Indiegogo - LightFreq Square2, the Smart, Music-Streaming Light Bulb, Makes its Debut on Indiegogo

LightFreq introduces a new and improved smart light bulb that's part intercom and part speaker.

Somfy Launches Tablet Version of myLink App for Smart Home Control

The Somfy myLink for iOS and Android Devices Allows You to Control Somfy Home Motorization from Your Smartphone or Tablet

Indiegogo - Luzi Smart Lamp to Launch Indiegogo Campaign

Sound sleepers and the sleep deprived both will love Luzi for its design and functionality.

Vivint Becomes First Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) to Offer Fiber-Fast Speeds Through the Air

Vivint Delivers the Fastest Wireless Broadband Service to Single-Family Homes in the U.S. ---- Company Adds Wireless Pioneer, Arogyaswami J. Paulraj, Ph.D., to Its Advisory Board

One Quarter of Millennials Have Begun Building Smart Homes and Four-in-Ten Want One, According to The NPD Group

Millennials are on the road to building smarter homes. According to The NPD Group Connected Intelligence Home Automation Advisory Service, Millennials are twice as likely as the total population to have a smart home product installed in their residence.
The array of smart home products evaluated include network connected security and monitoring devices, sensors, system controllers, smart lighting, power, and appliances. One-in-four Millennials (23 percent) already installed at least one of these products in their homes, compared to 12 percent of the total population. Millennials will continue to drive the growth in this market as four-in-ten (41 percent) of this age group are already aware of and interested in owning smart home products.
A key factor that is driving this early growth is that the smart home market is no longer just for home owners. Renters are as likely as home owners to have smart home products installed, and are three times more likely to be part of the millennial age group. More than a third of renters are between the ages of 18-34.
“Today’s smart home products no longer require professional installation and ongoing subscriptions, many are now plug-and-play options,” said John Buffone, executive director, Connected Intelligence. “The product mix such as smart cameras, lights, and plugs, fits the lifestyle of both home owners and renters which opens up a larger, younger and more tech-savvy consumer market.”

STARLIGHT is now STELLAR Home Theater and Beyond

Texas audiovisual systems integrator celebrates 15-year anniversary with expansion and name change

Sigma Designs Launches Feature-Rich Z-Wave SDK

Robust Platform Reduces Install Times and Enhances Network Statistics with 30 New Features

Bluebell Taps MNC Software to Develop Mosaic-Based Monitoring and GUI

Bluebell Opticom Ltd., provider of innovative fibre optic solutions for fixed and remote applications, today announced it has enlisted MNC Software to create an SMNP monitoring system for its fibre transport products based on MNC's Mosaic network management software platform. Bluebell will offer the new monitoring system to support its BC363 and BC364 multiformat interface cards, which link cameras and CCUs over long distances -- a situation in which a quick visual check would help to confirm signal integrity and diagnose any issues.

How Internet Outages Can Affect Homes With Smart Home Technology

One way to mitigate the risk of outages at all might be the selection of a smart home solution, which keeps a local version of the cloud software on the hub.

Atlanta Audio and Automation Opens New Experience Center

Georgia based integrator now offers a fully integrated showroom

DSC Touch System Features Built-In Camera and Android Technology

DSC Touch is an "all-in-one" sleekly designed, smart panel, supporting security, life safety and home control technology.

New SecureCom Smart Z-Wave Thermostat is Battery Operated & Easy to Install

The Z-Wave thermostat gives users remote control over their heating and cooling system via the Virtual Keypad App.

With layoffs at Leeo and Wink for sale, is the smart home crumbling?

by Stacey Higginbotham for Fortune:  Early adopters, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs have bought into the idea of a smart home, but mainstream consumers haven’t.

Leeo, a company that makes a connected nightlight that doubles as a smoke detector for the mobile era and has raised $37 million in funding, laid off about 30% of its staff Wednesday. Earlier this month, we reported that product manufacturing shop Quirky was unwilling to support its home hub software company Wink and it has put it up for sale, according to sources. Meanwhile, a home automation management device built by startup Ninja Blocks failed to raise funding and shut down.

Smart home startups like Goji and Plum are so late to market with their products that supporters who gave them money through their crowd-funding campaigns have given up on them. Goji’s smart lock was supposed to ship 18 months ago. Now the company is only shipping a small number of locks and plans to fulfill all other orders by August. Plum, a connected Wi-Fi light switch maker founded by the former head of CEDIA, the trade association for professional home automation installers, announced its product in early 2013 and plans to ship later this year. They were supposed to be ready in August 2013.

With $454 million invested in connected home companies last year, there is plenty of money riding on the smart home. According to CB Insights data, smart home startups took in a little over $1 billion in funding between 2012 and 2014.  Cont'd...

Global Revenue from Shipments of Residential Internet of Things Devices is Expected to Reach Nearly $70 Billion in 2025, According to Navigant Research

Interoperability issues, created by a variety of standards and protocols, are challenging this market, report finds

Friendly Technologies Announces its Smart Home Management Platform for Service Providers

Friendly's Smart Home Portal offers a coherent and holistic view of devices in the smart home, including security appliances, lights, power grid, motion detectors, front door and window status, and security sensors.

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