From NetworkWorld - Interview with the creators of EZ-Wave, a Z-Wave hacking tool

The synopsis for Breaking Bulbs Briskly by Bogus Broadcastsmentions the promise of smart energy and building automation, as well as the many unintended vulnerabilities that are introduced in the rush to bring IoT devices to market. The researchers believe “the ability to physically damage hardware by abusing network access is particularly interesting.” I agree. Frustrated by the “lack of functionality in current Z-Wave hacking tools,” ShmooCon presenters Joseph Hall and Ben Ramsey created and released a new, open source EZ-Wave tool. Not only did the duo discuss how to use the tool for pen-testing Z-Wave wireless automation networks, they also discussed “a rapid process for destroying florescent lights.” They added, “Once access is gained to an automated lighting system, regardless of the protocol used, we  demonstrate how to destroy florescent lamps rated for 30K hours within a single night of abuse.” Full Article:

The Future of Home Automation

As the number of devices in homes rapidly increases, we expect further integration of smart home products aimed at monitoring and protecting Internet-enabled devices.

The New Home Theater

Today, the electronics stores are promoting a different home theater experience. Their version of a home theater is an HDTV and a sound bar.

Smart LED Lighting: IBM & Cisco Case Studies

A recent report by Markets & Markets estimates the Smart lighting market to be worth $8.4BN by 2020.

Two Internet Refrigerator Products & Security Risks Case Studies

Notwithstanding the exciting possibilities of internet connected fridges, there are some cases of fridge that have security vulnerabilities & should be harsh lesson for all Internet of Things (IoT) vendors.

Leviton Launches Snap-Link Mobile for Windows 10 Devices

The overall benefit of using Snap-Link is the ability to control your home, vacation home and business all from one app with zero fees or contracts.

The Smart Home Library - Who, What, Where and How!

A compilation of some of the companies, systems and products vying for dominance in your smart home. Latest update 12/15/15

Smart Home Interview - Qolsys

The IQ Panel security and smarthome solution includes support for more than 200 (and growing) life safety, security and home control devices.

Virtually: Tellywood Focuses on Immersive Content

While VR (virtual reality) has become a steady fare for the video game industry, manufacturers and academics opened the curtains on their visions of the future for content creation, distribution and enjoyment as they explored the use of VR and augmented reality, as well as mixed reality in media and entertainment.

Virtually: Tellywood Focuses on Immersive Content

SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) 2015 Symposium attendees are eternally optimistic that tomorrow's releases will be richer, better and there will be more

Autonomous Web Hosting

Hosting needs to be redefined - in a way that people can host on their own servers from home and redefines the Internet a place of freedom, independence and autonomy once again.

The Brazilian Home Automation Market

One thing to consider that differentiates our market from some other parts of the world is that the average Brazilian customer is definitely not the "Do-it-Yourself" type and is willing to have someone design and install the system.

How To Elevate Speaker Performance Without Buying New Speakers

Hopefully these tips will help inject new life into your speakers and overall listening experience.

How Far Should You Sit From Your TV?

We used research from the top video specialists (sources below) and put this together taking into account the variety of screen resolutions that exist.

3D Printing and Acoustics: Rapid Prototyping of Sound Diffusers

By being able to design diffusers in 3D and print them, we streamline the prototyping process tremendously. We can do virtual simulations with the 3D models to get a sense of the effectiveness, and we can make aesthetic or functional changes before it's printed.

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