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Microsoft to dabble in Home Automation

Software giant Microsoft wants you to install Windows in your home. No, not the kind made of glass––the company’s researchers have been busy developing software that will make it easier for homes to be automated, controlled and monitored via Internet connectivity. Although there are many...

What is Home Automation?

What is home automation? When clients call Electronics Design Group for advice on how to automate their homes, oftentimes they’re unsure of what exactly automation is (and how it fits into the “smart home” model), let alone the level of automation that they want to attain. Drawing from almost ...

The Future of Home Technologies

CEDIA offers a sneak peek of what's available and what's coming. (more…)...

Android or iPad: Which for Home A/V and Control?

It’s no secret that the iPad has been a tremendous success for Apple. However, just as Android-based phones have taken a serious bite out of Apple’s smart phone market share, Android-based tablets are lining up to take a swing at Apple’s formidable iPad. If you’ve been on the fence as to...

Study Says 12 Million Home Automation Systems by 2016

Despite a dim economy, home automation is on the rise. According to new numbers from ABI Research, 1.8 million home automation systems shipped globally this year. That number is expected to explode by 2016, when the research firm expects about 12 million systems to get sent out. Of course, it...

How to Add Lighting Control to Your Home

Want to freshen up the appearance of your house, enjoy greater convenience and save some energy to boot? Then you should look into a lighting control system. A lighting control system can automatically dim your lights, enact preset “scenes” so only the fixtures you need come on, automatically ...

Inside Entourage Star Kevin Connolly’s Home Theater Transformation

Oh, to be rich and famous enough that TV networks make shows about fixing up my home. Entourage may be winding down as the hit HBO series recently kicked off its final season, but things are just starting to heat up, technology-wise, at the home of star Kevin Connolly. Hollywood Hi-Tech, a new...

How to Choose A Multiroom Audio System

Whole-house entertainment systems are available in several different designs and configurations. Some cater to enthusiasts who own a host of audio/video components and want to be able to enjoy their media from several different areas; others are meant for people who are content to listen to soft...

New Telephone from Savant Works with iPod Touch

“It’s ironic that we are all telecom guys and it took us this long to do a phone system,” says Jim Carroll, president of Savant, speaking of the company’s soon-to-ship Telephony Solution product. But judging from the reaction from one integrator, it might have been worth the wait. By...

Automation via the Weather

Alarm.com releases Extreme Temps automation for heating, cooling your home more efficiently. It’s a baking hot day. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some automated control over your air conditioner, so you don’t run up a hefty bill to cool your home while you’re stuck at work?Alarm.com says it ...

 

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