Berlin Start-up Promises Home Security System of the Future

BuddyGuard's FLARE protects home by itself thanks to Artificial Intelligence

Atlona Ships Latest UHD HDMI to HDBaseT Distribution Amplifiers and New HDBaseT Receiver-Scaler with PoE and Two Way Control

"With the UHD-CAT-4/4ED and HDVS-150-RX, we add the features our customers need to make their projects better and lives easier, like extended AV and control signal distances, Power over Ethernet and an additional array of convenience benefits," said Joshua Castro, product manager for Atlona.

SYLVANIA Socket Survey Shows Rise of Smart Lighting

8th Annual Report Finds LEDs Also Continuing to Grow in Popularity

Are prices driving away potential smart home consumers?

DAVID CURRY for ReadWrite:  Almost every product in the house now has a smart alternative, Nest revolutionized the thermostat and smoke detector, August built a smartphone connected door lock, and Samsung launched a smart fridge.

Even with the abundance of smart alternatives, Lux Research says there is still disconnect between the consumer and manufacturer. Price is the most obvious issue, despite manufacturers lowering prices in the past year, they are still too high for consumers that aren’t fully invested in the usefulness of smart home devices.

Lux Research also argues that retrofitting may have helped major smart home firms like Nest and Samsung keep customers on board. Some, after purchasing first generation tech, decided not to purchase the second generation, either due to cost or lack of additional features.

“Current prices [for smart home appliances] are three times higher and will have to be lower for manufacturers to push smart appliances for mass adoption,” said Jessica Hernández, Lux Research Associate and lead author of the report. “Also, businesses can benefit by focusing on retrofit technologies as a bridge for smart appliance adoption, drawing in products such as refrigerators and air conditioners that have a long life cycle.”  Cont'd...

iRobot Scaling Connected Product Business on Amazon Web Services

iRobot has sold more than 15 million robots worldwide and reached a strategic milestone last September with the launch of the Roomba® 980, its first connected robot that systematically maps the home. Leveraging AWS IoT, a managed cloud solution that enables connected devices to interact easily and securely with cloud applications and other devices, iRobot will provide customers with powerful applications that process, analyze, and act on IoT data. The AWS Cloud will also enable iRobot to scale the number of connected robots it supports globally and allow for increased capabilities in the smart home.

DP in HDMI out over IP Chainable Extender with RS-232/IR/Audio

Display Port input HDMI output Chainable Extender over CAT.5e/6/IP with RS-232/IR/Audio The DD1000T+HD1002 is the latest high performance, cost-effective Displayport Daisy-Chainable Extender over CAT.5e/6, extended up to 120m between.Remote HDMI/RS-232/IR output ports ,supports Full HD 1080p, 1920x1080, video and daisy-chainable with high flexibility of expansion as consecutive linking for each additional 120m as many as you want.  supports DP to HDMI signal convert, without any converter needed.

Kickstarter - Smart Sensor to Alert People When They Forget to Turn Off Stove While Cooking

Utilizing the Internet of Things, motion censor, wireless and patent-pending technologies, the Toch Smarturns solution transforms existing stoves to SMART stoves, adding intelligence to the kitchen.

Control4: Apple Home App will help Home Automation Industry

Rob Stott for Dealerscope:  Not to say that the Home app is a killer to companies/platforms like Control4 and Crestron, but Apple is clearly encroaching on their space.

That said, the aforementioned companies don’t necessarily see this as a problem. Rather, as Paul Williams, Control4’s VP of Solutions, put it, it’s more of an opportunity.

“We would put this in the category of something that we think helps the smart home automation market,” Williams recently told Technology Integrator. “much like when, in the rise of the Internet of Things and IoT, what it’s really done has opened up consumers’ eyes to the possibilities. We’ve said, long before IoT came around, the biggest hurdle that we have in this space for us and other manufactures that specialize in home automation is customer awareness. Customers don’t even realize that this technology is available, that they can even do these kind of things, that there’s these sophisticated but simple-to-install and simple-to-use home automation systems that allow them to have great experiences in their homes.”  Full article:

RocketGUI Releases Module for Denon HEOS and Crestron

The new module allows for powerful and user-friendly control of HEOS players and offers a cost effective way for custom integrators to provide sophisticated control of music and streaming services in a whole house distributed audio environment.

Ads Count: Ad Blockers Jeopardize Free Content on the Internet

If an outlet gives me content free or subsidized, I'll watch/scan your ad because it's the price I pay for the free information, education and entertainment.

Parks Associates: Unused data rollover, free access to premium Wi-Fi hotspots, and loyalty reward programs are important to likely mobile service switchers

Lengthy contracts that help limit upfront costs less appealing to consumers

Parks Associates: Global mobile data revenues to reach $630 billion by 2020

New Industry Report Shows IoT Use Cases Complicate 5G Network Design, Draw in New Network Providers

MG Debuts the Novi, a Multi-Device Portable Charging Station That Eliminates Cable Clutter with "LunaPulse" Technology

MG has launched its Novi Portable Charging Station, which utilizes LunaPulse technology to rapidly charge up to 8 portable battery pods in only 2.5 hours. Rather than USB ports, which can be easily damaged after continuous docking, each Novi pod recharges with magnetic tips that instantly initiate charging upon contact.

Savant Announces Availability of New Line of Home Technology Products

The Savant Remote, the first in a line of direct-to-consumer home entertainment and automation products, can now be purchased in major retail locations and online

iDevices Announces Amazon Alexa Compatibility With Their Smart Home Product Line

iDevices Delivers Simple and Elegant Smart Home Control While Expanding Compatibility to Alexa-Enabled Accessories

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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!