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Green Living, Smart Living

December 22, 2009 By Dennis Burger 5 comments
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Green in RI

As you cross the threshold of this gorgeous New England-style home overlooking Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, the first place your mind definitely doesn’t go is toward visions of high-tech gadgetry or green living.

But there’s something special that sets this home apart from the rest of the block.

New Products for Sooloos

August 20, 2010 By Liz Palacios 10 comments
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Meridian introduces the Media Source 600 and Sooloos Control 15

 

…More after the jump.


Google TV Causes Hollywood Jitters

August 19, 2010 By Mark Elson 21 comments
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A recent Los Angeles Times article reports fears within the broadcast entertainment industry about Google’s plan to join the Internet with traditional television. It will be known as Google TV, and it will allow viewers to watch TV shows and movies, independent of broadcast networks or cable channels. The setup would require a TV or set-top box with Google software (scheduled for stores this fall), a connection to the Internet, and a keyboard. iPhone or Android phones will also be able to operate Google TV.

Six Endangered Tech Species

August 20, 2010 By Mark Elson 8 comments
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Jason Notte’s article in The Street, quotes financial pundits in the tech sector, predicting the demise of certain technologies and formats based on multi-function capabilities of handheld devices. The article identifies six devices for extinction. For the record, we wouldn’t bet on all of these devices completely disappearing. Many technologies have coexisted peacefully over the years for various reasons. Still, we thought you’d find the subject stimulating. Tell us what you think. 

Sensio Expands 3D Content Viewing

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Press releases today from Sensio Technologies, Inc. report three major announcements regarding 3Di. These advancements will be launched at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV, beginning this coming Thursday, January 6, 2011.

 

Press Release 1:

With the current dearth of 3D content, SENSIO has negotiated the rights to an extensive and varied library including independent movies, documentaries, and blockbusters, which it will encode in the SENSIO® Hi-Fi 3D format, to be distributed through the video-on-demand (VOD) platform of RoxioNowTM, a major player in OTT services. Manufacturers of Internet-connected devices incorporating the SENSIO® Hi-Fi 3D decoder will be able to offer viewers access to this expanding library of 3D content.

Not Related to Home Entertainment but Techy: Flying Drones for Google Streetmapping?

December 27, 2010 By Mark Elson - Senior Editor 4 comments
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A Fortune CNN article confirms that Any Rubin, Google's VP of Engineering, has purchased at least one md4-1000 drone aircraft from Germany's Microdrones GmbH. CEO Sven Juerss has been quoted, sharing his hope to deliver dozens more unmanned drones to Google soon. The question is, what does this mean? Each small drone can house a camera, a GPS, a small computer and can fly as high as one kilometer. The article hints at the possible use of a drone fleet to supplant Google's fleet of Streetview cars for streetmapping. There is good reason for such speculation: "The UAVs are well suited to provide timely recording of the map service Google Earth," says Juerss. With a range of several thousand meters and a speed of up to 80 kilometers per hour, the drones could automatically image whole neighborhoods. Then again, maybe Google will use the drones to monitor their wind farms...To read the entire speculation, click here:
 

Still Not Related to Home Entertainment: Fly Me to the Off-Ramp

December 27, 2010 By Mark Elson - Senior Editor 5 comments
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At $194,000, Terrafugia's flying car-otherwise known as a "roadable aircraft"-aptly is named the Transition and it may be a bargain. The Transition makes its public flying debut in 2011 at the AirVenture show in Oshkosh, WI. Powered by a 100-horsepower, four-cylinder aircraft engine, the Transition is a rear-wheel drive flying car that meets all of the federal highway safety regulations for a sport-utility vehicle. It boasts a flying speed of 105 mph; one tank of gas enables the car to fly 500 miles before landing and driving to the nearest gas station for a fill-up.

 

Test pilot Phil Meteer claims the four-wheel configuration makes take off and landing very predictable. "I've been up to 100 mph and it's rock-solid on the ground," says Meteer. What's the tie-in to home tech, you may ask? The interior's touch panels change appearance from car-like gauges to aircraft instruments when in the air. We'd like to see some A/V options in the cabin. To read entire article, click here:
 

Bye Bye Battery

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Did you ever dream you could dump your batteries and pull electricity from the air? Electrical engineering researcher Paul Theilmann is working on power-scavenging "freegan" sensors to collect unused radio frequency energy from the air and use it instead of batteries.

His first foray is into environments where batteries are hard to replace and directed, radio-frequency energy is difficult to deliver. Cell phone towers and radio transmitters emit plenty of unused energy but collecting it is tricky. Theilmann's work enables his sensors to run on weaker, wireless signals. One of his innovations is a rectifier that converts wireless energy to direct current (DC).

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