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Home Networked Media Gallery -- OLD

Trends and Sample Products (older equipment)

    by Douglas Dixon


See the Home Networked Media Gallery
    Home Networked Media, PC / TV / CE Media Capture / Transfer, Media Servers: Backup / archiving

  The 2000s Mobile Digital Revolution:
        Cell Phones to Smartphones, Walkman to Media Players, CD to Flash to Web Services

  Historical perspective on some interesting technology and trends in digital home media.
  They include some sample products illustrating these trends.
  Information and pricing are summarized from public sources as of when they were added,
  and may be incorrect or out of date.

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Home Networked Media Trends - Holiday 2009

See also:

Trends - 2008

Purchased content is becoming less encumbered, with DRM-free MP3 downloads and managed transfers within the connected home. But do you want TV on your PC, and/or PC features on your TV -- with RSS feeds in pop-up windows? And who will control the box that bridges the two worlds, the cable company or Apple TV?

  • Local devices: Bluetooth, Wireless USB
        WirelessHD, multi-gigabit uncompressed, lossless audio, video and data
  • Whole-home: Wi-Fi (802.11n), Powerline HomePlug (Zytel) vs. HD-PLC (Panasonic)
        Z-Wave Alliance - Connected Home wireless home control and automation
  • Neighborhood: WiMAX (Xohm / Sprint, Intel)

Infrastructure 

  • Set-top networking
       
    TV displays and set-top players include network connectors
  • Networked media gateways / servers
        Digital cable boxes: DVRs
        Game players: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360
  • Set-top networked players: Bridge TV, PC, Internet
        Apple TV, Slingbox, VUDU
  • Software media players act as networked UPnP players and even servers
        InterVideo WinDVD, CyberLink PowerDVD
  • Microsoft Windows Vista has built-in networked media support
        Windows XP Media Center computers
        Windows Media Connect option for Windows XP acts as an UPnP server,
        Access from remote Media Center Extender devices
        www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter

    Next: Home Media Sharing Products


Home Media Sharing Products


Sling Media Slingbox: Networked Video / Place-Shifting

Slingbox Solo
  • Watch and control favorite TV shows over the Internet from anywhere in the world
  • on your PC, Mac, laptop or mobile phone
  • Control one DVR, cable set-top box or satellite receiver
  • On-screen remote control, Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
  • ~ 9/10 - $179
Slingbox PRO-HD
  • HD viewing, multiple inputs, built-in TV tuner
  • ~ 9/10 - $299

VUDU - Internet Movies on Demand

  • 2010 - Built in to devices from LG, Vizio, Samsung
  • www.vudu.com

Sonos multi-room digital music system

  • Multi-room digital music system, whole house solution
  • www.sonos.com
Find the  Sonos music system on Amazon.com

Logitech Squeezebox

Products (12/09)

  • Squeezebox Radio - Compact all-in-one player, 9/09 - $199
  • Squeezebox Boom - All-in-one player with high-fidelity speakers, 8/08, $299
  • Squeezebox Touch - Color touch-screen for music through a stereo or powered speakers, 9/09 - $299
  • Squeezebox Duet - Control music from anywhere in your home, $399
    • Includes Squeezebox Controller with 2.4-inch color display; Use with entire Squeezebox family
    • Squeezebox Receiver to connect to stereo system or speakers
  • Transporter - Audiophile network music player, $1999
  • http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/speakers_audio/wireless_music_systems/&cl=us,en
  • http://www.logitechsqueezebox.com

Logitech Squeezebox Boom - Stereo Network Music Player (8/08)

 

  • Includes IR remote control
  • Two 3/4-inch, high-def, soft-dome tweeters, 
        two 3-inch, high-power, long-throw woofers
  • Supports MP3, FLAC, WAV, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, 
        AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF
  • Line-in via 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • Headphone/Subwoofer out via 3.5 mm connector
  • 13 x 5 x 3.1 in. (330 x 127 x 79 mm)
  • PR 8/08 - Introduced - www.logitech.com/index.cfm/172/5015&cl=us,en
  • 12/09 $279 street, 8/08 list $299
Find the Logitech Squeezebox Boom on Amazon.com

 


Sling Media Slingbox: Networked Video / Place-Shifting

   

Slingbox - Watch set-top video on PC or mobile devices (06)

