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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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Building an Apple-powered smart home? Here's how non-HomeKit devices could work

Submitted on: 01/26/15, 05:42 AM

From Jared Newman, MacWorld:  Your Apple-powered smart home of the future needn't be limited to the HomeKit ecosystem, but venturing outside will bring some restrictions.
 
HomeKit is Apple's upcoming framework for smart home devices such as lightbulbs, door locks, garage door openers, and thermostats. Many of these devices will connect directly to users' iPhones via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi—no separate hub device required—for unified voice control through Siri. They'll also be able to connect with an Apple TV, allowing for Siri voice controls when users are away from home.
 
Apple will also let users connect devices that aren't approved under the the Made for iPhone (MFi) program, using a separate bridge device that hooks them into HomeKit. This will allow companies like Insteon to make their existing range of smart home devices compatible with Apple's framework, even if they use alternative networking protocols such as ZigBee or Z-Wave.
 
But according to 9to5Mac's sources, these non-MFi devices won't have the same capabilities as products built with HomeKit in mind.  Cont'd...

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 di

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

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Ideum's New Duet Multitouch Coffee Table has Independent Windows 8 and Android Systems
Submitted on: 01/26/15, 12:36 PM
The Duet is the world's first dual-boot multitouch table. With this revolutionary "smart" coffee table, users can easily switch between the Windows 8 and Android systems with the click of a desktop button, or the flip of a hardware switch.

CEDIA MAKES EDUCATION MORE ACCESSIBLE
Submitted on: 01/26/15, 12:03 PM
In a bid to make its education more accessible, CEDIA (the Custom Education Design and Installation Association) has kick started 2015 by securing two additional venues to host its most popular training courses. In line with this expansion, CEDIA is also offering online supporting courses on its education website - www.cediaeducation.com.

ISE 2015 - RTI's New Control System Kit Delivers Simplicity and Convenience at an Attractive Price
Submitted on: 01/26/15, 12:02 PM
New Kit Includes Dynamic Duo of RTiPanel App and T2i Remote

CHRISTIE MICROTILES NOW SHIPPING WITH THREE-YEAR WARRANTY
Submitted on: 01/26/15, 11:59 AM
Christie MicroTiles continue to be a benchmark in visual display technology

Split and scale your HDMI signal to a second (Ultra) HDTV or projector.
Submitted on: 01/26/15, 11:47 AM
Do you own Ultra HD equipment (4k2k), such as a Blu-ray player or Media Center PC, and you want to play a film/presentation simultaneously on your new Ultra HDTV (4K2K) and on an existing TV (Full HD 1080p) in another room (eg. meeting room, bedroom)?

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Tradeshow News Report for CES 2015

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GreenPeak is one of the leaders in the ZigBee market with a rich offering of RF chips for the Smart Home

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INTEGRATED SYSTEMS EUROPE (ISE) 2015
Feb 10 - 12 2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

DIGITAL SIGNAGE EXPO 2015
Mar 10 - 12 2015, Las Vegas, NV

2015 NAB SHOW
Apr 11 - 16 2015, Las Vegas, NV

ISC WEST 2015
Apr 14 - 16 2015, Las Vegas, NV

AXPONA 2015
Apr 24 - 26 2015, Chicago, IL

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Apr 28 - 30 2015, Taipei, Taiwan

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Jun 13 - 19 2015, Orlando, FL

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