDIA Expo, our industry's most important show.

This year we enlisted eight industry veterans to give us a hand, providing insights that only those in the trenches can provide.

Donning green armbands and black fedoras, these members of the CE Pro Blog Mob visited tons of booths, snapping photos and videos with their Lumix DMC-SZ1 cameras, generously provided by Panasonic.

Other vendors that rewarded these guest bloggers included:
  • Remote Technologies Inc., which donated the best tradeshow roller bags a blogger could ask for.
  • URC, which made custom backpacks for the "press" and provided top-notch RF remotes and other goodies for the whole gang
  • Monoprice, which pleasantly surprised the Mobsters with news they would be offering unbranded products for the trade
  • Denon, providing in-ear headphones/mic for the flight home
  • Lutron, which lavished the group with a number of lighting-control gifts
Blog Mobster Bjorn Jensen…
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Posted by Julie Jacobson on 09/11 at 07:39 AM
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Pakedge Debuts Networking Gear that Looks like A/V, IP Power, More
Pakedge, a leading provider of networking gear for custom integrators, introduced at CEDIA Expo 2012 a brand new line of wireless access points that are geared to give maximum distance without sacrificing performance.

I can say from experience in my personal system that these access points are another evolution in the networking space by a company already known for its prowess in the market.

Look for my forthcoming wireless shoot-out featuring Pakedge, Luxul and others in a forthcoming issue of CE Pro.

W6 enterprise-class wireless N access point [shot with a Panasonic DMC-ZR1 Lumix, the official camera of the CEDIA CE Pro Blog Mob]

In addition, Pakedge has given a brand new entire facelift to its WAP controllers.

The new line has been given a real A/V look. Boasting the…
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Fred Harding on Xantech, Mid-Atlantic, NuLEDs

Xantech IR over IP

Xantech launched the XtraNet line of IR products that work over Ethernet, allowing for routing and controlling of remote devices over a home network. It does all sorts of things, including giving you the ability to control using old-fashioned IR repeaters, without having to rely on double-plugged emitters.

The XtraNet XLIP200 is a basic IR input and output device that supports native IR I/O over wired networks, to which it interfaces via an RJ-45 connector, and is configured as an input by default. The XLIP400, configured by default as an output, adds support of up to 128 macros. These macros may be accessed via a web page from any computer, tablet, smartphone or similar smart device connected to the network. Alternatively, users may create personalized control pages for the iPhone or iPad using commercially available third party apps. The macros are configured as eight system-wide buttons plus four groups of 30 macro buttons that may be dedicated to specific devices…
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Posted by Fred Harding on 09/10 at 06:55 AM
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Saturday, September 08, 2012

Conspicuous Faces, Products in Indianapolis This Year, from the CE Pro Blog Mob
Richard Fregosa reports from CEDIA EXPO 2012, bringing you some of the more notable products—and their equally-notable CEDIA exhibitors—on display at the event in Indianapolis.

CE Pro provides you with ongoing photo updates as Richard tours the floor notable people and products.

See the corresponding slides in the related slideshow to learn more.

Pete Baker, Vice President Of Sales for RTI gives a brief
introduction to their new APEX Integrated Hardware and
Software Platform.

Seth Rubenstein—one of CEDIA's
"Super Ambassadors"—recently joined One Firefly as
their Business Development Manager.

Kevin Handerson of Middle Atlantic Products provides an
introduction of their RackLink suite of products that offer
monitoring, logging, notification, and control of power systems.

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Posted by Richard Fregosa on 09/08 at 01:12 PM
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Friday, September 07, 2012

Crestron Brings NFC to the Connected Home with AirConnect
Near Field Communication (NFC) was one of CE Pro's Top 5 Home Technologies to watch for 2012. Well, you can watch it at CEDIA Expo 2012, where Crestron has implemented it booth-wide via a new technology called airConnect.

I may be dating myself here, but remember back in 2007 when Bill Gates introduced Microsoft's answer to the digital home? The technology allowed for automatic personalization of the end user’s HVAC, lighting, artwork, and favorite TV channels via wireless communication from a pendant that he or she would wear to the Microsoft Quattro home server. The concept was visionary at the time—walk into a room in the digital home wearing the pendant and everything would automatically be adjusted to your personalized settings.

Now flash forward to 2009 CES with the debut of NFC. Designed with the idea that consumers in the future would not have to pay cash or even swipe an ATM debit card to…
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Posted by Petro Shimonishi on 09/07 at 10:00 AM
Blogs, Product News, Home Automation and Control, Control Systems, Events, CEDIA, Permalink

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Savant Evolves LiteTouch into New Lighting Control System
Savant Systems LLC has announced the introduction of Savant Lighting Control, transforming its LiteTouch products into a lighting control solution that can be used as part of a complete package within Savant's home automation and energy management ecosystem, or as a standalone lighting control system.

