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:

High-end Home Theater Brand StormAudio Premieres 16-Channel Integrated Immersive Sound AV Processor at 2017 CES

The newest addition to StormAudio's line of object-based surround components, the I.ISP 3D.16.12 is the company's first combination AV processor / integrated amplifier. With its rich performance, advanced feature sets and unique management conveniences, the I.ISP 3D.16.12 is poised to set the standard for what the heart of today's immersive home theater should be. The I.ISP 3D.16.12 is compatible with all existing and future sound formats including Auro-3D®, Dolby Atmos®, DTS:X™ as well as UHD 4K video.

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

New platform helps mitigate uncertainty surrounding future IoT standards

CES 2017 - Add Wireless, Remote Smart Home Control Anywhere with the Intelligently-Designed iDevices® Instant Switch™

Instant Switch can be placed on any wall in the home for versatile, hub-less control of connected products; debuting at the 2017 International CES, Sands Expo, Level 2, Halls A-D, Booth #41624

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

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Kramer Electronics Acquires iRule, LLC

Acquisition Includes iRule and ON Controls Product Lines, iRule Team Will Remain in Detroit

Hyundai Collaborates With Google Assistant In Further Connecting Homes To Cars

Automaker Demonstrates Vehicle Compatibility with Google Assistant on Google Home Hyundai Shows How Owners Could Send Destinations to their Car Using Google Home and Assistant

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

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

Milestone covers broad portfolio of lighting, control and security devices

Samsung Electronics Unveils Family Hub 2.0 and Smart Built-in Appliances at CES 2017

Driving innovation in the connected kitchen, new product lines deliver on the needs and wants of the modern consumer

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.

LG ROBOTS TO TAKE CENTER STAGE AT CES 2017

By leveraging powerful analytical processing power, LG’s robotic lineup will be able to navigate complex environments and decipher the most efficient and effective path to accomplish tasks, making people’s lives easier at every touch-point. Innovating beyond LG technologies already found in the LG HOM-BOT automated vacuum cleaner, LG’s first non-cleaning robots are equipped with AI technologies enabling them to be employed in the home, in tandem with other smart appliances, outdoors, as well as in public spaces: LG’s “Hub Robot” designed for home use will double as a smart home gateway and a personal assistant for consumers. Another robot previewed at CES 2017 will demonstrate new capabilities for tending to one’s yard and garden. LG’s robot lineup will also include models designed for commercial use in public spaces such as airports and hotels to help improve the traveler’s experience. LG’s new robot collection will be unveiled at LG’s CES press conference on January 4 at 8:00AM PST at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and on display at LG’s booth (Central Hall #11100) in the Las Vegas Convention Center from Jan. 5-8.

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