How Do You Sell Lots Of Smart Home Gear? Scare Off A Burglar, Natch

Michael Wolf  for Forbes:  Being a startup in the smart home industry can be tough. Not only is there lots of competition, but usually you have to spend lots of time and money educating the consumer about what your product does.

Smart home gear tailored towards home security has it a little easier, since most consumers understand that security keeps bad guys away. But when your product is a sub-$100 device with no 24/7 monitoring like the big boys, you then have to spend much of your time creating a compelling message that your low-cost gear can do the job.

This was the challenge faced by Korner, a Seattle startup that makes a patented, ultra-low-cost security sensor. The device, which comes in packs of three for $98, can be stuck on any window or door and sounds an alarm when it senses movement. This sounds great but, if you’re like me, you wonder if putting your safety and security in the hands of such a low cost system is a good idea.  Cont'd...

Orbit Announces "b-hyve" Smart Wi-Fi Sprinkler Timer

Set, Operate and Optimize Your Sprinkler Timer from the Convenience of Your Smart Phone

Savant & Sonos® Join HAUS

Innovative Dealer Training Company Brings Music and Home Control to Home Automation University


Zuli, creator of the Zuli Smartplug and proprietary "Presence" technology, announced today that it now supports Philips Hue, offering a seamless smart home platform to control, schedule and dim Philips Hue lights directly from the Zuli app.

Almo Professional A/V Launches Informational Webinar Series Focused on Profit and Growth

Series Led By Gary Kayye, Founder of rAVe Publications; Webinars Worth InfoComm Renewal Units

Skylink Group Introduces ATOMS™ Innovative Garage Door Opener

The SkylinkNet App provides Smartphone Connectivity and Advanced Features. The New ATOMS Garage Door Opener is available in both new installation and replacement unit kits. Replacing only the head for less than the cost of two remote controls, is a cost effective and time saving solution.

Blink Presents Multi-Camera System Configurations as the Norm in Enhanced Smart Home Security and Monitoring

The ultra-affordable and wire-free home monitoring system has shipped more than 50,000 cameras since December 2015, reporting that more than 77% of customers purchase multi-camera systems

AV Manufacturers partner for The Higher Education Technology Summit

Created specifically for college and university managers of educational technology, HETS is designed to combine a day of product training, networking and peer-to-peer discussions in a fast moving format. The first HETS of 2016 will take place in Burlington, MA; a location conveniently situated (located off I-95 and 93) for many schools throughout New England.

Kickstarter - Z-wave IoT Contest Winner iBlinds Will Make Your Existing Window Blinds Smart

Z-wave Alliance contest winner and Texas-based HAB Home Intelligence will launch a crowdfunding campaign on to bring iBlinds, a DIY home automation kit, to the market. The product will allow customers to make their existing window blinds "smart" and to control multiple devices with a touch of one button on a phone, tablet, PC or Z-wave remote.

New Navori Labs QL Modules Strengthen Large-Scale Digital Signage Deployments

Load Balancing, Failover and Content Delivery Network add-ons bolster network robustness

element14 launches Raspberry Pi 3

New faster, more powerful board is the first "out of the box IoT ready" Raspberry Pi

Webcast - Terminating Larger Size Cables with Platinum Tools Connectors

With the recent increase in popularity of Category 6A cables, cabling-system installers are now working more and more frequently with dramatically increased cable sizes. Terminating these larger-size cables to standard connectors, which are optimally designed for smaller cables, can be a challenge. New connectors and solutions have been developed to solve the termination and workmanship issues that arise when installers terminate larger-size cables.

This webcast seminar will cover the following termination practices and principles:

  • Terminating Category 6A cable to Category 6A shielded connectors
  • Terminating Category 5e and Category 6 cable to Category 6 shielded connectors

Sponsored by Honeywell and Platinum Tools, the seminar will use Honeywell’s Category 5e, 6 and 6A cable as well as Platinum Tools’ Category 6 and 6A shielded connectors to demonstrate cable preparation and termination techniques. The demonstrations will provide step-by-step instructions on completing the termination of these larger-size cables.  View Webcast:

Cloud-Connected Smart Homes to Create a $28 Billion Market, Says ON World

Cloud platforms combined with consumer-driven wireless sensing and control standards have made this possible. This growth is coming from multiple channels and increasingly through bundled offerings by IP security, cable/MSO and telecom service providers.

WigWag Secures $3.175 Million in Seed Funding to Bridge the Future of an Intelligent Connected World

Funding from Silicon Valley-based CSC Venture Capital

Competition for Alexa? LG Uplus announces new voice-controlled smart home gadgets

Ry Crist for CNET:  With the success of the Amazon Echo, the online mega-retailer's increasingly popular smart speaker, it was inevitable that we'd start seeing competitors begin to emerge, just as it's inevitable that tech journalists will begin making cheesy "is there an Echo in here?" jokes as it happens. So, let's just get this out of the way.  Is there an Echo in here?

It seems like there might be. LG Uplus, a South Korean cellular carrier that's a subsidiary of LG, is rolling out a pair of voice-activated smart home products, including an always-on, always-listening smart speaker that boasts the same sort of far-field voice recognition technology as the Amazon Echo. Dubbed the IoT Hub, the device will let users control connected lights, thermostats, locks and more using basic voice commands. It even has a colorful (and familiar-looking) ring of LED lights up on top.

Device no. 2 is the tvG Woofer Set Top Box. It's essentially a thin pedestal packed with a four-channel speaker, two subwoofers, and microphones designed to hear you no matter where you are in the room, regardless of background noise. You'll slip it under your television set, then pipe your home entertainment audio through it. If you want to search for something to watch, you'll be able to do so using voice commands.  Cont'd...

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