HomeSeer Unveils New Line of Wireless Lighting Products

HomeSeer raises the bar for affordable wireless home control with its new line of lighting products. The new products offer the performance and reliability of Z-Wave Plus™ technology coupled with innovative features such as instant status feedback and double-tap / triple-tap event triggering.

Kickstarter - FlipFlic Kickstarter Launch Will Make Window Blinds Automation Easy and Affordable

It is compact, solar-powered, and easy-to-install. FlipFlic quickly converts any horizontal or vertical blinds into a self-adjusting, light, time, and temperature-responsive smart window.

AVAD Highlights Ground-Breaking Products at Upcoming Opportunity Tour Events

Opportunity Tour set to visit 23 cities throughout United States and Canada

RTI Launches New Website With Intuitive Features to Enhance the Visitor Experience

The new design features a day-in-the-life timeline with interactive elements that allow users to explore the many ways that RTI simplifies the home, office, and business through state-of-the-art automation.

ISC West - NAPCO Security Technologies to Launch Expanded iBridge® Integration and Functionality at ISC West

Company to Unveil Advancements to Security Products at Booth 12043 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas

The Mess at Nest Echoes the Mess in the Smart Home

Stacey Higginbotham for Fortune:  In January 2014, Google (now under the parent umbrella corporation Alphabet) said it would purchase Nest for $3.2 billion, which validated the hopes and dreams of hundreds of startups that were also building connected products for the consumer home.

After the deal was announced, the VC world went mad searching for investments, while larger companies searched for potential acquisition targets. At industry events that year, everyone I ran into with a connected product or a KickStarter was in talks to sell out or score more funds.

But two years later, the reality has set in as entrepreneurs in the space are dealing with a skeptical customer base and the challenges of seeing their grand vision for a connected home get mired in rival standards. Meanwhile, economic concerns are leading tech companies to prepare for everything from a nuclear winter to a mild recession.  Cont'd...

Report: Google builds an Amazon Echo alternative while Nest turns to security

Jared Newman for TechHive:  Google and Nest reportedly have a bunch of new smart home products in the works, but there may not be much collaboration happening between the two Alphabet subsidiaries.

On the Google side, the search giant may be working on a competitor to Amazon’s Echo connected speaker, according to The Information (via The Verge). The story reveals no details about the product, but it seems like an obvious fit for Google, which has already made voice controls a centerpiece of its Android Wear smartwatch platform. A device that answers Internet queries and controls other smart home products could very well tie into Google’s broader efforts to create a new platform for the Internet of Things.

Earlier this month, Recode reported that Nest had explored its own Echo-like product. But Nest ultimately abandoned the plans, partly out of concerns that an always-listening virtual assistant with ties to Google might freak people out. The Information now reports that Nest wanted to be involved with Google’s connected-speaker efforts, but was rebuffed.

Where does that leave Nest? The company may now be turning its attention to home security, with three projects in development. Cont'd...

Kramer Selected by rAVe Publications for Three Best of ISE Awards

More ISE 2016 Awards for Kramer Network and K-Touch Control Solutions Following Their Award-Winning Performance Last Month in Amsterdam

URC to Launch HomeSet at ISC 2016, Targeting Security Dealers with Home Automation

From CEPro:  Popular provider of custom-oriented audio, video and smart home technology, URC will launch new system at ISC West 2016 ‘specifically for the home security channel.' Is Vera by MiOS the new partner?

URC is a longtime provider of universal remote controls for the masses, and in the past decade has become a major force in the custom home automation market. But the company’s audio, video and smart-home control systems have been marketed almost exclusively to A/V and automation specialists.

That’s about to change at ISC West 2016 next month, when the company will introduce HomeSet, “an exciting product line specifically for the home security channel,” according to URC’s exhibitor profile.

The description reads in full:  URC, leader in smart home automation, introduces the HomeSet control system. Leveraging a rich heritage in control technology, URC has developed this exciting product line specifically for the home security channel. It’s complete and provides the conveniences your customers demand including integration with Sonos and Nest products.  Full article:

Qolsys Software Update Captures and Sends Home Security Disarm Photos to Smartphone App

Dual Path Cellular and Wi-Fi Cloud Upgrade Services Automatically Deliver Routine Enhancements and New Feature Set to End Users

Icontrol Networks Announces Five New Deployment Customers in Japan

Intelligent HOME partnership expected to expand Icontrol's presence in Japan significantly by the end of 2016

AE Ventures' TecHomeX Trade Show Launches

First-of-its-kind trade show gathers builders, contractors of all kinds, integrators, developers, remodelers, architects and more to talk smart home. Today, all those responsible for delivering homes to U.S. consumers get smarter and more connected on the smart, connected home.

Smartphones and Voice Commands Vie for Control over the Rapidly Growing Smart Home Market, According to The NPD Group

Home Automation Sales Up 41 Percent Year-over-Year in 2015

D-Tools System Integrator 2016 Now Available

Latest version of D-Tools' award-winning solution adds over 50 productivity improvements, including SupplyStream and QuickBooks Online integration as well as enhancements to proposals, purchasing, scheduling and installation management

AVnu Alliance Sponsors Second Annual Conference on Time Sensitive Networks and Applications (TSNA)

The 2016 conference features two days of technical content and keynotes from experts at Cisco, Intel, and TTTech

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