Why Apple wants to be the smart home's nerve center

Lora Kolodny for TechCrunch:  On Monday, Apple announced that it would make an app called Home available to users soon, allowing them to connect and control all of their HomeKit-enabled smart home devices from their iPads, iPhones or even Watches. Per an earlier TechCrunch report live from the event, the Home app will let users control a Fantasia-like orchestra of smart gadgets from one place, including everything from smart doorbells and locks, to thermostats, light bulbs, humidifiers and entertainment systems. And the app will let users engage Siri to tweak the settings on those devices, of course. But why is Apple intent on becoming a universal remote, or a nerve center, for the smart home? Frankly, consumers are not yet buying IoT devices and services with the fervor hoped for by consumer electronics and appliance brands.   Cont'd...

Kramer Showcasing EventBoard at InfoComm 2016 As Part of Kramer@Work Complete Meeting Room Solutions

The Innovative SaaS Room Scheduling App Provides Accurate Updates on Room Availability and Makes It Easy to Book the Right Room for Specific Needs

New Brand Launch Embodies Strategic Shift Toward AV/IP Convergence

The Company's New Approach Combines Innovative Software, Hardware and Cloud Technologies

Kramer Introduces New Control Platform at InfoComm 2016

With Multiple Cloud Options, the Innovative Solution Can Control any AV Environment, is Easily and Highly Scalable and Can Generate Actionable Business Analytics

Kramer Network Now on Display at InfoComm 2016

Award-Winning Software-Based Enterprise Management Platform for AV Networks Offers Unique Approach to AV/IT Convergence

Kramer Introduces First Complete Video Content Overlay Solution at InfoComm 2016

Kramer VCO automates the entire video content overlay process from design to display in one highly scalable, easy to use solution

Powerful New Siri Capabilities & Single Sign-On Coming to Apple TV

Apple TV is getting more powerful Siri capabilities and single sign-on for pay-TV apps.

Apple Previews iOS 10, the Biggest iOS Release Ever

Introduces Massive Update to Messages, New Home App, All-New Photos, Music and News & Opens Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages to Developers

August Home Doorbell Cam Supports New Apple HomeKit Camera Platform Announced at WWDC

August Doorbell Cam with HomeKit Adds Siri Voice Commands to Control the Camera

Vimtag's Remote Home Monitoring Cameras Offer Unique Benefits

Vimtag's line of uniquely designed home monitoring camera sys tem are ideal for use in basic home security viewing, monitoring of elderly or challenged family members or pets, or even for employee monitoring for businesses.

IQ PANEL 2 Named "Best in Show" Winner of TechVision Challenge at ESX 2016

Qolsys Next Generation Panel Also Earned a 2016 Innovation Award In Category of Controllers & Control Panels

Ecocor Partners with Richard Pedranti Architect to Design and Build Prefabricated Passive Houses in North America

Partnership launches with Eleven Prefabricated Passive House Model Home Designs Using the Only Passive House Institute (PHI) Certified Wall Assembly in North America

The Smart Home Has Been Built Into Boats for 50 Years.

Zach Lyman for GreenTechMedia:  For over two millennia, the marine industry has been a focal point of human innovation. This was by necessity; innovations in aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, navigation, system resiliency, space optimization and others have all improved crew health and survival rates, sped global trade and generally helped ensure we didn’t sail off the edge of the earth. Marine systems have been proven via relentless iteration to satisfy society’s desire for adventure, exploration and expansion. They have taken us to the farthest reaches of our known world and brought us safely back again. Custom-built yachts have always been a luxury of the wealthy. They likely always will be. Boat-building is a bespoke industry that emphasizes individuality and craftsmanship over scale and affordability. Yet luxury and premium products have an incredibly important role to play in our rapidly changing world. A startling amount of innovation occurs when price is no object and there is total independence to dream big.   Cont'd...

CE Week NY to Feature Record Number of Hi-Tech Product Debuts

Now in its ninth year, the show caters to media, retailers and tech influencers with a number of dedicated events. More than 3,000 attendees are expected at the June 22-23 event.

Vyo Is a Fascinating and Unique Take on Social Domestic Robots

Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum:  A group of researchers including Michal Luria, Guy Hoffman, Benny Megidish, Oren Zuckerman, Roberto Aimi, and Sung Park from IDC Herzliya, Cornell, and SK Telecom have developed a prototype social robot called Vyo. Vyo is “a personal assistant serving as a centralized interface for smart home devices.” Nothing new there, but what sets Vyo apart is how you interact with it: it combines non-anthropomorphic design with anthropomorphic expressiveness and a tactile object-based control system into a social robot that’s totally, adorably different. But is it practical?   Full Article:

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