littleBits Announces Distribution Agreement with Ingram Micro

New Distribution Relationship Expands Access to littleBits Products in U.S., Empowering Invention and 21st-Century Learning

CEDIA PARTNERS WITH FROST & SULLIVAN

CEDIA EMEA is partnering with internationally renowned growth partnership company, Frost & Sullivan, to access its research programmes, source market information and gain valuable analyst and consulting support.

Smart Home Device Buyers Want Support

By Aaron Baar for MediaPost:  Although they have been tagged as one of the bright spots for the coming year in the consumer electronics sector, makers of smart home devices need to be concerned about user-friendliness if they want them to truly take off.


According to a survey conducted by support.com, which provides tech support and support center services, nearly a third (31%) of smart home system owners struggle with the complexity of setup. In addition, 43% of potential smart home device buyers are concerned about how complex setting up the system might be. 

“Complexity is starting to impede adoption,” Alex Polous, Support.com’s vice president of marketing, tells Marketing Daily. “If we want to increase adoption, we need to look at the user experience and not just the flashy features.”

Still, 37% of current smart home device owners installed the devices themselves, and 61% want to attempt to fix the issues on their own. Providers, then, should offer an array of support options for different customers and for different stages of ownership, he says.  Cont'd...

AVTEQ Joins D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

New partnership provides AVTEQ's product library to D-Tools System Integrator™ users, returning insightful analytics to the manufacturer

Middle Atlantic Introduces UTB Series Universal TechBox™ for Discreet Mounting of AV Equipment

Under-Table Rack Solution Fits Crestron Presentation Switcher or Other Small Devices

Kramer Electronics Partners with InfoComm to Teach CTS and CTS-D Prep

Once again, Kramer will offer the InfoComm CTS and CTS-D Prep course, in addition to their AQAV course offerings; furthering education in the Pro AV Industry, while still placing an emphasis on quality.

Bedrock Learning Wins 2016 Mark of Excellence Award

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA®) TechHome Division Chooses

Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary - Feb, March, April & May 2016

Here is a summary of what Tradeshows, Conferences & Exhibitions to look forward to in the coming months.

Atlona Now Shipping HDVS-200 Series Switcher and Scaler with HDMI and VGA Transmission over HDBaseT

Atlona, a leading AV connectivity solutions company, announced it is now shipping its HDVS-200 Series of auto-switching extension and scaling products for conveying Ethernet-enabled HDMI and VGA content via HDBaseT

CES 16 - Simple Control Named Home Technology App of the Year

The Consumer Technology Association names Simple Control a winner of the prestigious 2016 Mark of Excellence Awards, announced at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

CES 16 - D-Tools SI 2015 Named 2016 Mark of Excellence Award Winner

Leading residential trade professionals name D-Tools System Integrator the number one installation product of the year

ISE 2016 - Atlona Sketches Product Launch Plans For ISE 2016

Promising a second consecutive "breakout year" in product introductions and global expansion, Atlona is announcing plans for the ISE 2016 Show that include a continued focus on collaboration solutions for commercial and educational settings, increased selection in the category of 4K/UHD distribution amplifiers and significant feature enhancements for new software and 4K hardware platforms launched last year.

HomeToys.com - Special Tradeshow Coverage of Integrated Systems Europe 2016.

ISE 2016 will be held from February 9th - 12th in Amsterdam. This HomeToys.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

Making Sense of Smart Home Tech at CES 2016

Dan Tynan for Yahoo Tech:  The problem with smart home technology in 2016 isn’t a lack of intelligence; it’s a failure to communicate.

As more  new ‘smart’ devices appear — and we saw a passel of them at CES 2016, from smart showers to beds, belts, blenders, toothbrushes and more — the same stumbling blocks remain. All of them will talk to your smartphone, but most of them won’t talk to each other.

To get the most Jetsons-like experience from your smart home, different devices need to speak the same language. If you want your smart bed to notice when you are awake, open your smart blinds, tune your smart audio system to Morning Edition, and tell your smart coffee maker to start brewing, all of these devices need to be communicating on the same radio frequency using the same protocols.

At the moment, though, there are more than half a dozen smart home protocols — like Apple Homekit, Samsung’s Smart Things, Google’s Brillo, Lowe’s Iris, and AllJoyn, as well as old standbys like Zigbee and Zwave. And that’s just a partial list.  Cont'd...

CES 16 - CastleOS Presents Industry Leading Voice Controlled Smart Home Hub at 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

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