Meet the smart hubs competing to control your home

From CNet. Perhaps the most overwhelming thing about the smart home revolution is the fact that so many of these new gadgets come with their own separate apps and control hubs. If you buy more than one or two, you'll end up needing a whole bookcase to store all of the blinking control centers plugged into your router, not to mention the fact that your various automation rules and schedules will probably be scattered across several different apps and websites. Wasn't home automation supposed to make things easier? It's a reality that's created a bit of a jump ball in home automation: whichever hub can best consolidate all of these smart devices into a single, dependable system -- complete with a killer app -- is going to be positioned especially well as the connected home continues to move into the mainstream. With several multipurpose smart hubs already out there, and even more coming on the horizon, here are the ones we've been keeping tabs on. 

Experience the smanos Smart Home Magic at IFSEC International

smanos, a trendsetting innovator and dynamic developer of wireless DIY security and smart home systems, proudly presented its brand new solution portfolio at IFSEC International in London last month. The complete portfolio speaks self-install or DIY, and feedback from the show has been phenomenal.

CYBERPOWERPC Powers Red Bull Battle Grounds Event With ZEUS MINIs and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 GPUs

CyberPower Inc., will be providing tournament computers for the 128 player Red Bull Battle Grounds open tournament in Atlanta July 11-13.

Noble Fidelity's Award-Winning Architectural Loudspeaker - The L-85 MK II

Now Shipping, the Recent Launch of the L-85 mk II 8-inch, 2-Way, High Performance Round Mount Loudspeaker is Suitable for Both In-Ceiling and In-Wall Use

Core Brands Debuts Next-Generation Niles Auriel Audio Controller That Simplifies Whole Home Audio

Powered by the new Niles Auriel software and app, the MRC-6430 is the first-in-its-class multi-room audio chassis that integrates multi-room audio and home theater control in a way that is both simple for the installer to set up and easy for the homeowner to enjoy.  "With Auriel and the MRC-6430 we are making multi-room audio simpler than ever to install and use," Yann Connan, Core Brands' Director, Audio Segment, said today. "The number one concern for buyers is that multi-room audio controllers are complicated, so we developed the Auriel software to show them just how accessible it can be. With any smartphone, tablet or Niles in-wall touch panel, users can now quickly select what source they want to play and in which rooms they want it to play. We had the system integrators in mind as well, with the flexibility to include both IP and IR controlled devices, complete GUI generation and six routable IR outputs for external component control. Auriel is wizard-based to reduce installation and set-up time to a fraction of other multi-room systems."  The Niles MRC-6430 multi-room audio controller delivers its amazing sound throughout the home using an intuitive user interface with options that include a handheld remote, a seven-button keypad, a choice of touch panel devices and of course smartphones, tablets and personal computers. The MRC-6430 makes it possible to listen to any source, in any room, at any time - even if someone is already listening to something different in another room. This means mom and dad can relax with smooth jazz in the kitchen while guests enjoy classic rock in the living room and the kids sing along to top 40 hits in the backyard, and each group can change their own volume and skip tracks right from their smartphone. 

Core Brands Debuts Next-Generation Niles Auriel Audio Controller That Simplifies Whole Home Audio

Niles again alters the home audio industry with the MRC-6430, an expandable six-source, six-zone audio controller running the new Niles Auriel™ software controlled by the user-friendly Auriel App. - See more at: http://v2.twice.com/thewire/core-brands-debuts-next-generation-niles-auriel-audio-controller-simplifies-whole-home-audio/45884#sthash.zSZ5kajV.dpuf

Icontrol Networks Takes Home Two Maximum Impact Awards at ESX 2014

Awards Recognize Icontrol's Security Solutions as Top Mobile Application and Installation Tool

C Spire to launch next-generation home automation, security and monitoring services

C Spire Home suite of services will feature ultra-fast 1 Gbps Internet access, digital HD television and nationwide phone plus home automation services to help consumers realize "smart home" promise

Libratone Loop Named Bronze Winner of 2014 IDEA Awards

Wireless speaker celebrated for innovative shape and superior audio performance

Register Now for the 2015 International CES - the World's Largest Innovation Playground

The event is scheduled January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

RTI Releases Two-Way Driver for Sonos(R) Audio Devices

New Driver Allows Intuitive Control of Popular Sonos(R) Streaming Audio Systems Directly From RTI Interfaces

Biamp Systems' Tesira(R) SERVER-IO Powers Milwaukee's 'Listening to Mitchell' Art Installation

DSP-enabled soundscape brings interactive public exhibit to life

LG Display Unveils 18-inch Flexible and Transparent OLED Panels

With these new panels, LG Display shows that it has already acquired fundamental technologies to lead the large-sized flexible and transparent display market.

Terra increases the output capability and bass performance of its 70-Volt AC and LS series speakers

New high quality transformers allow speakers to deliver 3dB more output at each selector switch setting

L-com Introduces New Crossed Polarized Flat Panel Antennas

"These new products offer amazing wireless capacity for a low price"

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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!