Amazon Echo multiroom audio not far off, report says

Megan Wollerton for CNet: Amazon is ready to launch whole-home audio for its Alexa speakers, one report claims.

ELAN-Controlled Home Theater Lets the Stars Shine Bright

This fully automated 10-seat theater with starlit ceiling provides the ultimate home cinema experience, with simple control of every component through the ELAN system.

HOME AUTOMATION: EVOLUTION OF A TERM

John Baichtal for Hackaday: This Moonraker-esque notion of home automation turned out to be something of a red herring, because home automation stopped being pretty forever ago; eventually it became available to everyone with a WiFi router in the form of Amazon Echo and Google Nest.

Case Study: Chesapeake Systems Service Opens ELAN-Controlled Experience Center for Builders, Architects & Designers

All integrated tech was designed to be "invisible," with a television tucked behind motorized wall art, and blended in-ceiling speakers.

Pebble and Essential designer Liron Damir joins Google to work on Home products

Chaim Gartenberg for The Verge: Between his previous experience developing webOS for TVs, his time at Pebble, and his work at Essential, Damir's hire makes sense for Google, especially as the company begins to build out more visual user experience interactions with Home.

Home Automation and Home Security Trends in 2017

Integrating the home security system with the existing home automation, and with cloud technology, vastly changes what can be done with security. The cloud can store and send video and pictures to various locations, and therefore allow more people see what is going on.

VR in the Classroom

The interactive experiences are exciting, immersive and instructional. Students get to drive a race car, tagging correct answers as they go. They also are in the center of a cylindrical word search that is answered using their eyes as they drag the cursor across the correctly found words.

Parks Associates: Annual Unit Sales of Smart Door Locks to Reach 1.68 Million by 2021

Research firm's Smart Home Tracker reveals annual sales revenue for smart door locks will exceed $357 million in 2021

Trends In Home Automation

One of the biggest challenges for home automation is cutting through the noise of "smart devices" and IoT to find the products that deliver the performance and durability a true smart home requires. Not every device available on the market is made to meet the demand of day-in and day-out use.

Case Study: ELAN Redefines Customer Experience at Nashville's Historic 120-Year Old 'Famous Saloon'

With support from Gefen and Furman solutions, an ELAN system helps to create cohesion throughout the four-floor, 23,000-square foot venue.

Smart home platform Wink has been acquired by will.i.am

Thuy Ong for The Verge: Struggling smart home platform Wink has been acquired by lifestyle and technology company, i.am+, the company owned by musician and hit and miss (but mostly miss) tech entrepreneur will.i.am.

Google adds more partners to growing smart home ecosystem

Peter Newman for Business Insider: Over 70 companies in smart home automation have made their devices compatible with Google's smart home assistant.

Case Study: Peerless-AV Creates Wayfinding Solutions for D.C.-based Government Facility

This custom interactive wayfinding solution is ideal for the government agency building's guests and employees as it allows the agency to make directional changes and updates at any time, with no additional cost.

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.

Smart Home Security: Which Devices are Worth the Cost?

To help ease some of the stress of picking out the right smart security device, here's some of the more common ones and some advantages and disadvantages to help buyers decide if they're worth the price on the tag.

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