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Epiphan Announces AV.io HD Video Grabber

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Epiphan Video launches the AV.io HD-- a device the company describes as an easy-to-use video grabber for customers wanting to capture video from HDMI, DVI and VGA sources.

Video grabberThe AV.io HD allows users to connect any device with an HDMI, DVI or VGA output, including cameras, laptops, tablets, projectors, game consoles and embedded devices to a Windows, Mac or Linux PC without need for any additional drivers on add-ons.

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Hamilton Intros Vogue Wiring

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Hamilton-Litestat launches Vogue-- a wiring accessory range featuring a contemporary new design of white moulded bevelled edged products with slim ergonomic front plates and screw covers.

Vogue wiring"The move towards simple and subtle is clear. In terms of finishes-- lots of neutral whites, subtle blends of bronze tones and the understated are the look of the moment," the company says. "We have applied the exact same care and attention to detail to this new range as we pay to our designer collections and bespoke pieces."

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DVDO Intros iScan Micro

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DVDO iScan MicroDVDO announces the iScan Micro-- a cable-dongle accessory able to convert SD and HD video signals up to 4K @ 60Hz via the company's VRS ClearView technology.

It also features a “studio-grade 4K Ultra HD adaptive scaling engine,” as well as other noise reduction and picture enhancement technologies, all in an HDMI-compatible form factor small enough to hide behind an existing TV.

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The £500 Mains Power Cable

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Are your customers willing to pay £500 for a mains power cable? The Chord Company believes some might do exactly that as it launches the Signature ARAY, a power cable promising "something really special."

Chord companyHow special? The cable features a high-density braided shield, a heavy-gauge foil shield and proprietary ARAY conductor technology, while the custom-made plug carries silver-plated pins, a cover complete with mechanical damping and "very secure" terminals.

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FSR Improves DR Cables

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Digital Ribbon cableFSR adds multiple Aramid reinforcing cords to the assembly of its Digital Ribbon (DR) cable family, increasing the pull strength specification of the cable from the earlier 9kg rating to 18kg.

As a result the DR cable family is now one of the most robust optical HDMI cable on the market. In addition the company uses proprietary technology for high speed, high definition HDMI signal transmission over distances of up to 99m at speeds of 10.2Gbps video bandwidth, and can easily handle 1080p HD, 3D, deep color, HDMI-CEC, HDCP and most newer high resolution formats.

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Rack Cooling Gear from Future Automation

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Future Automation launches an air-cooled racking equipment range-- Smart Airflow Control, a product trio designed to regulate and improve the airflow around racked AV equipment or through confined cabinets.

Smart Airflow ControlThe range consists of the SAC-T 19-inch rack compatible fan tray, and the SAC-U1 and SAC-U2 cabinet-mountable regulators. All are RS232 programmable, and an externally mounted temperature sensor controls status and fan speed.

In addition the cooling fans feature vibration isolating rubber mounts for near silent operation.

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Wireless Charging, in Ikea Furniture

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Swedish furniture maker Ikea makes a surprise Mobile World Congress 2015 appearance, where it launches a portfolio of bedside tables, lamps and desks featuring built-in Qi wireless charging.

Ikea chargingDesigned by David Wahl, the furniture promises to eliminate cable clutter by charging any smartphone with Qi wireless charging support. In addition the company also offers a standalone Qi chargers customers can integrate into current (Ikea, obviously) furniture with a spot of drilling.

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