Web-portal resource for members Members are now a few clicks away from accessing information about the hottest trends and the most contemporary technology innovations available in the industry. Spread the word: a call for instructors Are you passionate about the development of the custom electronics industry? Would you like to motivate others to reach their growth potential and educate them on innovative ideas, techniques and products? CEDIA Expo 2010 While we don’t like to move on when the positive feedback is still filtering through and leads are being converted to sales for our happy exhibitors, the preparations are well underway for Expo 2010. Looking ahead to 2010The end of 2009 will be on our doorsteps before we know it and we all need to sit back and look over our businesses. Not being a pessimist, I still think we are in for some economic challenges in 2010. HDCP incompatibility scenario: "One or the other" HDCP incompatibility scenario: “Caught in the middle”HDMI/HDCP troubleshootingWith the number of HDMI compatible devices continuing to grow, any legacy scepticism regarding the specification needs to be resolved. Here, cable manufacturer Monster Cable provides some answers to the most common HDMI/HDCP problems. Dr Floyd E. TooleAfter turning his favourite hobby into a profession, Dr Floyd E. Toole spent decades researching the art of psychoacoustics and sound reproduction in small rooms.Turntable integrationVinyl records may be a thing of the past to some, but to others they are a vital part of any home theatre system. Len Wallis explains how to integrate a turntable into a distributed audio system.Gaming consoles as media centresAs the average age of the Australian gamer passes 28, games consoles are starting to play a bigger role in home theatre installations.Disco InfernoA West Australian installer had to meet several challenges when it came to installing an award-winning home theatre that could transform from a cinema to a disco within minutes. The multi-faceted entertainment area comes complete with a dance floor, karaoke, smoke machine and a speaker system that exceeds expectations.Smart meter FAQsThe down side to smart meteringIt’s not all smooth sailing for smart metering and smart grid rollouts.The role of the connected home on smart meteringThe possibilities raised by smart metering haven’t gone unnoticed by home automation manufacturers.How will the smart grid work?Smart metering is one approach to integrating consumers based on the development of open standards.Smart meters and the smart gridTechnology generally is credited with all kinds of benefits, but will a new breed of electricity meter and power grid be good for a typical household?LEDs and OLEDs: What's the difference?With next generation HDTV displays looming, lighting manufacturers are racing to turn the technology from OLED TVs into the next generation of light bulbs.OLED TV technology in residential lightingWith next generation HDTV displays looming, lighting manufacturers are racing to turn the technology from OLED TVs into the next generation of light bulbs.Controlling outdoor audioIf you really do want a relaxing summer’s Sunday afternoon, then you won’t want to be getting up and down all the time to make adjustments to the system, or to twirl the volume control. So some form of remote control is essential.Wiring for outdoor audioWhen installing outdoor speakers, you will probably want to have the speaker cables neatly installed into wall and roof cavities to avoid them being an eyesore.Multi-room audio for the backyardOutdoor speakers can benefit from facilities already built into many home theatre systems.Outdoor speakersWhen it comes to selecting the right outdoor speaker for you, there are many considerations you need to take into account.Backyard audioNow that Spring is upon us, it’s time to think about Summer entertaining, including the music you can enjoy outdoors.It's time for outdoor technology
Home automation is quickly spreading throughout the home, and with the amount of time we spend in the backyard, it should also be considered part of the typical Aussie home.
But, what's possible?
Control Freq Harry Simidis writes:
"To many people, the backyard is an escape from the everyday grind. It’s the place they go to relax, entertain or even dine (among a plethora of other activities).
Integrating stormwater overflow catchment reservoirsAside from irrigation, lighting control systems have also been used to manage stormwater overflow catchment reservoirs, that often reside underneath the basement garage slab. Integrating garage doorsA good candidate for integration to a lighting control system is the classic garage door. Integrating motorised louvresMotorised louvres play a significant role both in the backyard and around the home. Integrating pool cleanersPool cleaners are another item that can be integrated into the lighting control system. Integrating pool lightsIn the past I’ve integrated two types of pool LED lighting: those with automatic colour change based on the number of times their controller is pulsed on-off, and those with the ability to be driven directly from the lighting control system and effectively able to achieve any colour in the spectrum.Integrating landscape lightingThe ability to dim certain lights while strengthening others adds another dimension to the visual landscape of an outdoor area.Integrating irrigationIn these days of global warming, energy efficiency, carbon footprints, greenhouse gases and drought, we need to start thinking about how to use water more efficiently. Integrating your backyardTo many Australians, the backyard is just another room in the house. Harry Simidis looks at some of the things that can be effectively managed by a control system to bring the comforts of the home to the great outdoors.CEDIA hits New ZealandDemand for professional custom installers of home automation and high-end audio visual equipment is growing throughout the Asia Pacific region, in particular, within New Zealand.The 6th annual Connected Home ConferenceThe 6th annual Connected Home Conference has wrapped up for another year, with reports of it being the best ever.Connected Home Conference: John Fennell (Copper Development Centre)“With the crossover to renewable energy resources, the electrical industry is currently moving from a reliable supply to an unreliable supply of energy,” John said. Connected Home Conference: Geof Heydon (Alcatel Lucent)Geof Heydon, the director of market development and innovation for Alcatel Australasia, spoke about the benefits of and possibilities created by the increasing number of converged services that are set to sky rocket with the rollout of the National Broadband Network.