Essence Introduces Apple Watch App for its WeR@Home Connected Home Platform

- WeR@Home new version update offers enhanced flexibility for end users and their service providers

First Apple HomeKit-Certified Smart Home Devices Launch

Aaron Tilley for Forbes:  Five startups are announcing the launch of the very first HomeKit-certified devices today. HomeKit is Apple’s standard for how third-party smart home gadgets connect in iOS.
These five HomeKit-compliant devices include:
  • Ecobee’s $250 WiFi-connected thermostat.
  • Elgato’s line of sensors that collect data on air quality, humidity, air pressure, temperature as well as energy and water consumption.
  • iHOME’s smart plug that allows users to turn on and off appliances wirelessly.
  • Lutron’s bridge device that connects the HomeKit standard with its connected lighting system.
  • Insteon’s bridge device that connects its massive catalogue of existing home automation devices with HomeKit.
Each of these device makers had to go through Apple’s MFi (“Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad”) program to achieve certification. Apple requires device makers to install an authentication chip in their product as well as go through extensive usability testing to make sure the products live up to Apple’s lofty standards.

Tenth-annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe Conference addresses Internet of Things and Connected Consumer

Sutherland Global, Orange, British Gas, TiVo join CONNECTIONS™ Europe Advisory Board

Crestron Now Shipping 10-Button Wireless Keypad

Popular HTT-B10EX keypad now available with exclusive infiNET EX wireless communication

Control4 Recognized As Top Whole-House Automation Brand in a Survey of Nation's Leading Custom Electronics Integrators

2015 CE Pro Brand Analysis reports Control4 Corporation is the leading brand in multiple categories for smart home solutions.

SiBEAM Partners With Google ATAP to Bring Touchless Gesture Sensing Technology to Tomorrow's Smart Devices

SiBEAM's Touchless Millimeter-Wave Technology Enables Rich Interactions with Small Wearable Devices

IKEA's Building a Super Cheap and Versatile Smart Home System

Adam Clark Estes for Gizmodo:  Smart lighting systems like Philips Hue are futuristic and awesome and, typically, expensive. But IKEA wants to offer this type of technology to the masses. The Swedish flatpack furniture empire is developing an entire smart home system, and it looks futuristic and awesome and, you guessed it, cheap.
This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. IKEA’s been inching into the home electronics business very deliberately, and it’s only natural that it would want to upend the burgeoning smart home market. Creating with a connected lightbulb system makes good sense. We already saw IKEA’s affordable, motorized sit/stand desk last fall. Then, came IKEA’s versatile and customizable wireless charging system that hit stores this spring. But next fall, the so-called Home Smart II Lighting Collection will take things to a new level.
At least, IKEA says it’s going to do this. I recently visited IKEA’s headquarters in Älmhult, where the company was showing off all kinds of new goodies, from vegetarian meatballs to couches made out of paper. At an event that I can only describe as a science fair for furniture, I learned a little bit about how the new lighting system will work. Since I didn’t test the products themselves, I’ll offer you IKEA’s description of the system, which is being developed in collaboration with Frog Design.  Cont'd...

Clare Automation Featured in California Home Builders' Sylmar Community

High-value ClareHome automation solution a key contribution 
to builder's "premium by default" philosophy.

Turn just about any Android device into a smart home hub with Enblink

Enblink allows users to turn just about any Android-powered device into a smart home hub in a matter of minutes. And, with the Enblink mobile app for iOS or Android, users can now monitor and control hundreds of compatible devices including the Nest Learning Thermostat and Philips Hue products.

Teleste at ANGA COM 2015: Teleste's Unique Concept Optimizes End-User Privacy in Smart Homes

The smart home is the next big trend, but its breakthrough is slowed down by consumers' concerns about digital security and privacy. With its advanced features, Teleste's unique privacy solution keeps smart homes protected from unauthorized parties.

Google is trying to solve the smart home's biggest problem

By Jacob Kastrenakes for The Verge:  The promise of the smart home is a world of appliances that anticipate your needs and do exactly what you want them to at the touch of a button, but that vision devolves into chaos when none of those devices can actually talk to each other. That's more or less the state of the smart home today, but now Google is trying to offer a solution.
At its developers conference this afternoon, Google announced two pieces of software for the smart home and the broader collection of connected devices around us, increasingly known as the internet of things. Those two pieces are Brillo, an operating system, and Weave, a common language for devices to talk to one another. And importantly, Weave doesn't have to run on Brillo — so appliance manufacturers can theoretically add it on to their existing products.
With Weave, Google is creating a "common language" that devices can use to talk about things like locking a door, taking a photo, or measuring moisture. Google will keep adding more functions as it thinks of them, and developers will be able to submit their own functions, which Google will vet and potentially add in. Weave devices are even required to go through a certification program to ensure that they work properly.

Parks Associates' President to deliver keynote address at Global Smart Home Summit in China

Stuart Sikes of Parks Associates provides insight into the integration of IoT and the smart home

From Cruise Ships To Smart Homes With GOAP

Over the past 25 years, GOAP has developed a collection of smart automation products for the leisure industry (hotels and cruise ships), professional real estate, as well as residential real estate.

1 in 5 U.S. Consumers Plan to Buy Smart LED Light Bulbs by 2017, Says ON World

ON World's recently completed survey with 1,000+ U.S. online adult consumers found that smart lighting is the most popular home automation product area with 1 in 5 likely to purchase a smart LED light bulb within the next two years.

Roomie Adds Support for Apple Watch

New software version 3.2 introduces support for Apple Watch and TiVo One Pass recording.

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