Why is the so-called Smart World still So Stupid

For the emerging smart home - Internet of Things industry to succeed, it needs to conquer a lot of issues - interoperability, user interaction, standards, etc. - but most importantly , it has to develop, integrate and roll out cloud intelligence that will transform our dumb smart devices into truly smart Smart Devices!

ISC West - ELK PRODUCTS ANNOUNCES INTEGRATION WITH LUTRON CASÉTA WIRELESS

The ELK-M1XSLC interface kit communicates to the Lutron Smartbridge Pro allowing M1 to control Caseta lights and shades. With this integration, Caseta devices can now be intelligently controlled in response to security system actions or conditions.

VIZIO Reveals All-New 2015 Audio Collection, Bringing Room-Filling Sound and Modern, Minimal Design To Any Space in the Home

Highlighted by the 40" 5.1 Sound Bar System, the Line-Up Boasts Exceptional Audio Performance for Any Home Theater and the Convenience of Seamless Bluetooth Streaming

Satechi Expands into Home Connected Market with New IQ Series

Satechi is now branching into the home automation market with its new IQ Series, a line of affordable and practical home connectivity solutions.

Multi-room Audio Headlines Groundbreaking New Features in the Crestron Pyng App

App now enables set up and control of audio distribution systems and touch screens right from iPad; dynamic learning feature makes smart homes even smarter

ISC West - Icontrol and Jasper Partner to Enable Dealers to Meet Growing Customer Demand for Home Automation

Partnership Supporting Icontrol One Reflects Program's Commitment to Quality and Ease of Management

Control4 Corporation Rolls Out New Associate Installer Certification

New online program helps dealers train and mobilize technicians faster.

A First Look At Home Automation On The Apple Watch

Now, we have a first look at how PEQ will handle home automation using the Apple Watch, and it’s a sensible approach: They’re simply moving those function blocks from the iPad screen to your wrist. Instead of several tiles on the screen at once, there’s only one at a time, which the user can swipe through. short list of the most important stuff. So why is this better than just using PEQ on that iPhone living in your pocket? One of PEQ's designers, argodesign founder Mark Rolston, contends that glancing at your wrist is a step less friction than pulling a phone from your pocket. And living in his own hyperconnected smarthome, managed by his iPad and iPhone, has taught him this. "It’s just accessibility," Rolston explains. "A recurring scenario for me is, I walk out the back door, and I might have some lights still on, and as soon as I walk away, I pull up on my phone [to check]. We used to have this routine, asking, ‘Did you leave the light on? Run upstairs and see if you left the light on!’ We don’t do that anymore." And to Rolston, the ability to look at his wrist rather than check his phone to answer that basic question, "did you leave the lights on," is the paradigm shift at play.

Chuango Debuts Home Security DIY Kits at CeBIT 2015

Chuango Security Technology Corporation, an innovative developer of wireless DIY home security systems, is pleased to announce its successful participation at CeBIT 2015 - together with its own smart home technology brand smanos - in Hanover from Mar 16-20. The complete solution portfolio of Chuango and smanos speaks minimalistic elegance, self-installation and self-monitoring, and was available at Booth G65 in Hall 15 Planet Reseller on Hanover Exhibition Grounds.

Amazon's Smart-Home Hub Has Been Here All Along

Wednesday, owners of the Amazon Echo—a voice-activated Bluetooth speaker still only available for purchase by invitation—received an email detailing their little black cylinder’s newfound powers. In addition to streaming music from the cloud, telling you the weather, and tapping into Wikipedia to help settle bets, Echo now supports products from WEMO and Philips Hue. In other words, you can now bark at your speaker to dim the lights.   The products Echo now plays nice with include the WeMo Switch and Insight Switch, which you plug into an outlet to give you limited control over your appliances; Light Switch, which does the same for, well, lights; and a stack of smart bulbs from Philips Hue.   Set-up seems fairly simple. As long as your smart home products are on the same Wi-Fi network as your Echo and you’ve identified them appropriately in their respective apps, you simply need to say “Alexa, discover my appliances.” (Alexa is the name of Echo’s AI personality.) Once discovered, they’re at your literal beck and call.

The iSmartAlarm DIY Home Security System Releases No-Fee Automatic Cloud Video Storage with the iCamera KEEP

iSmart Alarm, Inc. has augmented their industry-leading smart home security system with automatic video storage, viewing, and download capabilities for users with the iCamera KEEP surveillance camera.

HomeSeer Partners with IFTTT to Join the Connected Home with the Connected Cloud

HomeSeer, the leader in DIY home automation since 1999, partners with IFTTT to integrate your connected home with the web-connected products, apps and services you love and use everyday. With this partnership, HomeSeer users will be able to create IFTTT recipes to control HomeSeer devices or launch HomeSeer events using triggers and actions from more than 170 IFTTT channel partners including Twitter, Foursquare, ESPN, Nest, WeMo, Philips Hue and much more.

HGTV Launches Virtual Tour of HGTV Smart Home 2015

Austin home features technology to give homeowner control over climate, security and more

Insteon Expands Distribution with Product Availability at Meijer

With a retail footprint of 3,000 locations and counting, Insteon will be offering a number of products at Meijer.

Peerless-AV Case Study: Montreal Airport

Montral-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport Installs Peerless-AV® Digital Signage

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