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Top 5 Home Technology Trends and Opportunities for 2016

Audio and video analytics, home automation user empowerment, the 4K UHD ecosystem, LVDC power distribution and front-door amenities such as smart doorbells top CE Pro’s 2016 Top Home Tech Trends to watch for 2016.

Julie Jacobson · January 22, 2016

Origin Acoustics’ AcoustaScape 8-Ohm Outdoor Speaker System Supports 4, 6 or 8 Satellites

Debuting at ISE 2016, new AcoustaScape AS41 from Origin Acoustics is affordable 8-Ohm outdoor speaker system starting with four satellites and a subwoofer, expandable to eight speakers. The “building block approach is unique to Origin,” says CEO Jeremy Burkhardt.

Julie Jacobson · January 21, 2016

ESPA Names Jeff Gardner as Executive Director

The Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA) has named Jeff Gardner as its first executive director. Gardner has been director of technical training and industry certification at CEDIA for nine years.

CE Pro Editors · January 21, 2016

SIM2 Revitalizes Projector Line with New 3-Chip DLP, HDR Projectors

At CES 2016, SIM2 announced the latest LUMIS Plus three-chip DLP projector and HDR-compatible Dual System Cinema high-performance projector.

Robert Archer · January 21, 2016

Alex Tagliani Smart Home: Getting Schooled on Wiring

IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani learns why even in today’s wireless world, his smart home must have a giant mass of physical networking cable.

Jason Knott · January 20, 2016

Hands-On: Just Add Power 3G Ultra HDIP Includes Down-Conversion, Down-Mixing

Just Add Power’s third generation HD-over-IP switch, the 3G Ultra HDIP, distributes 4K video with down-conversion for 1080 displays and down-mixing for stereo audio. Packaging with Luxul switches creates seamless experience for integrators.

Joe Whitaker · January 20, 2016

NAHB Forecasts 13% Rise in Housing Starts for 2016

For 2016, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is predicting that housing starts will hit 1.26 million units, with single-family starts hitting 840,000, up 18%.

Jason Knott · January 20, 2016

Sonos Patent Describes Ultimate Party Mode: Share the Access, Not the Password

New Sonos patent describes a method for letting guests access a Sonos or other media system via cellular, without the need to access password-protected networks.

Julie Jacobson · January 19, 2016

Video: Check Out Dish Hopper 3’s ‘Sports Bar at Home’ Mode

The Dish Hopper 3 can create a quad mode view on a single display that allows the homeowner to seamlessly move between full-screen mode and quad mode, and select audio from an individual channel during quad mode.

CE Pro Editors · January 19, 2016

D-Tools and AudioVisions Partner to Develop System Integrator Software

As part of the agreement AUDIOVISIONS will have access to D-Tools software and support, and D-Tools will have access to AUDIOVISIONS intellectual property.

Robert Archer · January 19, 2016