Check out the latest from Life|ware at CEDIA as we take a tour of a retro-fit wireless home. Plus, we go shopping for the hottest gifts at Pepcom’s Holiday Spectacular. Click to watch: Life|ware’s Wireless Home 2007 Pepcom Holiday Spectacular
At this year’s CEDIA Expo in Denver, there were no new blockbuster technologies or totally new products poised to take the specialty retail and custom markets in new directions. Instead, there was something just as good taking its place on the show floor, in meeting rooms and in the minds of dealers: a focus on improved product design; easier-to-use interfaces; a greater acceptance of networked, digital and converged products; and a greater drive toward selling and installing full solutions. This translated into more products that more people could actually use, which Terry vonSeggern said his customers would appreciate. During the 23 years he’s
Since losing major marketing support from Hewlett-Packard earlier this year, Exceptional Innovation, the developer of the Life|ware home control and automation platform, has moved more into the hardware side and has formed closer relationships with Microsoft and other manufacturers. CEDIA Expo 2007, held this week in Denver, also marks the first time Microsoft has established a direct presence at the show. In the past, CEDIA members slammed Microsoft for its lack of direct support, despite the growing acceptance of Media Center-based PC as part of the home network and entertainment environment. “Our software and hardware alliances in the CEDIA market
Digital Delivery Group Executive Director David Kaplan and President Mark Friedman talk about Z-Wave, Life|ware and the future of the digital home.
Welcome to our sixth annual 40 Under 40 report on some of the brightest young talent in the CE industry. We scoured all corners of the market—from retailers to vendors to distributors to trade organizations—in search of the under-40 luminaries who are helping to shape the industry. You, the Dealerscope reader, chose all the nominees based on the contributions they’ve made to their companies and the industry in general. Our editors picked the finalists based on the candidates’ current criteria and the impact we think they’ll make in the future. This year we took a little extra time speaking to the finalists
When HP dropped its A/V component-like Digital Entertainment Center (DEC) line of Windows Media Centers this spring, questions arose for Exceptional Innovation (EI), maker of the Lifeware Windows Vista-based home automation platform. Specifically, considering HP was EI’s most prominent hardware partner, would the software manufacturer rely on another top-tier vendor like Sony to fill the Media Center gap HP left, or would it take a major leap by developing and marketing its own line of Media Centers? With today’s announcement of its Lifemedia servers, EI has definitively answered the second part of that question. EI’s Lifemedia servers will be available this summer, with prices
As part of their original business plans to deliver home control solutions to the masses, manufacturers Control4 and Exceptional Innovation this year will be looking to increase their partnerships with strong regional and independent retailers. When they launched several years ago, the companies targeted custom installers with an established clientele to integrate the control solutions into a networked home environment. But as customer awareness, product reliability and competition increases, companies like Control4 and Exceptional Innovation are seeking more ways to reach the public. “The solutions will become increasingly in reach for everyone,” said Glen Mella, president and chief operating officer for Control4. “Our tagline