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Interactive Displays Are Growing
12/15/14, Len Calderone for, AVSystemsMag
Interactive LED displays are giant circuit boards filled with super-bright LEDs that respond in a complex and subtle fashion to stimulus provided by human interaction.

CES 2015 Special News Report
12/15/14, HomeToys.com News team
Exhibitors are welcome to publish CES 2015 show news here at any time.

Dolby Atmos vs. Auro-3D… All About Next Gen Surround Sound
12/15/14, Contributed by, VIA International
Before we talk about putting these new 3D sound systems into a room, let’s talk about the differences between Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. They are significant.

Smart Thermostats from Honeywell
12/15/14, Mike Bruce, Honeywell
The Lyric thermostat is intended as a DIY product, that can work with 97% of HVAC systems in the U.S

Electronic Locks
12/15/14, Keith Brandon, Kwikset
Controlling all the home automation from the front door is really all about the convenience of being able to set-up the home right at the home’s entry point.

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AV and Automation Industry Stories of the Day

Solar Energy Becoming a Key Component in the Connected Home

Submitted on: 12/18/14, 01:52 PM

Some of the most important innovations happening in energy today are happening far from the national media headlines. But these small changes will go a long way to making power more reliable, competitive, and local, with solar energy playing a central disruptive role that could dominate energy in the next century.

One of those moves happened yesterday, when SunPower bought a $20 million stake in Tendril and agreed to license its Energy Services Management Platform software. Here's what the deal means over the next few years.

At its core, Tendril is essentially an energy data company. It collects and analyzes data about consumers' energy usage patterns, primarily learned from partnerships with utilities. SunPower can use this data in its installations to optimize a home's renewable energy consumption, provide stored energy when it's needed, adapt to changing policies for solar, and even improve sales by finding its ideal customers.

You can think of SunPower's capabilities with Tendril as a piece of the home of the future. SunPower will provide local energy production with solar panels, and with energy storage and connected devices SunPower can intelligently plan energy production and consumption based on consumers' desires. If a consumer wants to consume as little energy as possible the system can be set for that, just as it could be set to consume as much of your own energy production, or optimize for cost if there are rewards for sending energy to the grid at peak times. All of this will work in the background, similar to a car's eco mode, but it'll work to make energy more dynamic and controllable for consumers.

Nortek Inc. announced that its Linear subsidiary has been renamed Nortek Security & Control
Submitted on: 12/17/14, 05:28 AM
Nortek Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK) announced today that its Linear LLC subsidiary has been renamed Nortek Security & Control, LLC. Linear, 2GIG and GoControl will be the subsidiary's cornerstone brands, each targeting key markets. Strongly positioned with product portfo

LUCIS Technologies Introduces NuBryte, a Smart Home Lighting and Safety Console to Make any Home a Smart Home
Submitted on: 12/15/14, 05:25 AM
LUCIS Technologies today unveiled a cloud-based smart home lighting and safety console, NuBryte, for all of a household’s connected needs such as automated lighting, home safety, and energy management. Users simply need a screw driver and basic wiring skills to

A new home for the smart home at CES 2015
Submitted on: 12/11/14, 10:11 AM
Smart-home products were on broad display at various venues across Las Vegas at CES 2014. At this coming show, the smart home gets its own dedicated exhibit space as part of a new convention area in the Sands Hotel dubbed Tech West. We'll still be running all ove

ELAN® Debuts World's First Universal Remote Controller Featuring Built-In Whole Home Control
Submitted on: 12/09/14, 02:03 PM
A universal remote controller that offers complete home control is now a reality through the new ELAN® g1 Controller from Core Brands' ELAN Home Systems. Requiring no monthly contract and offering a wide variety of home control functionality, the ELAN g1 is lea

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Today's AV and Automation Industry Headlines

PRO Audio Technology Joins With Elite 3 Pro and Digital Sales Group
Submitted on: 12/18/14, 11:28 AM

41% of US home caregivers use a digital health device & 8% use online tools to coordinate caregiving
Submitted on: 12/18/14, 07:10 AM
Connected devices, wearables, and digital health services a key focus at 2015 International CES

Insteon Announces Membership in the Thread Group
Submitted on: 12/18/14, 05:27 AM
Insteon joins IoT consortium helping to drive adoption of Thread wireless networking protocol

Salamander Designs to Continue Participation in D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program
Submitted on: 12/18/14, 05:24 AM
Content sharing partnership provides Salamander's product library to current D-Tools System Integrator™ users and returns insightful analytics to the manufacturer

AudioControl "Pumps Up The Volume" With The Director' Series Network Amplifiers
Submitted on: 12/18/14, 05:21 AM
New Volume Control Functions Added To The Director Series Amplifiers Compliments Industry Leading Signal Processing Capabilities

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