Why iRobot's Colin Angle thinks the smart home starts with a robot vacuum

Matthew Lynley for TechCrunch:  Robots — and the smart home in general — are a hot topic, and it’s one where an enormous amount of investment is happening right now. There are many companies like Nest and Ring that are trying to target segments of the home in the hopes of making everything smarter.

But it’s easy to forget that the home is still a physical space, and in order for everything to work together, it has to understand what that looks like. And iRobot, the makers of a robot vacuum cleaner, have been trying to crack that problem for more than 20 years. Until robots can figure that out, and talk to each other, it’s going to be an uphill battle to build a truly smart home, iRobot CEO Colin Angle said at TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing 2016.

“In the virtual world, it’s very easy to understand everything about the environment because it’s inside the computer,” Angle said. “If you have a simulated room you’re inside the computer. You know precisely where things are. In the robot industry, we almost dislike simulations because they are doomed to succeed.  Cont'd...

SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition Celebrates Industry's Past, Present, and Future in Style

Keynote and Technical Program Offer Familiar Look Back and Inspiring Look Ahead; Event Concludes With Star-Studded SMPTE Centennial Gala

Amazon Alexa Available on Sugr Cube Minimalist Wi-Fi Speaker

Sugr is among the first audio brands to integrate Alexa Voice Service into its products.

Qorvo® Expands Capabilities of Voice-Activated, Smart Home Assistants

Consumers can now control even more interconnected home devices via voice

Quantum at Inter BEE 2016

Quantum will showcase the power of its StorNext platform across the full media life cycle, including production, delivery and archive workflows, and content management. The company's Inter BEE 2016 booth will feature uncompressed 8K editorial and compositing workflows along with demonstrations of content transcoding and delivery with object storage, the use of hybrid flash and disk storage in combination to enable frame-based animation creation and stream-based editing on a single storage system, and embedded applications running natively on high-performance workflow storage. Quantum will be joined in its booth by Autodesk, who will show the power of the StorNext platform with its M&E software collection.

Calrec's new training tutorials launch Brio users off the starting blocks

Calrec Audio has launched a series of tutorial videos to demonstrate just how easy the all-new Brio console is to use and to help Brio owners get up to speed quickly. Calrec Audio's Brio is the most powerful and compact digital broadcast audio console in its class.

Jasco Enters Into New Smart Home Territory with Introduction of Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus® LED Smart Bulbs

Experience simple, convenient, smart lighting by upgrading to Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus LED Smart Bulbs by Jasco.

Jasco Announces Availability of New GE Branded Z-Wave Motion Sensors and Outdoor Smart Switches

The Portable GE Z-Wave Motion Sensor can signal lights to turn on and off based on occupancy, giving homeowners the convenience of hands-free operation and added energy savings

This connected clock will nag you to work out and tell you when your Uber's here

Victoria Ho for Mashable:  Plenty of personal gadgets these days, from smartwatches to fitness bands, are aimed at relieving you of having to fish your phone out of your pocket so often.

If you spend a lot of time sitting at your desk or lying on the couch, why not mount a giant Apple Watch on the wall instead?

Glance Clock is kind of like that, but it's just the start of a connected life, says its founder and CEO, Anton Zriashchev.

Like a smartwatch, the clock connects to your phone to sync its time, and is able to display a host of notifications, including upcoming meetings, weather alerts and incoming calls. It'll also hurry you out the door if your Uber's arrived.  Cont'd...

IoT Platform Provider Announces New Smart Home Safety Solutions

ROC-Connect makes it easy for insurance providers to take advantage of the smart home/IoT market

Quantum at the 2016 NAB Show New York

Quantum will showcase the power of its StorNext platform across the full media life cycle, including production, delivery and archive workflows and content management. The company's booth will feature the converged storage architecture of Xcellis and the benefits that media companies can realize when embedded applications run natively on high-performance workflow storage.

IntBridge LLC Launches Helium, The First Machine Learning Smart Light Hits Kickstarter

Helium is a machine learning smart light bulb that also features night shift and Li+Fi to give you better health and Wi-Fi coverage.

Biamp Systems Introduces New Power Audio Amplifier

New amplifier expands the power of TesiraFORTÉ

iPoint Control Dials Up Productivity With Full Google Calendar Integration

Calendar Integration Provides Edit and Synch Capabilities for Greater Schedule Visibility From Any Device

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Calrec, Ericsson, Rohde & Schwarz, and Xilinx Join IP Standardization Effort

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