CEDIA 2016 - Interview with Joe Piccirilli, RoseWater Energy Group

The Energy Management HUB from RoseWater Energy Group is a high end product in a new category that has to be introduced to the innovator and early adopter market segments.

CEDIA 2016 - Interview with Lee Marc of MantelMount

Like many of the exhibitors at CEDIA, dealers are the lifeblood of our business.

CEDIA - NAPCO Security Technologies to Attend CEDIA 2016

The world's premier showcase for home technology, NAPCO's iBridge Connected Home to be Showcased featuring recurring revenue opportunity

ConnectedYard Wins Product of the Year Award From IoT Evolution for pHin Smart Pool Solution

The Product of the Year award honors the best in IoT technology, a market that has grown by leaps and bounds over the last several years, for the systems and solutions that are delivering on the promise of gathering information regardless of proximity.

Who is best positioned to build a smart home assistant?

Jan Dawson for recode:  There has been a lot of talk recently about advancements in the smart home arena, especially about new ways to control smart home devices. I have heard Amazon’s Echo referred to as a smart home device, and just this week, web service IFTTT announced new partnerships that are intended to allow smart home devices to connect in an automated fashion to other devices and services.

However, what we’re still missing when it comes to the smart home is a true smart home assistant — a counterpart, if you will, to the smart assistants that come baked into every modern smartphone operating system. This post dives into what that means in practice, and who might be best positioned to deliver on this vision.  Cont'd...

WTS USA to bring the connected world to California

The event effectively offers 3 shows in one - The Wearable Technology Show, IOT Connect and AR/VR Show - showcasing the very latest prototypes, innovation and thinking from the world of connected technology.

IFTTT Looks To Cement Its Position In The Smart Home Market

Daniel Fuller for Android Headlines:  App enthusiasts and/or home automation fans are likely already quite familiar with IFTTT. One of the bigger forces in the Android tinkering world, IFTTT stands for If This Then That, and it’s actually a pretty accurate description of what the app does. Essentially, users can use triggers and recipes to make the app look for a condition to happen on a device or in an app. Once that happens, it will trigger a specified action, even if that action takes place elsewhere, so long as everything is rigged up right. IFTTT users can create a variety of mind-blowing functions, so it’s no surprise that the app found its way onto the Amazon Echo and that was apparently, only the beginning.

IFTTT has officially given the go-ahead for the guts of their app, the recipes and their capabilities, to find homes in new products. Naturally, the first wave of IFTTT recipients will be home automation products. Since IFTTT is already integrated with the Amazon Echo and programmable recipes can use an IoT hub as a conduit rather than transmitting from device to device, home automation is a natural fit for IFTTT. Using a web-based backend, IFTTT and the 40,000 some odd recipes that the firm has publicly released can now run on just about any device, and talk to just about any other device. The idea is that IFTTT will act as a backend for crosstalk between devices and services that would otherwise require a decent amount of time and money in engineering.  Cont'd...

44 Percent of Americans Who Want Move-In Ready Say Smart Home Technology is a Must

Out with the old and in with the high-tech. A new survey from Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC and Parks Associates found that Americans are thinking differently about "move-in ready" homes; they now want it to be "smart ready" too.

Logitech Introduces Button to Control Your Smart Home

With the Logitech Pop Home Switch, Everyone in the Family Can Control the Smart Home

Ultimate Integration 4th Annual BBQ Bash and Tradeshow Saw Record Attendance

Manufacturers, dealers and special guests from the CEDIA executive team showed up in record numbers to New York regional distributor Ultimate Integration's annual event.

Tekoia Rolls Out Extended Versions of its Universal Remote App for Android and iPhone

Committed to supporting all appliances and devices, Tekoia unveils new iPhone version and extended smart appliance functionality for Android

Planar Large Format 4K LCD Displays Earn Prestigious Crestron 4K Certification

Rigorous Crestron certification program guarantees that Planar UltraRes Series and Planar EP Series displays meet the demands of a 4K distributed system

CEDIA - D-Tools Annual System Design Awards Contest Closes Soon; Entries Accepted until August 26th

Projects designed using D-Tools System Integrator software platform for consideration; winners to be announced during CEDIA Expo 2016

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...

Shanghai Smart Home Technology 2016 promotes smart home technology integration in the "Internet Plus" era

Exhibitors to unveil total smart home innovations important to future industry development

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