GeckoSystems, an AI Robotics Co., Gains Traction: LOI with NYC AI Firm

Artificial intelligence technologies and applications span Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Statistics, Mobile Robots, Service Robotics, Drones, Self-driving Cars, Driverless Cars, Driver Assisted Cars, Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Homes, UGV's, UAV's, USV's, AGV's, Forward and/or Backward Chaining Expert Systems, Savants, AI Assistants, Sensor Fusion, Subsumption, etc.

CEDIA - Platinum Tools® Debuts LanSeeker™ Cable Tester at 2016 CEDIA Expo

Now Shipping and Made in the USA, LanSeeker is a Fast, Rugged Cable Tester and Tone Generator in One Unit with Detachable Remote Unit, Testing for Shorts, Opens, Miswires, Reversals, and Split Pairs

Big-I is a smart home robot that will stalk your family

Brittany Vincent for enGadget:  Siri, Alexa and Cortana are helpful around the house, but can their respective tech follow you around the house like something out of a science fiction movie? Big-I, the personal robot, can do just that. The robot resembles a cuddly trash can, standing at waist length with one large "eye" where the trash can's lid would be. It's actually sort of cute, when you think about it. Big-I can see, hear, move and respond to voice commands you program it with, including IFTTT-like instructions. The robot is seen in its promotional clip reminding a father to send jackets with children if the temperature is below a certain threshold. It's told to play music when the father raises his hand a specific way. The robot's open API and unique operating system mean there's room for customization as well, in addition to integration with your smart home appliances like lights and thermostat systems. It can also be educated, meaning you could potentially train your own little personal housekeeper. Just make sure Roomba doesn't see it and get jealous.   Cont'd...

Windows 10 moves closer to smart-home centerpiece with big Internet of Things deal

Agam Shah for IDG News Service via PCWorld:  Lazy people will love Windows 10 and its ability to automate home tasks, and the operating system's smart-home credentials are getting a serious boost with a recent internet of things pact. Microsoft wants to put Windows 10 at the center of smart homes. The company wants users to be able to tell the operating system's Cortana voice assistant to switch on a light, open a door, release food for a cat, and even check the contents of a refrigerator. For Windows 10 to be successful, the OS will have to work with a wide range of smart home and IoT devices, and that goal has taken a big step forward thanks to a recent agreement between standards bodies the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and the Thread Group. The two organizations will work together on improving interoperability between smart home and IoT devices. This means devices running Windows 10 will be able to connect with most smart home products and program home automation tasks based on events or times of the day.   Cont'd...

Staples abandons its smart home hopes

David Priest for CNet:  Staples has officially announced that it's handing over sales and support for its home automation system Connect to Z-Wave Products. Though the exact terms of the deal remain undisclosed, Z-Wave has purchased Staples' inventory and licensed the Staples Connect brand to use moving forward. According to representatives at Zonoff, the company that has supported Connect's software and will continue to do so with Z-Wave, users should experience no practical change to their Connect automation systems. This transition isn't a surprise to many industry watchers. Staples stopped selling the Connect hub months ago, and rumors began to swirl that the office supply retailer might be planning to unplug its internet of things ecosystem altogether. In April, the company said it would be releasing a statement about Connect's future sometime in the coming weeks. As many users waited anxiously, Staples finally opted to keep Connect alive, handing it off to a third-party caretaker.   Cont'd...

MCOT Deploys NETIA Playout System and Radio Automation Modules Across Thailand

NETIA today announced that its radio automation and playout software suite is being rolled out across Thailand by state-owned public radio broadcaster MCOT. Supplied by NETIA's Southeast Asia master dealer, Broadcast Communications International (BCI), the NETIA software will enable MCOT to automate and enhance both the production workflow and playout operations at its national and local radio stations.

How a Cell Phone Signal Booster Can Keep You Safe and Secure

A cell phone signal booster is a valuable piece of kit even if you aren't expecting a natural disaster, helping you to stay fully connected when you most need it.

ULE Alliance Showcases ULE Smart Home Products at IFA 2016

The ULE Alliance showcases Smart Home products at #IFA, booth 6.2/102.

Ring Video Doorbell and The iBin Now Work Together in Package Theft Protection

Online Sales are expected to grow to $414 million by 2018, and the crime of package theft is growing with the increase sales.

Rentals and Smart Home Survey Finds Competitive Edge

Andrew Burger for TeleCompetitor:  Travelers are more willing to make a reservation for short-term rental housing if the housing has smart home features, according to a rentals and smart home survey conducted by Edelman Intelligence for  smart home products provider August Home, Inc. Eighty percent of vacation guests and 92% of business travelers said they would be more likely to complete a reservation for short-term accommodation rentals that were equipped with smart home technology, such as smart door locks, lighting, smart TVs, entertainment systems and doorbell cameras.   Cont'd...

Kickstarter - 15-Year- Old Develops World's Most Intelligent Smart Lock, Boltivate

15-year- old Tristan Wiener has developed, Boltivate, the world's most intelligent smart lock that is currently funded by more than 400% on crowdfunding website Kickstarter and scheduled to ship in November 2016. The smart lock requires no tools for installation and allows the owner to control access to their doors from anywhere in the world with a wi-fi connection and the Boltivate smartphone app.

Parks Associates: 38% of U.S. broadband households very likely to buy smart home device in 2016

Research firm examines new players, role of insurance industry, market trends, and new partnership and business models in IoT

eQ-3 is Europe's Number One in Smart Home

eQ-3 acknowledged by Berg Insight for the third year in a row

CEDIA - Platinum Tools® Features New Award-Winning Net Chaser™ Ethernet Speed Certifier & Network Tester at 2016 CEDIA Expo

Now Shipping, Net Chaser is a Complete Solution to Test & Speed Certify Data-Carrying Capabilities of Ethernet Cables up to 1 GB/S

August Home Launches First Amazon Alexa Skill to Support Door Locks

Ask Alexa to Lock the Front Door or Check if the Door is Locked From Anywhere in the Home

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Introducing the revolutionary Comelit Visto Smart Doorbell

Introducing the revolutionary Comelit Visto Smart Doorbell

The Visto Doorbell is a new Smart Doorbell from Comelit which combines a modern Italian design with all of the basic features you are looking for in a smart video doorbell. In fact, it is so smart that it can use the 2 wires from your existing doorbell and pass both the power and the data signals. This solves the common problem of having poor wifi coverage all the way at your front door. The Visto also has built in night vision, video recording on a SD card and in the cloud, motion detection, and multiple mounting options including an angle mount. The second thing we are introducing is the Visto Dealer referral program. Because we only sell through the Professional Distribution channel, we want to give our dealers who buy in that channel extra incentives to sell our product. For any security dealers or installers who go on our website www.vistodoorbell.com, and sign up for our program, we will offer the following: - Free referrals to customers in your area - Cashback program - 10% discount during the 1st month of the launch - Free Visto t-shirts and gear - A chance to win a trip for 2 to Venice, Italy Its that easy. Let us refer customer to you and get paid in the process. All while selling a wonderful Italian designed smart doorbell which is innovative and easy to install. So all dealers should protect the pro-channel and install products like the Visto which are made and sold only at your friendly local security and low voltage distributors.