By Terry Paullin • Dec 14 2009, 4:46pm
We did it again! Yup, my very own State of California has once again been the first to ring the Stupid-Bell in an attempt to lead the Nation into yet another set of ill-advised legislations destined to cost its population jobs, cash and freedom of choice.
Undoubtedly you have read about our most recent embarrassment, the enactment into law of “Standards” that will require most flat panel televisions sold in the State to be 33% “more efficient” by 2011 and 50% more-so by 2013.
Consider for a moment...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 8 2009, 11:15pm
It is not a nightmare.
You have read it correctly.
According to recent reports, the FCC's broadband plan mandated by Congress is due next February and although the consideration of freeing spectrum for commercial use is not final, the FCC is requesting information from the industry to evaluate the current and future utilization of broadcast airwaves.
The idea is...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 8 2009, 5:22pm
This event by the Consumers Electronics Association was held on November 10 in New York City to show to the press a preview of the new products and planned events that will take place at the 2010 International CES in Las Vegas on January 7- 10, 2010.
Steve Koenig, CEA’s Director of Industry Analysis, and Shawn DuBravac, CFA, CEA’s Chief Economist and Director of Research disclosed their analysis of the holiday outlook for consumer electronics sales and technology trends for CES 2010, introduced some new hot products, and announced the best of Innovation Honorees, mentioned in a link below.
Several exhibitors with tabletop displays introduced new products in advance of their official debuts at the actual CES in January.
The expectation for the holidays is...
By Richard Fisher • Dec 7 2009, 5:25pm
Still to this day, the PC world lacks the ability to fully integrate into a home media or theater system.
Touching on all the ifs, ands and buts over the last 8 years would add a lot of length but it would add up to some feature or service not being available on a PC making a universal PC solution for all users impossible.
With the release of Windows 7...
By Richard Fisher • Dec 3 2009, 5:31pm
While I had no intention of providing reports on manufacturers, the direction Mitsubishi has taken with rear projection and some design changes ended up a highlight for me.
They had their laser-driven rear projection DLP, marketed as LaserVue, at the show providing the only 3D demo of the active LCD shutter system for Mitsubishi (there were three demos from others at the convention).
Oddly enough there was not any promotion of this new laser light driven technology which left me wondering why they were going through the trouble.
I did press a representative over what Mitsubishi hopes to accomplish with this technology and...
By Richard Fisher • Dec 2 2009, 5:27pm
If the product in your home accepts a remote command, has an RS232 serial interface or access to the internet, there are numerous products out there for whatever you want to control from a central or remote location.
Think big and out of the box; if the current product in your home lacks a particular feature, there is likely another you can buy that doesn’t!
Speakercraft had a press conference on the March 2010 release of the Nirv system.
They claim to...
By Richard Fisher • Dec 1 2009, 5:56pm
The change in LCD display cabinet finishes along with the new LED lighting system was the game changing highlight of the show for me!
Regardless of manufacturer or backlighting technology, it appeared all LCDs displays received a facelift in the form of a new shiny glass-like screen throwing out the anti-glare screens of the past.
It’s some form of Plexiglas along with an added optical coating to improve contrast and naturally it works quite well.
Gone are the days of SSE (Silk Screen Effect) that we have been seeing on micro-display rear projection and LCD flat panels.
My first newbie question upon my first arrival at a manufacturer’s booth was...