Icontrol Networks Expands Connected Home Ecosystem
Meghan Ottolini for CRN: Could robotics provide solutions that would help the Internet of Things to go mainstream? iRobot CEO Colin Angle believers IoT-integrated robots can solve issues around IoT device mapping and maintenance. “In order for the Internet of Things to work, we need maps,” Angle said. “We need to understand where all these devices are. We need to maintain them, and a robot can do that on its own every day.” Angle used the example of the simple Roomba robot, which quickly learns where walls meet and furniture lies. “While it’s doing that, why not build a map?” Angle proposed. That way, as the Roomba cleans, it can also test whether connected lights are still operative. That type of robot can also be used to turn lights on and off depending on room usage to save energy. Cont'd...
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Atlona Ships Latest UHD HDMI to HDBaseT Distribution Amplifiers and New HDBaseT Receiver-Scaler with PoE and Two Way Control
"With the UHD-CAT-4/4ED and HDVS-150-RX, we add the features our customers need to make their projects better and lives easier, like extended AV and control signal distances, Power over Ethernet and an additional array of convenience benefits," said Joshua Castro, product manager for Atlona.
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DAVID CURRY for ReadWrite: Almost every product in the house now has a smart alternative, Nest revolutionized the thermostat and smoke detector, August built a smartphone connected door lock, and Samsung launched a smart fridge. Even with the abundance of smart alternatives, Lux Research says there is still disconnect between the consumer and manufacturer. Price is the most obvious issue, despite manufacturers lowering prices in the past year, they are still too high for consumers that aren’t fully invested in the usefulness of smart home devices. Lux Research also argues that retrofitting may have helped major smart home firms like Nest and Samsung keep customers on board. Some, after purchasing first generation tech, decided not to purchase the second generation, either due to cost or lack of additional features. “Current prices [for smart home appliances] are three times higher and will have to be lower for manufacturers to push smart appliances for mass adoption,” said Jessica Hernández, Lux Research Associate and lead author of the report. “Also, businesses can benefit by focusing on retrofit technologies as a bridge for smart appliance adoption, drawing in products such as refrigerators and air conditioners that have a long life cycle.” Cont'd...
iRobot has sold more than 15 million robots worldwide and reached a strategic milestone last September with the launch of the Roomba® 980, its first connected robot that systematically maps the home. Leveraging AWS IoT, a managed cloud solution that enables connected devices to interact easily and securely with cloud applications and other devices, iRobot will provide customers with powerful applications that process, analyze, and act on IoT data. The AWS Cloud will also enable iRobot to scale the number of connected robots it supports globally and allow for increased capabilities in the smart home.
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Utilizing the Internet of Things, motion censor, wireless and patent-pending technologies, the Toch Smarturns solution transforms existing stoves to SMART stoves, adding intelligence to the kitchen.
Rob Stott for Dealerscope: Not to say that the Home app is a killer to companies/platforms like Control4 and Crestron, but Apple is clearly encroaching on their space. That said, the aforementioned companies don’t necessarily see this as a problem. Rather, as Paul Williams, Control4’s VP of Solutions, put it, it’s more of an opportunity. “We would put this in the category of something that we think helps the smart home automation market,” Williams recently told Technology Integrator. “much like when, in the rise of the Internet of Things and IoT, what it’s really done has opened up consumers’ eyes to the possibilities. We’ve said, long before IoT came around, the biggest hurdle that we have in this space for us and other manufactures that specialize in home automation is customer awareness. Customers don’t even realize that this technology is available, that they can even do these kind of things, that there’s these sophisticated but simple-to-install and simple-to-use home automation systems that allow them to have great experiences in their homes.” Full article:
The new module allows for powerful and user-friendly control of HEOS players and offers a cost effective way for custom integrators to provide sophisticated control of music and streaming services in a whole house distributed audio environment.
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New Industry Report Shows IoT Use Cases Complicate 5G Network Design, Draw in New Network Providers
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The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection