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You No Longer Need a DC Adaptor to Power Your IR Extender

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YZC Electronics, maker smart home remote control IR extender systems, launches their new, versatile dual frequency-coded IR extender, the Flat IR Blaster.

ExtenderThe maker describes the Flat IR Blaster as “a breakthrough in the AV industry” in the IR Extender sector because you can now power up by a simple DC 3v CR2032 button battery.

Installers and their consumers now no longer need a DC adaptor to power up their IR Extenders. The designed-in low power consumption lets Flat IR Blaster’s replaceable battery last for up to 18 months.

If that isn’t enough to make installers happy, consider that the Flat IR Blaster is the only one of its kind in the market with flat cable features.

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BDA Starts UHD Blu-Ray Licensing

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The Blu-ray Disk Association announces licensing of the UHD Blu-ray format starts from 24 August 2015-- a necessity before products start hitting stores by the 2015 holiday season.

UHD Blu-rayThe format handles high frame rates (60fps) at up to 3840x2160 resolution, as well as immersive object-based sound formats (such as Dolby Atmos as DTS:X) and expanded colour range. In addition an optional "digital bridge" feature allows users to view purchased content on both in-home and mobile devices.

Obviously the playback of UHD Blu-ray discs requires UHD Blu-ray players. The first of such devices should appear at IFA 2015.

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Yves Behar Redesigns Canal+ STB

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French TV network Canal+ gets industrial designer Yves Behar and studio Fuseproject to provide a new look to the humble STB-- bringing about Le Cube S, a small black cube for the conversion of TV signals.

Le Cube SBeing a minimalist designer piece, the Le Cube S features just 4 control buttons located in the centre of textured quadrants. Meanwhile one side of the STB hides a colour 320x240 resolution display for the display of channel logos and notifications.

The cube sits on a white stand acting as HDD, allowing for an even smaller device.

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September Reveal for New Apple TV?

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BuzzFeed News suggests another date for the reveal of a next-generation Apple TV, following no showing of the STB at WWDC 2015-- the launch should take at the traditional September Apple event, "for real this time."

Apple TVWhy did the new Apple TV fail to appear at WWDC? BuzzFeed says Apple delayed the launch in order to "do a bit more work on it," leading to a WWDC keynote focusing on OS updates and the Apple Music streaming service. The extra work brings about a "more polished" product, with featuring a "refreshed and slimmer" chassis and internal hardware improvements.

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URC Announces KNX Module

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URC KNXURC presents a 2-way control module (or driver) allowing custom installers to install Total Control products in a KNX environment.

It works with most URC interfaces when using 2-way commands, 2-way queries, device events and macro control. Additionally is compatible with URC Mobile for both iOS and Android.

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BBC Controls TVs.. With the Mind!

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The BBC develops a prototype for remote control replacement straight out of science fiction-- a headset using the power of the wearer's mind to control an experimental version of the iPlayer on-demand platform.

BBC Mind ControlBased on a cheap brainwave-reading headset, the headset has users turn on and operate the app through either concentrating or relaxing their minds.

"It's an internal prototype designed to give our programme makers, technologists and other users an idea of how this technology might be used in future," the BBC says.

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How to Control the Home… From the Bed

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The Sleepra might look like little more than a sleep tracker, but the sensor-laden device promises to do more than that-- it allows users to control a number of smart home devices without need to even leave the bed.

SleepraEssentially the Sleepra is a 60cm equilateral triangle users place between the sheets and the mattress. It plugs into the wall and features 3 built-in accelerometers to track user (or rather, sleeper) movement.

The aforementioned device control comes through wifi and pairing with a smartphone. Thus, one can set various gestures to control different devices, such as the TVs, thermostat or even connected coffee makers. The Sleepra is currently compatible with the Nest, WeMo and IFTTT protocols. with more to follow.

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