Your IT Network - Would You Buy a Ferrari With a 4-Cylinder Engine?

It wasn't too long ago that a network was only used for computers. Then home automation manufacturers started using WiFi as the wireless connection of choice. "No problem", we thought, just get a network router/switch/wireless access point at the local Best Buy and you're good to go...Not!

The Open Home Control Project

Open Home Control is an Open Source project that concentrates on the building of home automation devices. The idea is to have an Open Source alternative to proprietary commercial systems.

Soundcast Adds High Quality Bluetooth® Convenience for OutCast®

Soundcast Systems Adds High Quality Bluetooth® Convenience for OutCast® Music Systems

VidaBox Introduces LiivNAS: Dune Edition with Powerful Media Management Features and NAS Support

Highly affordable LiivNAS: Dune Edition offers out of the box Blu-ray and DVD library management with direct support for Dune HD media players

Anthony Gallo Acoustics now shipping Micro SE and A'Diva SE audiophile speakers

The company's Micro SE and A'Diva SE satellite speakers offer a dramatic improvement over their award-winning predecessors

Mobile Robot Companies GeckoSystems-US and iXs-Japan Sign MOU

This MOU is significant due to iXs' stature as an exporter of several robotic systems and subsystem products that are sold globally. Further, iXs designs and manufactures its own line of humanoid robots in addition to components for their domestic Japanese robot industry.

Parks Associates Invites Media to Attend CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference

International research firm Parks Associates invites media to attend the 17th-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference at CTIA, May 20-23, in the Murano Rooms on the third floor of the Venetian Hotel, directly above the CTIA sessions.

Home Automation Finally Simple with New Cloud Services

Now, several companies are trying to make home automation easy by creating technologies that allow software and services that connect the disparate gadgets and get them to perform several tasks together — such as opening the front door, turning on the lights and firing up the stereo when you pull into the driveway.

 

One of those companies is a startup called Revolv. The company makes a single small box, called a hardware hub, which is designed to control all the devices in a home, whether they use common wireless technologies, such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, or relatively obscure ones, such as ZigBee or Z-Wave.

"Our hardware hub has seven different radios,” said Revolv co-founder Mike Soucie. "It can talk to all these devices, depending on what language they speak." This could include thermostats, locks, security cameras, garage-door openers and even those automated drapes.

One neat feature on the hardware hub is its ability to use a single smartphone app in place of the individual apps for each connected device, such as a wireless lock or a Sonos streaming music player.

But Revolv takes its hardware hub one step further by incorporating Geosense technology. Through the home Wi-Fi network, the hardware hub connects to the company's cloud service to automate tasks based on your location.

Intelligent M2M Terminals from Sequoia Technology

Sequoia Technology announces the launch of the new Siretta ZULU industrial M2M wireless terminals which they say is the most intelligent feature rich terminal available.

Wimoto launches "Motes" range of tiny, weatherproof smart sensors with crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo

Innovative sensors bring "smarts" to homes and help conserve water and energy through monitoring of temperature, humidity, light levels, soil moisture, frost and water temperature directly from an iPhone or iPad.

Ceton Introduces World's Most Advanced Digital Cable Tuners for the PC

New Ceton InfiniTV 6 Models support six simultaneous channels with a single CableCARD and are available in Ethernet-attached network tuner and PCI Express Form Factors.

NuForce introduces the AVP-18, an all-digital preamp-processor with Sophisticated Features Designed for Audio Enthusiasts

The NuForce AVP-18 all-digital HT preamp/processor offers dedicated AV enthusiasts true, 24/192 digital audio performance and superb HD video at an amazing price. With four HDMI inputs, two optical and two coaxial S/PDIF inputs, the AVP-18 easily accommodates the most complex system configurations.

Digital Signage Expo Opens Call for 2014 APEX Awards Nominations

Adds New Category, Sets October 4, 2013 Deadline

CONSORTIUM FOR SMART ENERGY PROFILE 2 INTEROPERABILITY (CSEP) APPLAUDS SEP 2 STANDARD RATIFICATION

New Standard Enables Management and Control of Smart Grid Devices in the Home

D-Link Now Shipping New Lineup of 11AC Routers Catering to a Range of Customer Needs with Unmatched Speeds and Features

D-Link's Four New Routers Offer a Full Range of 802.11AC Speeds Ideal for HD Video Streaming and Mobile Device Connectivity

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection