Google announces Google Home smart hub and upgraded Assistant voice engine

Ryan Whitwam for Extreme Tech:  Google has let Amazon basically own the connected home assistant market for the last year and a half with the Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices. Now, Google is leveraging its extensive natural language processing engine to launch Google Home, a connected hub that brings voice commands to your house. Google has also been working on making its system of voice commands more conversational, which it now calls Google Assistant.

Google has had voice search capabilities built into Android phones for years at this point. You can even trigger searches with the “OK Google” hotword. However, this is connected to your phone, which is a personal device with your own apps, settings, and data. A home assistant like the newly announced Google Home (and Amazon Echo) is intended to provide voice features to anyone in the family from anywhere in a room.  Cont'd...

ZigBee Alliance Welcomes 38 New Members to Drive IoT Forward

Internet of Things Organizations from 15 Countries Flock to Support ZigBee Technology and Global Wireless Initiatives

Afero Raises $20.3 Million in Series A to Accelerate IoT in and Beyond the Smart Home

Samsung Catalyst Fund leads investment in Afero IoT platform that powers existing and new smart products across all industries to capture three trillion dollar enterprise IoT market

New Smart Home Security Alarm Systems at Wholesale Prices from Chinavasion

Chinavasion has been quick to expand into the smart home security alarm systems market with a new range of products following unprecedented demand from do it yourself homeowners who are operating on a budget.

ARROW ELECTRONICS AND CENTRALITE ANNOUNCE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

Arrow Will Offer CentraLite's Award-Winning Jilia IoT Platform to Its Customer Base, Along with a Range of Sensors and Controls

The Smart Home Gets Smarter: Wemo Now Works with Nest

With the new integration, users have the ability to easily create and maintain a more comfortable, safe and energy efficient home.

EVRYTHNG Becomes First B2B IoT Platform for Product Manufacturers to Offer Nest Certified SDK

New SDK allows devices operated with EVRYTHNG to implement connectivity with Nest in less than 30 minutes

August Home Delivers Smarter Home Access with August Doorbell Cam and Nest Cam Integration

Gives Consumers a Complete View of Who's at the Front Door and What's Happening Inside and Outside the Home, All from the August App

Smart-home technology must work harder to create smarter consumers

Robert S. Marshall for TechCrunch:  Attendees of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year were confronted with a head-spinning volume of smart-home devices. From $5,000 refrigerators that can communicate when you’re running low on milk and eggs, to the ability to control lights, locks and thermostats from your mobile app or TV screen, these products and technologies all show very nicely — until the point when consumers are left to calculate when their smart-home investments will translate into cost savings, energy efficiency and enhanced convenience.

Really smart companies and entrepreneurs have built impressive pieces of the smart-home puzzle, but these pieces have not been connected yet in a way that has, to date, empowered a smarter consumer.

Parks Associates home energy management data released in March 2016 show 70 percent of households with smart-energy devices report saving money due to reduced energy consumption. However, the research firm noted challenges for vendors selling smart-energy devices based on cost savings, as 83 percent of U.S. broadband households do not know the price they are paying for electricity.  Cont'd...

Pro Control Puts the Focus on Security

Three New Two-Way Drivers Provide Simple Integration With GE, Honeywell, and Elk Security Panels

AcuRite Launches Line of Multi-Sensor Home Environment Monitoring Products

Home and Small Business Owners Can View Conditions in up to Four Indoor and Outdoor Locations Includes Air, Liquid, and Soil Monitoring, Plus Water Leak Detection

Home8 Delivers Smarter Living With Comprehensive Home Awareness and Smart Protection

Smart Living Platform Allows Consumers to Build an Accessible, Affordable, DIY Ecosystem With Their Family and Friends

Home8 Delivers Smarter Living With Comprehensive Home Awareness and Smart Protection

Smart Living Platform Allows Consumers to Build an Accessible, Affordable, DIY Ecosystem With Their Family and Friends

Home8 Gives Consumers Unprecedented Security Access and Control of Their Garages

Smart Garage Starter Kit Pairs with Mobile App to Deliver Remote Control and Video Capabilities for Anytime, Anywhere Access

SupplyStream Grows Team with Industry Veteran Barrie McCorkle

Barrie McCorkle, Ryan Thomson, and Erin Miller join SupplyStream's growing team

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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!