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

Vayyar Joins SAMSUNG ARTIK Platform Ecosystem to Showcase a New Suite of Safer, More Secure Capabilities for Smart Homes

At SDC 2016, Vayyar will demonstrate its sensors running on the SAMSUNG ARTIK platform to detect people falling, monitor their location and vital signs without compromising privacy

Switchmate Turns Any Home into the "One-Second Smart Home"

Switchmate is the first smart lighting product to be used with no wiring, installation or tools; Launch follows incredible response to Indiegogo campaign that was 341 percent funded

Samsung and Legrand Team Up to Deliver World's First Thread-Enabled IoT Light Switch

SAMSUNG ARTIK™ platform accelerates end-to-end development and speeds time to market for Legrand's state-of-the-art IoT light switch

Netvibes Connects with SAMSUNG ARTIK Cloud™ to Extend Automation and Control of the Internet of Things

With support for the SAMSUNG ARTIK Cloud, Netvibes enables businesses and consumers to program automatic actions between more smart devices, apps, and data.

iRoom's iTop - Universal iPad Tabletop Docking Station with Control Keypad.

iRoom's iTop is equipped with an adjustable connector that charges any iPad with the Lightning port whether it's an iPad Pro, iPad Air or any generation of iPad mini.

Peerless-AV® Exhibits at Almo® Professional A/V's "Experience Your Future Now" E4 AV Tour in April

AV Manufacturer Showcases New Portrait Kiosks and Outdoor TV

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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!