One Quarter of Millennials Have Begun Building Smart Homes and Four-in-Ten Want One, According to The NPD Group

According to The NPD Group Connected Intelligence Advisory Service, Millennials are twice as likely as the total population to have a smart home product installed in their residence.

Amazon Echo Now Available to All Customers

Echo is a new category of device designed around your voice-it's always on, hands-free, and fast-just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more from across the room and get answers instantly ---- Previously available by invitation only, all customers can now order Echo and it will start shipping July 14 ---- Since November, Alexa-the brain behind Echo-has added support for Pandora, Audible, home automation with WeMo and Philips Hue, sports scores and schedules, traffic, and more

Prevent Water Damage With EcoNet's Automatic Water Shutoff for Home Automation Systems

Any computer or smart phone can be used to control, manage and configure this certified Z-Wave device from anywhere Internet access is available.

Somfy Launches Tablet Version of myLink App for Smart Home Control

The Somfy myLink for iOS and Android Devices Allows You to Control Somfy Home Motorization from Your Smartphone or Tablet

Indiegogo - Luzi Smart Lamp to Launch Indiegogo Campaign

Sound sleepers and the sleep deprived both will love Luzi for its design and functionality.

One Quarter of Millennials Have Begun Building Smart Homes and Four-in-Ten Want One, According to The NPD Group

Millennials are on the road to building smarter homes. According to The NPD Group Connected Intelligence Home Automation Advisory Service, Millennials are twice as likely as the total population to have a smart home product installed in their residence. The array of smart home products evaluated include network connected security and monitoring devices, sensors, system controllers, smart lighting, power, and appliances. One-in-four Millennials (23 percent) already installed at least one of these products in their homes, compared to 12 percent of the total population. Millennials will continue to drive the growth in this market as four-in-ten (41 percent) of this age group are already aware of and interested in owning smart home products. A key factor that is driving this early growth is that the smart home market is no longer just for home owners. Renters are as likely as home owners to have smart home products installed, and are three times more likely to be part of the millennial age group. More than a third of renters are between the ages of 18-34. “Today’s smart home products no longer require professional installation and ongoing subscriptions, many are now plug-and-play options,” said John Buffone, executive director, Connected Intelligence. “The product mix such as smart cameras, lights, and plugs, fits the lifestyle of both home owners and renters which opens up a larger, younger and more tech-savvy consumer market.”

Indiegogo - Curb Puts You in Control of Your Electricity Bill with Home Energy Monitoring System

Production-ready Curb launches crowdfunding campaign to make homes smarter with real-time energy insights and actionable savings tips

Icontrol's OpenHome Labs Sees Continued Success

New Companies Join OpenHome Labs; Zen Thermostat Successfully Becomes OpenHome Certified

DSC Touch System Features Built-In Camera and Android Technology

DSC Touch is an "all-in-one" sleekly designed, smart panel, supporting security, life safety and home control technology.

New SecureCom Smart Z-Wave Thermostat is Battery Operated & Easy to Install

The Z-Wave thermostat gives users remote control over their heating and cooling system via the Virtual Keypad App.

With layoffs at Leeo and Wink for sale, is the smart home crumbling?

by Stacey Higginbotham for Fortune:  Early adopters, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs have bought into the idea of a smart home, but mainstream consumers haven’t. Leeo, a company that makes a connected nightlight that doubles as a smoke detector for the mobile era and has raised $37 million in funding, laid off about 30% of its staff Wednesday. Earlier this month, we reported that product manufacturing shop Quirky was unwilling to support its home hub software company Wink and it has put it up for sale, according to sources. Meanwhile, a home automation management device built by startup Ninja Blocks failed to raise funding and shut down. Smart home startups like Goji and Plum are so late to market with their products that supporters who gave them money through their crowd-funding campaigns have given up on them. Goji’s smart lock was supposed to ship 18 months ago. Now the company is only shipping a small number of locks and plans to fulfill all other orders by August. Plum, a connected Wi-Fi light switch maker founded by the former head of CEDIA, the trade association for professional home automation installers, announced its product in early 2013 and plans to ship later this year. They were supposed to be ready in August 2013. With $454 million invested in connected home companies last year, there is plenty of money riding on the smart home. According to CB Insights data, smart home startups took in a little over $1 billion in funding between 2012 and 2014.   Cont'd...

Friendly Technologies Announces its Smart Home Management Platform for Service Providers

Friendly's Smart Home Portal offers a coherent and holistic view of devices in the smart home, including security appliances, lights, power grid, motion detectors, front door and window status, and security sensors.

Nest Refreshes Entire Product Line

Nest Cam and Nest Protect Completely Redesigned, Nest Learning Thermostat Gets Software Update and New Features, One Nest App for All Products ---- Home Insurance Companies Offer Discounts for Nest Customers

Axiros Brings IoT, TR-069 Device Management Expertise to Smart Home World London 2015

Alfeo Pareschi will be speaking on June 24th at Smart Home World London 2015. His session "Delivering the Smart Home: Technology Tools & Process Improvement"

Nest Has Released a Better Dropcam Called Nest Cam

Nest, the prized home automation company acquired by Google, is showing off its own acquisitions. It’s another indication that the five-year-old company, led by its ambitious CEO Tony Fadell, is trying to cement itself as the leader of the emerging connected device industry and sell itself as autonomous from its big parent. At a press event in San Francisco on Wednesday, Nest announced its third product, Nest Cam, a wireless home camera retailing for $199, joining its digital thermostat and smoke detector. Along with the new camera, Nest announced its own cloud service called Nest Aware, a $10-per-month subscription service that lets you store footage captured with the camera. The new Nest Cam captures video in 1080p HD, is supposedly simpler to set up and boasts advanced low-light video-capture capabilities. Nest also unfurled several software and product flourishes for its Internet-connected flagship products, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect smoke detector. Full Article:

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