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Connected Smarts Reach the Tape Measure

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The tape measure may be the last device one might say needs connectivity, yet the Bagel is exactly that-- a "smart" digital tape measure complete with companion app.

BagelThe Bagel offers 3 different measuring modes for users wanting to measure, well, everything. String mode is the most familiar mode, with Dyneema string one simply rolls out of the device, analog-style.

The second is Wheel mode, where users simply roll the Bagel around objects on a built-in wheel, while the 3rd Remote mode combines an ultrasonic sensor and a laser pointer to horizontal and vertical distances.


USB Type-C. One Cable to Rule Them All.

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USB Type-C

The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announces IEC has formally adopted the latest USB-IF specifications for high-speed data delivery and enhanced usages for device charging.

These specifications-- the USB Type-C Cable and Connector, USB Power Delivery and USB 3.1 (SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps) define a single-cable solution for audio/video, data and power delivery.

The IEC specification numbers are noted below:

  • IEC 62680-1-3 (USB Type-C)
  • IEC 62680-1-2 (USB PD)
  • IEC 62680-3-1 (USB 3.1)

The USB Type-C™ specification defines the physical USB Type-C cable and connector form factor.

USB Type-C, sometimes referred to as USB-C, is a new shape of cable plug and port. Any USB Type-C connector is reversible: you can plug it in either way – upside down or right side up. Also, if you have a computer and a device and both have USB-C ports, you can plug either end of the cable into the PC, and the other in the peripheral.

USB Type-C is about the same size as micro USB connections, so it’ll fit in even the smallest of devices. Type-C USB is also great for charging. With bi-directional power, Type-C USB means your device can charge a peripheral--but if it runs low, the peripheral could charge the host device.

USB Power Delivery provides flexible, bi-directional power capabilities by enabling faster charging and increased power levels up to 100W. The spec defines standardized features that support the global adoption of interoperable power supplies, helping to reduce electronic waste and increase re-usability of adapters and chargers for consumer electronics.

When USB Type-C is combined with USB Power Delivery (USB PD) it can support a much higher power output – up to 100W at 20V and 5A. This is not only enough to charge smartphones and tablets but you can now charge a notebook with USB PD and Type-C. (This adds confusion because some USB 3.1 ports have the 100W Power Delivery feature, while others do not. And some USB 3.0 cables have it, and some do not. And some new laptops like the Apple MacBook and Google Chrome Pixel have such ports for charging.) This also means that devices like hard drives and USB hubs won’t need a separate power cable.

USB 3.1 enables speeds up to 10 Gbps, supporting audio/video for USB hosts, hubs and devices.

Combined with USB Type-C, USB 3.1 and USB Power Delivery define a single-cable solution for audio/video, data and power delivery, building on the existing global ecosystem of USB/IEC 62680 series of International Standards compliant devices.

“USB is arguably the most prolific technology worldwide considering the widespread adoption of devices and global consumer recognition,” says Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO. USB Type-C, combined with USB Power Delivery for faster charging and USB performance, is the last cable anyone will ever need. USB-IF is pleased the partnership with IEC has resulted in the approval of these key specifications.”

Go IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission)

Go USB Implementers Forum


Leema Acoustics Intros Reference Cables

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Leema Acoustics announces a pair of audio cable ranges-- the Reference 1 and Reference 2, consisting of speaker cables and several digital and analogue interconnects.

Leema cablesFeaturing specifications by the ex-BBC sound engineers behind Leema Acoustics (namely Lee Taylor and Mallory Nichols), the cables include advanced continuously cast mono-crystal 6N-purity copper conductor, teflon insulation and beryllium-copper plugs.

The range includes the Reference 1 and Reference 2 interconnects, comprising analogue cables in RCA and XLR terminations, digital cables in RCA, Toslink and USB, and loudspeaker cables.


Cleerline 4k2kHDMITC Extends 4K Over Fibre

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Installers needing to extend 4K over fibre optic can get the Cleerline 4k2kHDMITC, a means to deliver 4K/UHD video up to 300m, providing an alternative to standard Cat cable runs.

Cleerline etenderDesigned for use with OM2 or greater multimode fibre, the 4k2kHDMITC extender set features built-in diagnostic LEDs. Power comes through micro-USB while bandwidth reaches up to 10Gbps. The transmission path supports HDCP, EDID and CEC control, and the baluns can be used with the Cleerline SSF fibe designed and termination solution.


MoCA Takes on Broadband With MoCA Access

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The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) presents MoCA Access-- a specification aimed at multiple dwelling units (MDUs) capable of 1Gbps net throughput based on the current MoCA 2.0 standard.

Coax connectorThe recently approved MoCA 2.5 specification will also be integrated in the MoCA Access specification, serving as a technology roadmap for the planning of future deployments. MoCA 2.5 is capable of up to 2.5Gbps and is backwards-interoperable with MoCA 2.0.

“Our move into access applications is driven by operators worldwide who told us they need one Gbps. actual throughputs with a long-term migration path and want to use the existing coax infrastructure,” the alliance says. “Our performance and reliability attributes are proving to be a great solution in broadband applications as well as the home network backbone.”


Vision’s Room Calendar Display Dongle

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Vision Display Dongle

Vision have a new version of their Freespace room booking system.

In the same way you check your own calendar in Outlook, Freespace is an Android-based product that displays a meeting room’s calendar on a display outside the room.

Vision Freespace

The new version of the app has a revised interface which is more customisable, and now works with Google Apps and any other app-based calendar system. Vision say the advantage of the app-based approach is they can push out regular updates and customise quickly.

One of the two new hardware flavours is the new “Freespace Dongle” [pictured], which is designed for conference and event centres where there are already large 1080P displays installed. Integrators can retrofit the Freespace system to those flat panels to get the calendar content for each room on those screens.

In stock in June, the dongle goes for SSP GBP 588 / EUR 758 / AUD 1178

Go Vision's Freespace Room Booking System


Ihiji ServiceManager Adds Ticketing

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Ihiji adds a service ticketing feature to the ServiceManager Software as a Service (SaaS), allowing system installers and home technology providers to generate recurring monthly revenue (RMR) through managed annual service plans.

Ihiji ServiceManagerAccording to the company efficiently creating and tracking trouble tickets (aka technical support or service tickets) is a critical component of a successful services organisation. Thus, to aid the management of recurring service plans and services operation efforts, ServiceManger features customer warranty tracking, recurring service plan tracking, RMR invoicing and billing, customer contact management, technical support ticketing and tracking, and (coming soon) centralised project documentation.