Jan 19 2014

News - Home Automation @ CES 2014

This year’s show was focused heavily on home automation (HA) and the “Internet of Things” device so I spent most of my time at the show running down different HA vendors and talking to them about the products they have, and the ones that should be out sometime this year. Instead of breaking each one into its own post I decided to group them all together in one post, by focus, so that hopefully it’s easier for you (the reader) to understand where the competitive lines are drawn.

Jan 17 2014

Blog - Questioning the Badge

This year at CES instead of the traditional badges with a barcode, we got fancy NFC enabled ones. I did some playing with it at the show, but didn’t really have the time to look to see what was actually encoded on it. With a better set of tools, and a bit more time, curiosity got the best of me so I wrote a quick app to dump and decode the content.

Jan 16 2014

News - blumoo @ CES 2014

One of the coolest things about actually being at CES, is that you get the opportunity to discover small vendors that get buried or ignored in most coverage – blumoo is exactly that. Essentially it’s a tiny computer that you attach to your A/V stack that acts like a Bluetooth audio receiver and much more interestingly a universal remote control that lets you use your iOS/Android device to drive the components.

Jan 16 2014

News - HDBaseT @ CES 2014

2014 will not be the year that HDBaseT becomes a mainstream DIY technology, but it is getting much closer. When we stopped by their booth this year, they had products – yes, actual products that you can buy, on display including AVR, projectors, and TVs. Now, most of kit won’t come cheap, after all HDBaseT is still targeted mostly at business and custom installer markets, but it is a huge step forward versus last time. Also, with version 2.0 devices just around the corner all the A/V goodness over a single wire will only get better. Hopefully we’ll see even more components entering the market and the prices start to approach attainable instead of just aspirational Smile.

Jan 16 2014

News - Sharp @ CES 2014

If you followed TV news coming from CES 2014 you probably picked up on Sharp’s massive 85” glasses free 3D display. Everything I heard about it was positive so I made a special trip out to have a look; and was sorely disappointed.

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