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HomeToys Newsletter - Dec 2/15

Smart home solutions helped to drive double-digit growth in home security over past two years

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HomeToys Newsletter - Dec 2/15
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Smart home solutions helped to drive double-digit growth in home security over past two years

A new Parks Associates report finds smart home offerings have helped revitalize the residential security industry, as the number of households with monitored security rose over 15% in the past two calendar years. The New Face of Home Security - 2015 Edition reports approximately 21 million U.S. homes have professionally monitored security, with another 1.5 million with monitoring in a second home. 

Virtually: Tellywood Focuses on Immersive Content

SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) 2015 Symposium attendees are eternally optimistic that tomorrow's releases will be richer, better and there will be more

Autonomous Web Hosting

Hosting needs to be redefined - in a way that people can host on their own servers from home and redefines the Internet a place of freedom, independence and autonomy once again.

The Brazilian Home Automation Market

One thing to consider that differentiates our market from some other parts of the world is that the average Brazilian customer is definitely not the "Do-it-Yourself" type and is willing to have someone design and install the system.

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Belkin Is on a Mission to Fix WeMo's Buggy Smart Home Software

By Stacey Higginbotham for Fortune:  The WeMo line of devices has been around since 2012, and has expanded gradually to include outlets, light switches, light bulbs, as well as a line of sensors that was shown at CES, the consumer electronics trade show in Las Vegas last January but are still not out yet. However, WeMo products have a huge and glaring problem. The software running them is terrible. It has been beset by security issues, customer complaints, and generally can drive a user batty.

ZigBee home automation design kits use RPi-based gateway

Eric Brown for  Silicon Labs unveiled reference designs for home automation and lighting networks, based on its ZigBee SoC and middleware plus a Raspberry Pi-based gateway.

Dojo Is Designed To Protect Your Smart Home From Itself

Natasha Lomas for TechCrunch:  Israeli startup Dojo-Labs is launching out of stealth today after more than a year working on its connected home security device. No, not another Wi-Fi spy camera trying to engender a sense of vicarious paranoia in the buying public to convince folk with money to burn they need to ceaselessly surveil their property (and/or family).

Flex to Bring the Intelligence of Things 'Home' with Wink Acquisition

Flex , the sketch-to-scale™ solutions company that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world, has entered into an agreement to acquire Wink, the smart home platform that enables smart products to work together seamlessly, and connect and communicate globally.

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BDA-1 External DAC from Bryston - The Absolute Sound Golden Ear award winner

The Bryston BDA-1 is a state-of-the-art external Stereo DAC (digital to analog converter) using fully discrete Class-A proprietary Bryston analog circuits, two independent linear power supplies and dual Crystal CS-4398 DAC chips. The BDA-1 features an impressive array of inputs for USB, COAX, OPTICAL, AES-EBU and BNC equipped digital devices. For audio outputs, the BDA-1 offers both balanced XLR as well as unbalanced RCA stereo connectors on the rear panel.

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MIDLITE Corporation, a leader in several low voltage wall plate systems and cable management, manufacture and sell unique patented, low voltage accessory products for the security, systems integration, telecommunications and custom electronics market. MIDLITE continues to leverage its patent portfolio and expand its product lines through quality and innovative product designs. MIDLITE provides custom solutions to the custom electronics installer.

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