Thread Group Opens Testing to Members as ARM, NXP and Silicon Labs Bring First Conforming Stacks to Market

Availability of Reference Test Bed, Harness and Lab Marks Final Milestone Towards Thread Product Certification for Thread 1.1 Technical Specification

Why iRobot's Colin Angle thinks the smart home starts with a robot vacuum

Matthew Lynley for TechCrunch:  Robots — and the smart home in general — are a hot topic, and it’s one where an enormous amount of investment is happening right now. There are many companies like Nest and Ring that are trying to target segments of the home in the hopes of making everything smarter.

But it’s easy to forget that the home is still a physical space, and in order for everything to work together, it has to understand what that looks like. And iRobot, the makers of a robot vacuum cleaner, have been trying to crack that problem for more than 20 years. Until robots can figure that out, and talk to each other, it’s going to be an uphill battle to build a truly smart home, iRobot CEO Colin Angle said at TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing 2016.

“In the virtual world, it’s very easy to understand everything about the environment because it’s inside the computer,” Angle said. “If you have a simulated room you’re inside the computer. You know precisely where things are. In the robot industry, we almost dislike simulations because they are doomed to succeed.  Cont'd...

KH2000 HDMI+USB+Audio Matrix Extender over IP/Fiber KH2000 is the KVM over IP extends HDMI,VGA, USB, 2-way analog audio, RS-232, and bi-directional IR over a Gigabit Local Area Network or Fiber Optic.

The Sender and Receiver units can be automatically or manually configured to unique IP addresses to allow the connection of multiple Senders and Receivers to the same network. Multiple Receiver units can simultaneously connect to any Sender unit within the network to create a virtual cross-point matrix of up to 16 Senders and multiple Receivers .

MuxLab's ProDigital Network Controller Offers a Central Management Platform for AV over IP System Wide Access and Control

MuxLab's ProDigital Network Controller (model 500811) gives installers and their customers the ability to vastly simplify their AV systems.

For Visio, PDF is the new DWG

During discussions with the Visio product team I realized that PDF is the new intermediate file format for Visio, not DWG. For example, PDF's from AutoCAD are plotted at a specific paper size and scale, perfect for Visio.

Automating One Acre Under Glass

Richmond Nursery in Ontario Saves More Than $50,000 a Year Using an Leviton Environmental Control System

Qorvo® Expands Capabilities of Voice-Activated, Smart Home Assistants

Consumers can now control even more interconnected home devices via voice

Jasco Enters Into New Smart Home Territory with Introduction of Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus® LED Smart Bulbs

Experience simple, convenient, smart lighting by upgrading to Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus LED Smart Bulbs by Jasco.

SHENANDOAH HOMES TO OFFER HOME AUTOMATION AS A STANDARD IN ALL NEW HOMES

Kayla Devon for BuilderOnline:  Another builder has stepped up to offer home automation features as standard assets in new homes, challenging other local builders to do the same.

Raleigh, N.C.-based Shenandoah Homes announced a partnership with a local Raleigh provider, Anuva Automation, which manufactures the TiO line of home automation products. Shenandoah Homes, which has control of over 1,000 lots in the area, intends to offer customers a standard package that includes lighting, thermostat and security control, with the additional options for more lighting, smart door locks and garage door control, and audio features.

“Home automation is an area of importance of what home buyers are looking for and would expect in any new home,” David Stallings, president and owner of Shenandoah Homes, said in a statement about the new offering.  Cont'd...

One of the Oldest San Diego Hotels Lafayette Provides Cutting Edge Guest Experience with Deployment of Myini In-Room Technology

Despite its fame for being one of the oldest landmarks in San Diego and having celebrated its 70th anniversary a few months ago, The Lafayette Hotel keeps up with modern technology by enhancing guest experience with availability of digital in-room dining orders, one-touch Front Desk communication, and up to date information about hotel events and tourist attractions.

Jasco Announces Availability of New GE Branded Z-Wave Motion Sensors and Outdoor Smart Switches

The Portable GE Z-Wave Motion Sensor can signal lights to turn on and off based on occupancy, giving homeowners the convenience of hands-free operation and added energy savings

This connected clock will nag you to work out and tell you when your Uber's here

Victoria Ho for Mashable:  Plenty of personal gadgets these days, from smartwatches to fitness bands, are aimed at relieving you of having to fish your phone out of your pocket so often.

If you spend a lot of time sitting at your desk or lying on the couch, why not mount a giant Apple Watch on the wall instead?

Glance Clock is kind of like that, but it's just the start of a connected life, says its founder and CEO, Anton Zriashchev.

Like a smartwatch, the clock connects to your phone to sync its time, and is able to display a host of notifications, including upcoming meetings, weather alerts and incoming calls. It'll also hurry you out the door if your Uber's arrived.  Cont'd...

FSR Offers AV Professionals Host of 'Revolutionary' New Infrastructure Systems At InfoComm Connections 2016 Show in New York

Company Offers Innovative Solutions In Table, Floor and Wall Box Products, Switchers, Collaboration Systems and Cable Management

Biamp Systems Strengthens Product Service and Support With New Promotions

Zack Snook named new audio product manager; Chris Flanagan will serve as a new field sales engineer

Teens: Gen Z is More Prepared, More Savvy than You Think

They've grown up in the DIY (do-it-yourself) environment, focus on how things are made, seek peer recommendations/affirmation and are usually early adopters of products that are practical yet cool.

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