Prefab Flex House comes tricked out with smart home features

Jenny Xie for Curbed: Recently shown at CES, the so-called "right-sized" prefab design comes in at a comfortable 760 square feet, with smart home trimmings from head to toe.

Integrating Alexa Gadgets Into Your IoT & Home Automation Solutions

Leor Grebler for IoT for All: With this soon to be released API, developers will be able to create inputs for the Echo or receive commands that are synchronized with dialog playing from Alexa-enabled speakers.

Home automation tops technology Christmas gifts for 2017

Jim Gaines for USA Today: "It started coming out last year, but it was very entry-level," he said. "Now they have such an assortment in smart home technology that you can really find the right device to integrate into the home for you."

Sigma Designs Announces Winners of Z-Wave Smart Home Maker ChallengeGrand prize winner heads to CES 2018 with Z-Wave

All eligible submissions to the contest received a free Raspberry Pi equipped with the Z-Wave Developers kit and one Z-Wave certified device to help contestants build a smart home application to turn their dream smart home experience into a reality.

Roomba to Rule the Smart Home

Elizabeth Woyke for MIT Technology Review: iRobot CEO Colin Angle says mapping data generated by the company's robotic cleaners will finally make our homes intelligent.

Ikea to work with Sonos on new Smart Home products

Telecompaper: Retailer Ikea has bumped up its smart home offering by entering into a partnership with speakers maker Sonos.

Logitech to shut down "service and support" for Harmony Link devices in 2018

Valentina Palladimo for ArsTechnica: Customers are calling out Logitech for bricking a device that works perfectly fine for most of them, (11/9/17 update from Logitech: We Will Replace Your Logitech Harmony Links)

Report Measures Home Automation Adoption at 15% of U.S. Internet Households

Carl Weinschenk for Telecompetitor: Researchers measured home automation adoption at 15% of U.S. internet households as of April 2017 - up from 10% a year earlier.

How Amazon Plans to Clobber Google Home and Apple HomePod With Its New and Cheaper Echo Lineup

Aaron Pressman for Fortune: Amazon rolled a bevy of new and updated products last week, including an improved version of its Echo speaker and Fire TV set-top box.

THE 2017 CEDIA AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Hosted at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, 430 industry professionals were part of the magic, enjoying an evening of networking, fine dining, and toasting their goblets to the award winners.

SMART HOMES GET SMARTER, TECH COMPANIES MORE COMPETITIVE

Builder Online: Some tech companies, such as Apple and Amazon, have partnered with home builders to bring smart-home technology to entire developments. Others are developing new virtual assistants as an alternative to Alexa and Siri.

Amazon has 76% smart home speaker U.S. market share as Echo unit sales reach 15M, new study finds

Taylor Sopper for GeekWire: Amazon first entered the smart home speaker scene two years ago with its original Echo device; it now also sells different models like the $49.99 Echo Dot, which accounts for more than 50 percent of Echo products in the wild, CIRP noted.

CEDIA 2017: Alexa, Google Assistant & Other Voice UIs Come Into Their Own

Joseph Palenchar for Twice: This week's CEDIA 2017 is giving A/V products and custom-installed integrated systems more of a voice in the way they're controlled.

CEDIA Announces Best New Product Winners & Product Hall of Fame Inductees

CEDIA congratulates the 2017 Best New Product Award winners and the 2017 Product Hall of Fame inductees.

CEDIA now underway in San Diego!

CEDIA 2017 is in full swing in sunny San Diego. HomeToys.com continues to be a top resource for news and articles related to the event. Here are some useful links.

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