Future phones will ID devices by their electromagnetic fields

Richard Lai for enGadget: In another set of demos, the team showed how the phone could show contextual charms upon tapping various connected devices.

Parks Associates: More Than 100 Million U.S. Households Do Not Have a Smart Home Device

VCs and Investors to address IoT investment and growth opportunities at 21st-annual CONNECTIONS Conference, May 23-25 in San Francisco

Best Buy Partners with Vivint Smart Home to Launch Leading-Edge Smart Home Service

Best Buy and Vivint Smart Home are partnering to give customers an easy way to automate and manage their homes. With a nationwide rollout beginning this summer, Best Buy customers will be able to visit one of more than 400 stores to interact with Vivint products.

The only way to save the smart home hub is to kill it

David Priest for CNet: Commentary: Are smart home hubs the VCRs of a Blu-ray age?

There's a good chance Apple will introduce its Amazon Echo competitor in June, says analyst

Todd Haselton for CNBC: "There is an over 50 percent chance that Apple will announce its first home AI product at WWDC in June," KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note to investors obtained by MacRumors on Monday.

Smart home assistants need assistance to catch on

Yahoo Tech: There's a lot of conversation around voice-activated home assistants, however, according to new data from GfK, there is currently very little conversation actually with devices like Amazon Echo or Google Home.

Comcast's business services revenue surges in Q1;

Larry Dignan for Between the Lines: Comcast's business services revenue surges in Q1; Home automation, security shows promise. The cable and media giant is diversifying via small businesses and smart home businesses.

Smart home product manufacturers must target customers in different ways

Rene Millman for Internet of Business: Smart home consumers can be divided into seven segments, according to new research from market analyst firm Strategy Analytics.

Research Points to Big Uptick in Smart Home Device Adoption, Awareness

Benchmark report from PlumChoice and Z-Wave Alliance shows consumers got 'smarter' in 2016, examines individual device interest

Leviton Introduces New Wireless Room Controller System

New control system engineered to provide advanced wireless control to LED retrofits using Philips® InstantFit LED lamps with EasySmart technology

Americans: Smart Homes Are Cool, But Too Expensive

Tom Bryant for PCMag: Americans like the idea of smart homes, but when it comes to actually paying the bill for stuffing their houses and apartments with futuristic Internet of Things (IoT) tech and devices, they balk. Just 27 percent of Americans have purchased a connected home device, although 71 would appreciate the ability to monitor their home while they're away, according to a survey of 2,177 adults commissioned by home automation company Wink.

More Than 80 Percent of Insurance Carriers Believe Leveraging Smart Home and IoT Technology Will Attract New Customers and Improve Customer Relationships

NTT DATA study finds a carrier-consumer perception gap; Market unknowns and pricing barriers may stand in the way of Smart Home adoption

Control4 Sends Custom Airstream on the Road for Coast-to-Coast Smart Home Design Tour

Kicking off a multi-city tour to connect with interior design professionals and architects as well as their discerning clients, Control4 has automated an Airstream to act as a mini smart home on wheels. Designed to showcase how smart home technology can work behind the scenes to complement the decor of any residence, the Control4 Airstream will feature smart lighting, demonstrate the convenience of whole-home audio and video entertainment, the peace-of-mind that comes with intelligent safety and security, and the convenience of voice control. In addition, over the course of the 12-week coast-to-coast "Smart Design, Smart Living" Tour, Control4 will offer numerous "Designing for Connected Homes" training classes.

Samsung's Bixby lays the groundwork for the company's smart home play

Brian Heater for TechCrunch: The Galaxy S8's main selling point still isn't fully formed. Announced the week leading up to today's main event, Bixby is as much a key building block for the company moving forward as it is a shiny new piece of a flagship phone. The company is finally ready to make its play for the smart home, and the new messenger is going to be a key component.

Ikea is getting into home automation with a new smart hub

Chaim Gartenberg for The Verge: The core of the Trådfri system is a gateway device that connects to the internet via an Ethernet connection and creates a local Trådfri network to connect local bulbs. Like most of Ikea's wares, the company is pursing an extremely aggressive pricing scheme, with a base set of the internet gateway, a remote, and two Trådfri bulbs running just 749 kr, or roughly $85.40.

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