Ultimate Integration 4th Annual BBQ Bash and Tradeshow Saw Record Attendance

Manufacturers, dealers and special guests from the CEDIA executive team showed up in record numbers to New York regional distributor Ultimate Integration's annual event.

Tekoia Rolls Out Extended Versions of its Universal Remote App for Android and iPhone

Committed to supporting all appliances and devices, Tekoia unveils new iPhone version and extended smart appliance functionality for Android

Planar Large Format 4K LCD Displays Earn Prestigious Crestron 4K Certification

Rigorous Crestron certification program guarantees that Planar UltraRes Series and Planar EP Series displays meet the demands of a 4K distributed system

CEDIA - D-Tools Annual System Design Awards Contest Closes Soon; Entries Accepted until August 26th

Projects designed using D-Tools System Integrator software platform for consideration; winners to be announced during CEDIA Expo 2016

Big-I is a smart home robot that will stalk your family

Brittany Vincent for enGadget:  Siri, Alexa and Cortana are helpful around the house, but can their respective tech follow you around the house like something out of a science fiction movie? Big-I, the personal robot, can do just that.

The robot resembles a cuddly trash can, standing at waist length with one large "eye" where the trash can's lid would be. It's actually sort of cute, when you think about it. Big-I can see, hear, move and respond to voice commands you program it with, including IFTTT-like instructions. The robot is seen in its promotional clip reminding a father to send jackets with children if the temperature is below a certain threshold. It's told to play music when the father raises his hand a specific way.

The robot's open API and unique operating system mean there's room for customization as well, in addition to integration with your smart home appliances like lights and thermostat systems. It can also be educated, meaning you could potentially train your own little personal housekeeper. Just make sure Roomba doesn't see it and get jealous.  Cont'd...

Shanghai Smart Home Technology 2016 promotes smart home technology integration in the "Internet Plus" era

Exhibitors to unveil total smart home innovations important to future industry development

Windows 10 moves closer to smart-home centerpiece with big Internet of Things deal

Agam Shah for IDG News Service via PCWorld:  Lazy people will love Windows 10 and its ability to automate home tasks, and the operating system's smart-home credentials are getting a serious boost with a recent internet of things pact.

Microsoft wants to put Windows 10 at the center of smart homes. The company wants users to be able to tell the operating system's Cortana voice assistant to switch on a light, open a door, release food for a cat, and even check the contents of a refrigerator.

For Windows 10 to be successful, the OS will have to work with a wide range of smart home and IoT devices, and that goal has taken a big step forward thanks to a recent agreement between standards bodies the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and the Thread Group. The two organizations will work together on improving interoperability between smart home and IoT devices.

This means devices running Windows 10 will be able to connect with most smart home products and program home automation tasks based on events or times of the day.  Cont'd...

Staples abandons its smart home hopes

David Priest for CNet:  Staples has officially announced that it's handing over sales and support for its home automation system Connect to Z-Wave Products. Though the exact terms of the deal remain undisclosed, Z-Wave has purchased Staples' inventory and licensed the Staples Connect brand to use moving forward. According to representatives at Zonoff, the company that has supported Connect's software and will continue to do so with Z-Wave, users should experience no practical change to their Connect automation systems.

This transition isn't a surprise to many industry watchers. Staples stopped selling the Connect hub months ago, and rumors began to swirl that the office supply retailer might be planning to unplug its internet of things ecosystem altogether. In April, the company said it would be releasing a statement about Connect's future sometime in the coming weeks. As many users waited anxiously, Staples finally opted to keep Connect alive, handing it off to a third-party caretaker.  Cont'd...

What to see at CEDIA 2016

If you work within the connected home, you need to be at CEDIA.

Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary - September - December 2016

Here is a summary of what Tradeshows, Conferences & Exhibitions to look forward to in the coming months.

A First In the Smart Home Sector: Haier Showcases Core Competitiveness In 5 "Smart Home" Segments with the Haier U+ Platform At 2016NETech

The Haier U+ platform is supported by U+ smart home interconnection, U+ cloud service and U+ big data analysis platforms. As a whole they create a "U+ brain" with artificial intelligence, and a "win-win ecosystem" bringing together food, daily necessities, entertainment, security and bathroom accessories in a smart setting, allowing users to experience the convenience brought about by closed-loop services and driving transformation across the smart home sector.

Nucleus Announces the Availability of Its Anywhere Intercom with Alexa Voice Service, Making it the First Alexa-Enabled Touchscreen Device

Available now for purchase in select Lowe's stores nationwide and on Amazon.com

ULE Alliance Showcases ULE Smart Home Products at IFA 2016

The ULE Alliance showcases Smart Home products at #IFA, booth 6.2/102.

Rentals and Smart Home Survey Finds Competitive Edge

Andrew Burger for TeleCompetitor:  Travelers are more willing to make a reservation for short-term rental housing if the housing has smart home features, according to a rentals and smart home survey conducted by Edelman Intelligence for  smart home products provider August Home, Inc.

Eighty percent of vacation guests and 92% of business travelers said they would be more likely to complete a reservation for short-term accommodation rentals that were equipped with smart home technology, such as smart door locks, lighting, smart TVs, entertainment systems and doorbell cameras.  Cont'd...

Kickstarter - 15-Year- Old Develops World's Most Intelligent Smart Lock, Boltivate

15-year- old Tristan Wiener has developed, Boltivate, the world's most intelligent smart lock that is currently funded by more than 400% on crowdfunding website Kickstarter and scheduled to ship in November 2016. The smart lock requires no tools for installation and allows the owner to control access to their doors from anywhere in the world with a wi-fi connection and the Boltivate smartphone app.

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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!