Thread Wireless Networking Protocol Now Available

The Nest-led Thread Group expects the first Thread-certified home-automation products to be available to consumers late this year now that the organization has released the Thread specification. The new IP-based wireless networking protocol designed for low-power connected products in the home. Starting today, product developers who are members of the Thread Group can access Thread technical specifications and documentation to build Thread-compliant products.  "Thread was designed to be the foundation of the Internet of Things in the home by allowing developers and consumers to easily and securely connect hundreds of devices within a low-power, wireless mesh network," said Chris Boross, president, Thread Group. "In the nine months since opening membership, more than 160 companies have joined the Thread Group, and now the group is launching the Thread technical specification, which has now completed extensive interoperability testing. Today's announcement means that Thread products are on the way and will be in customers' hands very shortly. I'm excited to see what kinds of products and experiences Thread developers will build." 

Icontrol Networks Awarded Additional Patents Related to Smart Home Video Systems

Patents reflect leadership in connected home video monitoring and management

Make a Home Smart with Z-Wave Products from Jasco

"Jasco" was featured on NewsWatch as part of its monthly Tech Report, which features the latest and coolest technology products available to consumers. Amanda Forstrom, a technology expert and special reporter for NewsWatch, conducted the review and shared with viewers how these products allow people to control their home right from their phone or tablet.

Indiegogo - Wisesec Releases the Genii: Most Comprehensive Universal IoT Control for all Infrared Household Devices

Indiegogo-Launched Smart Home Solution Enables Operation from Any Location

SURE Universal Remote Brings Online-to-Offline (O2O) Functionality to Your Home Automation

SURE Universal Remote for Android comes to MWC Asia - SURE is the most sophisticated universal remote that brings O2O to your connected home

On Controls Adds Cool Automation to Partners in Control Cooperative Program

Cool Automation (www.coolautomation.com) specializes in the development, manufacture and supply of unique control and gateway solutions for HVAC systems.

Silicon Labs Simplifies IoT Connectivity with Best-in-Class Thread Solution

Market Leader in Mesh Networking Delivers Breakthrough Technology with Thread Protocol Stack and Powerful Development Tools

Target Opens Dedicated Store For Smart Home Gadgets

Aaron Tilley for Forbes:  At an event on Thursday afternoon, Target will unveil what it calls the Target Open House, a 3,500-square-foot retail space located in San Francisco’s Metreon shopping center with a house inside made of transparent walls and furniture. The transparent house is packed full of smart home gadgets. More than 30 devices are placed around this demonstration house, including smart home gadgets like the August smart lock, the Nest learning thermostat and Sonos wireless speakers. But not all the devices are related to the home – Jawbone and Fitbit fitness trackers will also be present. The space is focused on showing consumers what all these products do and how they can work together. Target is using an app called Yonomi, which syncs up connected devices together in the cloud, to get them talking to each other. For example, a baby monitor could detect if a baby starts stirring in a crib and could tell the Sonos speakers to play ambient background noise to soothe the baby back to sleep.   Although it is a retail spot, Target wants the space to also be used for local smart home entrepreneurs to meet up, do product demos and give talks.   Cont'd...

Smart Home Interview - Skylink

All of Skylink's products are designed to be installed by the homeowner without any special skills or tools.

QMotion Awarded New Patents

Latest Patents Cover Counterbalanced Motorized Shade Roll System and a Graphical User Interface for Mobile Apps

Somfy Introduces Ultra Quiet and Powerful Sonesse ULTRA 50 AC Motor for Residential and Commercial Shading Solutions

The Award-Winning Sonesse ULTRA 50 AC Motor is the Market's Quietest and Most Powerful

ecobee3 HomeKit-enabled Smart Thermostat Now Available at Apple Stores

HomeKit allows users to communicate with and control connected accessories in their home.

LiftMaster's MyQ Delivers Safety and Security for the Smart Home

Connected home products increase peace of mind and convenience for homeowners

Alarm.com IPO a watershed moment for the connected home market

BY JOEL GRIFFIN:  There was a time in the residential security market when having home automation features to go along with window and door contacts and motion detectors was simply a “nice to have” rather than a “must have” offering. The industry has evolved to the point, however, where even the term “home automation” is passé, having given way to the more commonly used terminology of “connected home” or “smart home” space in which security is part of much bigger overall solution for today’s homeowners. The growing prevalence of this technology was further reinforced late last month when Alarm.com, one of the dominant players in the smart home space, launched an initial public offering on the NASDAQ. According to John Mack, executive vice president, co-head of investment banking and head of mergers & acquisitions at Imperial Capital, which acted as a co-manager on the offering, the IPO serves as a “strong validation” for this paradigm shift that has taken place with regards to the integration of home security with automation and where the market could eventually go. “I think it is very important for the overall security alarm industry to see what has really been the leading player in home automation software and has really played a key role in enabling the home automation side of this industry to be able to go public at a very attractive valuation and get a lot of very positive attention from the best of the investment community,” explained Mack. “A lot of the validation that came with a big valuation for Alarm.com is effectively a view of the potential for the whole industry.”   Cont'd...

iRoom's iBezel - New Generation iPad docking station.

With iRooms iBezel you decide where immediate access to your favorite controls is needed. Select your functions and set your quick access buttons on your iDock. Through the intuitive programming & integration of the major home control systems (RTI, Control4, Crestron, AMX, Gira Homeserver) the new iBezel will grant quick and easy access to your favorite functions at any time. Lighting, audio, video, home security, HVAC and much more with the touch of a button.

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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!