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...

Want the Lights to be Just Right for Dinner Parties, Family Game Night or Watching TV? - Just Ask Alexa

Cas©ta® Wireless Smart Home Lighting Control System by Lutron Now Works with Amazon Alexa Voice commands will turn lights on, off, or to a preset level

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...

Biamp Systems Presents on AVB/TSN at 2016 TSNA Technical Conference

Speaking session will explore AVB/TSN advantages and opportunities in pro AV

GainSpan, OmniVision, and Microsemi Announce Low-Power, Streaming-Enabled Audio and Video Reference Design for Smart Homes

Battery-operated platform features 720p HD video and full duplex audio streaming over Wi-Fi networks

Christie adds four advanced technology GS Series laser phosphor models

Christie BoldColor technology meets Rec. 709 standard for HD color reproduction

RTI Gears Up for DevX 2016 Developers Conference

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

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

CES Asia Pre-Registration Up 40 Percent

Tech leaders from more than 70 countries register for Asia's Second Annual Premier Tech Event

Genelec expands its new generation of Smart Active Monitoring Systems at Prolight + Sound 2016

The SAMâ„¢ project began in 2000, and 10 years after the successful introduction of the 8200 and 7200 Series (in 2006), Genelec's commitment to providing state-of-the-art monitoring solutions continues.

CENTRALITE ANNOUNCES PRODUCT COMPATIBILITY WITH PEOPLE POWER ECOSYSTEM

CentraLite's Pearl Thermostat and 3-Series Smart Outlet to Be Included as Part of People Power's Presence Ecosystem

Milestone AV Technologies Acquires Vaddio

Vaddio added to leading portfolio of branded audio-visual products

Stereo East Home Theater Hosts Sony Executive Team

Executives from Sony Electronics visit Stereo East Home Theater to learn more about the custom audio/video integration channel.

Klipsch Cuts the Speaker Cord on HD Wireless Home Theatre Systems

The new Klipsch Reference Premiere HD Wireless speakers feature state-of-the-art WiSA technology, free ongoing upgrades and the ability to expand the system from 2.0 to 7.2 channels. The HD Wireless speakers deliver a lifetime of high definition sound to any stereo audio or home theatre systems.

Yonomi CEO on why smart home hubs will be obsolete

Lily Prasuethsut for Wareable:  The Internet of Things is a burgeoning industry that seemed like it was going to take off several years ago, but the hubbub has since died. That doesn't mean the interest is gone though - rather no one really knows what to do with all their smart devices. 

Take for example, Apple HomeKit or Nest, or Samsung's SmartThings platforms. They're all ready and available - but not quite. Most products still require you to download third party apps just to connect to HomeKit in order to use Siri.

Essential reading: Follow Our quest to build the ultimate smart home

Physical hubs are available but that means you'll need yet another piece of hardware in your already crowded smart home. Essentially, there's no glue holding these products together - at least not one that's good enough to overcome the saturated market.

That's where Yonomi comes in. The app wants to quiet the smart home static by bringing in one simple system so all of your gadgets have their own place to call home. We spoke with Yonomi co-founder and CEO Kent Dickson to figure out why there's no solid platform, and learned how the company plans on changing the smart home space.  Cont'd...

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