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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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AV and Automation Industry Stories of the Day

Here's Why The Do-It-Yourself Smart Home Market Will Reach $7.8 Billion By 2019

Submitted on: 07/30/14, 06:15 AM

According to our latest report published today at NextMarket Insights, the DIY smart home is expected to grow in the US from $1.3 billion today to $7.8 billion by 2019, an annual growth rate of over 43%.
 
The bigger question, however, might be why consumers are willing to become their own smart home IT managers, when just a few years ago home automation and smart home networks often meant a professional installer.
 
That’s because nowadays that barriers around price and ease-of-use have dropped dramatically.  Instead of complex proprietary software and controllers, today most of these devices require no more than a iPhone or Android device and an Internet connection.  Some, like locks, may require a couple turns of a screwdriver, but installation is within the capabilities of most.
 
And chances are, things will get even easier. Apple, Google, Qualcomm and other are all busy creating industry initiatives around software frameworks and protocols that will do some behind-the-scenes heavy lifting to make devices talk together and generally work more seamlessly. Apple’s HomeKit, for example, will turn your iPhone into a central controller for many of these smart products, and likely remove the need to manage a bundle of different apps as your device collection grows.

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 b

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

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Today's AV and Automation Industry Headlines

Boardroom Brilliance.
Submitted on: 08/01/14, 06:54 AM
With offices located in a Grade II Listed building, within the heart of the City, the clients' brief was to have a beautifully finished 16-seat executive boardroom as the centre-piece of a highly specified serviced office space.

Innisfree Brings a Whole New In-Store Experience with Digital Technology
Submitted on: 08/01/14, 03:35 AM
Through the use of CAYIN digital signage solutions, Innisfree hopes to combine nature and technology and further provide customers with a whole new in-store experience.

Severtson Screens Updates Legacy Series with Acoustically Transparent Projection Screen Material
Submitted on: 07/31/14, 11:46 AM
Launched at 2014 CEDIA Exop, Now Shipping and Made in the USA, Severtson Sets New Aggressive Dealer Pricing While Also Offering Bright White Acoustically Transparent (BWAT) Option for Acclaimed Legacy Series Fixed Frame Projection Screen Solutions

iSmart Alarm Announces European Availability and Distribution
Submitted on: 07/31/14, 10:59 AM
iSmart Alarm Announces European Availability and Distribution

Yamaha Unveils Premium AVENTAGE BD-A1040 Universal Blu-ray Disc™ Player With Maximum Connectivity
Submitted on: 07/31/14, 10:57 AM
Fullest Featured Model to Date Offers Bluetooth for the First Time and Presents Exciting New Possibilities for Home Theater Enjoyment

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