A smart home scoreboard for CES 2017

Rich Brown for CNet:  How about a good, old-fashioned technology arms race? You could just buy a smart light bulb set, but for a lot of consumers (reportedly more than 5 million of you, as of November 2016), it's Amazon's voice-activated Alexa that will be the entry point for controlling devices around your home. Along with Amazon, Apple continues to grow its Siri-powered HomeKit smart home system. Google has also entered the fray with its own blandly named smart home AI, Google Assistant, which featured prominently in Google's Echo-imitating Google Home speaker in November 2016. That's a lot of industry power competing to put a virtual assistant in charge of your home, and that's why our scoreboard for tracking new smart home devices announced at CES 2017 is focusing on voice control.   Full Article:

Qorvo® Introduces Multi-protocol System on Chip for Smarter, More Secure Homes

New platform helps mitigate uncertainty surrounding future IoT standards

How to Avoid Installing Bad Ethernet Cable

High-performance cable for today's networks runs laps around cheap imitations. Make sure you know what you're installing, and you can avoid performance and reliability problems down the line.

Your Castle: The Smart Home Puzzle is Missing a Few Pieces

You see, each smart device has to work and it has to work with all the other devices in the home … all the time.

Blink To Reveal Expanded Suite Of Home Security Products And Services At CES

Brand Disrupts Home Security Once Again with Affordable, Battery-Powered Outdoor Security Camera, Home Security Kit, Monthly Service Plans and More

LINKSYS LAUNCHES VELOP - THE FIRST TRUE WHOLE HOME WI-FI - A MODULAR MESH WI-FI SYSTEM

Velop™ is a Complete Wireless and Wired Solution That is Simple to Use, Exceedingly Fast and Provides 100% Speed to the Edge of a Home Network High Performance Hardware, New Software Features and 3-Year Warranty Make for the Best Overall Value

Nortek Security & Control Ships 1 Millionth Z-Wave Home Automation Device

Milestone covers broad portfolio of lighting, control and security devices

Oomi Smart Home Receives Innovation Honor - Preorders Begin in February

Oomi is again a CES Innovation Award Honoree for the Simple Smart Home System that Offers Wireless Control of Home Security, Ambiance and EntertainmentFor the second year in a row Oomi, the smart home system from Fantem Inc., has been named a CES Innovation Award Honoree. Products entered in this prestigious competition are judged by a preeminent panel of industrial designers, independent engineers, and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronic products. Oomi's patent pending Tap-and-Touch™ technology sets Oomi apart from other systems by allowing for effortless setup. Oomi incorporates NFC technology (the same tech behind Apple and Android Pay), so adding any of the more than fourteen Oomi accessories to the system is as simple as a hand shake. At the core of the system is Oomi Cube, a hub with unrivaled functionality, and Oomi Touch, the dedicated home controller equipped with both a 7" touch screen and tactile controls. Oomi Cube detects temperature, humidity, and light so users can use it to track the internal conditions of their home while it keeps watch with its integrated camera. It also functions as an IR remote control so it can send a signal to a TV or other compatible devices. With Oomi, users will be able to control, monitor and automate their homes with ease. "When we embarked on this journey to create Oomi we were driven by the notion that the smart home wasn't smart unless it was made for everyone," said Colin Marshall, Vice President at Fantem. "We knew that status quo wasn't going to move the needle; we would have to do something completely different. To be selected again as an honoree, along with some of the most innovative consumer technologies, is a wonderful testament to our efforts and we can't wait to finally share Oomi with everyone." The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, the producer of CES 2017, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting edge tech products and services coming to market. Entries are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace and unique/novel features present. At CES, Fantem's Oomi will be on exhibition in the Smart Home Marketplace located in Sands Exposition. CES will run from January 5th-8th, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Oomi is currently shipping to the backers of its record breaking Indiegogo campaign and will begin taking preorders in February with delivery late Spring 2017. The Oomi Home Kit, which includes Oomi Cube, Oomi Touch, Oomi Infinity Dock, 2 Oomi Bulbs, and an Oomi Plug will list for $599.

Trend Micro and ASUS Team Up Again to Protect Home Users against IoT Security Threats

Joint home router solution keeps home IoT devices from malicious activities

WooHoo™, the AI Smart Home Hub, Reaches $30,000 Goal Within Hours of Kickstarter Launch

SmartBeings launched their crowdfunding campaign for WooHoo™, an AI-powered smart home hub with facial and voice recognition, on December 21st, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. EST. A mere fourteen hours later, they reached their $30,000 initial funding goal with the support of over 80 backers. WooHoo!

With smart home security the defining factor, Zmodo adds devices and features

Bruce Brown for DigitalTrends:  Zmodo has added more devices and tighter integration and control to its smart home monitoring product lineup. Called Total Smart Home Vision, the company stresses the priority of bank-level security while adding more devices and making it easier for customers to design and control their own smart home configurations. Zmodo started by adding more devices to its existing lineup of Wi-Fi-connected monitoring devices that include the Torch camera-equipped smart door light, Pivot temperature, and humidity sensing 360-degree panning camera, Greet smart doorbell and camera, Replay multiple camera recording system, and the Beam combination Wi-Fi range extender, night light, and smart home hub. The comprehensive list of new devices will include smart thermostats and vents, curtain controls, gas and carbon monoxide sensors, garage door openers, irrigation systems, and wireless cameras.   Reflecting its roots as a monitoring company, the Total Smart Home Vision is secured from home devices to cloud storage by AES 256-bit bank-level encryption accessible only by your personal account.   Cont'd...

IOGEAR Launches HDMI Over Powerline Solution

HDMI Over Powerline PRO Kit Transmits High-Definition Video and Audio to Distances Up to 984 Feet Using Existing Power Outlets in Home and SOHO Environments

This Small Device Detects Cyber Threats In Your Smart Home Devices

Jennifer Hicks for Forbes:   By 2025, IDC says that 80 billion devices will be connected to the internet. In the near future, Gartner predicts that by 2020 there will be approximately 25 billion IoT-enabled devices. If you need more proof of rapid consumer adoption in practical terms, Amazon Echo has sold 5.1 million smart speakers in just the first two years of being on the market.  Now, let's look at the data from all this connectivity. Planet Technology gathered some Internet of Things (IoT) statistics and came up with an infographic that puts the upsurge in connectivity and the data it generates into perspective. If a byte of data was a gallon of water, today in 2016, it would only take 10 seconds to fill the average house with data. By 2020, it will only take two seconds. That's a lot of data being collected by your smart home devices from your intelligent fridge to your connected washing machine, baby monitor and thermostat.   Cont'd...

Z-Wave Smart Home Device Adoption Grows in 2016; FIBARO Joins the Alliance Board of Directors

The Z-Wave Alliance welcomes FIBARO to its Principal Level Membership & Board and announces year-end ecosystem milestones

WinPatrol Anti-Ransom Solution Adds New Interactive Dashboard

Users have instant view and control of what is blocked or running on their Windows systems

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