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:

Consumer Demand for Connected Home Products Slows Dramatically in First Half of 2015 and Continues Rapid Drop Off

New report by Argus Insights reveals that of all Home Automation devices, security cameras are most talked about and despite investments in Nest and Dropcam by Google, and SmartThings by Samsung, consumer demand still lags

WeMo and OSRAM SYLVANIA Announce Availability of Three New WeMo-Enabled LIGHTIFY Starter Sets

Starter Sets Include Full Color Changing, Tunable White and Decorative Lighting Options for the Whole Home

Essence and Assa Abloy's Yale Brand Partner for Enriched Smart Home Offerings

Synergistic technologies strengthen both security and convenience

Wilshire Media Systems Hosts the Area's Leading Architects, Builders, Designers and Realtors at Annual Spring Expo

Featuring the latest consumer electronics solutions and integration techniques, leading Southern California technology specialist empowers local trades to explore the design-level possibilities of the smart home.

In The U.S. Smart Home Market, Don't Rule Out China

Jim Kim for TechCrunch:  The smart home industry won’t be advanced by throwing as many sensors into a device as possible or creating a robot controlled by voice commands. Similarly, the industry isn’t waiting for a breakthrough technological advance to finally achieve its potential. The technologies essential to developing smart home products — Bluetooth and product sensors that make up the Internet of Things — aren’t new; they’ve been around for decades. To establish market dominance, companies must develop ecosystems or a unified platform of elegant user experiences to enable the convergence of the full range of smart devices. Asian consumer electronics companies, especially recent Chinese wunderkinds such as Xiaomi have been building a tremendous production advantage based on three key elements: engineering, manufacturing and massive scale. With rapid innovation cycles that produce high-quality, low-priced goods, Chinese companies have the scale and consumer base to set the standard for interoperability — possibly before they even enter the U.S. smart home market. U.S. companies that want to thrive should redouble their efforts in providing products with real utility to the customer while closely monitoring the progress of Chinese companies. Their very survival could depend on it. 

iLuv Introduces New Rainbow7 Smartphone-Controlled Multicolor LED Light Bulb

-iLuv's Rainbow7 Lets Consumers Change Colors and Set Schedules for Home Lighting Through Their Mobile Devices-

June Seeks to Change the Kitchen for the Home Cook

Today, the team behind such technologies and products as the iPhone, Apple Watch, GoPro and FitBit have announced the June Intelligent Oven — a powerful and easy-to-use computer-based countertop oven designed to bring the kitchen into the smart home era and make everyone a better cook.  June combines professional-grade technology with a powerful quad-core processor, built-in camera, sensors and Internet connectivity to take out the guesswork of making perfectly cooked foods. The result is the world's most intelligent oven, and the next evolution in cooking for the digital age.  June has raised $7 million in Series A funding led by Foundry Group, First Round Capital, Lerer Ventures, and Founders Fund Angel to accelerate product development, manufacturing, and recruiting. 

June Seeks to Change the Kitchen for the Home Cook

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ELK PRODUCTS ANNOUNCES THEIR MINI WINDOW SENSOR IS NOW AVAILABLE IN BROWN!

The new ELK-6021BR Brown Mini Window Sensor is exceptionally thin and is virtually disappears once installed. It is perfect for double hung or casement style wood/vinyl windows.

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