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Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary - September, October, November
07/14/14, Brandon Hetherington, HomeToys.com
As Summer kicks into full gear we can sit back and enjoy a bit of a break from the Tradeshow schedule. August will see a bit of a lull but by that time CEDIA preparations are in full swing.

InfoComm 2014 is in the Books
07/14/14, Len Calderone for, AVSystemsMag
There were a lot of new, fresh and thought-provoking products at the show, which hopefully will help us stay ahead of the curve and make our work easier.

Developer Popularity for Raspberry Pi vs. Arduino
07/14/14, Contributed by, Vozag.com
Raspberry Pi began catching up to Arduino in Q4 of 2012 and stayed fairly close to each other after that.

Advantages of Using Lifts and Mounts for Your Touchscreen Monitor
07/14/14, Ken Woollard, Ultralift Australia
Choosing the right TV mount or lift for your flat screen TV should not be difficult once you have weighed the pros and cons of each type of mount.

News releases from InfoComm 2014
07/01/14, HomeToys.com News team, HomeToys.com
This year HomeToys.com's Special InfoComm 2014 Newspage posted over 140 news releases. Here are some highlights.

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AV and Automation Industry Stories of the Day

Lowe's Helps Consumers Outsmart Summer with New Home Automation Products for Iris

Submitted on: 07/25/14, 05:14 AM

Lowe's Companies, Inc. announced today the launch of new products for its Iris smart home solution that offer consumers added convenience, safety and efficiency this summer. The home improvement company continues to extend the breadth of connected devices with the addition of a smart garage door controller, electronic pet door, window blinds controller and hose faucet timer to make it easier to cut energy costs, reduce water usage and keep the home secure while consumers balance active summer schedules. 

 
Since its launch in 2012, Iris has delivered on its promise to make home automation simple, affordable and scalable by giving consumers a single user interface that lets them monitor, control and customize a wide range of devices in and around the home. This new wave of products joins the 50 existing devices currently available for Iris - including security cameras, smoke detectors, water leak detectors and more. Iris offers the ultimate smart home experience with brand name products consumers already know and trust, including General Electric, Kwikset, Schlage, Whirlpool, Orbit Irrigation Products and PetSafe. Iris' open platform also supports dozens of other Zigbee and Z-Wave-enabled devices. 

Raspberry Pi Brings IoT (Internet of Things) to a Home Theater Soundbar
Submitted on: 07/22/14, 03:19 PM
Right-Ear/Left-Ear Technologies selected Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized Linux computer, to add much-desired functionality to One Bar, its new home theater soundbar.  "We wanted to complement our soundbar's best-in-class 3D virtual soun

Microsoft’s Cortana Learns Some Home-Automation Tricks
Submitted on: 07/21/14, 06:10 AM
Cortana, Microsoft’s vocal virtual assistant, is gaining the ability to control smart-home products like lights and thermostats.   Home-automation company Insteon, based in Irvine, California, is working on a Windows Phone 8.1

Samsung In Talks To Scoop Up SmartThings For Around $200 Million
Submitted on: 07/17/14, 06:05 AM
Google has Nest, Apple has HomeKit and Samsung has…SmartThings, we’re hearing. The deal was completed for around $200 million dollars, though it might have been less according to one source.

Introducing Thread: A New Wireless Networking Protocol for the Home
Submitted on: 07/15/14, 03:05 PM
Recognizing the need for a new and better way to connect products in the home, seven companies today announced that they've joined forces to form the Thread Group (www.threadgroup.org) and develop Thread, a new IP-based wireless networking protocol. The charter of

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Today's AV and Automation Industry Headlines

Christie Donates Projectors and Installation Services to San Diego's Museum of Photographic Arts
Submitted on: 07/25/14, 07:52 AM
Welcome Grant from Christie Will Enrich Visitors' Visual Experience

GeckoSystems' CareBot(tm) Social Robot History Presented to Haier Group
Submitted on: 07/25/14, 06:19 AM
World's Largest Home Appliance Manufacturer

RTI Now Shipping Next-Generation RK1+ In-Wall Keypad
Submitted on: 07/24/14, 04:06 PM
Completely Customizable and Easy on the Budget, 2-, 4-, or 8-Button Keypad Offers Intuitive Control

GE Technology Enables More Vibrant Display in Tablets, Smartphones, and Televisions
Submitted on: 07/24/14, 01:22 PM
Research breakthrough will vastly improve color and crispness of images on LED devices

Grey San Francisco Chosen As AOR For Icontrol Networks' Piper Smart Home Brand
Submitted on: 07/24/14, 01:21 PM
"Grey's creative strength, full range of capabilities across communications platforms and deep understanding of the technology category will serve us well as we roll out Piper across the globe."

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