  • Transmit set-top TV signal to PCs and mobile devices 
  • Run SlingPlayer on PC, Mac or Mobile device to watch TV remotely 
  • Access home devices over the Internet -- to catch a favorite show or to watch local news
        Digital cable, satellite receiver, DVR, DVD player
  • Use the virtual remote control to set up digital video recorder to record a show.
  • Works over Ethernet network, or use SlingLink Powerline Ethernet Adapters 
        to pass network connection through home electrical wiring ($99)
  • Slingbox TUNER - connects to cable modem or basic coaxial connection, 9/06 $179 (OLD)
  • Slingbox AV  - SD -  2/08 $129, 9/06 $179
  • Slingbox SOLO - HD -  2/08, 11/09 - $179
  • Slingbox PRO - up to 4 A/V devices, HD - 11/09 PRO-HD $299; 2/08 $299, 9/06 $249 
  • HD Connect accessory for HD $49.99
  • SlingLink TURBO Powerline Ethernet Adapters - 2/08 $79, 9/06 $99
  • SlingPlayer Mobile - for Palm, Windows Mobile, Symbian - 2/08 $99
  • www.slingmedia.com

SlingCatcher - Watch PC / Internet content on TV (Q2 08)

  • Digital video player for TV
  • Watch video from Slingbox, PC / laptop, or virtually any video site on the Internet
  • SlingPlayer for TV - watch video from any device connected to a Slingbox
  • SlingSync - copy digital media files to USB hard drive attached to SlingCatcher
  • SlingProjector - project anything playing on computer screen directly onto a television
  • 11/09 $199; Q2 08, $249
  • www.slingmedia.com/go/slingcatcher
  • press release - www.slingmedia.com/get/pr-slingcatcher.html

    Find the Slingbox PRO on Amazon.com


VUDU - Internet Movies on Demand (9/07)

  • Instant access to HD films, TV shows, approximately 5,000 movies
  • Pay as you go - no activation fees and no subscription fees
  • Rental movies 99¢ to $3.99, 
        purchased movies $4.99 to $19.99, TV episodes $1.99
  • Displays HD content up to 1080i/1080p24 
  • Two USB ports for future storage options (available within six months)
  • Height: 2.4 in, Width: 8.9 in, Depth: 7.3 in, Weight: 4.2 lbs
  • Storage: Unlimited rentals, 100 hours of owned movies'
  • Requires High-speed broadband Internet connection
        3 Mbps advertised (2.0 actual) for instant viewing
        1.5 Mbps advertised (1.2 actual) for delayed viewing
  • Audio Outputs: HDMI v 1.1, Digital Optical, Digital Coax, RCA (Dolby 5.1)
  • Video Outputs: HDMI v 1.1, Component, S-Video, Composite
  • Video Resolution: 1080p/24, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i --  HD recommended
  • VUDU XL - high-end version designed for integration into high-end home theaters, ship end February
  • 2009 - LG, Mitsubishi, VUDU Box 1080p $149, XL $499 Home Theatre
  • 1/08 - price lowered to $295
  • 9/07 - Introduced - $399
  • www.vudu.com
Find the  VUDU box on Amazon.com

ARCHOS TV+ -- WiFi Digital Video Recorder  (Q4 07)

    

  • WiFi Media Player plus DVR
  • 80 GB hard drive stores up to 100 movies, 800,000 photos, or 45,000 songs
  • 250 GB hard drive stores up to 310 movies, 2,500,000 photos, or 145,000 songs
  • Play movies, music, photos, podcasts, Web video, surf full Internet on TV
  • Stream PC media library to the TV
  • Download from the ARCHOS Content Portal: movies, TV shows and music
  • Record and schedule TV shows and movies with the TV Program Guide
  • Record video sources including satellite/cable box, VCR, DVD player, MPEG-4 format
  • Remote control with integrated keyboard and mouse pointer
  • Surf the Web, access online email, play Web video from sites like YouTube (optional Web browser plug-in)
  • Sync your recorded TV shows to your ARCHOS portable media player
        (10 minutes to sync 2 hour movie)
  • Video playback:  MPEG-4 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution)
        WMV (MP@ML, up to DVD resolution)
  • Optional software plug-ins:
        Podcast plug-in: H.264 up to DVD resolution and AAC sound
        Cinema Plug-in: MPEG-2 MP@ML up to 10 Mbps (up to DVD resolution) and AC3 stereo sound
  • Audio playback:  Stereo MP3 decoding @ 30-320 Kbits/s CBR & VBR, WMA, Protected WMA, WAV (PCM/ADPCM)
  • With optional software plug-ins: AAC stereo ,  AC3 stereo audio and 5.1 sound
  • Photo viewer:  JPEG, BMP, PNG 
  • PDF viewer:  Reads PDF documents (not all PDF features) 
  • Video recording:  Records NTSC/PAL/SECAM to MPEG-4 SP files with ADPCM stereo sound, 
        VGA resolution (640 x 480)@ 30 or 25 f/s, in AVI format
  • Audio recording:  WAV (IMA ADPCM or PCM) format
  • 250 x 164 x 37 mm, 1294 g
  • Q4 07: 80 GB $249, 160 GB $399
  • www.archos.com/products/gen_5/archos_tv/index.html?country=global&lang=en

