Open source HomeBridge links 3rd-party smart home devices like Nest to Apple's HomeKit

By Blair MacGregor for AppleInsider:  Homebridge is currently available on GitHub,and works by emulating the iOS HomeKit API through user-contributed modules called Plugins. Each plugin corresponds with a different manufacturer, with the list including smart home titans Nest and Sonos, as well as lesser known manufacturers like Indigo Domotics, Netatmo and Wemo. Both the Homebridge database as well as the Plugins can be installed through a command line prompt as global NPM modules and are compatible with Linux-based systems as well as the Raspberry Pi.  The most obvious use case for using Homebridge to connect with HomeKit is integration with Siri, allowing a user to use voice commands (e.g. "Siri, unlock the front door") for a variety of tasks.  While third-party apps like Home or MyTouchHome have been available for some time, Apple has yet to release an app that functions as a central hub to control multiple HomeKit-connected smart devices, which makes a project like this necessary for those who don't want to wait for Apple. However, some smart home manufacturers like Phillips have introduced devices like the Hue Bridge, which enables users of Phillips' own line of smart light bulbs and accessories to connect their system to HomeKit.    Cont'd.. .

Scout Alarm to Deliver Professional Home Monitoring on the SmartThings Open Platform as the First Premium Services Partner

Premium Service Now Available in Beta for SmartThings users

CytexOne Leverages Control4 Solutions to Bring the Benefits of IoT and Smart Home Technologies to Hotels and Smart Buildings

CytexOne orchestrates technology and solutions from smart home leader Control4 to provide personalized experiences and increase operational efficiency.

Leviton Launches Snap-Link Mobile for Windows 10 Devices

Mobile application offers comprehensive home and business control from Windows 10 smartphones, tablets, desktops and laptops

Schneider Electric Introduces Wiser Air™ Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

Wi-Fi-enabled Smart Thermostat is Now Commercially Available Through HomeDepot.com and Amazon.com

Consumers Aren't Buying the Smart Home, But Insurers Are

By Stacey Higginbotham for Fortune:  The industry has stalled. But while consumers are scratching their heads, property and casualty insurers have been testing connected doorbells, water sensors, smoke detectors and dozens of other devices. On the life insurance side, wearables and other devices are also in the R&D labs, although that’s less of a focus for this story, since consumers have tended to adopt wearables more readily than the connected home concept. On the P&C side, State Farm is launching a program that will give an all-in one connected security device called the Canary to first responders soon. Last month, American Family created an innovative program with connected doorbell provider Ring, that offered customers a discount if they bought the device, but also would reimburse your deductible if someone managed to break in. American Family also subsidizes the cost of a Nest Protect smoke alarm. USAA has backed a connected car startup called Automatic, while Progressive  PGR 0.10%  has already teamed up with Zubie, another connected car device maker, to deliver discounts on auto insurance for drivers who share data. For insurance firms, the decision to back these startups can range from helping to prevent losses, which can boost profits, and helping make the insurer a more positive and proactive presence in people’s lives. Ryan Ryst, director of innovation at American Family, says that in creating programs around connected devices, an insurance company has a chance to remind people that insurers are acting to protect policy holders.   Cont'd...

CES 2016 - Oomi by Fantem Receives Award for Their Innovative Approach to Smart Home

The CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree can be seen at CES in Las Vegas and Target Open House in San Francisco

Kickstarter - Tailwind Launches Tech Gadget for Smart Home Automation on Kickstarter

The Tailwind project is now live on the popular crowd funding website Kickstarter with a goal of raising $125,000.

Smart Home Technology from Vivint Helps Parents Keep Tabs on Kids When Home Alone

Vivint offers safety and well-being for the more than 40 percent of U.S. children spending time home alone

Sengled Unveils Newest Smart Bulb Product: Element Touch

A smart bulb that can be controlled by touch or wirelessly via app or home controller

Kickstarter - Kasia, the first truly affordable and comprehensive home control solution, launches on Kickstarter today

Kasia is designed to be an affordable complete smart home solution as opposed to standalone smart home products that require separate apps.

Indiegogo - Reaches $1M Stretch Goal on Indiegogo, Donates Alpha 2 Robots to Research Institutions, Developers

UBTECH will select 10 robotic research institutions and developers to receive Alpha 2, the first humanoid robot for the family

Strong® Launches Newly Improved Racks, Now Stronger Than Before

SnapAV® launches their newly improved Strong Custom and Evolve rack series, redesigned based on dealer feedback

TiO Launches Full Orange Belt Training Course

Master the Art of TiO in the latest Ninja Training Program module

Tradeshow Whys: Marketing is Marketing, Tradeshows are… Something Else

By starting with a comprehensive event marketing plan, a trade show will no longer be viewed as an expense. It will be an investment.

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