Why Nest's woes are typical of the smart home industry

Hayley Tsukayama for The Washington Post:  Tony Fadell’s decision to step down from the helm of Nest last week came as a surprise but not a big one.

The problems specific to the smart appliance company — which is owned by Google — have been well-documented. But the questions that now loom over Nest aren’t isolated to this one firm, but over the entire smart home industry in general.

Nest, after all, was supposed to be the trailblazer leading the smart home revolution. When Google put down $3.2 billion to buy it in 2014, it appeared to make sense. The company was already a fixture in consumers’ online lives, and the purchase would give Google an entry point into their offline lives. The charismatic Fadell seemed to be the right pioneer, given his product experience at Apple that he could apply to Google’s more open computing vision.  But Nest proved to be a less-than-ideal poster child.  Cont'd...

StorExcel AXZiS Platform Integrates Robust IPV Curator Media Asset Management With Quantum Xcellis Storage

Curator MAM Software Is Natively Integrated With Award-Winning Shared Workflow Storage in Turnkey Platform Backed by Full StorExcel Support

InfoComm - SunBriteTV's New 49" Outdoor Display Offers Commercial Integrators Upgraded Features Without an Upgraded Price

New Pro Series Model Introduces Larger Screen Size, Smaller Footprint, With Same Cost and Legendary SunBriteTV Durability as its Predecessor

Parks Associates announces Medtronic and Samsung keynotes and agenda for third-annual Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers

One-third of U.S. smartphone owners track diet and nutrition through an app

Omega Broadcast Group Chooses Utah Scientific's New UHD-12G Router for First Fully 4K-Capable Truck in Austin Broadcast Market

Omega Broadcast Group, a professional audio/video sales, rental, and design/integration company based in Austin, Texas, has chosen Utah Scientific's all-new UHD-12G digital routing switcher for its upcoming 4K-capable mobile broadcasting vehicle. The new truck, the first in its market designed to provide a complete infrastructure for 4K/ultra-high-definition television (UHDTV), will be used for live broadcasts of high-profile local events including the Austin City Limits and South by Southwest music festivals and the Circuit of the Americas, home of the Formula One Grand Prix, Austin.

VIZIO Debuts All-New Home Theater Sound Bar Collection, Featuring High Performance 5.1 Surround Sound and Innovative, New Slim Design

Line-Up Is Part of Next Generation VIZIO SmartCast™ Ecosystem with Integrated Google Cast for Simple WiFi Casting from Anywhere in the Home

Nuance's Dragon TV Powers NOS Set Top Boxes and Remote Controls

Portugal's Media Holding Company NOS Integrates Nuance's Voice Recognition for Easier Content Discovery and Search

GeckoSystems Recaps Robotics Joint Venture Discussions During Japan Trip

Prior to going to Japan, two long time Japanese partners, iXs, Ltd., (iXs) and Fubright Communications Corp. (FCC), demonstrated the company's BaseBot(tm) mobile robot known as "Lou" to IC Corp., Ltd. (ICCL) senior management. youtu.be/FHqa0YOBdfU

InfoComm - Joe Cornwall to Provide Training on Industry's Newest Method for AV Sizing Displays at InfoComm 2016

Legrand's Joe Cornwall will present "Emerging Desktop Technologies" at InfoComm 2016 on June 8 from 11:30-11:50 a.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center at the InfoComm International® booth in the Grand Concourse Lobby. Cornwall is the Technology Evangelist for the company's AV division including Middle Atlantic Products, C2G, RapidRun, and Wiremold and InfoComm 2014 Educator of the Year. The training will focus on the shifting expectations 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) brings to the industry as well as the changing perspective when selecting these displays for commercial AV installations.

Marketing Matters Wins Hermes Creative Awards

Honored with two Platinum awards for client catalogs

Parks Associates Senior Research Director to Address Impact of IoT Investments on Telecom Strategies at TIA 2016

More than two-thirds of U.S. broadband households have an Internet-connected entertainment device

Integra Introduces Its New DRX Series of Netwrok AV Receivers

Integra's New DRX series of 7.2 channel network AV receivers boast advanced feature-sets and connectivity and are the next-generation of receivers for the custom installer.

Home Automation, IoT Could Cut Energy Consumption 10 Percent, Says Study

CTA Study:  The increasing use of home automation technology through the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential for substantial energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, according to a new study released by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™.

The study, The Energy Savings Potential of Home Automation Technology, finds that widespread adoption of home automation products such as temperature, circuit, and lighting control, if used for energy savings purposes, could collectively avoid up to 100 million tons of CO2 emissions and reduce total residential primary energy consumption by as much as 10 percent — savings that are more than consumer electronics’ share of residential primary energy consumption (8.4 percent), according to a separate CTA study.

CTA’s new study reports the overall U.S. technical energy savings potential from several individual approaches ranges from 0.3 to 1.1 quadrillion Btu (quads) of primary energy consumption, or from 1 to 5 percent of total residential primary energy consumption. The study’s findings, which represent the best current estimates of achievable savings, highlight several areas where home automation could deliver energy savings, including connected thermostats, HVAC zoning, and control of window shades, circuits, and lighting.  Cont'd...

Annual Revenue for Communicating and Smart Thermostats is Expected to Reach $4.4 Billion in 2025, According to Navigant Research

An array of distribution channels is helping to drive the market for advanced thermostats, report finds

The BIG Corp to Head Export Sales, Increase Global Brand Visibility for UEBOJI's Krika Products and Services

The BIG Corp (Baker International Group), a leading global, full-service sales rep firm, announced today that it has been retained by French IT company UEBOJI to represent its Krika brand worldwide. Since its official launch at ISE 2015, the international demand for Krika connected-device trackers has grown steadily over the past year. Today, the large majority of Krika units sold are shipped globally, with more than half sent to customers in the U.S.

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