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Virtually: Tellywood Focuses on Immersive Content

SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) 2015 Symposium attendees are eternally optimistic that tomorrow’s releases will be richer, better and there will be more

Dojo Is Designed To Protect Your Smart Home From Itself

Natasha Lomas for TechCrunch:  Israeli startup Dojo-Labs is launching out of stealth today after more than a year working on its connected home security device. No, not another Wi-Fi spy camera trying to engender a sense of&n

Autonomous Web Hosting

Hosting needs to be redefined - in a way that people can host on their own servers from home and redefines the Internet a place of freedom, independence and autonomy once again.

The Brazilian Home Automation Market

One thing to consider that differentiates our market from some other parts of the world is that the average Brazilian customer is definitely not the “Do-it-Yourself” type and is willing to have someone design and install the system.

Flex to Bring the Intelligence of Things 'Home' with Wink Acquisition

Flex , the sketch-to-scale™ solutions company that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world, has entered into an agreement to acquire Wink, the smart home platform that enables smart products to work together seamlessly, and connect and commun

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ZigBee home automation design kits use RPi-based gateway

Eric Brown for  Silicon Labs unveiled reference designs for home automation and lighting networks, based on its ZigBee SoC and middleware plus a Raspberry Pi-based gateway.

Silicon Labs, which bills itself as the ZigBee market share leader, has integrated its ZigBee “Golden Unit” Home Automation (HA 1.2) software stack, “EM358x” ZigBee mesh networking SoC, and various ZigBee sensor and lighting technologies in several reference designs for home automation. The Dimmable Light Switch, Connected Lighting, Door/Window Contact Sensor reference designs work with a WiFi and Ethernet ready ZigBee Gateway Reference Design that runs Linux on a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B SBC.
The “cost-effective” ZigBee reference designs are intended to reduce the complexity of connecting ZigBee devices, such as lights, dimmer switches, and door/window contact sensors. The Golden Unit ZigBee middleware, which connects all these gateways, enables LED lights to reliably join, interoperate, and detach from a mesh network, says Silicon Labs. The Golden Unit stack can scale from a few light nodes to hundreds on the same network, says Silicon Labs. Complete schematics, layout, and bill of materials (BOM) are offered for all reference designs.  Cont'd...

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Parks Associates: 50% of key consumer segment intends to purchase a smart home device in the next 12 months and Parks Associates to examine IoT support strategies that help manage the customer experience

Christie Boxer 30 Added to Multiple Award-Winning Lineup

High Brightness 2K model continues the standard set by Christie Boxer 4K30

Grace Digital Launches Voice Enhanced TV Speaker with aptX Low Latency Bluetooth Technology

The Grace's GDI-BTTV100 utilizes aptx LL (low latency).

Yamaha MusicCast Network Receiver

Hi-Fi Meets Wi-Fi in Expanded Universe of Content

Tech Spending Sentiment Jumps in Advance of 'Black Friday Week,' According to Consumer Technology Association

"Consumer sentiment traditionally moves higher in advance of Black Friday and the prime holiday shopping season"

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Leviton - Bitwise Controls Nest Thermostat GUI Model

Leviton - Bitwise Controls Nest Thermostat GUI Model

Our new Nest Thermostat GUI Module is packed with features. Now you can add a virtual Nest thermostat- or multiple Nest thermostats- to projects in seconds. The user interface is created automatically, and closely replicates the look of the Nest thermostat on the wall. Customers securely log in with Nest account credentials via the BitWise Controls platform, and Integrators can program the HVAC mode and set points, such as 'Cool', 'Heat', or 'Off', as well as turn the 'Away' mode on or off. Humidifier control and Advanced Fan mode (including 'Timer' and 'Every Day' modes) are also supported, and, an easy-to-access 10-day usage graph is available for more thorough energy-usage monitoring from the GUI.

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MuxLab Inc.

MuxLab Inc.

MuxLab designs and manufactures hardware that allow single-use coax cable to be replaced by Cat5e/6 twisted pair cable in the audio-video and CCTV environments.