Google adds more partners to growing smart home ecosystem

Peter Newman for Business Insider: Over 70 companies in smart home automation have made their devices compatible with Google's smart home assistant.

Case Study: Peerless-AV Creates Wayfinding Solutions for D.C.-based Government Facility

This custom interactive wayfinding solution is ideal for the government agency building's guests and employees as it allows the agency to make directional changes and updates at any time, with no additional cost.

Swidget turns any home into a "smart home" using existing wiring

Mike Hanlon for New Atlas: Swidget is a modular electrical outlet designed to turn any home into a smarthome using existing wiring, replacing a traditional electricity outlet with an outlet capable of using "snap in" inserts.

Smart Home Security: Which Devices are Worth the Cost?

To help ease some of the stress of picking out the right smart security device, here's some of the more common ones and some advantages and disadvantages to help buyers decide if they're worth the price on the tag.

Roomba vacuum maker iRobot betting big on the 'smart' home

Jan Wolfe for Reuters: "There's an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver once you have a rich map of the home that the user has allowed to be shared," said Angle.

Microsoft & Johnson Controls reinvents the thermostat

Utilizing Windows 10 IoT Core, Cortana voice services, and Azure Cloud, GLAS is a simple to use, elegant thermostat that brings leading energy savings and air quality monitoring to everyday spaces. Johnson Controls is reinventing the thermostat and our lives.

IoT Devices For Home Security

So, how can you use IoS and IFTTT to improve your home security. Here are a few things you can do to maximise your security efforts.

Family Starts with Small Time Automation, Then Goes Big With ELAN!

The centerpiece of the home's customization is the rooftop deck. Here the family can enjoy a 65" Seura outdoor TV with a multi-room audio system, a fire pit, and a full outdoor kitchen and dining set. The system's speakers are completely hidden in a small gap between the deck and the actual roof, creating a seamless audiovisual experience in a truly unique location.

2017 Tech Growth Exceeds Expectations: Industry Revenue to Reach Record Levels as Emerging Categories Soar, Says CTA

Industry to surpass $300 billion in revenues; drones, VR, OLED TV categories to cross $1 billion threshold

How to Prepare Wi-Fi Networks for Smart Devices

Before you plug in and fire up those smart light bulbs, appliances or television you need to prepare your Wi-Fi network to ensure your speeds and security are not affected by the presence of this new equipment.

Rock Your Home Theater With Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos is an "object oriented" technology that requires additional ceiling mounted speakers to act as height channels. For example, a 5.1.4 Atmos system has 5 multichannel speakers around a room, one subwoofer, and four height channels.

Parks Associates: Offering $100 Rebate More Than Doubles Purchase Intentions For Smart Thermostats

New report shows only 30% of consumers believe that smart thermostats are affordable

Home Prime: How Alexa Catapults Amazon Into The Pinnacle Of The Smart Home Market

Shanthi Rexaline , Benzinga: Amazon has begun assembling a team comprising in-house gadget experts, its own version of Best Buy's Geek Squad.

7 Home Improvements for Summer 2017

There's no better time to make your home even more comfortable and personalized. Best of all, these thoughtful updates will not only make this summer more enjoyable, but they'll last far beyond this season.

The Hidden Benefits of Installing Smart Home Automation

By only using lights, AV equipment, and other technology when needed, such systems conserve energy, which of course, reveals another hidden benefit.

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