Hot Stories

Creators Of Beats And Guitar Hero Launch Smart Home Startup Leeo

Submitted on 09/22/14, 06:21 AM | Click Here for the full article: Forbes

Creators Of Beats And Guitar Hero Launch Smart Home Startup LeeoCreators Of Beats And Guitar Hero Launch Smart Home Startup Leeo

Another day, another smart home company is coming alive. But this latest one, Leeo, has some pretty big names behind it–including the main people responsible for creating products like Beats headphones and the video game Guitar Hero as well as executives from CIA-backed big data company Palantir and robotics company RoboteX.
 
And after a year and a half in stealth mode, Palo Alto-based Leeo has already amassed a team of 60 employees and $37 million in venture capital from Formation 8, Visionnaire Ventures and German utility giant E.ON .
 
What exactly does this smart home startup do that’s getting so much money and talent? Well, Leeo isn’t ready to talk about specific products it’s coming out with yet, but the company’s explanation of how it’s approaching the industry is a bit different than other smart home companies. From the very beginning, Leeo is focusing on working with hulking incumbents like telecommunication companies and utilities to help roll out services onto the company’s smart home product line. That will make Leeo a bit of a mix between an enterprise and consumer product company.

View Comments | Leave Comment

Logitech Harmony Extends Its Expertise in Controlling the Living Room to the Entire Home

Submitted on 09/19/14, 05:28 AM | Click Here for the full article: HomeToys Newspage

Logitech Harmony Extends Its Expertise in Controlling the Living Room to the Entire HomeLogitech Harmony Extends Its Expertise in Controlling the Living Room to the Entire Home

Logitech announced it is bringing its expertise and leadership in universal remotes to the home control market with new home automation product compatibility and four new products. The new Harmony® Living Home lineup gives you easy access and control over a wide library of entertainment and home automation devices, all from one centralized control system. 

"Harmony led the path for simplifying home entertainment, and now we've taken that expertise to also simplify home automation," said Chad Thompson, senior director of worldwide marketing and product management. "As more connected devices such as the Nest Learning Thermostat™, Philips® hue lights and August™ Smart Locks come to market and enter the home, there's more of a need than ever before for a centralized way to simply control all of the home's devices - the Harmony Living Home lineup does just that." 

With just a few easy steps your remote, tablet or smartphone can now control your TV, set-top box, speakers, lighting, thermostat, door locks, window shades and other popular devices. Plus, you can easily combine multiple devices into Activities to trigger at once so you can power on your TV, dim your lights, adjust the temperature and open your window shades all at the same time. You can start an Activity with one touch of your remote or mobile device, automatically on a custom schedule, or by passing a sensor. You can even trigger Activities from the Harmony Mobile App when you're not at home. 

View Comments | Leave Comment

CEDIA EXPO SHOWS STEADY GROWTH

Submitted on 09/17/14, 05:23 AM | Click Here for the full article: CEDIA

CEDIA EXPO SHOWS STEADY GROWTHCEDIA EXPO SHOWS STEADY GROWTH

CEDIA EXPO 2014 showed steady growth in attendance and exhibitor participation. More than 480 exhibitors and 18,500 attendees from 82 countries participated in the 2014 event in Denver.  Professional and overall attendance both grew by 3%, and the overall exhibitor footprint also saw growth with a 14% increase in the square footage of the show floor.

“CEDIA EXPO continues to be a vital venue for home technology decision makers to connect and experience the latest and greatest the industry has to offer,” said Don Gilpin, CEDIA Executive Director and COO. “Not only did attendees see where the industry is going on the show floor, they also saw it in the classroom. CEDIA EXPO offered 110 training sessions, 48 of which were new, offering attendees avenues to stay up to date on the skills they need to remain competitive in the industry. From product launches and demos to networking and training events, CEDIA EXPO 2014 proved to be a fantastic success."

Attendees remained consistent in their professional development with CEDIA training and this year’s certification offerings. All CEDIA Certification exam sessions sold out and 40+ training classes were sold out.

View Comments | Leave Comment

CEDIA ANNOUNCES 2014 ELECTRONIC LIFESTYLES® AWARDS WINNERS

Submitted on 09/15/14, 06:31 AM | Click Here for the full article: CEDIA

CEDIA ANNOUNCES 2014 ELECTRONIC LIFESTYLES® AWARDS WINNERSCEDIA ANNOUNCES 2014 ELECTRONIC LIFESTYLES® AWARDS WINNERS

The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) recognized the outstanding work of its members at the annual Electronic Lifestyles® Awards Celebration Saturday night. The honorees included over 40 winning projects in the Designer Awards competition, 11 Manufacturers' Excellence Awards winners, the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and this year's top volunteers. Also at this year's Awards Celebration, CEDIA paid special recognition to the founding members of the association as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration. 

The Designer Awards competition, which honors the best projects completed by home technology professional members in the past year, featured winners in such categories as Best Integrated Home, Best Media Room, Best Hidden Installation, and Best Home Theater. The Designer Awards winners were determined by a panel of expert judges that included home technology professionals, architects, and interior designers. Also recognized were the three winners in the CEDIA/HGTVRemodels.com People's Pick Awards, which were voted on by visitors to HGTVRemodels.com.

The Manufacturers' Excellence Awards honorees included 10 Best New Product winners, one Sustainable Lifestyle Product Innovation winner, and three inductees into the Product Hall of Fame. The winners were selected by a panel of home technology professional judges. 

The full list of award winners can be viewed at here.

For all the News and announcements from this years show make sure to check out our SPECIAL CEDIA NEWSPAGE  & Check out our Special CEDIA Tradeshow Report.