    Find the ARCHOS TV+ on Amazon.com

ARCHOS TVportation Plug-in - Stream live TV  (5/08)

  • Use ARCHOS TV+ as a streaming media server
        view live home TV over the Internet, change channels
        (not viewing of recorded / stored content)
  • Clients for ARCHOS 605 / 705, Windows PCs / laptops, Windows Mobile smartphones
  • available 5/08 - free server download for ARCHOS TV+
        $49 server for ARCHOS 605 and 705 WiFi and DVR Station
  • Press release (PDF)

Logitech Squeezebox - Networked Music Player  (06)

  • Access PC music library from living room stereo
  • Connects to stereo system (analog or digital or headphones) 
  • Uses a wired or wireless network connection to deliver music
  • Use IR remote with bright fluorescent display to browse stored music on the PC (SlimServer software)
  • Access streaming Internet radio stations, Rhapsody's 2 million song collection (with subscription) 
        even when computer is turned off
  • Formerly Slim Devices
  • 06 - $249
  • www.slimdevices.com
Find theLogitech Squeezebox on Amazon.com

Logitech Wireless DJ Music System: Wireless Music  (06)

  • Broadcast PC's music library and Internet radio stations to stereo system
  • Uses a digital radio connection (long range wireless Bluetooth), 300 feet
  • Browse music like MP3 player using display on remote control
  • Plug wireless antenna unit into PC's USB port,
  • Remote control with recharger cradle, audio cables to connect to stereo
        or powered multimedia speaker system using stereo-mini input jack
  • Add additional receivers for other locations around the house
  • StreamPoint server software on PC plays common music file formats
        plus music libraries from Apple iTunes, Windows Media Player, Musicmatch Jukebox
  • 06 - $249
  • www.logitech.com
 

Find the  Logitech Wireless DJ  Music System on Amazon.com

 


PC / TV Media: Capture and Transfer

  • Desktop and set-top, CE and PC

PC TV and Video Capture


Diamond / ATI TV Wonder HD 600 USB - HDTV Stick (08)

  • Compact, hi-speed USB HD digital video recorder for notebook or desktop PC
  • Watch, pause or schedule recordings of TV programs - Analog & digital / HDTV
  • Find favorite programs with Electronic Programming Guide
  • Convert video for portable media player or stream to media center extender device
  • AMD LIVE! On Demand - Access DVR from a broadband-connected computer
  • Hybrid TV Tuner Stick
         Over-the-air / Cable Analog TV (NTSC) & Over-the-air Digital TV / HDTV (ATSC)
  • Capture from VCRs, camcorders with included audio/video input cable
  • Telescopic antenna to receive free-to-air TV channels
  • Remote control - control TV from a distance
  • ATI Catalyst Media Center software - Full PVR and time shifting
         DVD Playback, DVD Authoring,  ATI Theater Video Converter
  • F-Type coax connector for Analog TV (NTSC) or HDTV (ATSC)
         Adapter for composite video, S-video, Stereo audio input
  • http://ati.amd.com/products/tvwonder600/usb
  • Distributed by Diamond Multimedia
         www.diamondmm.com/TVW600USB.php
  • 4/08, 11/09 - $99 - Also PCI $99, PCI Express $99 versions
Find the  ATI TV Wonder HD 600 USB Stick on Amazon.com

Diamond / ATI TV Wonder HD 650 USB - HDTV (08)

