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What's New: Residential Technology

May 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Laura Dixon


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DLP TELEVISION

NuVision's new 1080p DLP television features its Deep Black LED light engine in a 52in. prototype rear-projection TV cabinet design. The DLP rear-projection televisions use individual red, green, and blue super-bright LEDs to replace conventional lamps used in conventional DLP rear-projection systems. The LEDs' light output is controlled to an high degree of accuracy through the proprietary DSDB (Digital Switching Deep Black) system. This contributes to deeper blacks and produces a wide color gamut, resulting in deeper, more brilliant colors. Finally, the adjustable white point and color optimization provides a new level of grayscale and color precision.
▪ NuVision | www.nuvision.com

OPERATING SYSTEM

ReQuest's AudioReQuest v. 2.2.0 and VideoReQuest v. 1.4 offer more than two dozen new features and options including new remote-access design and discrete multi-zone functionality from popular touchscreen interfaces and IR-based control systems from companies including Elan, Niles, Speakercraft, and Sonance. Both versions feature web server-based remote controls that use Marcromedia Flash to provide a familiar touchscreen layout, appearance, and controls, with full operability from virtually any Mac, PC, or portable in any room of the home — or from any Flash-capable Webpad or other device anywhere. The upgrades are user-installable via free online downloads.
▪ ReQuest | www.request.com

OUTDOOR LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM

StereoStone's Omni Planter outdoor speaker system is ideal for patios, porches, and other areas that are subject to restricted space but still require a high-performance, aesthetically concealed audio system. StereoStone's exclusive loudspeaker design uses dual spider woofers and ferrofluid cooling technology, as well as santoprene weather-resistant surround suspension and the latest poly mica cone materials for greater power handling with lower distortion. The system also includes auto reset overpower protection.
▪ StereoStone
www.stereostone.com

LOUDSPEAKERS

PSB Speakers' VisionSound series loudspeakers combine new acoustical design with dramatic contemporary styling. The floor-standing VS400 serves as a visually appealing complement to sophisticated televisions and contemporary furniture. It uses four 4.5in. woofers for impressive bass extension, and a 1in. neodymium magnet tweeter. The versatile VS300 can be placed on the wall, used as a center channel speaker, or even serve as a mini tower with the optional desktop base. The speaker incorporates a unique crossover circuit that flattens the frequency response when wall mounting next to 42in. and larger flat-panel displays.
▪ PSB Speakers
www.psbspeakers.com

SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS

Mace Security's three new Mace Pro surveillance cameras include two corner-mount cameras and a dome camera with a vari-focal lens. All of the cameras are vandal proof. The easily installed corner-mount cameras are great for corner surveillance in residential and cargo elevators. All three cameras contain a three-axis, ball-socket rotating mount that moves in all directions.
▪ Mace Security | www.mace.com

HYBRID VIDEO RECORDER

Quadrox's new 10-camera WebCCTV N-DVR hybrid video recording system combines state-of-the-art network video recording technology with support of both analog and network cameras. As new cameras become available new camera drivers can be easily added on. The system also offers permanent, activity-based, alarm-triggered recording with each setting made on a per-camera basis; remote viewing of live or pre-recorded video from anywhere in the world via TCP/IP networks; and synchronized playback of video from multiple cameras based on time or alarm events, with graphical representation of activity levels.
▪ Quadrox | www.webcctv.com

VIDEO ANALYSIS SOFTWARE

Cernium's new Perceptrak version 4.0 video analysis software offers expanded capabilities, including new customer-driven features such as simplified setup and reconfiguration, expanded IP camera compatibility, and “network-edge” bandwidth management options. The software is driven by Cernium's patented Perception-Based Analytics technology, which mimics the human vision process to offer the most efficient video analysis capability available, according to the company. The technology enables customers to apply any combination of alerts simultaneously to as many as 16 distinct video sources using a single Pentium4 processor. The system is currently installed in more than 50 airports, commercial and government locations, and cultural institutions throughout North America.
▪ Cernium | www.cernium.com



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