Parks Associates: 60% of U.S. broadband households own a personal health and wellness device

ADT Health, iHealth Labs, Lowe's, Aetna, and Qualcomm Life address consumer engagement for digital health solutions

Samsung In Talks To Scoop Up SmartThings For Around $200 Million

Google has Nest, Apple has HomeKit and Samsung has…SmartThings, we’re hearing. The deal was completed for around $200 million dollars, though it might have been less according to one source. SmartThin gs  is in the home automati on space , and allows you to connect devices like lights and doorlocks to a system controlled by your mobile phone. It has raised over $1 5 million from investors including Greylock, Highland Capital, First Round Capital, SV Angel, Lerer Ventures, Yuri Milner’s Start Fund, David Tisch, A-Grade Investments, CrunchFund* and Box Group.   Samsung most likely bought the startup to get out ahead of Google’s Nest efforts. With this buy, Samsung obtains a mature home automation platform that just needs some marketing help. And Samsung has a hefty marketing budget. The larger arena at work here is the millions of connected devices that will populate our world — commonly referred to as the internet of things. In a nearly inevitable future where every device in our home has a live connection to the web, and can be controlled by our devices, device manufacturers are the ones most uniquely poised to offer holistic solutions to consumers.  

INSTEON Windows 8.1 Phone App Employs Cortana to Enhance Life in the Connected Home

"Cortana was designed with a simple purpose in mind"

QNAP Now Shipping the First Intel Bay Trail Powered NAS with Media Transcoding Engine for Home/SoHo Market

Both HS-251 and TS-x51 series pack a powerful storage backup with swift streaming capability including both on-the-fly and offline transcoding.

Monoprice Showcases its New Pro Audio Series Products at Summer NAMM

Summer NAMM will be held July 17-19 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee

Sound Solutions Opens New Las Vegas Warehouse and Distribution Center

Distributor of Wharfedale and other top consumer electronics brands opens new distribution facility to expedite shipping to meet increased market demand while better serving its dealers and customers

RTI to Join Lutron® for Caseta™ Wireless Launch Tour

"Through integration with Lutron's latest product offerings, we are able to provide integrators with an intuitive solution for simple, reliable, and energy-saving connected-home control within a powerful RTI user interface."

Torus Power's Ultra-Compact, Entry-Level TOT Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioners Provide Electronic Systems Integrators Affordable, High-Performance Options for Small to Mid-Sized Audio Video Systems

Compact power conditioners featuring venerable Plitron toroidal isolation transformers are available worldwide

KWIKSET SMARTCODE LOCKS WITH HOME CONNECT JOIN STAPLES CONNECT LINE-UP

Staples Connect™ Customers Now Have Access to Premier Residential Lock For Security, Safety, and Convenience

CEDIA 2014 - D-Tools Announces 2014 Design Awards Contest Call for Entries

Worldwide users of D-Tools System Integrator software platform are invited to enter projects for consideration; winners to be announced at CEDIA Expo 2014

R. L. Drake THE INDEPENDENT SHOW 2014 EXHIBITOR PREVIEW -- Booth 427

At The Independent Show, one of the industry's premiere trade shows for independent cable operators, R.L. Drake, a leading global provider of digital and analog cable, digital signage, and MPEG encoding systems, will introduce the PEG-NE24-IP, an HD MPEG digital video encoder.

Over 1.8 million households headed by consumers 25-34 own at least one smart energy product

Parks Associates research finds more U.S. households adopting smart thermostats, smart lighting, smart outlets/plugs and power strips, and smart kitchen appliances

Introducing Thread: A New Wireless Networking Protocol for the Home

Recognizing the need for a new and better way to connect products in the home, seven companies today announced that they've joined forces to form the Thread Group (www.threadgroup.org) and develop Thread, a new IP-based wireless networking protocol. The charter of the Thread Group is to guide the adoption of the Thread protocol. Thread Group founding members consist of industry-leading companies including Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Samsung Electronics, Nest Labs, Freescale® Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM.  While currently available 802.15.4 networking technologies have their own advantages, each also has critical issues that prevent the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) from being realized. These include lack of interoperability, inability to carry IPv6 communications, high power requirements that drain batteries quickly, and "hub and spoke" models dependent on one device (if that device fails, the whole network goes down). With Thread, product developers and consumers can easily and securely connect more than 250 devices into a low-power, wireless mesh network that also includes direct Internet and cloud access for every device. 

Introducing Thread: A New Wireless Networking Protocol for the Home

Industry-leading companies form Thread Group to create simple, secure and low-power network for the home and its connected products

Almo Professional A/V Announces E4 Philadelphia Expo Scheduled For August 15

"Bonus" Expo Set to Host 35 Exhibitors; Registration Open; Chief & Da-Lite Roadshow to Co-Locate with Event

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GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection