This sound great! I'm glad the Dot is finally coming back.
Jason does a great job of running down the reasons HomeKit is important to the integrator market. We need to be aware of the ins and outs of this system regardless if we are selling it or not. I'd even suggest integrators go out and buy a few HomeKit devices for their own homes and give them a test drive.
I'd be curious to hear their feedback.
This is great! I'm glad to see more competition in the wireless house audio market. Sonos is lagging behind in innovation but has a huge lead in sales. Maybe one day I'll have Airplay on my Play3. ☹️
I'm hoping Onkyo's speaker looks better in person because this thing will never pass the "Spouse Acceptance Factor" in my house.
To be fair the kitchen is pretty ugly too.
Luxul is on a roll this year. I suspect we'll here more and more about Luxul as the week continues.
More meeting in the middle and opening up to the installer market. I like it!
The BOLT+ looks amazing on paper. If not for cutting off the cable I have I'd have moved to this box to replace the aging Romaio Pro I had (and still have). The only unfortunate spec in this product is we are still living in a CableCard world with this one and the FCC is recommending the cable companies just create apps for the their next generation of 'boxes.' One would hope these apps get created for TiVo which has the best streaming/live TV experience hands down.
Also 👍👍👍 for making the chassis black! Rack builders everywhere rejoice!
For a brief time in history the BBS was king. This article brought back so many memories of my youth. This is what my friends and I thought the future was only to have the beautiful World Wide Web take over.
So many memories spending hours downloading programs, playing ASCII art games, and just sitting in empty chat rooms hoping someone would dial in on line 2.
CEPro is reporting Elan will be introducing Amazon echo integration. I wonder how many we'll end up seeing at CEDIA this year.
This could make for a great drinking game this year!
The rumors were true! A letter sent out to dealers from Kaleidescape's CEO Cheena Srinivasan says the company has restarted operations with a leaner, more efficient company. He blames the company's downfall on pre-announcing their 4K Strato player which suffered a number of production delays over the past year. These delays compounded and eventually pushed back the ship date for many of the promised features giving the impression to dealers and customer that the company was in trouble.
I can completely understand how easily you can get into this situation. Sales always wants to brag about the next big thing but that's simply not how product development works. Pre-Announcing products is very dangerous for a company and has been the downfall of many both in and outside the CEDIA space. The rule still stands:
"If you cant touch it, it doesn't exist."
Remember that rule walking the CEDIA show floor or reading press releases next week. Its very common for companies to bring fake or non-working product to the show floor to gauge interest, take sales, or simply get feedback. The products they show may never see the light of day. Simply put you should never attempt to sell or purchase something you haven't personally seen in action and used.
Best of luck to Kaleidescape moving forward. The letter sent to dealers is below.
Well... I guess technically it is "new" product but not what we were looking for. Keep it up Nest. Should be able to see these in person next week at CEDIA.
Stewart has always been one of my favorite screen companies and they really do try to push the industry forward. These kind of specifications feel way out right now but I cannot tell you how many theaters I've walked into where the screen was still in a 4:3 (square) format and not updated to widescreen because the technology moved faster than the design of the room allowed. 16K will be here before you know it.
Domotz and Luxul are going to make a great pair of vendors for dealers. If you aren't familiar with them Luxul makes some really nice networking gear that is very simple to setup and deploy.
I'm not going to make the same jokes about Facebook and privacy everyone else will. If a billionaire can make a space company out of nothing let's see what Mark can do for the home. I'm truly intrigued to see what his team comes up with.
Leave it to pirates to get 4K content before anyone else.
Some interesting trademark filings over at Apple Insider and 'Home Hub' is among them.
SIRI IN A CAN LIVES! Is it possible we see a Siri-in-a-Can today?
I don't see how the damage hasn't already been done here. Business is based mostly on trust that you'll receive the product you pay for. I really don't know how a luxury brand could shut down completely for a week or so and come back postmortem.
Kaleidescape has always been a great product. I wish them well and good luck.
Sometimes you can't stop the mailman from delivering news faster than the internet. CEPro has an interesting article about Ring working on a Control4 driver and POE version of their doorbell.
Great news for integrators!
Bonus: Fibaro is going to have a $560 video doorbell that sounds awesome.
Amazon Echo isn't the only voice control product showing up to CEDIA this year. The long awaited Josh.ai whole home voice control solution sets up a few isles over at CEDIA 2016. Even more interesting Josh.ai also looks not only to be a voice control system but a custom interface for your home automation system.
I can't wait to see this system in person.
This article is a fascinating look into Sonos and its recent interest in integration. It also has this interesting tidbit about the outdoor speaker I've been hearing about for years.
And this quote about how Sonos decided to not move forward with their own voice control product.
Sonos is a great product and I've been a loyal customer for a number of years. I'm glad they are starting to work their way back into the market leader where they belong.
Out with the old and in with the new. In the wake of Kaleidescape's sudden departure from the market it is being reported by CEPro that PLEX is launching a Pro Service program. PLEX has certainly been gaining steam in the DIY space for some time but now it appears they will be targeting the CEDIA channel for sales.
The only problem I can see PLEX having in our market is the Bluray ripping process and database maintenance. How files are organized makes a huge difference in the way they appear on the PLEX interface. Maybe this is an avenue of income for Home Tech Professionals as the move into uncharted territory.
The market for these types of media players is certainly very small and it will continue to get smaller as we move into the streaming era.