Google Launches OnHub, A Souped-Up WiFi Router And Smart Home Hub

Aaron Tilley for Forbes:  Although many details about the product aren’t entirely clear yet, there are some other interesting things going on inside the router. In addition to the 13 WiFi antennas, OnHub will also come with Bluetooth and ZigBee radios to connect with smart home devices. The ZigBee radio is using the Weave communication protocol, which is designed by Google-owned Nest. Nest uses Weave to connect up its own smart home products. Essentially, OnHub could work as a smart home hub. OnHub also has a speaker built into it. No details on what kind of quality these speakers are. At this time, the speaker is mostly intended to aid in the setup process, said a TP-Link spokeswomen. But a speaker just for assisting in the setup process seems unlikely. Google could potentially integrate OnHub with its voice-enabled intelligent personal assistant Google Now.   Full Article:

iHome HomeKit & Android Compatible 'iSP5 Smartplug' Now Available

First HomeKit-Enabled SmartPlug on Market Inaugurates New 'iHome Control' Series of Intelligent Home Products

Parks Associates: Smart thermostats are one of the strongest categories of smart home devices

International research firm to host Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer on February 22-24 in Austin, Texas

Insteon Pairs Up with Logitech Harmony to Elegantly Control Your Connected Home

"With Harmony, we're delivering an elegant way for our consumers to easily manage and control all of the best-in-class products in their home."

Here Comes Another Home-Automation Platform

Joseph Palenchar for Twice.com:  Smart-house platform provider ROC-Connect has entered the North American market following last year’s launch in Europe and Latin America and has turned to the former VP/general manager of Lowe’s smart-home division to lead the rollout. The ex-Lowe’s executive is Kevin Meagher, tapped by ROC as senior VP of business development. He developed Iris, the smart-home platform exclusive to Lowe’s. ROC will offer turnkey solutions to manufacturers, retailers, service providers such as telcos and utilities, health-care facilities and insurance providers. The solutions will deliver “all your company needs to create a smart-home solution for your customers,” the company’s website says. ROC offers a multi-radio gateway/hub intended for DIY installation in the home along with Cloud services. System monitoring and control is available through an app for iOS and Android devices and from web browsers. Cont'd...

Will China Win the Race to a Smarter Home?

The companies that will lead in this technology are those that develop an entire ecosystem of user experiences, enabling the convergence of an entire array of smart home devices. Chinese electronics companies have built an incredible production advantage over the U.S. because of their engineering, manufacturing and large scale production methods.

FIBARO INTRODUCES HOME CENTER 2, THE HUB OF FIBARO'S TOTAL CONNECTED HOME ECOSYSTEM

Allows For Complete Control Over Hundreds of Home Automation Scenarios, Enhancing Convenience, Safety and Energy Efficiency

GreenPeak opens new office in Mumbai, India, to serve growing demand

The world leading Smart Home and Internet of Things (IoT) semiconductor company commits to Indian market to better support service providers and developers of Smart Home solutions

ThinkEco and Frigidaire Provide More Consumers Choice to Demand Response Programs

New Frigidaire Cool Connect Wi-Fi Air Conditioner Demand Response Ready with ThinkEco smartAC Platform

Universal Electronics makes smart home bid with Ecolink acquisition

By Ben Munson for CEDMagazine:  Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) is strengthening its position in the smart home market by acquiring Ecolink Intelligent Technology, a wireless home security and automation specialist. UEI is spending about $12.4 million in cash and incentive-based considerations over the next five years to acquire Ecolink’s assets. Those assets include over 25 issued and pending patents, related intellectual property and Ecolink’s smart home, wireless security and home automation business. Ecolink will become a wholly owned subsidiary of UEI and continue being operated and marketed under the Ecolink name. For Ecolink, the acquisition likely means a significant boost in market penetration. For UEI, the purchase means a stronger foothold in the smart home/home automation market that’s becoming part of many cable companies’ and telco’ businesses.   Cont'd...

D-Link Now Shipping Industry's First Wi-Fi Water Sensor

Device Can Save Customers Thousands of Dollars by Detecting Water and Alerting Users Before Serious Problems Occur

TiO Release TiO Connect

Platform Allows Integration with Non-TiO Devices

CastleOS Announces the First Windows 10 Smart Home Hub

CastleOS announces the upcoming CastleHUB will be the first Windows 10 smart home hub, featuring voice control with Cortana and the Kinect. Using Cortana on Windows 10, or the Kinect for far-field control in a room, you can speak to your home! Actions as common as turning on lights, setting moods with color changing bulbs, controlling entertainment systems, adjusting heat and air conditioning, locking doors, monitoring security, watering the lawn, or even feeding the family pet are all possible by voice control and with the CastleOS app. The power of CastleOS with Windows 10 enables everyone to enjoy the highest level of true independent living in their own home, even if they are physically unable to use a mobile app or light switch!   Cont'd...

Remote Garage Door Control and Monitoring

With MyQ technology, homeowners are able to securely and conveniently monitor, open and close their garage door from any connected phone, tablet or computer, anywhere in the world -- whether you're at work, running errands or on vacation.

Quirky's Ben Kaufman steps down as CEO

Sarah Tew for CNET:  Ben Kaufman is stepping down as CEO of Quirky, the New York-based developer of crowd-sourced inventions Kaufman founded in 2009. The company announced the move via blog post on Friday, citing an "ongoing strategy to focus efforts and resources on Wink," its smart home-centric subsidiary. That strategy marks a shift from reports earlier this year that Quirky was looking to sell Wink off to the highest bidder. Those efforts were reportedly put on hold in April after a botched security update locked many customers out of their Wink Hubs, the central communications device in Wink's smart home platform. Kaufman, however, confirmed that selling Wink was still a possibility in an interview with Fortune last month.   Cont'd...

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