Dean Takahashi for VentureBeat: Is the smartphone on its way out? San Mateo, Calif.-based Brilliant Home Technology announced that it has created the Brilliant Control, a smart lighting solution that gives anyone in the house the ability to access music, climate control, and other common smart home devices with just a simple touch or voice command. No smartphone is required. The Brilliant Control aims to replace existing light switches with a device that responds to both touchscreen and voice commands. Brilliant Control is available for preorder starting at under $200 at www.brilliant.tech. The device has a 5-inch touchscreen with 1080p resolution. Cont'd...
ANGELA MOSCARITOLO for PCMag: From Amazon Echo and the Nest Learning Thermostat to Philips Hue light bulbs and the August Smart Lock, there are already loads of gadgets on the market that can make your home a little smarter. Now, two tech giants — Amazon and Intel — are coming together to "advance the Smart Home ecosystem and extend natural language capabilities to consumers everywhere." The companies on Thursday unveiled two new technology initiatives to further that mission. For starters, they're working together on Intel-based smart speaker reference designs that will feature Amazon Alexa. The new designs are meant to "help hardware manufacturers accelerate their development of voice-enabled devices with the Intel platform and Alexa Voice Services," Intel and Amazon said. Developers and manufacturers should be able to check out the designs at some point in the first quarter of 2017. Cont'd...
Oliver Winkler has designed and developed the new smart home assistant that incorporates a touchscreen display, together with camera and voice control technology to help you manage your life. The L.U.C.Y. home assistant has this week launched via Kickstarter with the aim of raising €100,000 and is available to back with pledges starting from just €358 for early bird backers. L.U.C.Y. takes the form of a 17 inch display complete with companion application. Watch the promotional video below to know more about what L.U.C.Y. is capable of providing and how she can help your day run even smoother. Kickstarter Page:
Lowe's integrates Amazon Alexa into its smart home hub to control lights, temperature with voice commands
Nat Levy for GeekWire: Lowe’s is the latest company to take advantage of Alexa, the digital brain that powers Amazon Echo. The home improvement giant earlier this week began rolling out voice-integrated skills for Iris, its smart home system. The new skills allow users to control Iris devices throughout the house with the sound of their voice. That means users can now say things like, “Alexa, set the temperature to 72 degrees,” or “Alexa, turn on the ceiling fan.” Lowe’s makes a host of smart products under its Iris division, and not all of them are Alexa-integrated yet. For now it’s mostly thermostats, fans and light switches. Cont'd...
Here is a list of 9 open source home automation projects that consumers should evaluate more to see if it fits their needs.
IoT-enabled industrial gateway easily enables smart buildings & industrial applications.
Popular lifestyle applications enabled through ClareHome Builder Program Partnership
CasaTunes Controls Up to 64 Rooms with RTI Audio Distribution Switches
New GLS-LDL-EX-BATT provides integrators with the ultimate flexibility for daylight harvesting applications that reduce energy consumption
"With Harmony, we're delivering an elegant way for our consumers to easily manage and control all of the best-in-class products in their home."
Knocki is a small wireless device that transforms any surface into a remote control.
Integrates Distributed Audio into Comprehensive Range of Residential, Commercial and Industrial Buildings Solutions
New TotalProtect Home Warranty customers now eligible to receive Nest products in limited-time promotion
On Controls Offers IP-based Control of Apple TV and A Cutting Edge Graphic Template Along With Additional New Features as Part of 4.2 Release
Latest software revision delivers more opportunity for integrators by adding exciting functionality with a focus on ease of control and a seamless user experience
Patents reflect leadership in connected home video monitoring and management
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The network is the foundation on which modern entertainment, security, control and automation systems are built. The new Epic series of routers from Luxul are designed to help integration professionals build that foundation and deliver a great customer experience. The router is a critical piece of every network-connecting a local network to the Internet, controlling traffic and providing security. With the release of its new Epic series, Luxul has redefined the router, adding capabilities that make it far more than just a traditional router. In addition to being high-performing commercial grade routers, the Epic series offers a platform for optimizing the user experience in smart homes, workplaces, retail establishments and more. This experience is delivered through Luxul and third-party applications running on the Epic platform.