In what is being described as an industry first, HiFi House and LG Energy Solutions debuted a home-theater system that is powered by solar energy. The Guiltless Green Home Theater uses four solar panels that produce up to 22,000 watts of electricity -- nearly 20 hours of viewing time -- in a week.
The housing market may be down, but home-theater chain TheaterXtreme predicts that its sales will be on the rise. The retailer specializes in moderately priced in-home theaters and doesn't cater to the new-construction market. CEO Scott Oglum says his company appeals to homeowners looking to upgrade their current TV systems.
Small spaces limit equipment and design choices for many home-theater buyers. Installers have begun addressing these issues by devising creative techniques to hide devices. Choosing the right amplifier and the perfect screen size are other considerations when planning a home theater in a small space.
Intel is set to showcase a newly designed chip prototype that will incorporate 80 processing engines, a trend that company officials expect will dominate the PC and laptop markets within the next five years. The Teraflop chip is the latest development in the race to develop a power-saving and faster-processing chip.