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CEDIA Home Technology Event preview – part 2

Ian McMurray 2 June 2010
CEDIA Home Technology Event preview - part 2

Following on from an initial preview last month (read here), IE Residential proffers a second selection of items set to grab visitors’ attention at the 2010 CEDIA Technology Event, including new launches from AWE Europe, Elite Screens and LINDY Electronics. Taking place at the ICC London ExCel (training: 14-17 June; exhibition 15-17 June), CEDIA Home Technology Event will feature a presence from more than 150 CI brands.

Asheridge Communications is to show its latest selection of HDMI solutions, including the modular HDMI matrix, with a range of input and output card options. HSMI Single Cat5e transmitter/receiver products and HDMI test equipment will also be on display, as well an enhanced range of fibre termination and management products, including a wider selection of easy-terminate fibre connectors. Fluke networks will be available on the stand to discuss fibre testing and best practice, while a number of special show promotions will be on offer.

AWE Europe will unveil infrared control devices and speakers from Kinetik Labs – its own brand of CI products. Specific items will include the new KLIR-SM1KIT, a surface-mount IR kit which is designed to extend the communication between an IR remote control and source equipment, and the dual IR emitter KLIR-IRE2. Away from its own product offering, AWE will undertake the first European showing of the Panasonic 103in 3D screen. Media server products from DF Solutions and new CI speakers from KEF will also be on display.

The focus for Carlo Gavazzi, meanwhile, will be on a new range of light switches, temperature displays and PIR detectors. The first products in the Aurora family of wall-fittings – which complement Carlo Gavazzi’s Smart-house home automation system – include the B4X-LS4 Aurora light switches, the B4X-TEMDIS temperature controller, and the 44x44mm PIR detector. All devices can be set-up and integrated with the Smart-house network using the BGP-COD-BAT programming unit.

Elite Screens will showcase its new in-ceiling electric projection screen for professional integrators. Entitled Evanesce, the screen is encased in a white-finished aluminium housing that is durable and moisture-resistant. Tensioned and non-tensioned options are available in matte white, utilising the versatility of wide diffusion uniformity and black backing to eliminate light penetration for "a cleaner, sharper image". Available sizes range from 84in to 139in, with options in 4:3, 16:9, 16:10 or 2.35:1 aspect ratios; optional custom sizes, aspect ratios and screen material are available by special request.

In a separate development, the company will launch its new Osprey dual format 2.35:1/16:9 tandem projection screen. "The latest projection industry technologies are now producing anamorphic lenses or lens memory options that allow projectors to put out either a 16:9 HDTV or 2.35:1 Cinemascope image," said marketing manager David Rodgers. "Elite’s Osprey dual-format projection screen is the perfect solution to producing both aspect ratios in one versatile product."

New developments on the Invision UK stand will include a new iLinX app that facilitates complete one-touch control of the NetStreams DigiLinX system from Apple’s iPad. The company will also show RTI’s ST-7, a two-way-enabled controller that allows two-way communication with a wide variety of electronics devices, including thermostats, lighting control and media servers. In addition, Invision UK will highlight the Mozaex Blu-ray entertainment servers (pictured in use above) – the subject of a recent IE Residential story that can be read here – and the SolidDrive Invisible Speakers, whose patented transducer technology enables almost any drywall, glass, wood, ceramic or laminate surface to be turned into a high-end loudspeaker for residential and marine applications.

HDMI solutions will be the primary focus for LINDY Electronics. New products will include the Premium Gold High Speed HDMI with Ethernet Cable, a triple-shielded, low-attenuation lead that is said to provide "superb clarity, definition and detail" up to distances of 10m (up to 20m for standard speed with Ethernet). The LINDY Fibre Optic HMDI Extender allows HDMI signals to be transmitted over long distances using a standard single SC duplex multimode fibre optic cable, while the Cat5e Extender enables the transmission of high-resolution digital video and multichannel audio between devices at distances of up to 35m.

As ever with CEDIA events, the exhibition showfloor will be complemented by an extensive training programme and a number of special features. In the Show Floor Seminar Theatre, Sky’s John Dollin and the BBC’s Ian Potts will tackle the issue of 3D, while Smart Metering Association’s Terry Rowberry will consider the integration opportunities presented by the emergence of smart home energy meters. CEDIA will host an industry drinks reception on the evening of 15 June, while other scheduled events include the Crestron Integration Awards on 16 June.

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