Bowers and Wilkins sells to a tiny home automation startup

Billy Steele for enGadget:  Bowers & Wilkins has been cranking out solid audio gear for the better part of three decades, but it's being acquired by a company that's only been around since 2014. Eva Automation, a Silicon Valley startup founded by former Facebook CFO (and San Francisco 49ers co-owner) Gideon Yu, is the new owner of the audio brand. Little is known about the company other than its 40-person staff has the somewhat vague mission of "making products that will change how people interact and think about the home." Although it has been around for two years, Eva Automation hasn't released any products yet. The most obvious question is why a trusted name in audio would sell to such a young company. Well, Bowers & Wilkins CEO Joe Atkins hinted at a sale last year before talks with Eva began. Atkins also admitted that the company doesn't have the know-how to build audio gear that leverages the cloud, despite a range of devices that allow users to play music with features like AirPlay. We'll have to wait a while to see any new products, as Yu says the first new gear is planned for mid-2017. Perhaps Amazon's Echowill see some competition next summer.   Cont'd...

Smart Home Water Shut Off, Prevent Water Damage, No Plumber Required

The mechanics of the unit have been updated with an improved open/close stroke and the addition of a Universal Mounting Kit (UMK). The UMK supports simplified mounting of the unit over existing ball valve sizes of ½", ¾" and 1"; no plumbing is required.

Kramer US Appoints New CEO

Seasoned Global Sales and Marketing Executive with Strong Technology Background Brings 38 years of Leadership to the AV Industry

Parks Associates: Over 80% of smartphone and tablet users who own a smart home device have downloaded mobile apps for their devices

20th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Conference to address importance of interoperability for connected devices and mobile apps

Almond 3 Smart Home Wi-Fi System Now Available for Pre-order

Smart Router Bundle Features Mesh Networking for Seamless Wi-Fi Coverage Integrates with Amazon Alexa

SAGE by Hughes Now Works with Nest

SAGE Brings Nest Intelligence, Security and Control to the Television

Google And Honeywell Resolve Patent Dispute

Google and Honeywell believe that this patent accord promotes product innovation and consumer choice in the market for smart home products. The agreement fully resolves pending patent litigation between Honeywell and Nest Labs. Terms of the agreement are otherwise confidential.

IoT Made Simple: GE First Manufacturer to Have Suite of Connected Appliances on IFTTT

GE Appliances and IFTTT release the washer, dryer and dishwasher channels, becoming the first appliance manufacturer to have its entire appliance suite on IFTTT

5 misguided reasons for asking wireless carriers to manage smart home networks

Ira Brodsky for ComputerWorld:  Last week, a guest editorial by Jerome Rota of Greenwave Systems titled, “How to Bring the ‘Internet of Things’ to Life” appeared in The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Rota suggested that wireless operators should manage smart home networks using spectrum acquired in the FCC’s 600 MHz auction. This is a bad idea for several reasons. 1.   “Today a smart home nearly requires an IT specialist.” The first products based on new technology are often difficult to set up and manage. Mr. Rota’s solution -- having wireless carriers perform these tasks -- could short-circuit the development of more user-friendly products and would saddle consumers with unnecessary monthly fees.   Cont'd...

Perfect Home Theater Acquires VidaBox LLC's Media Systems Division

Perfect Home Theater to acquire VidaBox Media Systems and continue its popular product lines. Sales and Support of Systems to Be Continued by New Owner.

Infocomm 2016: It's That Time of the Year Again!

The success of InfoComm has been outstanding. No other show can compare to the educational value and the latest in audiovisual technology. There is nothing that can't be found to help your career among the 950 exhibitors.

Vimtag Launches Sleek IP Monitoring Cameras and Private Remote Storage Device to Establish a Home's First Line of Defense

The new products include the sleek P1 Smart Cloud IP camera, the M1 Mini Cube Cloud IP camera, and the CloudBox remote video storage device, expanding Vimtag's complete suite of devices that enable individuals to monitor their business or home from anywhere in the world

Home Audio System + Smart Home Hub? Meet the latest Z-Wave Labs start up contest winner

Like Sonos, Echo & home security combined, the "HunyB" speaker system by Hive Connected is the Spring 2016 winner of the Z-Wave Labs IoT competition.

ELO LAUNCHES NEW ELO ELITE AUDIO VISUAL PARTNER PROGRAM

ProAV partners benefit from resources and tools needed to foster long, fruitful relationships with AV community

Nortek Security & Control Extends Smart Home to Global Growth Markets Leveraging Successful Technologies and Proven Products

New certification and key partnerships expand 2GIG distribution in countries, including Turkey, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia.

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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!