March 10, 2009 by Julie Jacobson
Neothings is introducing at EHX Spring 2009 a fiber-optic solution that delivers high-def video, stereo audio and control throughout a home – all over a single thin optical wire – over distances of at least 300 feet.
The new solution, called LightSpider, could potentially eliminate the need to run multiple Cat 5 cables throughout the house (required with most HDMI extenders), as well as clunky signal amplifiers and a host of other annoying signal-enhancement devices.
LightSpider is a bridge that includes HDMI, RS-232 and analog audio inputs/outputs, “but over time we will create comprehensive solutions for all audio, video, data and control signal distribution needs in the residential space and beyond,” says Neothings CEO Bill Paul.
LightSpider relies on the Digital Light Interface (DLI) technology from OWLink Technology. DLI uses “advanced optical wave division multiplexing (WDM)” to transmit uncompressed A/V and other data.
No word yet on pricing or availability.
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Julie Jacobson is co-founder of EH Publishing and currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro, mostly in the areas of home automation, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. She majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. Julie is a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player with the scars to prove it. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.
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