  • Watch, pause or schedule recordings of TV programs - Analog & digital / HDTV
  • Digital cable reception of Clear-QAM channels (unencrypted Digital Cable TV)
         requires Windows Vista
  • Combo tuners - Watch analog TV while recording digital TV at the same time
  • Find favorite programs with Electronic Programming Guide
  • Convert video for portable media player or stream to media center extender device
  • AMD LIVE! On Demand - Access DVR from a broadband-connected computer
  • Combo tuning with two built-in tuners:
         Over-the-air / Cable Analog TV (NTSC) & Over-the-air Digital TV / HDTV (ATSC)
         Clear-QAM (unscrambled) Digital HD Cable + FM Radio
  • ATI Theater Video Processing Technology
         Hardware MPEG-2 compression, Automatic Color, Gain Control
         Motion Adaptive 3D Comb Filter, Noise Reduction, Edge Enhancement
  • ATI Catalyst Media Center software - Full PVR and time shifting
         DVD Playback, DVD Authoring, ATI Theater Video Converter
  • F-Type coax connector for Analog TV (NTSC) / FM radio
         F-Type coax connector for HDTV (ATSC or ClearQAM)
         Adapter for composite video, S-video, Stereo audio input
  • http://ati.amd.com/products/tvwonder650/usb
  • Distributed by Diamond Multimedia
         www.diamondmm.com/TVW650USB.php
  • 4/08, 11/09 - $139 - Also PCI $129, PCI Express $129 versions, Combo USB for Mac $149
Find the  ATI TV Wonder HD 650 USB on Amazon.com

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR / Pinnacle PCTV HD mini Stick - Ultra-Compact Digital TV Tuner (9/08)

 

 

 

 

  • Ultra-compact digital HDTV tuner, for PC and Mac
  • View live television, Broadcast and cable, Standard-def and HDTV
  • Personal video recorder (PVR): Save to hard drive or direct to DVD
  • Digital over-the-air TV (ATSC) and unencrypted digital cable TV (ClearQAM)
        for SDTV and HDTV up to 1080i (not analog / NTSC)
  • Case with built-in protective slide cap, does not block other USB ports
  • Includes mini remote control, high-gain telescopic TV antenna, travel bag
  • Plug in to computer's USB port
  • Connect to video signal (coax) 
        from cable jack, existing TV antenna, or included telescopic antenna
  • Software (on CD, not in Flash like Pro / Ultimate Stick)
  • Pinnacle TVCenter Pro 5 - PVR software for Windows
        Timeshift and record live TV, pause, rewind
  • View full-screen or scalable window
  • Record TV in MPEG-1, MPEG-2 or DivX formats
        Includes trial MPEG-4 support to output to Sony PSP or Apple iPod
  • Schedule recordings using TitanTV.com, 
        free Internet-based Electronic Programming Guide (EPG)
  • Includes Pinnacle VideoSpin video editing software to trim recordings
  • Compatible with Windows Media Center (Vista Home Premium or Ultimate)
  • Pinnacle TV for Mac HD mini Stick - Mac OS X v10.4 or higher
        Elgato EyeTV Lite software for a recording and playback, timeshift, EPG
  • ~ 2 in. long
  • Pinnacle PCTV HD mini Stick $119.99, for Mac $129.99
  • www.pinnaclesys.com
  • PR - 9/08 - Pinnacle System Unveils Ultra-Compact Digital TV Tuners
  • www.hauppauge.com/site/products/prods_hvr_external.html

Find the  Pinnacle PCTV HD Mini Stick on Amazon.com


Hauppauge WinTV-HVR / Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro / Ultimate Stick (10/07)

  • Ultra-portable USB 2.0 HDTV tuner stick with integrated Flash PVR
        no installation required
  • Supports both analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC) TV signals
        Hardware ready for ClearQAM (unencrypted digital cable) reception
  • Includes mini remote control and high-gain telescopic antenna
  • On-stick memory with preinstalled TV tuner and PVR application, 
        plus available storage, Record up to 2 hours of TV directly to stick 
  • A/V adaptor cable, capture from composite video (RCA), 
        S-Video, stereo audio (3.5mm headphone)
  • Includes Pinnacle Studio QuickStart to edit and trim videos
  • TV tuner fully compatible with Windows Media Center
  • PCTV HD Ultimate Stick - $129 - software on device
  • PCTV HD Pro Stick - $99 - A/V input, remote control
  • PCTV HD Stick - $79 - HD
  • www.pinnaclesys.com
  • www.hauppauge.com/site/products/prods_hvr_external.html
Find the  Pinnacle PCTV HD Ultimate Stick on Amazon.com

