Apple's iPad tablet PC has become the device of choice for some CE integrators building home-control systems. RS Audio Video Design, for example, recently completed a system in which a Control4 iPad application runs a 4,300-square-foot home in Rhode Island.
Home-control manufacturer Control4 is set to upgrade its systems to ZigBee Pro this summer in a move that will eventually allow its more than 1 million ZigBee-based installed devices to interoperate with a range of third-party offerings. The effort has some industry watchers predicting that the open-source ZigBee protocol will emerge as the long-awaited standard format for home-control applications.
The Consumer Electronics Association will provide more than 100 DTV converter boxes to people living in long-term-care facilities in Wilmington, N.C. The Wilmington market will be the first in the nation to officially switch over to all-digital TV signals on Sept. 8.
Adobe Systems begins shipping today a new version of its Media Player that allows users to view more TV and film content than earlier iterations. The company's Version 1.1 player also capitalizes on a new deal with Sony Pictures that involves full-length movies such as "Men in Black," "Jerry Maguire" and "Ghostbusters."
Amazon, Netflix or Apple will probably beat out other consumer-electronics, cable and telecom giants in dominating the digital-video-downloading space, BusinessWeek predicts. All three companies are in the midst of or have announced projects to let viewers download or stream content to their TV sets.