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.

Case Study: United Nations Secretariat Building

In total, this retrofit is expected to save between $4 and $5 million dollars per year while still maintaining the Secretariat Building's iconic glass façade, solidifying the United Nations reputation as a model of sustainability and innovation.

D-Tools Unveiling Workflow-Enhancing Native iPAD® Mobile Quoting App at CEDIA EXPO 2013

D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will unveil a new IOS-based iPad® companion app for its flagship product, SIX 2013. Available in Q4 for partners worldwide, this new release adds mobile quoting capabilities that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to generate quotes natively on an iPad then bring them into SIX 2013 for further project design and management. Delivering on D-Tools' commitment to streamline product updates and enhancements by consolidating them into an annual release, this new companion app will immediately extend the highly functional D-Tools workflow to mobile sales and specification teams.  A native IOS application, the D-Tools iPad® app leverages D-Tools' extensive manufacturer product library by enabling integrators to access and integrate product category and package data from their SIX 2013 catalog while working with customers in the field. Integrators can enter client and contact information into the iPad app, then walk prospective customers through available installation scenarios in order to create a quote for approval. Once complete, the resulting quote can then be imported into SIX 2013 for additional design work and synchronization. The iPad app utilizes many of D-Tools' workflow concepts, including the specification of locations and systems, which allows integrators to provide packages or pre-configured systems for inclusion in the quote. Labor and general pricing will be calculated to give the customer an accurate proposal, which can then be signed off for approval on the spot.

Flowton Technologies Looks To Revolutionize Home Automation With Motion Gestures, Needs Cash

The likes of Kickstarter and Indiegogo have become the land where dreams are born (or are crushed), and yet another intrepid group of techies-come-entrepreneurs is looking to raise money via crowdfunding. Flowton Technologies is a group that makes a “natural interface” controller for the home that allows users to control things with voice and gesture, and they need $150,000 to get from prototype to production. With the Flowton Controller, you’ll be able to walk into your house, say “I’m home”, and turn the lights on; control your TV with gestures in the air; adjust the thermostat without leaving the couch or using any other device; and more. It’s akin to the Leap Motion controller but for home automation. There are three parts to the system: the Flowton Controller, the Flowton IR blaster, and the Flowton Smart Plug.  The controller includes a 1.7GHz ARM processor, 2GB of RAM, an RGB camera, two microphones, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a depth camera port (for something like a Kinect). This device lets you control a device by waving your hand in a plane, but also moving it back and forth in 3D.   Full Article:

Flowton Technologies Looks To Revolutionize Home Automation With Motion Gestures, Needs Cash

he likes of Kickstarter and Indiegogo have become the land where dreams are born (or are crushed), and yet another intrepid group of techies-come-entrepreneurs is looking to raise money via crowdfunding. Flowton Technologies is a group that makes a “natural interface” controller for the home that allows users to control things with voice and gesture, and they need $150,000 to get from prototype to production. With the Flowton Controller, you’ll be able to walk into your house, say “I’m home”, and turn the lights on; control your TV with gestures in the air; adjust the thermostat without leaving the couch or using any other device; and more. It’s akin to the Leap Motion controller but for home automation.   There are three parts to the system: the Flowton Controller, the Flowton IR blaster, and the Flowton Smart Plug.  The controller includes a 1.7GHz ARM processor, 2GB of RAM, an RGB camera, two microphones, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a depth camera port (for something like a Kinect). This device lets you control a device by waving your hand in a plane, but also moving it back and forth in 3D.   Full Article:

NPD DisplaySearch Reports Growing Global LCD Digital Signage Market

Global revenues for LCD public displays (i.e., digital signage) shipments rose 22 percent, from $733.6 million in Q1'12 to $896.9 million in Q1'13, according to the latest NPD DisplaySearch"Quarterly FPD Public Display Shipment and Forecast Report." Unit shipments grew 5 percent in the same period, from 514,800 to 539,000. The majority of the revenue increase can be traced to the shift in shipments of larger-sized, higher-priced displays and increased shipments of displays with super narrow bezels, which are mainly used as a component in the build-out of video walls and other digital signage applications. "We are starting to see the improved financial results of the planned shift in production to larger-sized panels," said Todd Fender, senior analyst of professional and commercial displays with Santa Clara, Calif.-based NPD DisplaySearch. "Premium models increasingly will be shipped with smaller bezels, higher brightness and higher resolutions — which all lead to higher average selling prices."