Pinnacle Video Transfer   (2/08)

  • Copy analog video directly to any USB 2.0 mass storage device
        No PC required
        Record to USB hard drive or flash memory stick
        Transfer to Apple iPod or Sony PSP
  • Multiple analog inputs for S-Video, composite video and stereo audio
  • Record TV shows, digitize home movies, back up vacation videos
  • Directly record gaming sessions from game console
  • One-touch start/stop recording from any video source
         including TV, DVD player, PVR, camcorder, set-top box, gaming console
  • Encode to H.264 video (MPEG-4), up to 720x480/576 (NTSC/PAL)
        Good: 320x240, 512 kbps video, 96 kbps stereo audio 48 KHz
        Better: 320x240, 768 kbps video, 128 kbps stereo audio 48 KHz
        Best: 640x480, 1.5 Mbps video, 128 kbps stereo audio 48 KHz
        PC: 720x480/576, 1.5 Mbps video, 192 kbps stereo audio 48 KHz
  • Capture for mobile devices, full-screen PC, video editing, DVD burning
  • Recharges iPod battery during video transfer
  • Small and portable: 4.8 x 2.6 x 0.9 in.
  • www.pinnaclesys.com/pvt - Press release 2/08
  • 9/09 - $99; 2/08 - Introduced - $129.99
Find the  Pinnacle Video Transfer on Amazon.com

 

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Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 (6/07) - HD Video

  • Universal monitor clip: Display or notebook
  • 2 megapixel sensor, Carl Zeiss optics, glass lens, wide-angle lens
  • Autofocus, built-in mic
  • Video capture: Up to 1600 x 1200 pixels (HD Video 960 x 720)
  • 8 MP photo (enhanced)
  • Rightlight 2 (dimly light / poor backlight), Rightsound (echo, background noise)
  • Logitech Video Effects, Fun Filters, Intelligent Face Tracking, Snapshot button
  • HP Photosmart Essential software: capture, edit, customize, print images
  • Video conferencing software
        Windows Live Messenger, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger
  • 6/07, 11/09 - $99 (street $71)
  • PR 6/07 - www.logitech.com/index.cfm/172/3490&cl=us,en
  • www.logitech.com/index.cfm/webcam_communications/webcams/&cl=us,en
Find the  Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 on Amazon.com

Logitech Webcam C906 [QuickCam Pro for Notebooks] (6/07) - HD Video

  • Clips to top of display, 12-inch desktop stand
  • [same specs as QuickCam Pro]
  • 2 megapixel sensor, Carl Zeiss optics, glass lens, wide-angle lens
  • Autofocus, built-in mic
  • Video capture: Up to 1600 x 1200 pixels (HD Video 960 x 720)
  • 8 MP photo (enhanced)
  • Rightlight 2 (dimly light / poor backlight), Rightsound (echo, background noise)
  • Logitech Video Effects, Fun Filters, Intelligent Face Tracking, Snapshot button
  • HP Photosmart Essential software: capture, edit, customize, print images
  • Video conferencing software
        Windows Live Messenger, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger
  • 6/07, 11/09 - $99 (street $72, $57)
  • www.logitech.com/index.cfm/webcam_communications/webcams/&cl=us,en
Find the  Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebooks on Amazon.com

Logitech QuickCam UltraVision

  • Clips to top of display
  • 1.3 megapixel sensor with 5 lens elements
  • Compensation for dim, side-, and back-lit situations
  • Video up to 640 x 480 at 30 fps, still images up to 1280 x 960
  • Microphone with echo correction
  • Free video conferencing software
        Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, Skype
  • Logitech Video Effects software for fun effects and face enhancements
  • 06, 08 - $129
  • www.logitech.com
Find the  Logitech QuickCam UltraVision on Amazon.com

