Parks Associates Report Smart Home Platforms for Health Addresses Connected Health and IoT Opportunities for the Smart Home

Research firm notes investments in connected health likely to increase following Supreme Court decision

CEA, LonMark Announce New Home & Building Automation Standards

Two new standards will facilitate enhanced device-to-device interoperability

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

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.

Amazon Echo Now Available to All Customers

Echo is a new category of device designed around your voice-it's always on, hands-free, and fast-just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more from across the room and get answers instantly ---- Previously available by invitation only, all customers can now order Echo and it will start shipping July 14 ---- Since November, Alexa-the brain behind Echo-has added support for Pandora, Audible, home automation with WeMo and Philips Hue, sports scores and schedules, traffic, and more

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.

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.

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.”

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