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The Name of the ROSIE

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Savant Systems showed their ROSIE coffee table touch panel controller (CTTPC for short, just kidding) at CEDIA in USA. The table with touch screen supports all the Savant suite of In-wall Touch panels plus some new interactive multimedia. For example, it works with iTunes, digital cameras, webcams, business card readers, and other digital devices.

In fact, it looks and sounds a lot like the Microsoft Surface (a 30” display in a table-like form factor that can simultaneously recognize dozens of movements such as touch, gestures—as well as recognize any unique objects with a custom ID tag.) Hey, not bad company…

You have to give Savant credit if you are playing in that league. In both cases, it’s so cool to have a new form factor.  Check out Savant’s application photos on their web site: kitchen, bedroom (oh la la) and living room.

Go ROSIE Coffee Table

Entertainment Devices to Join Home Networks

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Shipments of network-enabled consumer electronics and media devices will exceed those of home gateways, routers, network adaptors and home network storage products by 2012, says ABI Research.

Total shipments of network-enabled consumer electronics and media devices should grow from 92m in 2007 to almost 460m in 2012, while shipments of network-enabled home gateways, routers, network adaptors and home storage products are expected to reach 368m by 2012.

The trend points to a “graying” of the maturing home networking hardware market (many broadband consumers in developed economies already have home network hardware installed) while the large majority of consumers have yet to connect a non-PC device to their network.

“The question for home networking companies,” asks ABI, “Is can they make this transition? Or will the networked entertainment market be subsumed by more traditional consumer electronics companies?”  Ah, good question…

Go ABI Research “Where is the Market Headed/”

NetStreams Touch Screens Go Larger

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NetStreams launched two new IP-Based in-wall LCD touch screen controllers at this years’ Denver CEDIA Expo. Featuring NetStreams’ largest screen size to date, the new TouchLinX TL700 has17.5cm LCD touch screen, while the new TouchLinX TL430 sports a 10.5cm LCD touch screen. The new controllers offer menus and graphics with higher resolutions, are designer-friendly, and require little or no programming by installers.

Made for use with NetStreams’ DigiLinX IP-Based Multi-Room Audio/Video and Control solution, both the TouchLinX TL700 and TL430 feature NetStreams’ StreamNet technology and include a built-in microphone for integrated intercom, room-to-room paging, zone monitoring, as well as an IR receiver. Both models feature attractive LCD touchscreens with a widescreen aspect ratio, and anti-glare resistance.

Says Petro Shimonishi, NetStreams VP Marketing and Product Management, “… dealers can realize tangible benefits of IP-Based technology thanks to easy installation and minimal programming. There’s no question that IP-Based products are the future for the industry. With NetStreams, dealers can offer a completely IP-based solution to their customers today that is compatible with the future. “

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Neither a Control System, Nor Media Center PC to Be: Fuze

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FUZE Media Systems emerged from stealth mode to launch its next-gen whole-home media management solution at CEDIA.

Built to manage media (not a control or MCE system), FUZE delivers a complete HW/SW system that stores, manages, organizes, and distributes digital media to any part of the home. Live TV, recorded TV, movies, videos, music, digital photos, and more are all stored and managed centrally.

With FUZE, media is no longer tied to a particular device or a particular location in the home. Regardless of where a user records a show or video (HD included)—or where music or photos were originally stored—any TV or speaker in the home can easily access any media at the touch of a button.

FUZE offers its own parallel gigabit network, for quality of service (QoS); remote monitoring to ensure continuous operation; DRM-friendly whole-home HD video; Internet-based content; whole-home capability for all media functions; and a simple, easy-to-use interface.

The system delivers whole-home PVR (including HDTV) with multiple CableCARD tuners, offers built-in whole-home audio capability, and enables one-touch digital photo slideshows. The entire system operates with a single pre-programmed remote, leverages a single interface throughout the home, and centrally stores all media.

Go FUZE Media Systems

Crestron Introduces HD-CATV Distribution System

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Crestron introduces the first 12-zone bidirectional CATV distribution amplifier featuring individual gain and tilt adjustment for each output.

The MediaManifold MM-DS-12 integrates all of the elements of a complete pro head-end into a single compact module, replacing the numerous splitters, combiners, amplifiers, and cables that make up a typical distribution system. MediaManifold delivers high power and headroom, low noise and distortion, and drives signals up to 300 feet providing performance for distributing both analog and digital cable TV signals. Setting proper gain and tilt levels are easy using the built-in automatic calibration, or the optional handheld cable analyzer.

Today's High Def digital cable systems need high quality signals to function properly. A poor digital signal results in pixelation, freezing, and even complete loss of picture. Tuning traditional HD distribution systems present the challenge of selecting a single gain and tilt level for all signals, regardless of cable length, resulting in under and over modulated signals throughout the home.
The Crestron MediaManifold is designed to set levels individually for each RG6 coaxial homerun - up to 300 feet - to ensure a clean, full-bandwidth signal at every TV throughout the home.

Designing and installing a high-performance video distribution system is easy with MediaManifold. Instead of several separate amplifiers and splitters, the MM-DS-12 is a single, compact surface-mount module. In addition to its 12 independent outputs, an additional output is provided for cable modem and digital phone, and an external modulator can also be connected to enable signals from security cameras and other video sources to be combined and distributed along with the main cable TV channels.

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