Smart Home Interview - Skylink

All of Skylink's products are designed to be installed by the homeowner without any special skills or tools.

Bluetooth speakers drive growth in home audio, says firm

The home audio market (wireless speakers, soundbars, Hi-Fi systems, A/V receivers and speaker docks) grew by 22% to ship 71 million units. Trade value also grew by 22%, generating just under US$10 billion worth of revenues in 2014, according to Futuresource Consulting. Wireless speakers and soundbar shipments exceeded market expectations and accounted for the lion's share, far outweighing the decline in demand for traditional audio devices i.e. A/V receivers and Hi-Fi systems. The wireless speaker market was fuelled by strong growth in Bluetooth speakers in the lower end of the price spectrum and multi-room audio at the premium end. Home audio devices increasingly offer wireless functionality and shipments with this feature grew by 93% from 27 million units in 2013 to 53 million units in 2014. Futuresource said it predicts that virtually all home audio devices will be wireless by 2019.

HomeToys Related Kickstarter Projects - June 2015

Here are some crowd funding projects of interest.

Perception vs. Reality: A Sound Conundrum

In the final analysis, what we hear, how we perceive and evaluate it is such a unique combination of quantitative and subjective inputs that coming to any agreement on what perfect sound is, is nearly an impossible undertaking.

Solid State Light (SSL) Projectors

Laser projectors offer longevity, constant brightness and lower maintenance costs which all help positively impact their future in the projector industry.

Weird Stuff: The Fantasy World of the Billion Dollar Club

Of course the dot.com bubble could never happen again and we couldn't experience another boom/bust cycle because these things just don't happen to cute unicorns. Or maybe too much money is chasing too few valuable ideas.

Company DNA: Understand Who You Are, Not Just What You Make

There is something terribly wrong with the consumer electronics industry because we never have a product category - real category - until Apple comes on the scene.

4K/60 - The Inconvenient Truth

With all eyes on 4K distribution and transport, manufacturers are now beginning to promise HDMI 2.0 support for complete 4K/60 connectivity. The truth or a reassuring lie?

Build a Strong Sales Force

A salesperson must be able to get customers to like him or her. If a salesperson isn't likable, no amount of product knowledge will help.

Using the myLink App to Control Window Coverings

You can now open your blinds in the morning by rolling over and pressing a button on your smartphone.

ISC West 2015 - Special News Report

Exhibitors and Press Agencies are welcome to publish ISC news releases here.

New Rules: With Hackers, Cybercriminals and Cyberterrorists There's no "Business as Usual"

Being aware, prepared and practicing sound computing/security processes and procedures can level the playing field, improving your odds.

Smart Home Interview - SmartThings

Part of this open ecosystem is a smart device certification program where SmartThings curates and certifies innovations submitted from the developer community.

Smart Home Interview - iSmartAlarm

Currently the iSmartAlarm system uses proprietary radio frequency, and Z-Wave and Zigbee is expected available in 2015.

Smart Home Interview - HomeSeer

HomeSeer controllers are compatible with a wide variety of wireless and wired technologies including Z-Wave, Insteon, X10, UPB, PLCBUS, Nest, HUE, Sonos, IFTTT and many more.

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