Amazon Launches A Home Automation Store Featuring Smart Locks, Sensors, Thermostats & More

Amid a bevy of Amazon-related announcements surrounding Kindle – some intentional (the arrival of Kindle MatchBook), some not (news of an updated Kindle Paperwhite leaked a bit early) – Amazon has also quietly launched a new storefront focused on Home Automation products, including things like programmable thermostats, smart locks, sensors, video monitors, and more. The new website aims to centralize the now numerous options involving smart home hardware and services under one roof, organizing products into broad, high-level categories, like “Energy Management,” “Entertainment,” and “Monitoring,” which you can then further drill down into via sub-categories like “Lightbulbs” or “security cameras,” “televisions” or “alarms,” and so on. Additionally, Amazon’s Home Automation store is set up to be newbie-friendly with introductory guides to a variety of product categories like door locks, thermostats, and controllers, for example. There’s even a special section of the storefront that breaks out the “new and innovative” products from companies like Kwikset, Wimoto, SmartThings, and others.

The CEDIA EXPO 2013 Is Coming

CEDIA EXPO is the premier event for the custom residential market. You will experience solid technologies and interactive displays along with qualified manufacturer personnel. Get answers, not brochures.

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.

CEDIA 2013: Michael de Nigris of Autonomic

CEDIA does an excellent job of pulling together a vast array of dealers small to large, giving us an opportunity to expose the Autonomic brand to new customers while reinforcing our brand message and highlighting new features to existing customers.

Z-Wave at CEDIA EXPO 2013

CEDIA puts out a top notch event and has found the right mix of trade show, training events and industry networking. It is nice to be back in Denver, we very much like the location.

Reshoring - What is it and why do it?

In 2009, the company decided to return all production to the U.S. after four years of outsourcing 30% of its manufacturing to China. The transition - completed in 2011 - has doubled Peerless-AV's workforce to 500 and helped resolve quality and supply chain issues.

Z-Wave Is Now The Key Enabler of The Smart Home Landscape

Z-Wave has earned its position as the smart home leader through optimized technology, a broadly-supported ecosystem and the trust of market leaders in virtually every channel of the automation market. Z-Wave is indeed, the key enabler behind today's smart home revolution.

ZigBee And The Smart Home

A single room could have multiple sensors - temperature, security, motion, lighting, etc., all connected by a central box which then talks to the local appliances as well as to the internet, allowing monitoring and control by web connected devices.

Smart Home Services To Reach $10.9 Billion in 2017

Nowadays, home automation systems have become much better, less nerdy and more widely used, in large part due to the embrace of “smart home” services from the likes of AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. In fact, it’s these new smart home service offerings from the big telco and cable providers that will help drive the smart home services market from under $2 billion worldwide in 2012 to $10.9 billion by 2017 according to a new report from NextMarket Insights. So why is your local cable, Internet and phone provider getting into the home automation game? In large part because those same triple-play offerings they provide you are under attack from the likes of Internet video and voice over IP and smart home services provide a new and attractive new revenue stream. Of course, companies like Comcast have been experimenting with offerings like home security for at least six or seven years, but only in the last couple years have cable and telcos embraced smart home services in a bigger way. This new love for the smart home has been helped along by the emergence of new software-powered services from companies such as iControl Networksand AlertMe, who provide a underlying “white-label” service to which your phone or cable company then can affix their own their brand name. Other smart home platform providers such as Alarm.com have gone outside of the telco and cable provider channels and partnered with a network of home security dealers, riding their 2,500 security partners to over 1 million customers in North America.

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