Parks Associates: 27% of U.S. car owners want their car to be able to connect to their smart home devices

Ericsson, Comcast Ventures, HP, Zubie, and other key executives to discuss convergence of connected cars and smart homes at CONNECTIONS™ Conference

Homewerks Adds New Bluetooth Enabled Showerhead to Smart Bathroom Product Line

The Home NetWerks™ Bluetooth® Showerhead and Stereo Speaker is now available online at and at select Home Depot retailers.

Show Floor Additions Reflect Top Trends in Tech at CES Asia™ 2016

Second annual event to include Startup Park, Drone Demo Area, outdoor exhibits, and more than 350 exhibiting companies

Kramer Prepares for Future of 4K Content with Release of 4K@60 4:4:4 Switcher

The VS-211H2 Offers 18 Gbps of Bandwidth, a Clock Rate of 600 MHz and HDCP 2.2 Compatibility - Special Tradeshow Coverage of InfoComm 2016.

InfoComm 2016 was held from June 4th - 10th in Las Vegas, Nevada. This Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

Infocomm 2016 - Special News Report

News and product announcements from Infocomm 2016. Companies are welcome to post their news here.

InfoComm - Matrox at InfoComm 2016 - Product Preview

4K capture and IP encoder/decoder cards, multi-display graphics cards, H.264 encoders/decoders, video wall controller cards and lecture capture appliance to be showcased

Build A Twitter-Based Home Automation System With A Raspberry Pi

Thorin Klosowski for LifeHacker:  The Pi is hard wired into a home automation board that controls a fan, light, AC and the temperature. It’s then controlled over Twitter direct messages so it’s super easy to check the status or flip the toggle on any of the connected devices. The Twitter link is a pretty handy way to get around some of the programming requirements that would otherwise be required here, so it’s worth taking a look at how it’s done here if you’re making your own home automation controller. Head over to ARM Tutorials for the guide.  

PowerHouse Alliance Members to Host Over 25 Trainings and Multiple Events Nationwide in May

Distributor members look forward to a productive month of dealer trainings and shows, while celebrating new and expanded locations.

InfoComm - InfoComm Partners with BICSI to Introduce New Course on Using Category Cable in AV Applications

The new course provides fundamental education for installation technicians working with category cable in the AV industry.

August Home Ships HomeKit Enabled 2nd Generation Smart Lock

New Smart Lock uses voice commands such as "Siri, is my door locked?" to lock, unlock and check the status of doors

Vivint Smart Home announces $100 million investment

Karissa Neely for Daily Herald: In its first round of venture capital funding, Vivint Smart Home, the Provo-based leading provider of smart home technology and services, announced a $100 million equity investment co-led by tech investor Peter Thiel and investment firm Solamere Capital.

The strategic investment will help fuel Vivint’s rapid growth and product innovation as it extends its preeminent position in the growing smart home market.

A venture capitalist and entrepreneur who co-founded PayPal, Thiel is known for backing transformational technology companies, and was the first outside investor in Facebook and is one of the largest shareholders of Airbnb.

“For Peter and Solamere to place their confidence in Vivint as the smart home leader is a huge validation of what we have built and where we are headed,” said Todd Pedersen, founder and CEO of Vivint Smart Home, in a press release. “The fact that they are investing in our future demonstrates their passion for our business and their vision for this industry. We look forward to working together to redefine the home experience.”  Cont'd...

Icon Labs Provides IoT Security Guide Whitepaper

A Guide to Security Requirements for Various Classes of IoT Devices and Systems

Crowdfunding Projects For April

Here are a few projects we think are worth looking into. Be careful... it is crowdfunding.

Amazon Alexa Voice Service Goes Live on Triby - The Family Friendly Portable Speaker, Connected Message Board and Speakerphone

Triby is the first non-Amazon product to be Alexa-enabled - transforming the way people connect with content and the people they love

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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