Wink will add Uber, Fitbit, and IFTTT to its smart home controller

Business Insider:  Wink’s smart home controller, known as the Relay, received an update that integrates services from Uber and Fitbit, as well as the capability to communicate with other devices over the If This Then That (IFTTT) protocol, reports PC Mag.

The Relay is a touchscreen device installed on the wall that controls smart home devices connected by Wink. The update will allow users to see how many steps they have taken that day by tapping into their Fitbit data, and allow users to order Uber rides through their controller.

Integrating the IFTTT communication protocol will allow the Wink Relay to send one-time commands to other smart home devices that support the protocol. Users can create specific "recipes" with the protocol to automate specific tasks.  Cont'd...

Smart Home Interview - Ray Super Remote

Right now the Ray Super Remote uses BT (4.0/BLE) and 802.11 2.4GHz b/g/n WiFi in addition to several IR protocols. This means we can control hundreds of thousands of entertainment devices in addition to connected devices on a home network.

The Smart Home Library - Who, What, Where and How!

A compilation of some of the companies, systems and products vying for dominance in your smart home. Latest update 12/15/15

Savant unveils The Savant Remote, combining the convenience of a universal remote with the power of home automation

Users can control over 380,000 of today's most popular entertainment devices and switch easily between their favorites. The high-resolution touchscreen eliminates the need for extra buttons by elevating additional controls when necessary. Control happens wirelessly via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi without requiring any line of sight between the Remote and your entertainment system.

Homeowners can also use the Savant Remote to control their lights with the new Savant Lamp Control, creating instant ambiance in any room with a tap.

Voice commands offer another simple method of control. Users can simply say "FOOD NETWORK" to watch their favorite channels, or "APPLE TV" when they want to browse for a new movie. Homeowners can also use voice controls to activate their own Savant scenes, like "RELAX," which could cue up a mellow Sonos playlist and dim the lights, or "GOODNIGHT," which would turn everything off.

Personalized profiles give every family member their own remote experience, with all their favorite channels and scenes just a tap or voice command away—while limited-access profiles let guests enjoy the benefits of Savant when they're visiting.  Full Press Release:

Universal Electronics Hits New Milestone with QuickSet

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When will ZigBee RF4CE land in Europe?

In the US, almost all operators are using RF4CE for new set-top boxes and their remotes. It is only a matter of time before other markets follow the US mass adoption.

Smart Home Interview - Elk Products

ELK's M1 controls integrate with products from over 40 other manufacturers. Integration is achieved using a variety of connection methods and protocols.

On Controls - Automation in the Cloud

Using our cloud-based tools and templates, our dealers can recall each template created for packages they use often so that the programming time for these replicated systems is reduced to minutes. This is far more efficient than starting the programming process from scratch each time a system is installed.

The iDock by iRoom

Whether it's App driven or Big Control, the majority of our customers are controlling automation systems in homes, offices and retail spaces.

Finding The Middle Of The Home Automation Market

"Outside-In" is all about focusing on the customer experience and designing products to enhance that experience.

What to Consider When Using Tablets and Smartphones in Home Automation Systems: Part 3

Along with the valid arguments for each side, there are some misconceptions that are simply incorrect and should be put aside when considering a tablet or smartphone.

What to Consider When Using Tablets and Smartphones in Home Automation Systems: Part 2

There are a number of disadvantages that may affect the decision of whether to use a smart phone/tablet or a proprietary device. These disadvantages can be addressed and most times removed all together if approached logically.

What to Consider When Using Tablets and Smartphones in Home Automation Systems: Part 1

The Rise of the Consumer Mobile Device

iPhone Control of your Home Systems

iRule uses the home's Wi-Fi connection to send the command from a phone or tablet to the IR converter or a network device. This happens in a fraction of a second.

Be Smart About Using Smartphones For Home Control

A dedicated interface, whether it be a wand-style remote, in-wall touch screen or tabletop touch screen, will always provide a more robust experience than multi-purpose smart devices.

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