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.

Singularity: Converging Technology Will Help Humans Move Aside

We're reaching the point where good science/technology will be put to use in ways the pioneering developers never intended.

Leviton Acquires Intense Lighting, LLC

Acquisition continues Leviton's commitment to strategic growth and innovation; expands company's extensive line of solutions available to customers

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...

iSocket Systems plan to introduce the new cellular IoT Multiplug to collect information from sensors.

iSocket Systems Ltd will now be focusing on the B2C market and has announced plans to launch the iSocket IoT Multiplug for Smart Home users. The company plans to collect information from sensors connected to iSockets around the world and stored information could be useful for further analysis using Big Data methods.

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

IoT Is Now Playing In The Pool

Introducing pHin, the First Sensor, Mobile App, and Chemical Home Delivery System with On-Demand Pool Service

Connect sensors to the cloud in less than three minutes with TI's new SimpleLink SensorTag

10 sensors with Bluetooth Smart, 6LoWPAN or ZigBee connectivity for just $29

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.

Safely Riding the Internet Highway

Learning how to drive the internet highway on the path to the Smart Home means rules, regulations and laws.

Crestron Calls for Entries for 11th Annual Integration Awards

Here's your chance to win the ultimate bragging rights for your company's projects

Future Automation Announce LK & Associates as Florida Sales Representatives

LK & Associates will oversee sales for the custom installation and pro AV/commercial markets within the state of Florida and Puerto Rico.

iHome HomeKit-enabled iSP5 SmartPlug Available for Pre-Order Beginning June 15

First in 'iHome Control' series of Intelligent Home Products

Lutron Announces Availability of Apple HomeKit-enabled Casta Wireless Smart Bridge Smart Bridge Provides Remote Control of Lights Using Siri, Adding Convenience and Simplicity to Everyday Life

Casta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit, including Smart Bridge, Available Now at Apple Stores

Essence Introduces Apple Watch App for its WeR@Home Connected Home Platform

- WeR@Home new version update offers enhanced flexibility for end users and their service providers

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This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

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