Stardraw Library now exceeds 80,000 symbols

Stardraw's symbols library has been a work in progress for over 20 years.

Connected home centre stage at IFA

Ciara O'Brien for The Irish Times:  The connected home may be nothing new, but at this year’s IFA consumer electronics exhibition, it seemed as if every manufacturer was keen to push its smart home credentials. From Samsung and Intel to Panasonic and Sony, the big electronics companies joined smaller startups in jumping firmly on board the smart home band wagon. Smart locks that keep out intruders but can be opened with your smartphone, smart cameras that watch your every move, and smart appliances that can be activated via your home network could all be part of your future home. Smart kettles and coffee makers that can be programmed through your phone, ovens where you can monitor the contents on a livestream and fridges that you can peek inside with cameras when you’re out of the house were just some of the inventions that are hoping to make our lives easier on display at IFA in Berlin. Samsung announced that it would be getting into the connected home, with a starter kit dubbed Smart Things. The line includes a central hub that connects everything from electrical sockets and sensors, and links in with your home router to put your home online.   Cont'd...

Top 18 Home Automation Companies Who Will Run Your Home

Murray Newlands for Huffington Post:  The home automation space is poised to continue growing in 2015 and beyond. There are more companies and investors behind these companies that want entry into your home to make it smarter, more energy-efficient, safer, comfortable, and cost-effective. Here are the top 18 in-home automations across all segments, including hubs, security devices, energy-saving devices and monitors, appliance controls, and systems, which you should consider for your home: Apple and HomeKit:  From your phone and tablets to your television and computer, to your entire home, Apple plans to control just about everything in your life. Its HomeKit home automation system is a hub that will give connectivity to all automation in your home, including numerous home automation products from other companies. You can use Siri to give it voice commands, and it will include its AppleTV in the hub along with virtual rooms. Google and Nest : Google's acquisition of Nest and Dropcam provides it with a full feature hub and additional security and energy-efficiency features in addition to the overall smart home command center. Google also plans to add voice command to its overall solutions. The Nest thermostat has already been named as the best thermostat solution on many home automation technology lists. Samsung and SmartThings:  Named as the best smart home hub by CNet, Samsung's SmartThings provides a whole home solution that also is intended to eventually connect to all of Samsung's home appliances as well as tablets and smartphones. It is admired for its low-entry price point and user-friendly implementation and overall use.    Cont'd...

Crestron Expands DigitalMedia 4K Lineup with Introduction of Copper Input Blade and HDMI Output Blade

With latest additions, company now offers fiber, 4K/60 copper, and 4K/60 HDMI I/O blades; new blades add support for HDCP 2.2

Z-Wave Alliance welcomes new member Lowe's as it expands its smart home retail presence

With accelerating interest in DIY smart home offerings, Iris by Lowe's smart home solution joins the Z-Wave Alliance

Author reveals 'A Senior Smart House: The Home That Cares for You'

New book tells one remarkable woman's story about how she designed innovative home for the handicap

SmartThings Launches New Product Line, Developer Tools and Partnerships to Expand Its Open Platform at IFA 2015

New Hub and Mobile App with Video Support Available Across the U.S, Canada and U.K.

3rd Generation Nest Learning Thermostat Introduces High-Resolution Screen, Slimmer Profile

Nest Energy and Enterprise Partnerships Bring Proven Savings, Nest Product Offers to Customers Nationwide

Home Control Software Interview - HAL

HAL does not require voice training and provides multiple voice interfaces into the system such as open air microphones, telephones, intercoms, webpages, smartphone apps, headsets and more.

AVAD Adds Kevo by Kwikset to Their Home Automation Brand Lineup

Bluetooth-enabled wireless key allows entry with the touch of a finger

Video Clarity and PacketStorm Join Forces on Video-Over-IP Testing Solution

End-to-End Testing on Display at IBC2015 Lets Customers Test Network and A/V Quality Before Actually Building the Network

GreenPeak celebrates over 100 Million ZigBee chips delivered to the Smart Home market

World leading low power RF semiconductor company provides wireless connectivity for Smart Home and Internet of Things solutions

The house that Smart built: Skyworth Digital to unveil connected home vision at IBC 2015

Skyworth Digital's strategy seamlessly integrates the latest technologies into day-to-day family life

New HGI requirements will strengthen performance of Wi-Fi

Issues around Automatic Channel Selection technology and Wi-Fi repeaters are addressed

Almo Professional A/V Expands Content Creation Service Offering

Addition of "Almo Content Creator" Give Partners Robust Range of Content Creation Options; Part of Hands-On Workshop During Fall E4 AV Tour

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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!