Control4 Hosts 800 Dealers across 12 Cities in Live Launch Events for the New EA Series Controllers

Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRL) announced their next generation of entertainment and automation controllers, the EA Series, during 12 live dealer events across the United States and Canada, alongside an online live stream.

Consumers More Frustrated by Smart Home Apps than Devices, Revealing Perceived Gap in Quality of Hardware and Software Offerings

New report by Argus Insights suggests disappointing apps break user experience, may cause decline in consumer delight over time

Control4 Rolls Out New Line of Smart Home Solutions Starting at $600 MSRP

 Control4 Corporation, a leading global provider of smart home solutions, today announces and ships its EA Series, a new line of entertainment and automation controllers, which represents the next generation platform for smart home innovation, featuring high-resolution audio, high-performance automation, and Control4's broad interoperability. 
With three separate models, the Control4 EA Series is designed and priced to deliver exceptional automation power, reliability, and high-impact entertainment experiences for any single-room or whole-home project. The new line is powered by the Control4 Operating System which manages entertainment sources from hundreds of the world's leading brands, streams popular music services, and controls and automates lighting, security systems, thermostats, door locks, cameras, and more, all with a single remote or app.   Full Press Release:
 

ISE 16 - Ihiji Launches New SaaS Tool-Ihiji ServiceManager-to International Audience at Integrated Systems Europe 2016

Ihiji ServiceManager makes it easy for companies offering technical support or remote managed services to run successful service departments, earn recurring revenue

ISE 16 - D-Tools Previews System Integrator 2016 at ISE 2016

Latest version of award-winning solution adds SupplyStream and QuickBooks Online integration as well as productivity enhancements for Proposals, Purchasing and Change Orders

Land Rush: It's Time to Civilize the IoT Wild West

For companies to reach their destiny, the consumer technology industry needs standards that CTA and other standards groups can "negotiate" for consumers. Companies can then focus on products that help make the digital transition easier and faster.

Domotz Introduces Domotz Pro, the Home Intelligence and Remote Tech Support System That Includes a Customizable App Businesses Can Tailor for Their Customers

Businesses can now provide monitoring service and remote IT support for any network or device problem

Control4 Rolls Out New Line of Smart Home Solutions Starting at $600 MSRP

The Control4 EA Series delivers exceptional entertainment and high-performance automation for homes of any size.

Open Your Garage Door From The Palm Of Your Hand With Overhead Door's New OHD Anywhere™

Remote Opener Offers Incredible Convenience and Security

Alpha, Turing Robot, and Blue Frog Robotics to Build China's First "Smart Home Ecosystem"

Alpha (www.gdalpha.com) yesterday announced the launch of its S Plan - a $304 million initiative aimed at developing a range of smart devices from smart robots to smart watches. As part of the initiative, Alpha revealed its strategic partnership with leading robot developers and manufacturers, Blue Frog Robotics and Turing Robot, to build China's first "Smart Home Ecosystem."

A Disappointing Consumer Electronic Show (CES) For Home Automation

Mike Krell for Forbes:  Ultimately, my problem and disappointment with the CES home automation offerings this year was the fact that there were too many undifferentiated products and not enough simple solutions.

It seemed that most companies wanted to focus on their single use product or application, and I’ve got to say, I was underwhelmed—especially with the differentiation from product to product. How much differentiation can there be in a doorbell or lock? Don’t get me wrong; I saw a few unique things. However, my belief is that 5 years from now all home automation products will be pretty much the same, and the products won’t address what the consumers really want. Why? Because it’s not about the products.

Consumers today may be thinking of just buying a product such as a doorbell, lock or camera, but when you talk to most people, what they want is to use technology to change or enhance their lifestyles. Consumers want to use technology to make their lives simpler and easier. I like to call these lifestyle solutions “scenes”. Scenes are derived from the way we (want to) live.   Cont'd...

D-Tools to Sponsor BRAVAS Summit January 27-28, 2016

Invite-only trade event targets mid-size custom integration firms, offers opportunity to develop new ways of optimizing businesses

Estimating App for AV Integrators - Jetbuilt

Jetbuilt allows users to estimate a substantial project in minutes, not hours.

New Product Makes Home Security Faster, More Accessible

Home technology innovator LiveWatch Security has continued improving speed and affordability in the home security industry with the release of the Plug&Protect IQ 2.0 system.

Kickstarter - EKOOR Unveils Proximity Beacons to Make Smart Homes Even Smarter

EKOOR, a Green Energy promoter in IoT recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to gather funds to produce their latest indoor light powered Bluetooth Proximity Beacons aimed at adding proximity intelligence to smart homes.

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!