Amazon, Intel Partner to Advance Smart Home Tech

ANGELA MOSCARITOLO for PCMag:  From Amazon Echo and the Nest Learning Thermostat to Philips Hue light bulbs and the August Smart Lock, there are already loads of gadgets on the market that can make your home a little smarter. Now, two tech giants — Amazon and Intel — are coming together to "advance the Smart Home ecosystem and extend natural language capabilities to consumers everywhere."

The companies on Thursday unveiled two new technology initiatives to further that mission. For starters, they're working together on Intel-based smart speaker reference designs that will feature Amazon Alexa. The new designs are meant to "help hardware manufacturers accelerate their development of voice-enabled devices with the Intel platform and Alexa Voice Services," Intel and Amazon said. Developers and manufacturers should be able to check out the designs at some point in the first quarter of 2017.  Cont'd...

L U C Y Smart Home Assistant Launches On Kickstarter

Oliver Winkler has designed and developed the new smart home assistant that incorporates a touchscreen display, together with camera and voice control technology to help you manage your life.
The L.U.C.Y. home assistant has this week launched via Kickstarter with the aim of raising €100,000 and is available to back with pledges starting from just €358 for early bird backers.

L.U.C.Y. takes the form of a 17 inch display complete with companion application. Watch the promotional video below to know more about what L.U.C.Y. is capable of providing and how she can help your day run even smoother.  Kickstarter Page:

Lowe's integrates Amazon Alexa into its smart home hub to control lights, temperature with voice commands

Nat Levy for GeekWire:  Lowe’s is the latest company to take advantage of Alexa, the digital brain that powers Amazon Echo.

The home improvement giant earlier this week began rolling out voice-integrated skills for Iris, its smart home system. The new skills allow users to control Iris devices throughout the house with the sound of their voice. That means users can now say things like, “Alexa, set the temperature to 72 degrees,” or “Alexa, turn on the ceiling fan.”

Lowe’s makes a host of smart products under its Iris division, and not all of them are Alexa-integrated yet. For now it’s mostly thermostats, fans and light switches.  Cont'd...

Nine Open Source Home Automation Projects

Here is a list of 9 open source home automation projects that consumers should evaluate more to see if it fits their needs.

Logic Supply Launches Internet of Things Gateway With Candi Controls IoT Server.

IoT-enabled industrial gateway easily enables smart buildings & industrial applications.

Clare Controls Providing Automation for Lexar Homes

Popular lifestyle applications enabled through ClareHome Builder Program Partnership

CASATUNES EXPANDS RTI CONTROL SYTEMS SUPPORT

CasaTunes Controls Up to 64 Rooms with RTI Audio Distribution Switches

Crestron Now Shipping Wireless, Battery-powered Photosensor

New GLS-LDL-EX-BATT provides integrators with the ultimate flexibility for daylight harvesting applications that reduce energy consumption

Insteon Pairs Up with Logitech Harmony to Elegantly Control Your Connected Home

"With Harmony, we're delivering an elegant way for our consumers to easily manage and control all of the best-in-class products in their home."

Knocki - A Modern Day Alternative to "The Clapper" Announces Pre-Launch

Knocki is a small wireless device that transforms any surface into a remote control.

CASATUNES ADDS LEVITON AUDIO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM SUPPORT

Integrates Distributed Audio into Comprehensive Range of Residential, Commercial and Industrial Buildings Solutions

TotalProtect Partners with Nest to Bring New Safety Solutions to Home Warranty Customers

New TotalProtect Home Warranty customers now eligible to receive Nest products in limited-time promotion

On Controls Offers IP-based Control of Apple TV and A Cutting Edge Graphic Template Along With Additional New Features as Part of 4.2 Release

Latest software revision delivers more opportunity for integrators by adding exciting functionality with a focus on ease of control and a seamless user experience

Icontrol Networks Awarded Additional Patents Related to Smart Home Video Systems

Patents reflect leadership in connected home video monitoring and management

SURE Universal Remote Brings Online-to-Offline (O2O) Functionality to Your Home Automation

SURE Universal Remote for Android comes to MWC Asia - SURE is the most sophisticated universal remote that brings O2O to your connected home

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