Fallout From Nest's Revolv Debacle Could Hurt Smart Home Technology Adoption

William Craig for The Street:  Consumers who are considering whether to purchase smart home technology are likely to be turned off by recent controversy about the Revolv device, and companies involved in the so-calledInternet of Things need to consider how this event will affect adoption of their technology.  In case you missed it, here's what happened. Revolv was a start-up that made an electronic hub that allowed users to control lights and appliances in their homes using a smartphone app. Alphabet's (GOOGL - Get Report) Nest bought Revolv in October 2014. Next month, it will shut down the cloud-based service necessary for the Revolv devices to function. People who plunked down the $300 to buy a Revolv will be left with a very expensive paperweight. It's one thing to end support and updates, but this is a complete shutdown of a product people paid for. To add further insult to consumers, buyers of the Revolv smart home hub were offered a lifetime subscription when the product first came out. The Revolv device stopped being sold two years ago after Nest acquired Revolv. While it makes sense to cut off services to an obsolete product that isn't bringing in money, this is a troubling sign from the fledgling smart home industry.   Cont'd...

YCD Multimedia Joins AV Industry Group CEDIA

The group represents 3,500 member companies worldwide and more than 22,000 industry professionals that manufacture, design, and integrate goods and services in the AV industry.

Driving Bits: The More Connected the Car, the More Disconnected You'll Be

The challenge is that there are a lot of companies/products involved in delivering the connected car and that means a major concern regarding safety and data privacy.

Wulian Smart Home On Display in Hong Kong

With a vision for a better world and a smart life, Wulian has been making progressive effort in the research and development of smart home infrastructures and providing solutions for the construction of smart homes, smart hospitality, smart elder-care, smart offices and intelligent communities.

Somfy Completes Ultra Quiet and Ultra Strong Sonesse® ULTRA 50 Motor Range

The Sonesse® ULTRA 50 DC RTS Motor Completes Somfy's Ultra Quiet and Ultra Strong New Motor Range

Introducing BIG-i, the World's Most Versatile Personal Robot

Interactive learning home companion by NXROBO was unveiled at the Pepcom Digital Focus Spring Showcase last week

John Lewis launches smart home department

Ecommerce News:  The Internet of Things is wildly popular among consumers. UK department store chain John Lewis has now launched a new smart home department to showcase all kinds of gadgets that should make the consumer’s life at home more convenient. John Lewis launched a 93 square meter department dedicated to gadgets, such as an oven that can be turned on from the office or a bedside device that measures the quality of sleep. According to the department store chain, it’s the largest fixed retail offering dedicated to smart home technology in the UK.   John Lewis decided to open the new department after an 81 percent increase in sales of smart home products in the past year at the British store. Also, 18 times more people searched its website for smart home products in 2015, compared to the previous year.   Cont'd...

Want the Lights to be Just Right for Dinner Parties, Family Game Night or Watching TV? - Just Ask Alexa

Casta® Wireless Smart Home Lighting Control System by Lutron Now Works with Amazon Alexa Voice commands will turn lights on, off, or to a preset level

Intusoft's Lowpan4u Enters Smart Home/Office Electronic Marketplace

Intusoft announced today the release of its product suite for programmable control of electronic devices for home and office environments. The system, "Lowpan4u," is controlled by computer, smart phone, tablet or any device with a web browser.

TiO® Releases Robust Software Update for TiO Home

Real-time feedback during setup now available in the TiO App

Amazon Lead The Home Automation Market By Selling 3 Million Echo Devices

By: John Dewey for TechNewsToday:  Amazon has been making huge strides ever since it launched the popular speaker, Echo. A market research firm, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), revealed yesterday that the e-commerce giant has sold almost 3 million Echo speakers since its launch, as reported by GeekWire. The online retail giant launched Amazon Echo in 2014. The company initially launched the device on an invite-only basis but it was made available for the general public in June 2015. In addition, the sales of the device slowly increased as the word spread out among consumers about its abilities such as it can control the lights or thermostat of any connected house. According to CIRP, the awareness about the device among customers has doubled in the last year. Moreover, the market research firm based its conclusions on the survey of 2000 consumers in the US who bought the Echo via the company’s website.   Cont'd...

Indiegogo - K Kit Campaign ends After 45 Successful Days of Crowdfunding

According to official data from Indiegogo, K Kit closed in on its campaign goal in only one week after its launch and was favored by domestic and foreign professionals. At the end of the campaign, $108,947 was raised from Indiegogo backers.

SecureNet Technologies Announces Support for Best Selling 2GIG GC2 Security & Home Control System

SecureNet Technologies, a market-leader in security-centric IoT solutions, today announced their support for Nortek Security & Control's (a Nortek Company NASDAQ: NTK) popular 2GIG® GC2 security and control system.

ISC West - Nortek Security & Control Introduces 2GIG Smoke Detector Sensor

Smart Sensor Uniquely Enables Alarm Panel Connectivity to Interconnected Smoke Detector Systems for a Smarter Home Safety System

ISC West - KWIKSET UNVEILS KEYWAY-LESS TOUCHSCREEN LOCK AT ISC WEST 2016

Leads List of Five New Products to Be Introduced at Show; Sleek, Modern Look is a Design "Game Changer"

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