John Lewis launches smart home department

Ecommerce News:  The Internet of Things is wildly popular among consumers. UK department store chain John Lewis has now launched a new smart home department to showcase all kinds of gadgets that should make the consumer’s life at home more convenient.

John Lewis launched a 93 square meter department dedicated to gadgets, such as an oven that can be turned on from the office or a bedside device that measures the quality of sleep. According to the department store chain, it’s the largest fixed retail offering dedicated to smart home technology in the UK.  

John Lewis decided to open the new department after an 81 percent increase in sales of smart home products in the past year at the British store. Also, 18 times more people searched its website for smart home products in 2015, compared to the previous year.  Cont'd...

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Intusoft's Lowpan4u Enters Smart Home/Office Electronic Marketplace

Intusoft announced today the release of its product suite for programmable control of electronic devices for home and office environments. The system, "Lowpan4u," is controlled by computer, smart phone, tablet or any device with a web browser.

TiO® Releases Robust Software Update for TiO Home

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Amazon Lead The Home Automation Market By Selling 3 Million Echo Devices

By: John Dewey for TechNewsToday:  Amazon has been making huge strides ever since it launched the popular speaker, Echo. A market research firm, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), revealed yesterday that the e-commerce giant has sold almost 3 million Echo speakers since its launch, as reported by GeekWire.

The online retail giant launched Amazon Echo in 2014. The company initially launched the device on an invite-only basis but it was made available for the general public in June 2015. In addition, the sales of the device slowly increased as the word spread out among consumers about its abilities such as it can control the lights or thermostat of any connected house.

According to CIRP, the awareness about the device among customers has doubled in the last year. Moreover, the market research firm based its conclusions on the survey of 2000 consumers in the US who bought the Echo via the company’s website.  Cont'd...

Indiegogo - K Kit Campaign ends After 45 Successful Days of Crowdfunding

According to official data from Indiegogo, K Kit closed in on its campaign goal in only one week after its launch and was favored by domestic and foreign professionals. At the end of the campaign, $108,947 was raised from Indiegogo backers.

SecureNet Technologies Announces Support for Best Selling 2GIG GC2 Security & Home Control System

SecureNet Technologies, a market-leader in security-centric IoT solutions, today announced their support for Nortek Security & Control's (a Nortek Company NASDAQ: NTK) popular 2GIG® GC2 security and control system.

ISC West - Nortek Security & Control Introduces 2GIG Smoke Detector Sensor

Smart Sensor Uniquely Enables Alarm Panel Connectivity to Interconnected Smoke Detector Systems for a Smarter Home Safety System

ISC West - KWIKSET UNVEILS KEYWAY-LESS TOUCHSCREEN LOCK AT ISC WEST 2016

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ISC West - DMP Announces Control4™ Integration at ISC West

The integration of Control4 with DMP's XR150/XR550 Panel creates a customized security system with powerful home automation technology.

RTI Gears Up for DevX 2016 Developers Conference

Second Annual Conference Provides Dealers With Driver Development Training and Advanced Programming Strategies

ISC West - FIBARO Demos Unique Gesture Control Pad for Home Security at ISC West 2016

SWIPE - a unique wireless gesture control pad - creates a new way to interact with your home security system

Panasonic Announces Full Availability of Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostats for its Home Monitoring System

The Panasonic Home Network App is fully compatible with Honeywell APIs to help you control the security and comfort of your home at any time, from anywhere

ISC West - Security Innovation Making Their Presence Known at Connected Security Expo

The company was asked to speak on several panels around connected cars, the Internet of things and mobile application security.

Nest bricks Revolv home automation hubs, because evolution

The Register:  Google Nest is set to brick $300 Revolv home automation hubs after buying out staff and abandoning the project.

The software giant acquired Revolv for its talent in October 2014 and next month will drop support for the smaller company's smart home device.

The decision means that as of May 15th the Revolv hub become paperweights.

A statement on Revolv's site informs customers that their devices are no longer covered by warranties.

Nest execs say in a statement only that Revolv was "a great first step" but that Works with Nest is a "better solution" demanding of its resources.

Chief executive Arlo Gilbert of Texas-based app developer Televero and Revolv customer says the home automation company's move is a "pretty blatant f**k you" to buyers.

"On 15 May, my house will stop working; my landscape lighting will stop turning on and off, my security lights will stop reacting to motion, and my home made vacation burglar deterrent will stop working," Gilbert says.  Cont'd...

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