USB SuperSpeed 3.0

12 04 2010

Have you been hearing more and more about USB SuperSpeed? Sima Products has put together a few useful links for you to learn more about this new USB standard.

1.) From the USB Implementer’s Forum:

2.) What’s new from ComputerWorld:


Bring Google Fiber to Pittsburgh!

19 03 2010

Google is looking for a city to test its new, ultrafast internet connection Google Fiber. Pittsburgh is vying to be the selected city, and as a Pittsburgh company, we want to encourage our fellow Pittsburghers to click the link below and vote for Google Fiber in Pittsburgh! (How many times can I say Pittsburgh?!? Keep reading. Just a few times more.)

Pittsburgh is full of knowledge thirsty students, pioneering, technology focused companies, and endless possibilities for the future. Google Fiber will help to entice students to stay, increase the viability of Pittsburgh, encourage companies to connect and innovate, and whatever else Pittsburgh can dream up. A 1 gigabit/second (100x faster than what Pittsburgh has now!) internet connection will not go to waste in Pittsburgh.

Go tell Google we want Google Fiber!

Metis Secure Solutions Update

18 03 2010

Our friends and office mates at Metis Secure Solutions happily announced yesterday that they received $1 million in venture capital funding. Congratulations on all your hard work, guys! You can read their press release on their website ( or here:

We celebrated in the office with cake and champagne earlier this week.

Sima Announces 6 New Products

26 02 2010

Sima Products proudly announced 6 new products in the digital imaging category, adding depth and variety to an already well-rounded product line. They include:

Flexible Tripods (2 sizes: STV-BPL and STV-BPS) – these lightweight tripods have bendable, foam textured legs to wrap around any surface. Securely attach your camera to take a shot from a unique vantage point.

Ultimate HD Video Light (SL-10HD) – with flicker-free, color balanced 10 high-efficiency LED lights, this light is an affordable addition to your camera bag!

Single Cable Car Outlet (STP-100c) convert your cigarette adapter or power point into an additional outlet for anyone in the car, including the backseat!

Video Bracket (SLB-M) – an upgrade to a fan favorite, Sima’s new bracket is made of high tech composite materials and is stronger but 4x lighter than the original!

Ultimate Battery Charger (UFC-12) this is the last battery charger you’ll ever need! It’s compatible with all rechargeable and removeable batteries to help you travel light.

Read more about all of Sima’s new products at or on our Facebook page:

Help us reach our goal of 300 Facebook fans by March 5, 2010 and you’ll be entered to win an XL screen!

Sima Announces Short Film Contest

18 02 2010

Sima Products is excited to announce its first Short Film contest. The contest is open to amateurs and boasts a $500 prize. Simply select a product from the designated list and produce a creative, viral video (2 minutes or less) that features that product. Details can be found below or on under News & Reviews.

Entries will be judged by the staff at Sima and narrowed down to the final 3. Those 3 will be placed on Sima’s Facebook page and YouTube channel for a public vote. The film with the most votes will be declared the winner on April 30, 2010.

We look forward to seeing your videos! Good luck!

Please send entries to:
Sima Products

Attn: Short Film Contest

120 Pennsylvania Ave.

Oakmont, PA 15139

HDMI Got an Upgrade!

17 02 2010

We were going to write our own blog about this, but does a great job explaining the enhancements that come with the new standard… so why reinvent the wheel?

Here are the major enhancements introduced in the HDMI 1.4 specification:

  • HDMI Ethernet Channel – Adds high-speed networking to an HDMI link, allowing users to take full advantage of their IP-enabled devices without a separate Ethernet cable.
  • Audio Return Channel – Allows an HDMI-connected TV with a built-in tuner to send audio data “upstream” to a surround audio system, eliminating the need for a separate audio cable.
  • 3D – Defines input/output protocols for major 3D video formats, paving the way for true 3D gaming and 3D home theater applications.
  • 4K Support – Enables video resolutions far beyond 1080p, supporting next-generation displays that will rival the Digital Cinema systems used in many commercial movie theatres.
  • Content Type – Real-time signaling of content types between display and source devices, enabling a TV to optimize picture settings based on content type.
  • Additional Color Spaces – Adds support for additional color models used in digital photography and computer graphics.
  • HDMI Micro Connector – A new, smaller connector for phones and other portable devices, supporting video resolutions up to 1080p.
  • Automotive Connection System – New cables and connectors for automotive video systems, designed to meet the unique demands of the motoring environment while delivering true HD quality.

You can check out their website for the full scoop at the link below:

50,000 First Alert® Public Alert Radios Heading to Alabama

10 02 2010

Residents and Businesses in Calhoun County’s Immediate Response Zone Will Benefit

(OAKMONT, PA & HUNTSVILLE, AL) January 25, 2010 – In the next four months, 50,000 First Alert® Public Alert Radios will be delivered door-to-door to residents and businesses in Calhoun County, AL. The radios mark the second phase of a FEMA-funded Emergency Alert Radio (EAR) distribution project, designed to protect those in Calhoun County’s Pink Zone and Immediate Response Zone (IRZ). The radios warn against severe weather and various other emergencies.

The Cleburne & Calhoun County Joint Technical Specifications Committee, a group of county EMA civil servants, reviewed over a dozen emergency radio models before choosing the First Alert® WX-150 for the project. After selecting the radio, the Cleburne County Commission awarded the contract to Warning Systems, Inc. (WSI), an Alabama-based provider of public alert and notification products. WSI will distribute the radios through a door-to-door delivery program beginning in January and running through April 2010.  All units will be pre-programmed to receive National Weather Service Alerts for Calhoun County, AL and will include directions from First Alert® manufacturer, Sima Products.

According to Steve Swafford, Cleburne County Executive Officer and Project Manager of the Emergency Alert Radio Distribution Program, “The combination of Sima’s reliable First Alert radio, tailored for use in Calhoun County, and WSI’s experience with personal distribution of alert receivers is enabling the EAR Phase 2 program to better meet the needs of the local citizens.”

The First Alert® Public Alert Radios are designed to protect residents in over 80 various emergencies, including severe weather, Amber alerts (for missing children), and hazardous material spills.

To learn more about the Emergency Alert Radio program, visit:

To learn more about Warning Systems, Inc., visit:

To learn more about First Alert® and Sima Products, visit:


Founded in 1973, Sima Products Corporation is celebrating over 35 years as a leading innovator of consumer electronic accessories. Sima manufactures accessories in the categories of Digital Imaging, Video, Home Theater, Power, and Home Safety. Today, nearly one hundred Sima products are sold in more than 20 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit


Warning Systems, Inc. (WSI) provides public alert and notification products that leverage the power of Internet standards to enable faster, smarter, and more secure emergency management.  Since 1991, government agencies, military installations, broadcasters, chemical manufacturers, emergency managers and communities have relied on WSI to meet their critical communications challenges.  WSI’s OnAlert® and AdaptAlert™ radio frequency activation systems are compliant with the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) standard and have been tested by FEMA for use with the national Emergency Alert System.  WSI’s Tone Alert Receivers were engineered to meet the rugged requirements of the US Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).  For more information, please visit