Logitech QuickCam Connect (3/06) - Small, affordable

Find the  Logitech QuickCam Connect on Amazon.com

Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks (3/07) - Affordable

  • Adjustable 20mm notebook clip
  • VGA 640 x 480 resolution, up to 30 fps
  • Adjustable focus ring
  • Still image capture: Up to 1.3 megapixel with software enhancement
  • Snapshot button for digital stills
  • Built-in microphone: Headset-free audio
  • RightSound Technology: Reduced background noise and echo cancellation
  • Activity light: Know when you're 'live'
  • Logitech QuickCam Applications: video email, QuickCapture for photos
  • PR 3/07 - www.logitech.com/index.cfm/172/2929&cl=us,en
  • 3/06, 6/09 - $39 (street $31)
  • www.logitech.com/index.cfm/webcam_communications/webcams/&cl=us,en
Find the  Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks on Amazon.com

Creative Live! Wireless   

  • Small network server box
  • Wired Ethernet or untethered wireless connection.
  • Monitor video feed from Web browser
        change display resolution, tweak brightness and contrast, adjust camera settings
  • Creative software to monitor up to four cameras simultaneously.
  • 06 - $149
  • www.creative.com/products/webcams
Find the  Creative Live! Wireless on Amazon.com

SanDisk Sansa TakeTV - PC-to-TV Video Player (10/07)

   

  • 10/07, 4/08 - 4 GB  $99, 8 GB $149 (5 / 10 hours video)
        (1.5 Mbps video at 720x480 with 128 Kbps audio)
  • PC to TV Flash media player: Play PC video content on TV
        Download digital content from PC,  plug-and-play directly on TV
  • On PC, insert TakeTV Player unit into USB port, drag video files to flash storage
        Works with Windows Vista, Windows XP, latest versions of Mac and Linux
  • Carry player to TV, slip into TakeTV TV Cradle
        Plugs into standard TV A/V connectors, NTSC and PAL
        AV composite or S-Video inputs, power
  • TakeTV Remote control stored as cover of Player unit (built-in cell battery)
        Use on-screen guide play stored content
  • Video formats: .AVI with MPEG-4 - DivX, XVID (DivX DRM)
        DivX Certified for Home Theater profile
  • Resolution up to 720x576 / D1, 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios, max bitrate 7 Mbps
  • Concept introduced 1/07 as USBTV
        Future: Plug directly into built-in port on new TV sets
  • Product - www.sandisk.com/Products/Catalog(1383)-SanDisk_Sansa_TakeTV_Video_Player.aspx
  • Press release, 10/07 - www.sandisk.com/Corporate/PressRoom/PressReleases/PressRelease.aspx?ID=4022
  • www.take.tv

    Find the SanDisk Sansa TakeTV on Amazon.com

    Find related SanDisk articles in the Manifest Tech Blog

SanDisk Fanfare - Entertainment download service - Public BETA  (10/07)

  • Digital entertainment content distribution platform
  • Download TV shows to Sansa TakeTV and watch on TV
  • Free (ad supported) and paid episodes
  • First U.S. content partners include
        CBS, Jaman.com, Showtime, Smithsonian, The Weather Channel, TV Guide. 
        Programs available include CSI, Survivor China, Dexter, Sleeper Cell
  • User interface designed by Schematic
  • Rights-managed content protected with SanDisk TrustedFlash
        Security technology securely stores data on flash media
  • www.fanfare.com

SanDisk V-Mate Video Memory Card Recorder  (9/06)

  • 9/06 - $129
  • Record video to flash memory cards, play back on portable device
  • 5.1 x 2.6 x 0.8"
  • Scheduled recording, IR emitter (to set-top box or VCR)
  • Any composite video source
  • Video: MPEG-4 Simple Profile, H.263 (MP4, 3GP, 3G2)
        Up to 640 x 480 pixels, up to 30 fps, NTSC & PAL
        Up to 3.5 hours video / GB
  • 3.5mm composite video, audio left & right - input & output
  • Cards: SD, SDHC, miniSD, miniSDHC, microSD microSDHC;
        (RS-)MMC (DV), MMCplus , MMC; Memory Stick/PRO/Duo/PRO Duo
  • www.sandisk.com
Find the  SanDisk V-Mate on Amazon.com

Home Video Monitoring and Webcams


Logitech WiLife Surveillance Products (Previous generation - 05, 07)

  • Sophisticated monitoring software for home and small business
        Indoor and outdoor cameras, lenses, lighting kits
  • Formerly LükWerks, launched 12/05, acquired by Logitech 11/07

 

   

 

 

 

 

