WarmlyYours Launches Power Modulator Snow-Melting Systems

Power Modulator systems can handle single- or multi-zone applications

Apple Reveals Future 'Home Automation Hub' for Apple TV in 'Siri Remote' Trademark Filing

When launching the reinvented Apple TV device last week Apple noted that the all-new Apple TV was built from the ground up with a new generation of high-performance hardware and introduced an intuitive and fun user interface using the 'Siri Remote™.' Well, the trademark symbol presented beside 'Remote™' may be a little premature as Apple just filed for this trademark with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Although the filing was made public today, the actual date is noted as being September 9, 2015, the day that the Siri Remote was officially launched during Apple's Hey Siri San Francisco event. One more thing: Apple hints in their trademark filing that Apple TV will become the hub for home automation as we predicted back in 2014.
Apple's idea of a home automation system may have humbly started with an Apple patent application filed back in January 2010 regarding a smart-home energy management dashboard system. Then came word that Apple was about to introduce a new smart home platform during their 2014 World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). That became reality with the introduction of Apple's new HomeKit that revealed "Siri Integration" as noted as the last point of the slide presented below from WWDC 2014.
In a Patently Apple special report covering Apple's WWDC event specifically on HomeKit, the following was stated: …it's very possible that Apple could be thinking of integrating their new Home App right into Apple TV and finally bringing to market a true in-home digital hub that we've been waiting for. Is it a pipedream? Only time will tell.  Cont'd...

D-Tools Appoints Randy Stearns as CEO

Former Founder of Engineered Environments and CEO of VIA International will ignite next wave of growth and accelerate migration to the cloud for market dominant systems integration software provider.


Featured Products Include: Remote Management Solutions, High Power AC1900 APs, and Stackable L2/L3 PoE+ Switches Optimized for HD Over IP Applications

HTSA Welcomes New Members Stellar and The Stereo Shoppe at Fall Conference

Adding dominant dealers in key markets, new members expand retail showroom opportunities for vendor companies.

KVIQ-TV Speeds Up File-Based Workflow and Content Delivery With Automation & Video Server From NVerzion

NVerzion(R), a leading provider of cutting-edge tools for digital broadcasting and television station automation, today announced that KVIQ-TV, the CBS television station in Eureka, California, has deployed an NVerzion automation solution. NVerzion's Component Level Automation System Solutions (CLASS(TM)) and CloudNine(TM) cloud-based video server dramatically speed up KVIQ's file-based workflow and content delivery process, increasing that station's cost savings while ensuring a high-quality presentation for viewers.

VITEC Debuts Enhanced Version of MGW Prism IPTV Transcoder With HEVC Support

MGW Prism Features High Transcoding Capacity, Wide Range of Codecs and Protocols Required for OTT Services CDNs, and ABR Support

Home Control Software Update

Here is a list of software that can be used to control home automation and or A/V systems. It's a growing resource so check back often for new content. Updated 9/15/15 - Details added for HAL and CastleOS

Home Control Software Interview - CastleOS

Our HTML5 automatically adjusts to any device or screen size you have. Any mobile operating system is compatible.

New Gefen Matrix Provides 4K Ultra HD Switching and HDCP 2.2 Compatibility

The new matrix has been designed for use with the Gefen Syner-G software.

CEDIA - WaterCopPRO Integrated Named Finalist for the Electronic Lifestyles Award

Industry Leading Technology Protects Homes and Businesses from Water Damage

Indiegogo - Acre Designs Launches Indiegogo Campaign for NetZero Home

Home Produces As Much Energy as It Consumes; Saving Money and the Environment

Acnodes's Fully IP65 and Fanless 19-inch Stainless Steel Panel PC

With Celeron Bay Trail-M N2930 CPU, the fully IP65 rated rugged stainless steel enclosure with 5-wire resistive type 19-inch touch screen monitor is ideal for food and chemical industries.

CEDIA - Severtson Screens Updates Legacy Series; Featured at 2015 CEDIA Expo

Now Shipping with a New Pricing Model, the Made in the USA Legacy Series Fixed Frame Projection Screen Solutions Also Offers a Bright White Acoustically Transparent (BWAT) Option

70% of Smart Home developers are hobbyists

By Stijn Schuermans for Vision Mobile:  While today’s Smart Home developers are plentiful, the vast majority of them are not pushing to develop the market.

Out of all Smart Home developers, 70% are involved in the Internet of Things as a hobby or a side project. Only 30% are doing IoT in a professional capacity. When we look at the goals and motivations of Smart Home developers, this picture becomes even clearer. More than a third of Smart Home developers (36%) are Hobbyists, primarily interested in building solutions for themselves. Another third (32%) are Explorers who are learning the ins and outs of IoT.

For Hobbyists in particular, Smart Home is an attractive choice: 57% of Hobbyists choose Smart Home, versus only 37% of non-Hobbyist IoT developers, a 20 percentage point (pp) difference. On the other hand, professional Guns for Hire working on commission (-10 pp), Gold Seekers hoping to strike VC money (-11 pp), Optimizers aiming for efficiency gains (-18pp) and Data Brokers selling repackaged data (-18 pp) seem to shun the Smart Home.

In short, 7 in 10 developers, significantly more than in other IoT verticals, are building solutions for their own benefit first, not yours or mine.  Cont'd...

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GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

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