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SlingCatcher: One Device to Rule Them All

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SlingCatcher: One Device to Rule Them AllThe Slingbox is one of the great all-time hits for home viewing but hasn’t resonated in Europe the way it does is USA. The newest product, the SlingCatcher, may change this.  Continue reading...

Listening “Large,” Selling the T12 Soundbar

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Listening “Large,” Selling the T12 Soundbar

OK, as a retailer or installer you’ve seen many soundbars now, all with the iPod sticking up like a candle on a birthday cake.

But Orbitsound’s T12 spatial stereo TV soundbar with iPod dock (and subwoofer) comes with a unique selling point that’s both demonstrable and effective at retail.

Other soundbars digitally re-create spatial stereo while the T12 produces spatial sound using its airSOUND™ single point stereo reproduction. 

airSOUND does not produce Continue reading...

Sorry, Taiwan: US Company Nails Cheap Video

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Sorry, Taiwan: US Company Nails Cheap Video

The Japanese dominate video camera sales and for years the Taiwanese have sought to undercut Nippon’s brand game. But Pure Digital Technologies, an 80-employee company behind the popular Flip Video camcorder, somehow has managed to trump those Chinese rivals (and tick off the Japanese brands) by successfully branding a cheap digital video camera.

Nearly 1 million Flips sold in USA since the digital camcorder's May 2007, in a cutthroat market dominated by Sony), Flip starts pricing at $1 Continue reading...

The Resurgence of Powerline

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Running the network across inexpensive electrical wiring instead of cable, fiber or copper was such a simple idea that I.T. executives sniffed it away. Now “PowerLine” is back and its commercial “voltage” is simply humming. PowerLine is gaining ground because utility companies are developing "smart grids" to meet regional mandates to conserve on energy. In some parts of the world, these utility grids already support streaming to home devices through a mix of Broadband-over-powerline Continue reading...

The Intelligent Bed

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The Intelligent Bed

OK, another example of where American geek culture is headed: The Starry Night™ Sleep Technology Bed.

Leggett & Platt brought this pioneering combination of technology and bedding to create an environment that the sleepy geek finds intelligent, intuitive and comfortable.

Starry Night™ is the first bed in the world with:

  • • Anti-snore technology
  • • Dual programmable temperature control from 68 to 117 degrees Fahrenheit
  • • Sleep Diagnostic Center; monitors Continue reading...

Intel Dumps Viiv Brand

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Intel Dumps Viiv BrandIntel is "scaling back" Viiv (pronounced VIVE and rhymes with LIVE), the PC platform that was supposed to bring digital entertainment to the living room. The chip maker has stopped promoting the technology in its original form, and instead will use a modified version of the brand on entertainment-oriented PCs, labelled "Intel Core 2 with Viiv technology."

 

 Intel drops the idea of promoting the Viiv brand (announced with so much fanfare at CES 2006) on Internet video Continue reading...

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