HydraConnect LLC Upgrades Product Warranty to Industry Leading 5 Years

HydraConnect LLC announces an upgraded 5-Year Warranty on its US-made products, a 30-day Money Back Guarantee to dealers, and expanded automation support to now include Savant, Bitwise Controls, and Elan g!.

Maybe You Can't Control the Future, But You Can Control the Past with Retro-Bit's Hypermode Series of Controllers for N64®, NES®, SNES® and GENESIS®

Get Retro with Wireless Controllers featuring Hypermode Functionality

Linear to present, "Competing for the Connected Home: What Channel Will Win?" at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference & Showcase

CONNECTIONS Conference, co-located at CTIA, May 20-May 23 in Las Vegas

Telkonet, Inc.'s EcoSmart Platform Integrates with Somfy Systems Technology to Deliver In-Room "Sunbeam Management"

Somfy Systems is the world's largest manufacturer of motors for interior and exterior window coverings

NAB Wrap: It's 4K All The Way, Drawing Line in The Sand, Storing Stuff

Thunder - Like a bunch of buff guys, Blackmagic Design hit NAB this year and had people talkin' and gawkin'. The Aussie Thunder Down Under crew showed they were seriously into the mainstream of content shooting/production.

WiSA - Wireless Speaker and Audio Certification

WiSA-certified speakers operate in a frequency spectrum that is much different than that of Bluetooth or WiFi. These products operate between 5.2Ghz and 5.7Ghz in a zone known as Dynamic Frequency Selection or DFS.

NAB Revisited: Struggling for Ways to Monitize, Find New Opportunities

Heyday it Ain't - Families no longer huddle around the TV set to watch their content. There are too many options available and it's a challenge to networks, service providers and people wanting to sell/rent their content. Hundreds of channels are being replaced by the Channel of You.

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.

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ELK Products -M1 GOLD with Two-Way Wireless

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