By Jacob Kastrenakes for The Verge: The promise of the smart home is a world of appliances that anticipate your needs and do exactly what you want them to at the touch of a button, but that vision devolves into chaos when none of those devices can actually talk to each other. That's more or less the state of the smart home today, but now Google is trying to offer a solution. At its developers conference this afternoon, Google announced two pieces of software for the smart home and the broader collection of connected devices around us, increasingly known as the internet of things. Those two pieces are Brillo, an operating system, and Weave, a common language for devices to talk to one another. And importantly, Weave doesn't have to run on Brillo — so appliance manufacturers can theoretically add it on to their existing products. With Weave, Google is creating a "common language" that devices can use to talk about things like locking a door, taking a photo, or measuring moisture. Google will keep adding more functions as it thinks of them, and developers will be able to submit their own functions, which Google will vet and potentially add in. Weave devices are even required to go through a certification program to ensure that they work properly.
Stuart Sikes of Parks Associates provides insight into the integration of IoT and the smart home
SOURCE: SECURITYINFOWATCH.COM: Through managed smart home offerings from retailers such as Lowes and Staples as well as standalone devices such as video cameras from Dropcam, or smart locks from Kwikset, the research firm said consumers increasingly have the option to install and monitor their own security systems. Demand for such smart home systems are expected to outpace traditional professional monitored security subscriptions as consumers ditch the installation fees, monthly payments and long service contracts of the traditional offerings. At the same time, professionally monitored security service providers such as Frontpoint Security and NextAlarm offer solutions where users self-install their devices, or can integrate existing dormant installations into new IP based services. “Self-install and self-monitor home security solutions are real threats to the standard business models offered by traditional vendors,” said Dan Shey, practice Director at ABI Research. “While matching these solutions is one option, traditional vendors need to look for ways to better integrate their core services with partner smart home services. These can range from call-center monitoring as a plug-in service to bringing home video monitoring into the call center.”
New software version 3.2 introduces support for Apple Watch and TiVo One Pass recording.
Harmony Remotes Just Keep Getting Better with Free Software Upgrade that Enables Connected Home Features
"Oomi" was featured on NewsWatch as part of its monthly Tech Report, which features the latest and coolest technology products available to consumers. Mallory Sofastaii, a technology expert and special reporter for NewsWatch, conducted the review and shared with viewers how these solutions monitor everything in a home, from motion to temperature to breaking windows.
With all things going wireless these days, the next logical step in retrofitting controls would seem to be adding wireless switches. In many cases where the distance is short and the walls are hollow, wireless devices can work well. However as distance between devices increase, reliability tends to decrease.
By Adriana Lee for ReadWrite: Since Apple announced its HomeKit smart home initiative last year, it's been mostly quiet about just how iPhones and other Apple gadgets will wrangle those connected devices. Now, however, the company may have a fancy new app in the works—complete with virtual rooms, a clever and apparently easy-to-grasp metaphor for running a smart home. Apple’s approach, according to a 9to5Mac report, will be to launch a new "Home" app for controlling smart-home gadgets—think smart locks, sensors, garage openers, thermostats, lights, security cameras and other connected appliances. The Home app will sort gadgets by function and location into a visual arrangements of virtual rooms The goal is to simplify the otherwise bewildering task of finding, adding and controlling smart devices and appliances from Apple and other companies.
Allows Consumers to See Who's There From Anywhere
HomeSeer's new HomeTroller Zee S2 represents a significant upgrade of the company's popular Zee controller, first introduced in 2013. The new Zee S2 offers better performance, includes built-in Z-Wave Plus support and it works with a much larger selection of products and technologies.
The Savant App On Apple Watch Makes It Easier Than Ever To Access Your Home From Anywhere
Vivint Customers Can Now Be at Their Front Door from Anywhere
Sound recognition pioneer announces new hires, patents and technology advances
Smart home security and HD home video cameras with free video storage, no monthly fees and no contracts, now available at Best Buy stores
CommunicAsia2015 Summit speaker and exhibitor Huawei shares how innovation and technology are driving the Smart City reality
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INTRODUCING THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CONTROL YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE YOUR VOICE. Imagine this... We've all been there-walking through the door into a dark house, arms full. Wouldn't it be nice to tell your house to offer a helping hand? Now you can. A simple voice command-such as "Alexa, turn on Welcome"-lights up the hallway and kitchen, fires up your favorite Pandora station, while the door locks itself behind you. This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.