By John Sciacca October 01, 2014
One things I saw at CEDIA EXPO was that major automation companies were talking about ways to make programming systems a far simpler affair. So simple, in fact, that many will include letting end users make system changes like creating lighting and shading scenes or time-of-day events that heretofore would have required some serious brain power and proprietary software to pull off.
By Todd Anthony Puma September 30, 2014
The iPod Dock isn’t dead; it has just morphed. When talking about music and streaming content, the network backbone is critical. I’ve also talked to a few others in the industry and here is a quick recap of the various solutions out there.
By Todd Anthony Puma September 24, 2014
I was having drinks at the hotel bar and who should be next to me but URC president Doug Cole. We started talking about our businesses, then eventually got around to the elephant in the room: why my company had moved away from URC.
By John Sciacca September 23, 2014
Without a doubt, one of the most prevalent and exciting themes at the show was Dolby Atmos. As an integrator, Atmos should be your best friend. Get to know it, understand it, demo it, sell it, install it. Here’s a recap of the best audio demos I heard at the EXPO.
By Heather L. Sidorowicz September 18, 2014
Is the new iOS life changing? No, but Apple has added some pretty neat features and shortcuts. Here's why you should care: Apple changed our way of life more than once already, and they are cool. You may or may not think so, but many of your clients will.
By Todd Anthony Puma September 17, 2014
Crestron’s Pyng is designed to greatly speed up set-up for basic home automation systems. I want to talk about how I foresee incorporating Pyng into my business and my clients' homes.
By Jeremy J. Glowacki September 16, 2014
Last week at CEDIA EXPO, positive energy was clearly in abundance for the first time in many years as integrators road the wave of a rebounding housing market, manufacturers showed more product innovation after banks freed up more development dollars, and Denver served its final year as our favorite EXPO host city. The only “good-news, bad-news” story that I observed during the show involved Control4’s acquisition of software house Extra Vegetables’ and the adverse affect that business deal had on URC dealers.
By Matt D. Scott September 15, 2014
This year marked the shift toward laser as a dominant new technology.
By John Sciacca September 13, 2014
By far the biggest theme in surround sound at CEDIA EXPO 2014 was Dolby Atmos. In fact, you practically couldn’t enter a home theater demo at CEDIA without hearing about and experiencing Atmos. Whether it was a speaker or AV receiver/processor manufacturer Atmos was the most buzz-worthy trend at the show.
By Heather L. Sidorowicz September 12, 2014
We may think that the only place to find new commercial products are at shows like InfoComm, but I’m here to tell you there are many on the show floor offering a slew of great new light commercial products.