Danny Vena for Fox Business: If you're considering an investment in the home automation segment, there are a mind-boggling number of choices. You can invest in individual component manufacturers, professional systems installation companies, or managed services. We will look at some of the best in each category. Home automation falls into three very broad categories. Let's look at a few potential investments in each: Professionally installed systems. Managed service systems. Do-it-yourself (DIY). Home automation is reaching into every aspect of our lives. Cont'd...
From smart homes to technology-based urban growth and improvement, these are a few of the challenges we face
Will Koblensky for Insurance Business: A combination of consumer demand and industry interest could create a wave of smart home technology and IoT disruption for home insurers in the near future. According to an NTT Data report, 59% of surveyed home carriers say they’re making “strong progress” adding smart home technology to their coverage while 77% of those carriers are ramping up IoT initiatives. “We know that there aren’t that many products already out there, so these are initiatives designed to get them into the game,” Normand Lepine, insurance data and analytics lead for NTT DATA said. “We believe a lot of what’s going on right now is around strategy, potentially infrastructure. There are still a lot of challenges and they (carriers) know that. Until they really understand how this is going to be beneficial, they’re still going to go slowly.” Cont'd...
Cees Links describes how IoT will make our lives better.
Rita El KhouryÂ for AndroidPolice: Â Ever since I got my Wink Hub 2, one of the services I kept seeing in conversations when trying to bridge together different smart appliances and services was Stringify. The app was limited to iOS though, so I never got to use it because I wasn't going to carry my iPad around all the time to toggle a light bulb. But at CES, Stringify made a few announcements that we just came across (excuse the delay,Â we had tons of emails and releases to sift through) and that are sure to please Android users. Before going further, here's a quick rundown of what Stringify is for those of you who'd never heard of it. Think of it asÂ a more powerful IFTTT. You're not limited to linking one trigger to one action, instead you can build flows that involve many services, conditional circumstances, and successive triggers and actions, like so: turn X onÂ andÂ Y offÂ whenÂ I am home andÂ only ifÂ it is night time. This kind of flow is impossible with IFTTT now. And for those of us who are Wink users, Stringify hasÂ a much better integration than IFTTT with Wink, letting you use your connected Wink things as triggers too, not just as actions, so you can have Stringify trigger a flow based on a door sensor being open in Wink, something thatÂ Wink's IFTTT collaboration doesn't do at all. However, the downfall of Stringify is that while it supports a lot of services and gadgets, it doesn't have as many partners as IFTTT.Â Â Cont'd...
Pratibha Nanduri for ReadITQuick: Market research company Juniper Research, has released its latest report titled “Smart Home Markets: Entertainment, Monitoring, Automation, Health, Metering, Appliances 2017-2021.” The report on the research predicts that the market is slated for a steep growth from $83 billion in 2017 to $195 billion by 2021. The smart home market is a fast-moving one driven by Internet of Things (IoT) technologies like monitoring, smart automation and energy management services, required in consumer homes. Segment Evaluation The main segments driving this growth will be healthcare, automation, entertainment and connected devices. The smart appliances and home automation segment would be the fastest growing one during the forecast period with big companies like Samsung, Bosch and GE Appliances driving the growth. The revenue from the entertainment segment is expected to slow down due to increased use of home automation and smart appliances in emerging markets. In the connected services segment, the market share of Amazon and Netflix would fall from 70% in 2017 to 50% in 2021. Cont'd...
Eaton News Release: Power management company Eaton supplied the automation-rich and aesthetically designed electrical solutions from the service entrance to the wall plate for The New American Home® 2017 and The New American Remodeled Home® 2017 located in Orlando, Florida. Through its participation in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) showcase homes, Eaton is demonstrating the solutions advancing home automation in new construction and improving the design and livability of existing homes. Both homes will be showcased during the 2017 NAHB International Builders' Show® in Orlando, from January 10 to 12. Builders can see and learn more about the Eaton residential solutions incorporated at the showcase homes at Eaton's booth W3490 at the 2017 NAHB International Builders' Show. Full Press Release:
Should you buy a projector that uses DLP, LCD, or LCoS? Well, let's try to figure this out.
Jenny McGrath for DigitalTrends: Â This year, at CES 2017, companies already have their door locks or cameras on the market - and if they don't, they're just partnering with other companies who already make those things. It's a year of integrations at CES 2017.Â Airmega, a smart air purifier that debuted last year, announced its integration with Amazon's Alexa. Users can now turn on or off the device with their voice, or ask their Echo or Dot for an update on the air quality.Â Lutron'sÂ big announcement wasn't a new dimmer or shades but its integration with SmartThings and expanded capabilities with Nest via the Alphabet-owned company's camera. Garage-door-opener makerÂ ChamberlainÂ used CES to tell customers it will make products that work with Apple's HomeKit starting in July of this year. Â Cont'd... Â
Thanks to the refinement of personal identity tracking and AI-based content management/delivery, channel surfing and buffering will be things your grandparents talk about in 2041.
In a move to modernize home appliances and reduce connectivity issues, Samsung has released a line of appliances, including a WiFi-connected refrigerator and range, which together form a family of units-and communicate with each other via Samsung's "hub."
Mark Gurman for Bloomberg: It's been a while since a new TV raised any eyebrows, but Sony Corp. has just unveiled a new product that's creating a bit of buzz at the annual CES industry gathering in Las Vegas. Sony's XBR-A1E Bravia 4K is the electronics maker's first commercial foray into the niche market for televisions that use OLED, or organic light-emitting diode, technology. While the vivid, power-sipping screens have found their way onto smartphones, the cost of making them has so far limited their appeal for TVs. Only LG Electronics Inc. has made a serious effort to sell OLED TVs. Panasonic Corp. also unveiled an OLED TV at this year's CES. What's different about Sony's new A1E TV, however, is that the screen doubles as a speaker. By vibrating the display itself, Sony said it will be able to offer the "perfect unification of picture and sound unattainable by conventional TVs." This is possible because OLED screens don't require a backlight, according to the Tokyo-based company. Cont'd...
Rich Brown for CNet: How about a good, old-fashioned technology arms race? You could just buy a smart light bulb set, but for a lot of consumers (reportedly more than 5 million of you, as of November 2016), it's Amazon's voice-activated Alexa that will be the entry point for controlling devices around your home. Along with Amazon, Apple continues to grow its Siri-powered HomeKit smart home system. Google has also entered the fray with its own blandly named smart home AI, Google Assistant, which featured prominently in Google's Echo-imitating Google Home speaker in November 2016. That's a lot of industry power competing to put a virtual assistant in charge of your home, and that's why our scoreboard for tracking new smart home devices announced at CES 2017 is focusing on voice control. Full Article:
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You see, each smart device has to work and it has to work with all the other devices in the home â€¦ all the time.
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