View Comments | Leave Comment

CEDIA 2014 - Underway in Denver Colorado

Submitted on 09/10/14, 05:14 AM | Click Here for the full article: HomeToys Newspage

CEDIA 2014 - Underway in Denver ColoradoCEDIA 2014 - Underway in Denver Colorado

CEDIA 2014 is underway in Denver, Colorado with training sessions beginning on September 10th and the Show room floor opening up on the 11th.  This years show used the slogan "Hyper-Change" to signify the ongoing evolution of the residential AV market and promises to showcase "New Products, New Innovations and New Demands."  

Showcasing a full spectrum of the Home Technology trends that are relevant today and tomorrow CEDIA 2014 hosted thousands of visitors browsing the booths of nearly 500 exhibitors.  As well over 100 courses will be offered that cover home automation, home theater, audio video, systems integration and networking.
 
As usual HomeToys.com is on hand to see what was what at this years show.  Stay tuned for our Special CEDIA Tradeshow Report.  
 
For all the News and announcements from this years show make sure to check out our SPECIAL CEDIA NEWSPAGE.

View Comments | Leave Comment

Apple, Inc. Just Gained Another Competitor in the Smart Home Space

Submitted on 09/08/14, 05:35 AM | Click Here for the full article: NASDAQ

Apple, Inc. Just Gained Another Competitor in the Smart Home SpaceApple, Inc. Just Gained Another Competitor in the Smart Home Space

Companies are starting to pick sides in the home automation race, and Sony just made its choice. The company announced at the IFA conference in Berlin this week that it is joining Qualcomm 's AllSeen Alliance, a coalition of tech and consumer companies utilizing Qualcomm's open-source AllJoyn home automation platform.

Sony's move means there's yet another company pushing an alternative home automation platform to Apple 's forthcoming HomeKit.
 

Qualcomm has collected an impressive group of peers for its home automation platform, including Microsoft , LG, Panasonic , Haier, Sharp , and about 60 other companies. And while Sony's move won't derail Apple's HomeKit plans , the growing number of companies joining the AllJoyn proves just how heated this competition is becoming.

AllJoyn -- like many other open-source home automation platforms -- enables third-party devices to easily connect to each other, communicate with other devices, and pair together for combined automation.

View Comments | Leave Comment

Savant gets $90M from KKR

Submitted on 09/04/14, 05:26 AM | Click Here for the full article: GigaOM

Savant gets $90M from KKRSavant gets $90M from KKR

Want proof that the smart home is big? Check out the whopper private equity investment that KKR has made in Savant. Savant said it has raised $90 million from its founder Robert Madonna and affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR). The round will help Savant navigate a space where it has played for years but is suddenly seeing an influx of competitors at both the low and high end.
 
Savant is a bit unusual in that it’s designed for luxury homes and professional installers. The company uses Apple hardware and has built software that models itself on Apple’s ease of use and attractiveness. Touches such as taking a picture of your living room and then programming that picture to act as the touch screen for your home controls are an example of how friendly the Savant experience is.
 
You just touch the lamp in your picture and it turns on. It’s fun. In the last year Savant has taken its high-end ethos and moved closer to the DIY market with a cheaper product called the Savant Smart Series. Instead of running on a Mac Mini it uses a Linux server stored in a closet or cabinet somewhere. That cheaper product will still run you around $1,600 for the basic set up.

View Comments | Leave Comment

Elgato to launch HomeKit with full iOS 8 integration

Submitted on 09/02/14, 05:34 AM | Click Here for the full article: Load the Game

Elgato to launch HomeKit with full iOS 8 integrationElgato to launch HomeKit with full iOS 8 integration

Elgato will be an exhibitor at IFA Berlin this year, but the company has already announced the introduction of its new HomeKit to the market, with supposed full iOS 8 integration. The HomeKit will be fully compatible with Apple’s HomeKit home automation platform once iOS 8 launches.

Elgato’s HomeKit will feature the Eve product line which comprises of various smart home sensors such as light bulbs, door and window locks, thermometers for air and water temperature monitoring, smoke detectors and smart plugs. With this in mind, Elgato plans to become the competition for Samsung’s Smart Home system that will also launch at IFA in a couple of days.
 

The Eve brand in the HomeKit features Bluetooth accessories which will monitor almost everything in your house, from smoke, to air, water, humidity, air pressure, energy and water consumption. All the information these sensors gather will be automatically fed into iOS 8′s HomeKit application so that you can monitor everything from your iPhone. HomeKit will also provide users with tips and tricks on how to improve their environment.

 

View Comments | Leave Comment

NEXT PAGE

Featured Hot Product

ELK Products -M1 GOLD with Two-Way Wireless

ELK Products -M1 GOLD with Two-Way Wireless

The M1 Gold Security & Automation Control combines security, energy management, lighting, and access control with the accessibility to over 50 integration partners offering a flexible and integration friendly approach to home and business management. With remote access capabilities and simple, user-friendly interfaces, M1 keeps homeowners informed and in control, anytime, anywhere! ELK’s Two-Way Wireless family of products for the M1 Cross Platform Control revolutionizes the reliability and functionality of wireless peripherals for homes and businesses. Designed with true, two-way signal acknowledgement, ELK’s two-way wireless technology assures installation confidence through signal quality and status LED indicators. RF power levels are constantly monitored and adjusted to deliver clear signal while maximizing battery life. ELK’s Two-Way Wireless products utilize 900 MHz frequency-hopping spread spectrum to increase signal diversity and agility to ensure signals get through.

More AV and Automation Industry Resources

 

 

More Technical eMagazine from LJB