The First Modular Smart Outlet Swidget Reaches Funding Goal in 3 Days

New Kickstarter campaign for a smart home platform that aims to unify the fragmented smart home space reaches its crowdfunding goal.

Swidget turns any home into a "smart home" using existing wiring

Mike Hanlon for New Atlas: Swidget is a modular electrical outlet designed to turn any home into a smarthome using existing wiring, replacing a traditional electricity outlet with an outlet capable of using "snap in" inserts.

Apple Frees Up Its Smart Home Platform To Kickstart Development

Aaron Tilley for Forbes: At a Wednesday morning developer session at this year's WWDC, Apple said that HomeKit is now open to any Apple developer to tinker around with.

Home Tech Kickstarter Projects

Here are a few current projects that may be of interest.

Crowdfunding Projects For April

Here are a few projects we think are worth looking into. Be careful... it is crowdfunding.

CES 16 - CES Startup Spotlight: Eureka Park Exhibitors Funded at more than $1 Billion Since 2012

Expanded Eureka Park Marketplace to feature 500 startups at CES 2016

Sentri Home Security And Automation Hub Up For Pre-Order

Anthony Karcz for Forbes:  Quick, how many connected devices do you have in your house? Do you have a smart thermostat or LED bulbs? How do you control them, via various different apps on your phone? What about when you’re gone and your phone is with you? What do you do then? Sentri is a new company on the scene that has an answer to all of these questions. Coming off a successful Kickstarter campaign, they are offering a home-automation hub and security camera to help everyone in your household control your smart devices and keep them safe. Compatible with Nest, Philips Hue, and WeMo switches (for now, more partners will be announced in the future), Sentri provides easy access to your smart home via a 10-inch touchscreen.   Cont'd...

Kickstarter Projects October 2015

BRiK DIY Wireless Speaker System / Thinking Cleaner, Wifi for iRobot Roomba / Angee. The First Truly Autonomous Home Security System

Indiegogo - Westinghouse Security Releases Nucli, the World's Smartest Deadbolt on Indiegogo

New smart lock redefines home security, enabling homeowners to see who is at their door and interact with them from wherever they are - home or away

Kickstarter Projects August 2015

MOVE-motorize blinds and shades, NodeIT: The worlds smallest and extendable IoT system, Sideclick: Streamline Your Streaming Experience

Indiegogo - iFamCare, the Smart Home Family Brand Hits Indiegogo Goal in 15 Days

iFamCare launched a crowdfunding campaign for the connected home camera earlier this month and has successfully hit its goal of $15,000.

Indiegogo - LightFreq Square2, the Smart Light Bulb, HD Speaker and Intercom, has One Day Left in Indiegogo Campaign

Square2 helps users turn their home into a smarthome party house

Idea Factory: Ingredients That Give Birth to New Ideas and Let Them Flourish

Investing in education is vital, which the UAE recognises with its aim to get more young people into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects as part of its National Innovation Strategy.

Indiegogo - CURB Extends Indiegogo Campaign, with Significant Early-Adopter Savings on Pre-orders

Holistic Home Energy Intelligence Solution Receives "Works with SmartThings" Certification

Sony launches crowdfunding site, features e-paper home control

Tim Hornyak, IDG News Service:   Struggling electronics maker Sony has moved further into the crowdfunding scene by starting its own platform to raise funds for internally generated business ideas, including a new universal remote control with an electronic paper interface. Launched Wednesday, First Flight is a crowdfunding and e-commerce platform designed to take product proposals from the ideas to sales. It’s only available in Japanese and is limited to Sony’s in-house projects. First Flight has three stages, a teaser stage, in which new ideas can be previewed and discussed, followed by crowdfunding and e-commerce. “One of the strengths and aims of First Flight is to facilitate ongoing dialogue with customers from initial development through to market introduction, by seamlessly connecting each phase from previewing and crowd funding to e-commerce,” a Sony spokeswoman said.   Cont'd...

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