Competition for Alexa? LG Uplus announces new voice-controlled smart home gadgets

Ry Crist for CNET:  With the success of the Amazon Echo, the online mega-retailer's increasingly popular smart speaker, it was inevitable that we'd start seeing competitors begin to emerge, just as it's inevitable that tech journalists will begin making cheesy "is there an Echo in here?" jokes as it happens. So, let's just get this out of the way.  Is there an Echo in here? It seems like there might be. LG Uplus, a South Korean cellular carrier that's a subsidiary of LG, is rolling out a pair of voice-activated smart home products, including an always-on, always-listening smart speaker that boasts the same sort of far-field voice recognition technology as the Amazon Echo. Dubbed the IoT Hub, the device will let users control connected lights, thermostats, locks and more using basic voice commands. It even has a colorful (and familiar-looking) ring of LED lights up on top. Device no. 2 is the tvG Woofer Set Top Box. It's essentially a thin pedestal packed with a four-channel speaker, two subwoofers, and microphones designed to hear you no matter where you are in the room, regardless of background noise. You'll slip it under your television set, then pipe your home entertainment audio through it. If you want to search for something to watch, you'll be able to do so using voice commands.   Cont'd...

Boomers at Work: Retirement vs. Working … It's Complicated

A lot of really smart people in technology took Confucius' advice, "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."

SolarCity Launches Smart Energy Home in Hawaii

Customer Self Supply program offers a customized combination of solar, battery storage, smart electric water heater and Nest Learning Thermostat™

Triad Speakers Now Offering Dolby Atmos Enabled Modules for InRoom Loudspeakers

To deliver superb Dolby Atmos sound effects in rooms where use of in-ceiling speakers is not an option, Triad has created two Dolby Atmos enabled height modules for its InRoom LCRs. The modules are ideal for new Dolby Atmos home theater installations as well as retrofit upgrades of existing surround systems, and can also be used with other brand's loudspeakers. The modules are available in Triad's Bronze and Silver series levels of performance.

The Unity Mobile App is Available

- Get unprecedented insights into your landscape water use. - See precisely how much water you can save outdoors. - Map and photograph your yard.

Touchless gesture control upgrades at #MWC2016

By Mellisa Tolentino for SiliconAngle:  At Mobile World Congress, Elliptic Labs AS introduced a new way for consumers to interact with smart home devices. Forget about voice control, think Jedi powers. The company’s new EASY IoT (Internet of Things) software introduces touchless gesture control to your connected home devices such as smart thermostats, kitchen appliances, lighting controls, and security systems to name a few. It uses ultrasound technology to control gadgets with conductor-like ease. At MWC, Elliptic Labs will demonstrate how EASY IoT works on a connected lamp, smoke detector, and wireless speaker. EASY IoT will be offered to mobile manufacturers in hopes of building in the technology for as many core devices as possible. The more ubiquitous EASY IoT, the broader its market reach. This tactic relies heavily on willing business partners and will require transparent methods for sharing data sets and open source technology. This would ideally result in consumer adoption through necessity instead of heavy marketing and backward integration.   Cont'd...  

Icon Labs and Micrium Launch Integrated Security Platform for Internet of Things Devices

Secure Platform for Embedded Devices Simplifies IoT Solution Design with a Built-In Defense Against Cyber Attack

GeckoSystems' CEO Traveling to Japan to Sign $10M Robotics Joint Venture

CONYERS, GA--(February 23, 2016) - GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. (OTC: GOSY | http://www.geckosystems.com/) announced today that their CEO will be flying to Japan in mid March to consummate a joint venture with the premier Japanese robotics firm, IC-Japan. For over eighteen years GeckoSystems has dedicated itself to development of "AI Mobile Robot Solutions for Safety, Security and Service(tm)."

Ultralow WiFi RKi6000 Strongly Powers IoT!

RKi6000 Smart Home Products Unveiled at MWC

Icontrol Networks Integrates WeatherBug Home to Save Customers Money and Maximize Comfort

Partnership with Earth Networks' connected home optimization platform enables connected devices to anticipate energy needs

Crestron Appoints New VP of Residential Programs

Industry Veteran Continues Long-Time Leadership in the Residential Market

Marvell Showcases Industry's Comprehensive Solutions for Internet of Things, Wireless, Broadband and Smart Home at Mobile World Congress 2016

Marvell exhibits its expansive suite of Internet of Things (IoT), wireless and broadband solutions that power today's most advanced smart devices, appliances and services

Smart Home: OTIO to Connect 1 Million Devices to the SIGFOX Global Internet of Things Network

Groupe HBF, which commercializes wireless home-automation and security equipment under its OTIO brand, has sold 6 million devices in retail and specialty stores. With its leading experience in smart-home solutions, Groupe HBF is developing a new range of connected objects using the SIGFOX network, which is dedicated to the Internet of Things.

ThroughTek Expands on IoT Solutions for Surveillance, Smart Home and Unveils Future Data Initiatives at Mobile World Congress

This allows easy integration with connected cameras, lighting, smart plugs, sensors, and telecare devices used among various applications, including surveillance, security and home automation.

Summit Tech Showcases the Connected Living Experience

Mobile operators can now seamlessly unify the connected home, connected car and wearables

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!