Smart Linux Home Hubs Mix IoT with AI

Eric Brown for Linux.com:  Industrial, rather than home, applications will likely dominate the Internet of Things (IoT) market in the years to come. Yet, in the early going, the home automation market has had the greatest visibility. And it hasn’t always been pretty.

Despite steady growth, retail sales have yet to achieve inflated expectations. Too many companies promised and failed to deliver interoperability with a growing catalog of often buggy smart home products. The lack of essential applications, complex installation, and in many cases, high prices, have also conspired against the segment.

Yet the smart home segment appears to be rebounding with the help of maturing technology and IoT interoperability standards. There is particular interest in connecting voice-enabled AI assistants with the smart home in products such as Amazon’s Echo.  Cont'd...

The Only 'All-in-One' Smart Home and Security Console, NuBryte Touchpoint, Coming to Homes Throughout U.S.

Users of All Ages and Technical Abilities Can Enjoy the Smart Home Features Built Into the NuBryte Touchpoint -- From the Intercom System to Home Security Capabilities, to Smart Lighting and More -- in One Affordable Touchscreen

Why Insurance Companies Want to Subsidize Your Smart Home

Stacey Higginbotham for MIT Technology Review:  Insurers such USAA and American Family have lately begun offering to strike a high-tech bargain: wire your home with Internet-connected devices such as a new thermostat, and get a discount on your home insurance policy in return.

Offers like that could speed up the adoption of smart gadgets, revamp the insurance business, and transform how we manage our homes. In the future, your insurer might call a plumber before a pipe bursts, for example. But the data needed to help prevent leaks or burglaries will also introduce new risks, such as vulnerabilities to data loss or ransomware.  Cont'd...

EZVIZ Brings Three New Products to the Smart Home Experience

BRAND NEW 3.0 APP EXPERIENCE & IFTTT INTEGRATION BRING THESE PRODUCTS AND YOUR SMART HOME SEAMLESSLY TOGETHER

Linksys Launches First Entry Level AC1750 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router Ideal For Homes With Lots Of Connected Devices

Next Gen AC1750 Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and Seamless Roaming Allows Multiple Devices to Stream 4K and HD Video Simultaneously

One Firefly and SpringDeck Announce Partnership to Offer Streamlined Access to UI University Videos

Technology Integrators Can Now Showcase Content in Real-time

Smart thermostat sales in Western Europe to exceed one million units by 2020

Leading IoT firm to discuss EU smart home market at 11th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Smart Home, IoT, and the Connected Consumer

Cassia Networks Raises $10.27M Series B Co-Led by IDG-Accel and Everest Capital to Further Enterprise Solutions Offerings

Company Also Launches New Cassia BlueStream™ Feature That Lets Users Conveniently Stream Audio to Multiple Bluetooth Speakers Simultaneously

WallyHome™ Introduces Second Generation Monitoring System With "Rapid Response" To Help Homeowners Prevent Serious Property Damage

Home Sensing Solution Detects Water Leaks, Heating and Cooling Outages and Connects Users to Service Professionals for Fast Action

58% of U.S. car owners very concerned about hidden fees for connected car services

Research director to examine connected consumer ecosystems at TU-Automotive West Coast, October 14

Vivint Smart Home Protects Customers Against Fire Damage with Smart Home Technology and 24/7 Monitoring

During National Fire Prevention Week, Vivint Smart Home urges homeowners to adopt monitored smart home systems for greater protection in the event of fire

19% of high-income Canadian households own at least one smart device, with thermostats the most popular

Parks Associates Director to present Canadian IoT research insights at CONNECTED + this week

Blink Charges Into The Future With Amazon Alexa Voice Control Integration

New voice commands lead to seamless control of Blink video home security and monitoring systems

SmartThings Works with Google Home

Open Platform Furthers Commitment to Voice Control and Integrates with Weave Cloud Platform

Can Google Catch Up to Amazon and Win the Smart Home Race?

Mathew Ingram for Fortune:  Google is famous for coming to the market late. The search-engine business was well established before it arrived, and yet the company managed to take the lead. It now dominates the category. But can it do the same thing in the smart home?

The web giant is expected to launch a standalone device called simply Google Home on Tuesday, a device that it hopes will become the centerpiece of the smart home, and provide some strong competition for the well-established Amazon Echo. But it will be an uphill battle.  Cont'd...

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