Microsoft's Bet on User Experience Begins to Pay Off in Wearables and Tablets, Threatening Apple's Position as Most Delightful Brand

Argus Insights Battle of the Brands report reveals that while Apple and Microsoft delight, consumers are more disappointed in Google and Amazon hardware overall.

Sonos To Open Up API To Simplify Integration With Smart Home Systems

Wireless multiroom-audio pioneer Sonos will open up its API to make it easier for home-automation suppliers to integrate with Sonos speakers and soundbars without having to reverse-engineer Sonos software.  But Sonos isn’t saying when. The “next big thing for us” will be “opening aspects of our platform so other companies [home-automation suppliers] can work with it,” Michael Papish, platform strategies director, told TWICE during the CEDIA Expo. Sonos wants to provide home-automation users with “the right amount of control without compromising sound quality and ease of use,” he said, without saying when the API would be available. For years, home-automation suppliers have reverse-engineered Sonos technology to create applications enabling their home-automation systems to control Sonos systems, and Sonos “won’t cut them off,” Papish said. But when Sonos makes software updates, the reverse-engineered solutions “might not work,” he said. Creating a “standardized protocol” will prevent that problem, he said.   Cont'd...

Linux's domination of home automation gizmos continues

Eric Brown for Linux Gizmos:  The Linux-dominated home automation business is still a fragmented free-for-all, but it’s also beginning to consolidate, with far fewer startups in 2015 compared to recent years. This month we saw several major product announcements from established players related to Linux. First, Google’s Nest Labs announced the first device partners for its Weave home automation protocol using the Thread networking standard. Now Samsung, which began shipping its first Linux-based SmartThings hub last month, released a $249 sensor kit built around the hub. Meanwhile, in the larger Internet of Things world that includes industrial, as well as home automation, the Linux Foundation’s AllSeen Alliance announced a new certification program and security stack. In addition, Amazon unveiled an AWS IoT cloud platform available with starter kits based on Linux hacker boards .  Cont'd...

CEDIA _ Women in CE Annual CEDIA Breakfast Draws Record Crowd

The Impact of Women on the Culture of CE Conversation, Volunteer of the Year Announcements, and Networking Made CEDIA EXPO 2015 Event a Success

FIBARO INTRODUCES HOME AUTOMATION BUTTON AT CEDIA 2015

Compact Device Lets Users Create Customized Scenes Defined in the FIBARO System; Scenes Can Be Personalized for Each User

Whirlpool Brand Introduces Water Softener with Wi-Fi Technology

Smart Water Treatment Saves Money and Brings Peace of Mind

Time Warner Cable IntelligentHome Now Offering 24/7 Playback for Enhanced Security Video Monitoring

This new capability enables customers to capture and playback continuously recorded video from their IntelligentHome security cameras.

FortrezZ Expands Smart Water Flow Monitoring System Powered by Z-Wave

FortrezZ, has introduced a new Flow Meter Interface Module for Water Flow Monitoring applications.

MivaTek Opens Video Alarm as a Service (VAAS) Platform to Partners for Smart Home Security, Safety, Automation, and Health with Video Integration

VAAS Platform Technology Offers Turnkey Value and Enhanced User Experience

CEDIA - Three Winners Dominate the TiO® Ninja Time Trials at CEDIA EXPO

Average system programming time for first-timers is 10-12 minutes

Parks Associates releases new industry research on the connected CE market

New Reports Examine Consumer Trends in Connected Consumer Electronics, Digital Audio Devices and Services, and Streaming Media

Kickstarter Projects October 2015

BRiK DIY Wireless Speaker System / Thinking Cleaner, Wifi for iRobot Roomba / Angee. The First Truly Autonomous Home Security System

Nine Open Source Home Automation Projects

Here is a list of 9 open source home automation projects that consumers should evaluate more to see if it fits their needs.

Lowe's: Consumers Prefer Home Improvement Stores for Smart Home Products

Today, Iris by Lowe's released the results of its annual Smart Home Survey, revealing that when it comes to shopping for smart home products, home improvement stores (either in-store or online) were rated the No. 1 place Americans are most likely to buy. When asked why they would choose a home improvement store, most say it's because it is a retailer they can trust (55 percent) that has knowledgeable staff (40 percent) and a variety of available products (48 percent).  The 2015 Smart Home Survey, conducted online in August by Harris Poll on behalf of Iris, Lowe's Smart Home Business Unit, polled more than 2,000 U.S. adults aged 18+ and examined Americans' attitudes toward and experiences with smart home products, homing in on the driving factors behind their purchasing and use preferences. Results from this year's study indicate that when it comes to purchasing considerations, cost of equipment and monthly fees as a deciding factor has decreased (down from 56 percent in 2014), though it's still the most commonly cited (43 percent). Ease of use is the second most important deciding factor (19 percent, up from 13 percent in 2014), followed by energy and efficiency features (15 percent) such as home temperature control and automated lighting.   Full Press Release:  

D-Link Goes Full 180 Degree Field of View with New HD Wi-Fi Cameras

180 Degree Cameras See an Entire Room from a Single Lens in Stunning HD

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