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CES and the Smart Home
01/14/15, Len Calderone for, AVSystemsMag
Smart homes should be able to automatically adapt to your wants and needs, so you don’t have to think about them if you don’t want to.

Three Hometoys Related Kickstarters For January
01/14/15, L Hetherington for, Hometoys
SPIN remote - The Simplest, most Stylish remote ever / TOG: The Ultra-Small Bluetooth Enabled Button / iCamPRO FHD

Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary
March, April, May 2015

01/14/15, Brandon Hetherington for, AVSystemsMag
Looking ahead to the spring April is jam packed with great events here in North America and abroad. ISC West promises to be bigger and better then ever as new technology continues to change the home security market at a furious pace.

Ever Given Thought to the Wiring for your Speakers?
01/14/15, Contributed by, Copper Alliance
In rooms like the kitchen, where people are always moving about, there is no fixed location for listening and in this case it makes more sense to opt for a less complex mono connection rather than 2 stereo speakers.

Video a GoGo: More Good Video Choices Coming Out on More Devices
01/14/15, THE Insider
With the dearth of mobile apps available, the majority of digital media consumed today is on mobile devices.

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AV and Automation Industry Stories of the Day

URC to Combine Total Control and ccGEN2

Submitted on: 01/22/15, 03:24 PM

From Residential Systems:  

URC made a surprising announcement today in response to dealer and distributor requests and discussions. The Harrison, NY, manufacturer is combining its two control systems lines, Total Control and ccGEN2, converging the software in the next two weeks. The move is intended to “make things easier on products, purchasing, training, programming, and marketing,” according to Cat Toomey, URC director of marketing.
 
“On our recent fall tour of a few thousand dealers, we realized clearly we are making things harder than they need to be and we should course correct some things,” Toomey stated. “It’s a significant change but one that is a good one for the business and the dealers to get, sell, and program URC product, better, faster, and easier.”
 
Regarding the ccGEN2 and Total Control announcement, Toomey explained that because ccGEN2 and Total Control have had different programming software, new drivers get added at different times and ccGEN2 dealers lose access to URC music and amp sources.

Are Retailers Eyeing The Market For Smart Home Installation Services?
Submitted on: 01/21/15, 05:47 AM
From Michael Wolf for Forbes.com: Today, Forbes and others reported on a massive new funding round for a

Xiaomi Unveils Smart Home Suite With Security Features
Submitted on: 01/19/15, 06:51 AM
Xiaomi Corp. unveiled a new product called the Smart Home Suite with a group of four components that offer security features as it broadens its range of devices that can be controlled by mobile phone. The suite includes a human motion sensor, and a pair of d

It is CES week in LThe Smart Home Nudges Manufacturers Toward Sustainability
Submitted on: 01/16/15, 05:39 AM
From Jennifer Tuohy for The Triple Pundit: From lock manufacturers to heating and air conditioning companies, the smart home space is d

NEEO, the Thinking Remote That Controls All Your Devices, Launches on Kickstarter
Submitted on: 01/14/15, 05:26 AM
NEEO is a smart system that enables you to take control of all the devices in your home from one place. No more switching from one remote to another or from one app to another. There are two parts to NEEO, the brain and remote. The brain communicates with your devices

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CGTrader.com Challenges 3D Professionals to Contribute to Designing the Future of Education
Submitted on: 01/23/15, 12:25 PM
3D model marketplace CGTrader.com has rolled out a new 3D printing challenge that will center around the growing importance of additive manufacturing technology in education and seek to encourage its large community of 3D professionals to create designs needed by schools and universities.

Fantem Introduces Oomi, The World's First Smart Home System Built For Everyone
Submitted on: 01/22/15, 04:15 PM
Featuring Patented Tap-and-Touch Technology, Pioneering Home Management System Delivers Unrivaled Functionality Right Out of the Box and is the Foundation for an Ever-Expanding Home Automation System Indiegogo Campaign Launches Today to Fund "Starter Kit" Final Development

Schlage Welcomes Style and Reinvigorates Door Hardware Category at 2015 International Builders' Show
Submitted on: 01/22/15, 04:12 PM
Combining Style, Innovation and Security, Schlage Unveils Products That Allow Homeowners to Showcase Their Personalities, While Making Life More Convenient

HARMAN to Acquire Software Services Company Symphony Teleca
Submitted on: 01/22/15, 04:08 PM
Expands Cloud, Mobile, Analytics Capabilities and Scale in Software Services ----Accelerates Connected Car, Home, Enterprise and Mobile

EarlySense Secures $20 Million in Financing From Round Led by Samsung Ventures
Submitted on: 01/22/15, 04:06 PM
Funds will be used to continue the company's global commercial expansion and to further move EarlySense's solutions into the home-medical and consumer markets.

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