Microsoft gets into the home automation game with Insteon partnership

Microsoft announced a partnership with Insteon today, along with some big plans to fully incorporate the popular home automation network into its ecosystem. Starting June 1, an enhanced version of the Insteon app with exclusive features will be made available for Windows Phone 8 devices, along with any tablet, laptop, or desktop running Windows 8.1. In addition, it won't be long after that before you start seeing Insteon products lining Microsoft Store shelves. These include individual products like the Insteon LED Bulb, as well as complete smart-home packages consisting of the Insteon Hub and select peripheral devices, similar to the Insteon Starter Kit we reviewed last year. Devices will range in price from $30 to $80, with kits starting at $199.   Windows-exclusive features in the new version of Insteon's app will include complete Live Tile integration capable of offering status updates for multiple devices at once on the start screen of devices running Windows 8.1.   Insteon is also promising enhanced camera support that will allow users to view full-screen feeds, view multiple feeds at once, or use a camera without needing to install an Insteon Hub.  

BenQ's QisDesign LED Lighting Brand Now Sold in the United States

QisDesignUSA.com Launches to Make Award-Winning Luxury LED Lighting Fixtures Easy to Find and Easy to Buy With Special Introductory Offer

Revolabs Revs Up for Business Breakthrough Event

Company Showcase Brings Forward-Thinking Unified Communication Innovations to Enterprise Settings

New Game Consoles to Cost U.S. Consumers $1 Billion in Annual Electric Bills

Xbox One, PS4 Guzzle Massive Amounts of Electricity Nationwide When No One's Using Them

Moody Gardens Chooses D3D Cinema and Christie for 4K 3D Giant Screen 6P Laser Projection System

World's First Museum-Based 4K 3D Giant Screen 6P Laser Projection System will be Installed and Premiering at Moody Gardens

Media-Sys Appointed As Exclusive Distributor of CommandFusion Hardware in Spain & Portugal

CommandFusion appoint Media-sys as exclusive distributor of their automation and control hardware range covering the regions of Spain and Portugal.

Biamp Systems Acquires Dev-Audio

Renowned audio solutions manufacturer adds microphone technologies company as it continues developing innovative products enhancing the robustness of its DSP offering

Crestron now shipping the first digital, brushless shade motor

New Digital QMT motor sets a new standard of performance for customers, backed by a limited lifetime warranty

New modular 4K splitter now shipping

Smart-e's new modular HDMI and HDBaseT compact splitter, the 4K-1:3, which transmits up to and including a high resolution 4K HDMI signal to multiple displays, is now being shipped from the company's Surrey headquarters.

MartinLogan Unveils NEOLITH A Statement Class Curvilinear Hybrid Electrostatic Loudspeaker

The stunning Neolith pays tribute to MartinLogan's heritage, incorporating advanced audio technologies with exquisite components, materials, and design.

Pasternack Releases New Family of Low Noise Amplifiers

Broadband and High Gain Low Noise Amplifiers Announced by Pasternack

Kramer Electronics' Educational Partnership with AQAV is off to a Successful Start

In November 2013, Kramer Electronics announced their newly minted educational partnership with the Association for Quality in Audio Visual Technology (AQAV); becoming the first educational partner in this program.

BrightSign Brings Digital Signage To The Cheesecake Factory

BrightSign, LLC®, the market leader in digital signage media players today announced that its players are being used at The Cheesecake Factory.

BrightSign Bridges the Gap Between Digital Menu Boards and Restaurant POS

BrightSign, LLC®, the market leader in digital signage media players, will showcase its recent advances in digital menu board content creation and updates at the NRA Show.

Fusion Introduces Single Zone Audiophile Streamer

Company's new "Signature" utilizes a high-end Burr-Brown DAC design at an extremely affordable price point. Also includes AirPlay.

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