  • Cameras encode video in real time to Windows Media Video 9 (wmv) compressed
        Full-color video - VGA (640x480) or QVGA (320x240), 15, 10, or 5 frames/second
        (does not record audio)
  • No wiring -- Connect cameras to PC with over electrical power line
        Mount cameras anywhere -- plug into standard electrical wall outlet
  • Up to 6 cameras -- Display and process live, streaming digital video
  • Cameras communicate with USB Receiver connected to PC
  • Uses HomePlug power line networking, UPnP peer-to-peer networking
        Best in buildings under 8-10,000 sq ft., or on single electrical run 1,000 linear ft.
  • Cameras transmit video to WiLife Command Center Software on Windows PC
        Control each camera's resolution, recording schedules, alerts
  • Cameras perform motion detection - monitor up to 16 zones within the frame
        Perform image processing, auto brightness
  • Motion alerts - Detect motion in up to 16 zones within each camera view 
  • Video recording -- Monitors and records video from up to six cameras
        Review video by month, day, hour, and camera
        Can record only frames with motion
        Continuous recording - QVGA - 2.2 MB per minute, 3.2 GB per day
        Motion detection - typically 10-20%, 3 to 6 GB per month
  • Active Alerts -- Send motion alerts via cell phone, e-mail
  • Remote Monitoring -- View from home PC over broadband - free
        Internet browser or Windows Mobile phone, Via account at online.wilife.com
  • 400 MHz processor, high-performance digital image sensor
  • Lens: 80 degree viewing angle (diagonal), 50 degree pan (manual), manual focus
  • Objects visible up to 100 feet in optimal lighting
        Low-light capabilities - down to 2 Lux (about twice the light of a full moon)
  • Indoor Camera - 10 ft Ethernet cable to power supply
        Outdoor Camera - 12 ft standard electric cord, Spy Camera - 8 ft electric cord
  • Indoor camera: 5.0 x 3.2 x 1.8 in. (12.7 x 8.1 x 4.6 cm), 6.7 oz (190 g)
  • Indoor Starter Kit - $299
        Outdoor Starter Kit - $299 (weatherproof & waterproof, +0 to +110 degrees F)
        Spy Camera Starter Kit - $329 (fully functioning digital clock)
  • Add-On - Indoor Camera $229, refurb $185; Outdoor Cam $229; Spy Cam $249
        Wide Angle lens (120 degrees), Close Up lens, NightVision Illuminator Kit
  • NightVision 50 Illuminator Kit (for Indoor & Spy Cameras only) $59.95 
        IR 80° lens, infrared illumination pass filter Illuminator, 28 LEDs, 70°illum angle
        NightVision 20 illuminates up to 10 ft (3 m) NightVision 50 up to 30 ft (10 m)
  • www.wilife.com
  • www.logitech.com
Find the  WiLife Indoor Starter Kit on Amazon.com
  • WiLife Platinum software features ($80/year)
        Scheduled Alerts: Email and cell motion, by days and times
        No Show Alerts: Alert if kids not home on time
        Desktop Notifications: Alert tone and popup message
        Digital Pan, Tilt, Zoom: Scan and zoom within frame
        Password System Lock: Entire Command Center or individual features
        Online Video Storage: Review, organize, share protected clips
        Connection Monitoring: Email or cell phone message if system goes offline
        Remote Search and Playback: Access video by date, time, site
        Online Video Sharing: Distribution via email addresses

Astak Mole Wireless Internet Camera (10/09)

