Adoption of Internet-connected entertainment devices increases 11% during one-year period

Consumer research shows 73% of U.S. broadband households have at least one entertainment device connected to the Internet

7 Undeniable Reasons to Start Living in an Automated Home

The Internet of Things is not merely a passing trend that will go away anytime soon. It has completely changed the course of human life in terms of convenience, security, and comfort.

Honeywell Grows Its Lyric™ Family With The Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat, Bringing Connected Comfort To Even More Homes

The latest Lyric product blends smart functionality - including Apple HomeKit™ compatibility - with classic style

Somfy to Showcase Innovative Commercial Shading Solutions at Greenbuild 2016

Visit Booth #435 to Learn the Advantages of Incorporating Automated Shading Solutions into Building Design.

Kanda Launch New Microcontroller Programming Kit

The new Kanda MICRO--X microcontroller programming kit is for anybody who wants to learn microcontroller programming or who teaches it. Its unique blend of modular hardware, software and tutorials makes learning easy. Microcontrollers are the key to modern electronics so why not grab this opportunity to learn how to use them?

Apple Stepping Up Plans for Amazon Echo-Style Smart-Home Device

Mark Gurman & Ian King for Bloomberg:  Apple Inc. is pressing ahead with the development of an Echo-like smart-home device based on the Siri voice assistant, according to people familiar with the matter.

Started more than two years ago, the project has exited the research and development lab and is now in prototype testing, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing unannounced Apple projects. Like Amazon Inc.’s Echo, the device is designed to control appliances, locks, lights and curtains via voice activation, the people said. Apple hasn’t finalized plans for the device and could still scrap the project.

If a product reaches the market, it would be Apple’s most significant piece of new hardware since the company announced the Apple Watch in 2014.  Cont'd...

SolPad™: The Future of Sustainable Personalized Energy Has Arrived

SolPad, the world's first and only truly integrated solar panel, marks a quantum leap in personal power and aims to gamify sustainable energy use for the masses.

Smart Home Industry Demand Summit Held in Qingdao; Haier U+ drives implementation of smart home industry

The Smart Home Industry Demand Summit, the theme of which focused on integration that crosses conventional boundaries and on collective sharing, was held in Qingdao on September 22, 2016.

Future Tech Trends, Holiday Sales Predictions and Startups Highlight CTA and Tech.Co's Innovate! and Celebrate

Event joins the biggest names in tech with cutting-edge startups to foster industry growth

Houzz: Consumers Embracing Smart Home Technology

MEGAN SALZANO for HomeWorld Business:  Houzz’s recent home trends survey identified a growing consumer awareness and integration of smart home technology when it comes to home renovations and remodeling.

The survey revealed that 45% of renovating homeowners are incorporating smart technology, systems or devices into their home that can be monitored or controlled via smartphone, tablet or computer. Houzz’s 2016 U.S. Smart Home Trends Survey of nearly 1,000 homeowners in the midst of, planning, or who have recently completed a home renovation project, was conducted in collaboration with CEDIA.

According to the survey, renovated homes are more than twice as likely to include a smart system or device than before the renovation, 51% versus 20%, respectively. In terms of connected product category, the survey showed 25% of homeowners are installing smart devices for security and safety, 18% for entertainment, 14% for climate control and 12% for lighting. It also showed that 30% of upgraded smart home systems or devices can be controlled via a central hub and 26% include voice-controlled features.  Cont'd...

PureLink Introduces Three New Video over IP Tx/Rx Options

Additional Hardware Complements Management Control Software for Simple & Comprehensive IP Video Solution

Home Tech Kickstarter Projects

Here are a few current projects that may be of interest.

Aquanta Uses Ayla Networks' IoT Technology to Turn Nearly Any Water Heater Into an Intelligent Appliance

Homeowners save energy and money with Aquanta's water heater controller, which provides remote control and monitoring for existing water heaters

Developing for the IoT? Bluetooth SIG Makes it Easy with Updated Line of Developer Toolkits

Latest line of toolkits tackles IoT security, interoperability, and market challenges

HomeSeer Releases Affordable Z-Wave Plus Water Valve

HomeSeer tackles the high cost of water damage protection with the release of its own affordable wireless water valve. The HS-WV100+ kit includes a Z-Wave Plus electronic control unit and motorized water valve, priced at about 1/2 the cost of other comparable solutions.

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