Mike Krell for Forbes: Ultimately, my problem and disappointment with the CES home automation offerings this year was the fact that there were too many undifferentiated products and not enough simple solutions. It seemed that most companies wanted to focus on their single use product or application, and I’ve got to say, I was underwhelmed—especially with the differentiation from product to product. How much differentiation can there be in a doorbell or lock? Don’t get me wrong; I saw a few unique things. However, my belief is that 5 years from now all home automation products will be pretty much the same, and the products won’t address what the consumers really want. Why? Because it’s not about the products. Consumers today may be thinking of just buying a product such as a doorbell, lock or camera, but when you talk to most people, what they want is to use technology to change or enhance their lifestyles. Consumers want to use technology to make their lives simpler and easier. I like to call these lifestyle solutions “scenes”. Scenes are derived from the way we (want to) live. Cont'd...
Invite-only trade event targets mid-size custom integration firms, offers opportunity to develop new ways of optimizing businesses
Jetbuilt allows users to estimate a substantial project in minutes, not hours.
Home technology innovator LiveWatch Security has continued improving speed and affordability in the home security industry with the release of the Plug&Protect IQ 2.0 system.
EKOOR, a Green Energy promoter in IoT recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to gather funds to produce their latest indoor light powered Bluetooth Proximity Beacons aimed at adding proximity intelligence to smart homes.
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Visit Hall 2, Booth C24 to Tour the Exceptional Office and Home Environments Made Possible by Crestron Technology
Zigen is showing and discussing products in a kiosk in the Valens Booth (HDBaseT.org) Hall 5, Stand U92 (5-U92) Zigen is a leading provider of 4K HDMI connectivity solutions known for its credo "Field Tested - Installer Approved - Install with Confidence!" It's about reliability. No installer can afford go-backs and service calls. Zigen products are designed and engineered in the US and are made for 24/7 flawless operation.
Over 40% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a smart home device by mid-2016
Revolabs' Flawless Audio Improves Collaboration and Productivity
Stacey Higginbotham for Fortune: Routers, those typically ugly-looking devices that provide Wi-Fi, have long been a weak link in home network security. Hackers can take advantage easy-to-guess passwords and lax manufacturing standards by an industry that has long focused on price over security, asdetailed Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal. Homeowners, for their part, haven’t exactly focused on network security either. Many have no idea what routers do and instead rely on their Internet service provider to include them in their modems. When ISPs started charging monthly rental fees of $4 to $7 for modems, some consumers started buying their own home networking gear. But most people still shop based on price. Even those looking for high-end features don’t have much to choose from. Most routers come with only a limited number of extras. That is changing though. Cont'd...
LiftMaster to Showcase New Wi-Fi® Garage Door Opener and Other Innovations at 2016 International Builders' Show
LiftMaster Offers Home Builders Ways to Exceed Homebuyers' Expectations
Schlage® Showcases Latest Offerings in Connected Home, Interior Hardware Styles, Finishes at 2016 International Builders' Show
Schlage's Advanced Keyless Offerings, Newest Designs, Finishes Provide Ultimate Convenience, Style for Homeowners, Multi-Family Communities
K Kit, a hub-centric smart home system designed by Hangzhou Konke Information Technology Co., Ltd., is launching crowd funding via Indiegogo on January 25 as the first project of the China Pilot Program (CPP) launched by Indiegogo and Makebator this year.
Company to demonstrate security solutions for multi-family applications and the connected home.
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Custom scenes (connecting up to 250 switches) in your living, family or great room, kitchen, study, master bedroom/bathroom, and office. Turn off all lights in your home at the touch of a button. Automatically (Timer Scheduler) turn on/off outdoor security lights, heating and AC, or provide night light convenience anywhere in your home. From creating a virtual 3 way switch anywhere in your home, to turning a group of lights when your garage door is opened, door bell or phone rings.