  • Stand-alone Wireless IP camera with built-in software
  • Capture, view and share unattended video over the Internet
  • View with Web browser, iPhone and IP-enabled mobile devices
  • Easy set-up with no network configuration required
  • Remote control of pan (270 degrees) / tilt (125 degrees)
  • Stand-alone DVR: Save images / video locally to SD card
  • Two-way audio: Built-in microphone, plus mic and headphone jacks
  • Night vision: Ring of IR lights surrounding lens
  • Connect directly over local network using IP address (CamSearch tool)
  • Connect remotely via Yoics.com, Yoics software built in
    • Record video clips, save frame grabs
    • Access using web browser (video sent through firewalls via Yoics server)
    • Access using Yoics desktop application (PC or Mac)
      • Direct connection, faster performance, less latency, more reliable
  • Image setup: Brightness, saturation, contrast, hue
    • Flip/mirror, White balance indoor/outdoor, Night vision (IR lights) on/off/auto
  • Video: H.264, ASF file: 320 x 240 (QVGA), 640 x 480 (VGA), 160 x 120
    • 1 - 30 fps, Bit rate 128 - 2048 kbps, Quality vs. frame rate priority, mobile res
    • Tag frames with time stamp, camera name
  • Network: Ethernet or Wi-Fi, manual or dynamic
    • Simultaneous browsing by up to five users
    • Automated fault recovery and reconnection after network interruption
  • Motion detection: Up to four rectangular regions, independent sensitivity
    • Schedule times during week
    • Save frame grab image or video to SD card, Save video to FTP server
    • Send alerts via email with image attachment
    • Upload to FTP server, YouTube, Tweet YouTube
  • Auto capture: Interval every N minutes, send by e-mail, save to SD card
  • Software upgradeable
  • 5.1 x 4 x 5 in., 12 oz.
  • 10/09 - $299 (see also IP-700 - wireless and wired)
  • PR 10/09 - http://astak.com/2009_10_28.asp
  • www.molecamera.com - http://astak.com/
Find the  Astak Mole Wireless Internet Camera on Amazon.com

Yoics - Access your networked devices from anywhere

  • Access and manage your computers and network devices from anywhere
  • Free software, PC and Mac
  • Remotely access computer desktop, files and folders,
                web cameras, network storage devices
  • Make any service or device on your local network Internet accessible
                Remote desktop, manage computer remotely (Real VNC)
                Access and share folders, devices, printers
                TVersity media server to share and access media and playlists
  • Make any web cam into a surveillance system
                Auto upload video clips to YouTube, auto Tweet when uploaded
                View webcam live from any browser, iPhone
  • Auto network configuration
  • Yoics.com

 

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Video Projectors



3M - MPro120 Pocket Projector  (9/09)

   

  • Full-featured microprojector, Handheld, battery-operated
  • Displays images and videos from computers and many mobile devices
  • 2nd generation projection engine, adds built-in 2 half-watt speakers
  • Project images from 8" to 50" diagonal, Battery life up to 4 hours
  • LCOS Imager (Liquid Crystal on Silicon), 640 x 480, 4:3, 9.4 mm (0.37")
  • LED light source, 20,000 hours (no lamp replacement)
  • Brightness Normal 10 lumens, High 12 lumens
  • Projection Distance - 6 3/4 – 42 in. (171 – 1067 mm)
  • Image Size - 8 – 50 in. diagonal, Throw Ratio (Diagonal: Distance) 0.84:1
    • 8 in (20.32 cm) - 6 3/8 x 4 3/4 in (16.2 x 12.2 cm), distance 6 3/4 in (17.0 cm)
    • 50 in (127 cm) - 40 x 30 in (101.6 x 76.2 cm), distance 42 in (106.7 cm)
  • Control pad buttons: Power, speaker Volume, Brightness, Battery Status
  • Manual focus wheel, Flip stand, Tripod socket:
  • Video in: AV Cable (RCA Y, R, W) included, Component AV cable available
    • NTSC (480i, 480p), PAL (576i, 576p)
  • Computer in: VGA-Audio Cable (VGA + audio jack) included
    • VGA (640 x 480), SVGA (800 x 600), XGA (1024 x 768), WXGA (1280 x 768), 60 Hz
  • Adapter Cable for Apple products separate (iPod, iTouch, iPhone)
  • Includes international power adapters, AV / VGA cables, table-top tripod
  • Removable rechargeable battery, Up to 4 hours, 2 hours at high brightness
  • 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.98 in., 5.6 oz. (160 g)
  • PR - 8/09 - Announce - http://clientnewsfeed.hunterpr.com/post/2009/08/27/...
  • 9/09 - $349 (11/09 - $299 street)
  • ~ 11/10 - $147 street
  • 3mmpro.com
Find the 3M MPro120 MicroProjector on Amazon.com

 

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Home Media Servers - Backup / Archiving


 

Maxtor OneTouch III 

   

    Find the Maxtor OneTouch III on Amazon.com

Buffalo TeraStation

        

    Find the Buffalo TeraStation on Amazon.com


Backup -- External Hard Drive

  • Connect to computer with USB or FireWire
  • Set up folders to share media files
  • Run backup software -- Manual, scheduled, continuous
        Save new and changed files from local computer, plus other systems across home network

 

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