Pebble and Essential designer Liron Damir joins Google to work on Home products

Chaim Gartenberg for The Verge: Between his previous experience developing webOS for TVs, his time at Pebble, and his work at Essential, Damir's hire makes sense for Google, especially as the company begins to build out more visual user experience interactions with Home.

Parks Associates: Annual Unit Sales of Smart Door Locks to Reach 1.68 Million by 2021

Research firm's Smart Home Tracker reveals annual sales revenue for smart door locks will exceed $357 million in 2021

Smart home platform Wink has been acquired by will.i.am

Thuy Ong for The Verge: Struggling smart home platform Wink has been acquired by lifestyle and technology company, i.am+, the company owned by musician and hit and miss (but mostly miss) tech entrepreneur will.i.am.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Apple Stores featuring Apple Home app and new interactive HomeKit demos

Benjamin Mayo for 9to5Mac: Apple has rolled out new in-store displays to select Apple Stores, demoing how users can take advantage of the Home app and HomeKit accessories to create smart home experiences.

Amazon Is Testing a Geek Squad-Like Service for Smart Home Tech

Phil Wahba for Fortune: The online store has been assembling an army of experts to offer free consultations for its Alexa products.

Parks Associates: Only 10% of Users Use Their Personal Assistant Device or App to Control Smart Home Devices

New research examines challenges and strategies for smart home products and services

The Smart Home Can Grow By Stealth, Says Futuresource

TWICE: Smart lighting & thermostats were common first steps into the smart home

Best Buy introducing Amazon Alexa and Google Home experiences to 700 U.S. stores

Kurt Schlosser for GeekWire: Best Buy announced Wednesday that the experiences showcasing what is possible with voice technology and smart homes are unique to its stores and about 700 locations across the U.S. will feature the spaces starting next month.

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