Internet of Things

Life|ware Enhances Home Automation
July 28, 2006

Exceptional Innovations (EI) recently announced the software launch of Life|ware 1.0.1, a software component that compliments, but is not limited to, the touch panels and system controllers they are producing for home automation. The product integrates with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 to support MCE-based installations while remaining hardware neutral. In addition to EI’s Life|touch, the software runs on a Media Center PC, digital entertainment center or Media Center extender. Life|ware uses the cross-platform Web Services for Devices (WSD) standard to communicate between systems. Each of these aspects is intended to make the product flexible and scalable, instead of

Retail 2006: A Mixed Bag?
March 1, 2006

The backdrop of another PMA provides a perfect time for the imaging industry to take stock of what is going on economically with their customer base and, more specifically, their spending potential as all this new product readies for rollout. The National Retail Federation (NRF) recently concluded their annual Big Show at the Javits Center in New York and among the many retail technology headlines that came out of that show the NRF also released their Retail Outlook 2006 report. The retail research organization is painting a cautious picture for the 2006 consumer retail shopping outlook, claiming that high energy costs, modest wage increases