Alpha, Turing Robot, and Blue Frog Robotics to Build China's First "Smart Home Ecosystem"

Alpha ( yesterday announced the launch of its S Plan - a $304 million initiative aimed at developing a range of smart devices from smart robots to smart watches. As part of the initiative, Alpha revealed its strategic partnership with leading robot developers and manufacturers, Blue Frog Robotics and Turing Robot, to build China's first "Smart Home Ecosystem."

A Disappointing Consumer Electronic Show (CES) For Home Automation

Mike Krell for Forbes:  Ultimately, my problem and disappointment with the CES home automation offerings this year was the fact that there were too many undifferentiated products and not enough simple solutions.

It seemed that most companies wanted to focus on their single use product or application, and I’ve got to say, I was underwhelmed—especially with the differentiation from product to product. How much differentiation can there be in a doorbell or lock? Don’t get me wrong; I saw a few unique things. However, my belief is that 5 years from now all home automation products will be pretty much the same, and the products won’t address what the consumers really want. Why? Because it’s not about the products.

Consumers today may be thinking of just buying a product such as a doorbell, lock or camera, but when you talk to most people, what they want is to use technology to change or enhance their lifestyles. Consumers want to use technology to make their lives simpler and easier. I like to call these lifestyle solutions “scenes”. Scenes are derived from the way we (want to) live.   Cont'd...

D-Tools to Sponsor BRAVAS Summit January 27-28, 2016

Invite-only trade event targets mid-size custom integration firms, offers opportunity to develop new ways of optimizing businesses

Estimating App for AV Integrators - Jetbuilt

Jetbuilt allows users to estimate a substantial project in minutes, not hours.

New Product Makes Home Security Faster, More Accessible

Home technology innovator LiveWatch Security has continued improving speed and affordability in the home security industry with the release of the Plug&Protect IQ 2.0 system.

Kickstarter - EKOOR Unveils Proximity Beacons to Make Smart Homes Even Smarter

EKOOR, a Green Energy promoter in IoT recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to gather funds to produce their latest indoor light powered Bluetooth Proximity Beacons aimed at adding proximity intelligence to smart homes.

Calrec Audio Products Showcased at BVE 2016

BVE 2016 Calrec Audio Product Preview Stand F10

ISE 16 - Experience "Life on Crestron" at Integrated Systems Europe 2016

Visit Hall 2, Booth C24 to Tour the Exceptional Office and Home Environments Made Possible by Crestron Technology

ISE 16 - Zigen ISE 2016 Press Brief

Zigen is showing and discussing products in a kiosk in the Valens Booth ( Hall 5, Stand U92 (5-U92) Zigen is a leading provider of 4K HDMI connectivity solutions known for its credo "Field Tested - Installer Approved - Install with Confidence!" It's about reliability. No installer can afford go-backs and service calls. Zigen products are designed and engineered in the US and are made for 24/7 flawless operation.

Whitepaper: Consumers embracing connected devices as companies look to expand the IoT in 2016

Over 40% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a smart home device by mid-2016

ISE 16 - Revolabs to Demonstrate Range of Teleconferencing and Microphone Systems at ISE 2016

Revolabs' Flawless Audio Improves Collaboration and Productivity

6 New Routers That Can Handle All Your Smart Home Needs

Stacey Higginbotham for Fortune:  Routers, those typically ugly-looking devices that provide Wi-Fi, have long been a weak link in home network security. Hackers can take advantage easy-to-guess passwords and lax manufacturing standards by an industry that has long focused on price over security, asdetailed Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal.

Homeowners, for their part, haven’t exactly focused on network security either. Many have no idea what routers do and instead rely on their Internet service provider to include them in their modems.

When ISPs started charging monthly rental fees of $4 to $7 for modems, some consumers started buying their own home networking gear. But most people still shop based on price.

Even those looking for high-end features don’t have much to choose from. Most routers come with only a limited number of extras.  That is changing though.  Cont'd...

LiftMaster to Showcase New Wi-Fi® Garage Door Opener and Other Innovations at 2016 International Builders' Show

LiftMaster Offers Home Builders Ways to Exceed Homebuyers' Expectations

Schlage® Showcases Latest Offerings in Connected Home, Interior Hardware Styles, Finishes at 2016 International Builders' Show

Schlage's Advanced Keyless Offerings, Newest Designs, Finishes Provide Ultimate Convenience, Style for Homeowners, Multi-Family Communities

Indiegogo - Konke K Kit, the Smallest Smart Home System, Set to Debut on Indiegogo

K Kit, a hub-centric smart home system designed by Hangzhou Konke Information Technology Co., Ltd., is launching crowd funding via Indiegogo on January 25 as the first project of the China Pilot Program (CPP) launched by Indiegogo and Makebator this year.

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!