Savant Lighting Control will take advantage of the company's software-based system configuration, hardware devices and user interface options, giving integrators and designers versatile and scalable lighting control solutions, according to the company. Savant acquired LiteTouch in February 2012 and earlier this year debuted some new keypad designs inspired from the buyout.

Users will be able to activate lights via Savant's keypads as well as iOS and Mac apps including TrueControl and TrueImage Control. Savant Lighting Control can also be implemented as a standalone lighting solution, utilizing the same interoperability that LiteTouch has offered to third-party control vendors. Savant's backwards compatible hardware and software…
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Posted by Jason Knott on 09/06 at 08:00 AM
Blogs, Product News, Home Automation and Control, Control Systems, Lighting, Events, CEDIA, (0) Comments, Permalink

Friday, September 18, 2009

Atlanta as CEDIA Expo Host: Love it or Hate it?

Many of us only spent a few days in Atlanta for CEDIA Expo 2009. It was the first time the show has been in Atlanta since 1997.

What did you think?

It was my first trip to Atlanta, and I entered with some preconceived notions that were mostly negative. I mean, CEDIA went out of its way to let people know security would be ramped up during the show. It’s not difficult to read between the lines.

But I liked Atlanta. It’s a cool city with nice people.

Whether or not it’s a good host city for CEDIA Expo 2009, well, that's a different story.

  • It’s a big city with plenty of restaurants
  • Security was everywhere
  • Friendly people
  • The aquarium and Coca Cola factory give attendees a reason to bring their family along
  • Cab rides…
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Posted by Tom LeBlanc on 09/18 at 09:38 AM
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Crestron’s Procise Demo Creates Buzz at CEDIA Expo
Crestron's nearly 10,000-square-foot booth at CEDIA Expo 2009, as you might expect, house the latest in control, automation and Web-based technologies.

What you wouldn't expect, however, is that the demo of Crestron's Procise line in the company's sound room was one of the best system demos at the show.

The Procise line includes the PSPHD Processor, PROAMP Amplifier, ADMS Server and ADC-200BR Blu-ray Disc Changer.

Crestron walked attendees through some of the system's features, which include:
  • Interoperability with its control products
  • Web-based streaming of content and metadata information
  • Audyssey EQ
  • Uncompressed audio processing
  • RAID backup
Crestron then used a clip from "Iron Man" to prove it's capable of offering solutions outside its core line that are as good as those that come from traditional home theater manufacturers.

The sound room itself was also pretty impressive, engineered with acoustical treatments and supported by a nice array of screen, projector, and speaker products.

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Posted by Robert Archer on 09/16 at 02:03 PM
Blogs, Home Theater, CEDIA, Permalink

Monday, September 14, 2009

Did CEDIA, CE Pro Pick the Right Winners?
CEDIA just announced its annual Manufacturers' Excellence Awards, and CE Pro announced its first annual BEST winners.

Did they get it right?

CEDIA Awards

Of the CEDIA finalists, I'm surprised Anthem Statement D2v with Room Correction didn't get a nod. Anthem cannot make these fast enough for its dealers.

The Trak-kit system is also wildly creative and deserves some recognition.

CE Pro BEST Awards

On the CE Pro BEST Awards for Media Servers, the judges were correct to recognize Crestron for its ADMS-BR server with WorldSearch. But it should have tied with S1Digital's Digital Entertainment Platform, the only Media Center solution that lets users stream copy-protected CableCard content across a home network.

For security,…
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Posted by Julie Jacobson on 09/14 at 10:13 AM
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Bad Timing for Nortek Bankruptcy Announcement
Timing is everything, and the Nortek Chapter 11 bankruptcy announcement was really bad timing to happen in the middle of CEDIA Expo 2009.

As the news about the bankruptcy spread on the show floor, most of the Nortek companies were not there to quell speculation or anxiety among its dealer base.

Companies like Elan, Sunfire, Homelogic and Linear chose not to have exhibits at this year's show. OmniMount and SpeakerCraft did have strong presences in Atlanta and probably were sidetracked a bit by having to spend time talking to dealers about it vs. showing off products.

I heard some competitors of Elan adding fuel to the fire by raising doubt about the future of the company, telling integrators they should drop the line despite assurances from Nortek that the
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Posted by Jason Knott on 09/14 at 07:37 AM
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