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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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Emberlight provides wireless smarts to regular bulbs

Submitted on: 07/28/14, 06:13 AM

There’s been a boom of wireless-enabled smart bulbs over the past year or so. Although many will recognize popular models such as LIFX and Philips Hue, you can search Amazon and find plenty of options for Bluetooth wireless light bulbs. Some of them even have built-in speakers so you can remotely control both lights and sound.
 
But what about all of those old, non-smart bulbs you own? It feels like a shame to let them go to waste, especially if they happen to be favorites. Or, maybe you don’t want to buy a smart bulb due to fear of it breaking or burning out too soon, costing so much more in the long-run.
 
Discard those worries, since there exists a third option that brings the best of both worlds. Emberlight provides wireless features dimmable light bulbs. This compact device installs into sockets and acts like a middleman to the bulb screwed into it. Now, the light can be controlled from wall switches or remotely from a mobile device. You can even set it to turn on/off based on Bluetooth proximity from your smartphone.
 
Emberlight works with your existing wireless network, without the need of a hub. Once set up, you’d really never have to touch a lightswitch again. Whether you’re in or out of the home, you can receive notifications and have full control over every connected light bulb. Want the lights to turn on as soon as you come home? Done. Away on vacation and need the lights on at night to provide that lived-in look? Absolutely possible. Control any and lights that are hooked up to Emberlight.
 
Since Emberlight is more of an adapter and not a light bulb, there’s little worry about it burning out over time. When a bulb is bad, just replace it with a new one and Emberlight keeps working for you. Best of all, it costs the same or less than many smart light bulbs available on the market.
 

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

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.

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Control4 Mobile App Now Available for Amazon Fire Phone
Submitted on: 07/28/14, 02:02 PM
The popular Control4 smart home application provides secure access and control of connected homes via the new Fire phone

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
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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

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