Amazon providing Alexa Fund investment to Columbus-based startup Garageio to completely automate your garage

Garageio, the internet-of-things garage door product, is using the Alexa Skills Kit to bring a new capability to Amazon Echo

Hardware Startup littleBits Raises $44.2M in New Funding and Expands Its Executive Team

Funding Round One of Largest in the Maker Movement; Barry Schuler Joins Board; Veteran Talent from LEGO and MakerBot Join Executive Team

Marvell brings JavaScript to the smallest devices ever with today's most comprehensive implementation of JavaScript 6th Edition in the open source KinomaJS application framework

Marvell introduces two new hardware prototyping products for IoT innovators: Kinoma Element is instantly and always connected, interfaces with off-the-shelf sensors, and is ideal for prototyping embedded devices poised for mass production; Kinoma HD is a scriptable stick that transforms any HD screen into a display for IoT devices, handhelds, the cloud, and web content/

Icontrol One Announces Support for Simon XT and XTi Panels

Makes home automation simple and cost-effective for both new installs and the nearly 500,000 Simon XT/XTi customers in need of a 2G upgrade

2015 State of the Smart Home Report Reveals Seeing is Believing, Smart Home Mass Adoption to be Led by Familiar Connected Products with Obvious Benefits

Icontrol Networks' Annual Research Profiles Smart Home Customers, with Millennials and Parents Likeliest to Buy

Play with 100 smart home gadgets at new Sears showroom

By Benny Evangelista for SF Gate:  Sears is trying to connect with the Bay Area’s tech-savvy crowd with a smart home device showroom in its San Bruno store. The retail chain opened a 4,000-square-foot Connected Solutions showroom in its Tanforan mall outlet this week, giving customers an Apple Store-style experience with more than 100 smart home gadgets, from video doorbells to Internet-connected garage door openers and light bulbs. Sears is also building smaller showrooms with about half the number of products in 200 stores around the country. But Sears wanted to plant its flagship showroom near Silicon Valley.

Legrand Debuts New Home Automation Platform Intuity

By Howard Whitman for Dealerscope:  Electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has unveiled Intuity, its new home automation platform specifically developed for homebuilders. According to the company’s announcement, Intuity was created to give “production homebuilders and installers serving the mainstream housing market a cost-effective, modular and repeatable solution for controlling entertainment, security and comfort within a home.” “Homeowners today expect connectivity and control in new homes,” stated Legrand VP & General Manager for its On-Q and NuVo lines Fritz Werder. “Most new homebuyers are making home automation a priority. Intuity gives builders a unique, easy-to-install platform that meets buyer expectations without delaying the building process.” Werder said Intuity was created to provide homebuilders with a modular, easy-to-sell home ecosystem that would support homeowners’ most-requested home technologies. Cont'd...

iDevices Announces Switch Availability at Lowe's

iDevices Switch, a connected plug using HomeKit technology available at select Lowe's stores this holiday season

FIBARO MOTION SENSOR NOW INTEGRATES WITH NEXIA HOME INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM

World's Smallest Multi-Function Sensor Brings Important Home-Monitoring Capabilities to Nexia

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

According to The NPD Group Connected Intelligence Advisory Service, Millennials are twice as likely as the total population to have a smart home product installed in their residence.

GSMA Innovation City to Showcase the Connected Life at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015

Immersive Exhibits to Demonstrate the Impact of Mobile Technology from Partners Including Huawei, KT Corporation, Oral B, Peel, Pittasoft, Qualcomm Incorporated, Thinfilm and Visa

Prevent Water Damage With EcoNet's Automatic Water Shutoff for Home Automation Systems

Any computer or smart phone can be used to control, manage and configure this certified Z-Wave device from anywhere Internet access is available.

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.

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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!