Parks Associates: 34% of Canadian households with security have a smart system

Parks Associates moderates Verizon keynote, presents IoT research at CONNECTED +, September 28-29

This startup's connected outlets can make your smart home even smarter

By Stacey Higginbotham for Fortune:  I’m testing a $160 package of three outlets from a startup called Zuli. The outlets allow me to plug in any device and turn it on and off remotely, set schedules, gather energy consumption, and, if the device is a lamp, I can dim it. But the real magic comes into play when you have three of these outlets plugged into your home, because then they can track where you are and offer presence awareness. Presence is big. To get to a truly smart home, devices need more context, and knowing where people are in the home is a crucial piece of context. For example, one of the most popular Internet connected devices in the home is probably the Nest thermostat. It can sense when you are home or away based on a proximity sensor in the thermostat. But because thermostats are usually located in out-of-the-way locations, a lot of people find themselves working away in an isolated corner of the house only to realize their thermostat has switched to away mode because they haven’t walked in front of the thermostat in a while.   Cont'd...

Product Development Companies Combine to Design the Internet of Things

Ashton Electronic Systems joins Design 1st to create Canada's first full service connected hardware product design company.

WigWag on the move: Open-source Internet of Things platform pioneers recognized with SVIEF Innovation Award and as a SXSW Eco finalist

WigWag Inc., to receive Silicon Valley Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (SVIEF) Innovation Award for open-source Internet of Things (IoT) platform that simplifies home automation; CEO Ed Hemphill to speak at SVIEF; WigWag selected as a Finalist for SXSW Eco Startup Showcase.

Emerson's Top-Rated Sensi Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat Now Wink Compatible

Wink compatibility expands convenient control of the Sensi thermostat to also include other connected home products from a single mobile app

Insteon Targets UK Retailers with Philex Distribution Deal

This deal brings Insteon products to the shelves of Screwfix, UK's largest direct and online supplier of trade tools, accessories and hardware products.

Control4 Named Custom Integration Vendor of the Year by Home Technology Specialists of America

. The award for CI Vendor of the Year is given to the manufacturer that best aligns with the ideals of HTSA and drives significant business growth for its membership.

USPTO Cancels Claims for Competitor's Mobile Application Patent, Awards Inventions to Icontrol Networks

USPTO Rules in Icontrol's Favor, Awarding New Patent No. 9,141,276

CEDIA - D-Tools Previews System Integrator 2016 at CEDIA Expo

Latest version of award-winning solution adds SupplyStream and QuickBooks Online integration as well as productivity improvements around Proposals, Purchasing and Change Orders

CEDIA - TiO® to Offer Factory Training at CEDIA EXPO 2015

"Do YOU Know TiO?" Open for All Event Attendees

Quirky Files For Bankruptcy, Selling Off Smart Home Platform Wink To Highest Bidder

Abigail Tracy for Forbes:  Launched in 2009, the New York-based Quirky quickly grabbed the attention of investors with its unique business model of connecting inventors with manufacturers to bring products to market. Based on votes sourced from its online community, Quirky would pick pitched products on a weekly basis to manufacture and distribute. In eight rounds, the startup managed to raise an impressive $185 million in funding before it encountered a series of setbacks and flops—the most notable of which was a failed update to Quirky’s smart home system, Wink. Quirky’s problems came to a head when its founder Ben Kaufman stepped down as CEO at the end of July after six years at the helm. According to the company’s bankruptcy announcement, Quirky has entered into an agreement with Flextronics International USA Inc., to sell off its Wink smart home brand at a purchase price of $15 million—unless it is presented with a higher offer. The bankruptcy filing will not affect the day-to-day operations of the Wink brand.   Cont'd...

C.E.D. Invites Dealers for Product Sneak Peek at Annual Fall Ball

Midwest regional distributor brings together premium products from in-demand manufacturers to give customers an exclusive opportunity to test new products.

The Genie Company Launches New Remote Access Garage Door Controller - Aladdin Connect

Allows remote access to monitor as well as change the open/close position of a garage door from a smart device.

CEDIA - Become an HDBaseT Expert at CEDIA EXPO 2015

-- Information and educational sessions for AV professionals --

Vincent Bruno to Join CEDIA as CEO

Longtime Consumer Electronics Executive Brings Talents to Industry Association

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