Logitech's Harmony app will let you control your smart home from your Android TV

Micah Singleton for The Verge:  Logitech wants you to be able to control your smart home from any device, including your TV. The company has released a version of its Harmony remote app for Android TVs. The app, which is in beta, is designed to work with Sony's Android TVs, but will also work with the Nexus Player. If your smart home is controlled via a Logitech Harmony Hub, you can control just about everything including your lights, thermostat, blinds, and home entertainment system through a nice tile layout straight from your TV. You can download the Harmony for TV app from the Play Store today. And if you don't own a Sony TV and would still like to use the app, Android Police has an APK that can help with that.

New KLUG Home Turns Your Router Into Intuitive Smart Home Hub

Tiny USB Smart Home Hub Provides Single Interface for All Smart Devices, Takes Personal Preferences Into Consideration

BeON Home Adds New Home Security Enhancements

BeON Home, creator of the first home protection system that provides preventative security, daily safety and emergency lighting, is introducing new features to further enhance the home protection features of its system.

Almo Professional A/V E4 AV Tour Continues in Atlanta on April 27

"This is the first tour stop since our acquisition announcement with IAVI last month so we are looking forward to having our combined staff at this event to meet with attendees,"

Smart Home Vendor tado° Raises $23 Million to Fuel US Expansion, Bringing Funding Total to $57 Million to Date

Addressing A Void Left by Nest for Remote-Controlled Heating & Cooling, tado° is Poised for Rapid US Growth Partnerships with AT&T Digital Life, and Recently Listed at Key Retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and Home Depot

Somfy Introduces the Dimmable LED RTS Light Kit to Expand Use of Outdoor Living Space

Somfy's New Awning Accessory Extends Time Outside Past Sundown

Blumoo Universal Remote and Amazon Echo Control Your Living Room with Voice

Blumoo Universal Remote Control, now compatible with Amazon Echo, turns any house into a smart home by allowing owners to use simple voice commands to easily control all their home entertainment equipment.

AVAD Magnifies Works with Nest Product Lineup

Rachio is the latest to join AVAD's lineup of Works with Nest products, Dropcases' Waterproof Nest Cam enclosure now also available

QMotion Expands Commercial and Residential Communications and Controls

HARDWIRED APPLICATIONS AND ADVANCED ZIGBEE CONTROLS ENHANCE MOTORIZED SHADE OFFERINGS

Kramer Upgrades Award-Winning K-Touch Cloud-Based Control Solution

K-Touch 3.2 Further Simplifies Installation and Makes the System Design Process More Efficient for Integrators

NuBryte Makes E.U. Debut With Largest-Ever U.S. Business Delegation At 2016 Hannover Messe

Following extremely positive reviews for the NuBryte Touchpoint in the U.S., the groundbreaking all-in-one smart home solution will make its first-ever European appearance

Nest Expands Energy Business to More Than 50 Energy Providers; Nest Thermostat Rebates and Rewards Available to 30 Percent of U.S. Homes

Energy Providers See Value in Energy Efficiency of Nest Thermostat Combined with Nest's Rush Hour Rewards Demand Response Service

Hunter Douglas PowerView™ Motorization Wins Red Dot Award For Cutting-Edge Design And Functionality

The PowerView Motorization system allows consumers to automatically operate and program Hunter Douglas' most innovative and stylish window treatment designs.

Thirty Million U.S. Households Projected to Add Smart Home Technology in Next 12 Months, August Home and Xfinity Home Study Reveals

Connected Cameras, Video Doorbells and Lights are Smart Home Products Highest on Consumer's Priority List

IHS: Smart home market to present challenges for security companies moving forward

SOURCE: SECURITYINFOWATCH.COM:  Security companies have played a pivotal role in the proliferation of smart home technology from the very beginning, however, these same firms will find themselves challenged in the coming years as several industry developments stand poised to disrupt the market’s status quo, according to a new research note from IHS Technology. “Moreover, security companies will be challenged in 2017, when UL-compliant Z-wave sensors hit the market. (UL has approved the latest Z-Wave protocol for UL 1023 compliance, which means Z-Wave detectors can soon be used for professional alarm installations.) This milestone is significant, because most existing intruder alarms use one-way radios operating at 300/400 megahertz (MHz),” wrote Blake Kozak, principal analyst at IHS Technology, in the research note. “In order to remain competitive in 2016 and 2017, dealers and service providers need to consider flexible billing models as well as DIY installation with professional monitoring.”   Cont'd...

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