Axiros Brings IoT, TR-069 Device Management Expertise to Smart Home World London 2015

Alfeo Pareschi will be speaking on June 24th at Smart Home World London 2015. His session "Delivering the Smart Home: Technology Tools & Process Improvement"

Nest Has Released a Better Dropcam Called Nest Cam

Nest, the prized home automation company acquired by Google, is showing off its own acquisitions.

It’s another indication that the five-year-old company, led by its ambitious CEO Tony Fadell, is trying to cement itself as the leader of the emerging connected device industry and sell itself as autonomous from its big parent.

At a press event in San Francisco on Wednesday, Nest announced its third product, Nest Cam, a wireless home camera retailing for $199, joining its digital thermostat and smoke detector. Along with the new camera, Nest announced its own cloud service called Nest Aware, a $10-per-month subscription service that lets you store footage captured with the camera.

The new Nest Cam captures video in 1080p HD, is supposedly simpler to set up and boasts advanced low-light video-capture capabilities. Nest also unfurled several software and product flourishes for its Internet-connected flagship products, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect smoke detector.

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Consumer Demand for Connected Home Products Slows Dramatically in First Half of 2015 and Continues Rapid Drop Off

New report by Argus Insights reveals that of all Home Automation devices, security cameras are most talked about and despite investments in Nest and Dropcam by Google, and SmartThings by Samsung, consumer demand still lags

WeMo and OSRAM SYLVANIA Announce Availability of Three New WeMo-Enabled LIGHTIFY Starter Sets

Starter Sets Include Full Color Changing, Tunable White and Decorative Lighting Options for the Whole Home

Essence and Assa Abloy's Yale Brand Partner for Enriched Smart Home Offerings

Synergistic technologies strengthen both security and convenience

Wilshire Media Systems Hosts the Area's Leading Architects, Builders, Designers and Realtors at Annual Spring Expo

Featuring the latest consumer electronics solutions and integration techniques, leading Southern California technology specialist empowers local trades to explore the design-level possibilities of the smart home.

In The U.S. Smart Home Market, Don't Rule Out China

Jim Kim for TechCrunch:  The smart home industry won’t be advanced by throwing as many sensors into a device as possible or creating a robot controlled by voice commands. Similarly, the industry isn’t waiting for a breakthrough technological advance to finally achieve its potential. The technologies essential to developing smart home products — Bluetooth and product sensors that make up the Internet of Things — aren’t new; they’ve been around for decades.
To establish market dominance, companies must develop ecosystems or a unified platform of elegant user experiences to enable the convergence of the full range of smart devices.
Asian consumer electronics companies, especially recent Chinese wunderkinds such as Xiaomi have been building a tremendous production advantage based on three key elements: engineering, manufacturing and massive scale.
With rapid innovation cycles that produce high-quality, low-priced goods, Chinese companies have the scale and consumer base to set the standard for interoperability — possibly before they even enter the U.S. smart home market. U.S. companies that want to thrive should redouble their efforts in providing products with real utility to the customer while closely monitoring the progress of Chinese companies. Their very survival could depend on it. 

iLuv Introduces New Rainbow7 Smartphone-Controlled Multicolor LED Light Bulb

-iLuv's Rainbow7 Lets Consumers Change Colors and Set Schedules for Home Lighting Through Their Mobile Devices-

June Seeks to Change the Kitchen for the Home Cook

Today, the team behind such technologies and products as the iPhone, Apple Watch, GoPro and FitBit have announced the June Intelligent Oven — a powerful and easy-to-use computer-based countertop oven designed to bring the kitchen into the smart home era and make everyone a better cook. 

June combines professional-grade technology with a powerful quad-core processor, built-in camera, sensors and Internet connectivity to take out the guesswork of making perfectly cooked foods. The result is the world's most intelligent oven, and the next evolution in cooking for the digital age. 

June has raised $7 million in Series A funding led by Foundry Group, First Round Capital, Lerer Ventures, and Founders Fund Angel to accelerate product development, manufacturing, and recruiting. 

June Seeks to Change the Kitchen for the Home Cook

Unveils Product and Funding

ELK PRODUCTS ANNOUNCES THEIR MINI WINDOW SENSOR IS NOW AVAILABLE IN BROWN!

The new ELK-6021BR Brown Mini Window Sensor is exceptionally thin and is virtually disappears once installed. It is perfect for double hung or casement style wood/vinyl windows.

A HomeKit Forecast: From Zero To 180 Million Gadgets By 2020

Michael Wolf for Forbes:  HomeKit is Apple’s attempt to bring sanity to the smart home space (and also sell a lot of iOS devices while they’re at it), but unlike Apple Watch the effort involves a whole bunch of hardware partners. In fact, it’s probably the first major Apple strategic initiative that is as much about other companies hardware as its own, which is what makes HomeKit both so compelling for the industry and challenging for Apple itself.
Compelling because many believe Apple’s entry into the smart home will bring both consumer attention and possibly more coherence to what’s been a fairly fractured market to this point. In my view this may be the biggest impact of HomeKit, alongside putting a core smart home control app on iOS devices.
Long term, we expect HomeKit to become one of the most important platforms for companies building connected devices for the home, to the tune of 180 million HomeKit enabled devices shipping annually by 2020.

This Is Microsoft's Big Secret Windows 10 Feature

John Patrick Pullen for Time:  When Microsoft announced this week that Windows 10 would be available July 29, Start Button devotees the world over rejoiced. But the return of everyone’s favorite app launcher is just one of many new features rolled into the forthcoming operating system. The biggest and most exciting element added to Windows computers is one that went largely unmentioned: smart home control.
Microsoft announced last November Windows 10 would pack a technology called AllJoyn. An open source framework that encourages devices to be interoperable, AllJoyn was developed by the AllSeen Alliance, a group of more than 150 companies including the likes of Electrolux, Honeywell, LG, and Qualcomm that have banded together to make an open standard for Internet of Things (IoT) devices to speak to each other.
“AllJoyn technology is like dial-tone for things,” says Philip DesAutels, a senior director of IoT at The Linux Foundation. What he means is this new protocol harkens back to how when you bought something to plug into your home’s phone jack — an answering machine, a cordless phone, a fax — it would just work. The idea behind AllJoyn is that whatever smart home products you buy, no matter the manufacturer or which wireless method they use to connect, when they get plugged in, they are detected and connected to all the other AllJoyn devices on the network.  Cont'd...

Alarm.com Introduces New App for Amazon Fire TV

Alarm.com's App for Amazon Fire TV Instantly Streams Live HD Video from Around the Home

Z-Wave Labs announces Boston-based start-up BeON Home as first winner of global IoT developer competition

With a focus on adding Z-Wave functionality to its Bluetooth enabled intelligent home protection solution, BeON becomes first Z-Wave Labs winner.

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