Sony's Xperia Agent robot is a cute, friendly smart-home butler

Raymond Wong for Mashable:  Sony has reintroduced the Xperia Agent at tech showcase IFA 2016, adding some new tricks, including the ability to connect to a smart coffee machine to make you a caffeinated cup.

Also, the last time we saw Sony's adorable little personal home-assistant robot, Xperia Agent, it didn't have a screen on its body. Now it does.

The Xperia Agent is still at concept stage, but it's getting more and more smart-home features as it edges towards the production line.

Sony showed off how it could now connect to a Nestlé smart coffee machine and serve up a caffeine fix at your command. 

It's really no more special than pushing a button on a smartphone app and having a connected machine start dripping out coffee, but it's undeniably more fun to see a small robot do so, while dancing along on your counter and blasting out notifications, such as the time and weather.  Cont'd...

Frontier Technology Powers Harman JBL's First Google Cast Wireless Speaker

Frontier Silicon, a leading software provider for the consumer audio sector, today announces that its technology has been chosen by Harman International Industries to power the recently announced JBL Playlist, the company's new Google Cast-enabled wireless home speaker.

CEDIA - Z-Wave Alliance Hosts Installer Smart Home Technical Training at CEDIA EXPO 2016

The trainings will give attendees a look at Z-Wave's installer certification, delivering tools & technical knowledge on setting up a Z-Wave smart home mesh network.

CEDIA - CMoo Systems Will Announce Their New Product and Show a Live Demo for the First Time at the CEDIA Expo in Dallas

Home control and monitoring have never been easier with CMoo's new breakthrough technology for smart homes.

Yamaha MusicCast Wireless Audio System and Disklavier ENSPIRE Piano Combine to Create World's First Multiroom Instrument

Wireless Technology Connects World's Most Advanced Piano with More Than 30 Mobile and Networked Yamaha Products

CEDIA - Somfy to Debut Expanded Integration Solutions for Motorized Window Coverings at CEDIA 2016

Visit Booth #3414 to Learn How Easy it is to Integrate Somfy-powered Window Coverings with M


Enjoy more freedom with the most connectivity options including Wi-Fi, DLNA, DDMS, Airplay, Bluetooth® and stream unlimited audio content through Spotify Connect, Pandora, YouTube and many more

More than 25% of OTT video service subscriptions are purchased through a connected device app

New industry whitepaper shows 37% of Hulu subscribers used an app to sign up for the service

CEDIA - AudioControl Now Shipping The Director® Model M6800 16-Channel High-Power Amplifier With DSP and Available Custom Speaker Profiles

The Director M6800 matrixing amplifier features legendary AudioControl performance, innovation and superior quality of build while delivering all of the functionality required by integration professionals

SONOS, With Partners and Industry Leaders, Ushers in New Era of Connected Home Listening

Voice control, software integrations make it easier than ever to listen out loud together

Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WiSA) Grows and Announces New Leadership

Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WiSA) shows growth through continued adoption of their high resolution wireless audio technology and foresees increased expansion as they appoint Tony Ostrom as new President

Digigram's Compact AQORD *HEVC-DEC Decoders Reduce Cost of 4K/UHD and Multiple-HD-Stream Video Contribution

Digigram, developer of innovative audio and video solutions, today introduced a compact 4K/UHD hardware-based HEVC decoder line that -- used in conjunction with the company's AQORD *HEVC encoders -- makes it easy and cost-effective for broadcasters to build a live 4K/UHD or multiple-HD-stream contribution link between a remote event site and the studio. Available, respectively, as a 1U appliance in a 19-inch chassis and as a small tabletop appliance, Digigram's new AQORD *HEVC-DEC and AQORD *HEVC-DEC/LE decoders provide the low latency, pristine video quality, low power consumption, high reliability, and extended temperature range operation valuable in remote contribution of high-resolution video.

Bluebell Announces ShaxX-GT, a SMPTE Hybrid-Alternative Connector Kit for Power Insertion to Grass Valley Cameras

Bluebell Opticom Ltd., provider of innovative fibre optic solutions for fixed and remote applications, today announced ShaxX-GT, a new version of its ShaxX SMPTE hybrid-alternative connector kit for power insertion to broadcast cameras. This model is designed to work with broadcast cameras from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, which rely on a manufacturer-specific startup protocol to ensure a secure connection between the camera and the camera control unit (CCU).

iPort® Announces The xPRESS™ Audio Keypad for Sonos®: Direct WiFi Control for Any Sonos Device

iPort is proud to announce The xPRESS Audio Keypad, the world's first WiFi direct remote control for Sonos®. iPort is also pleased to announce its Endorsed Partner relationship with Sonos providing deep integration between iPort and Sonos products.

Crestron Partners with Sonos® to Deliver Perfectly Integrated Whole Home Audio Experience

New collaboration makes it easy for integrators to offer Sonos as part of a complete Crestron home system

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