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SmartThings delays its next-gen smart home products

Submitted on 04/01/15, 05:27 AM | Click Here for the full article: PC World

SmartThings delays its next-gen smart home productsSmartThings delays its next-gen smart home products

From PCWorld: SmartThings, the home automation company Samsung Electronics acquired last August, has delayed the launch of its new home hub and sensors to the third quarter, as it works to improve performance and stability.
 
Even though the products have been built and are currently being tested, SmartThings felt it necessary to postpone the launch from the second quarter to what will most likely be the third quarter, the company said in a blog post on Tuesday.
 
One of the goals with the new hub is to improve stability compared to its current offering, and this seems to be taking longer than originally thought. The company has been performing lots of additional testing to address many recent disruptions users have experienced, it said.
 
When they work, the SmartThings hub and connected sensors can be used to control lights, thermostats, doors and warn about things such as water leaks. However, users of the current hub have been suffering from device control and connectivity issues and apps that don’t execute properly, leaving them unable to fully control their homes. The company’s status website lists six incidents between just March 23 and 31.

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Myfox To Bring DIY Security From France

Submitted on 03/30/15, 06:42 AM | Click Here for the full article: Twice

Myfox To Bring DIY Security From FranceMyfox To Bring DIY Security From France

Joseph Palenchar for Twice:  A wireless do-it-yourself home-security system that Myfox will bring to the U.S. late in the second quarter or early third quarter will detect and deter intruders before they enter the house, the French company said.

Unlike other DIY security systems that use indoor motion sensors to detect intruders, the Myfox system uses wireless sensors, or IntelliTags, attached to doors and windows to analyze door and window vibrations that indicate a break-in, the company said. The sensors, which run on a single AA battery, differentiate normal events such as door knocking from doors and windows being pried open. When a break-in is attempted, the sensor sends a wireless 915MHz RF signal to a hub, which triggers a battery-operated siren via RF and uses Wi-Fi to send alerts via broadband modem to cellphones. Multiple family members or friends can receive notifications and get monitoring rights.

The company, founded in 2005, also offers an optional Wi-Fi security camera, which can be used as a standalone surveillance device.

The $299 Myfox Home Alarm system, which can be monitored and controlled via Android and iOS smartphones, will be Apple HomeKit-enabled and will be certified as Works With Nest. 

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Logitech's Harmony smart home hub adds voice controls through Ubi and Ivee

Submitted on 03/26/15, 03:20 PM | Click Here for the full article: TechHive

Logitech's Harmony smart home hub adds voice controls through Ubi and IveeLogitech's Harmony smart home hub adds voice controls through Ubi and Ivee

From Jared Newman for TechHive:  Logitech is continuing its quest to control your entire smart home by linking up with a couple of voice-activated computers.
 
If you own one of Logitech’s Home Hubs, you can now control all your connected home devices by voice with either a wall-mounted Ubi computer or an Ivee smart alarm clock. Both devices connect to Logitech’s Hub through Wi-Fi, delivering commands that would otherwise require Logitech’s Harmony remote control or mobile app.
 
Ubi and Ivee can already control a fair number of smart home products on their own, but Logitech’s big pitch its ability to string multiple commands into “Harmony Activities.” For example, you could tell Ubi to “watch a movie” and have the TV and sound system turn on, while dimming your Philips Hue connected lightbulbs. Or, you could tell Ivee to make sure your smart lock is engaged and all the lights are off as you get into bed.

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Luxurious small smart homes by Tiny Heirloom

Submitted on 03/24/15, 03:10 PM | Click Here for the full article: TreeHugger

Luxurious small smart homes by Tiny HeirloomLuxurious small smart homes by Tiny Heirloom

From Kimberley Mok for TreeHugger:  Much like how camping can come in a a more luxurious, "glamping" version, so too can tiny homes come in more expensive variants that are equipped with all the bells and whistles you might imagine, in addition to the off-grid options. Positioning itself as the "first luxury, custom tiny home manufacturer in the U.S.," the motto of Oregon City-based Tiny Heirloom Homes is to "downsize, don't down grade," offering extra services like legal help, models that can be customized from top to bottom, and tiny smart home automation, thanks to a partnership with Nest Labs.
 
The company is also rolling out their Tiny Heirloom Home Automation System soon, which will include "hands free lighting, voice activated door locks, automated thermostats, auto-leveling jacks, tank level indication and propane level readings and bluetooth surround sound. All this run from an iPhone or Android device. No wifi necessary." Pretty convenient for the hands-off homeowner.

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How your car will help control your home

Submitted on 03/23/15, 05:47 AM | Click Here for the full article: NetworkWorld

How your car will help control your homeHow your car will help control your home

Patrick Nelson for NetworkWorld:  AT&T is one company that is planning on consumers being able to control elements of their home from the dashboard of connected cars.
 
AT&T says that it is planning to link its connected car and smart home products via a voice recognition-enabled dashboard control. Home security will be the principal driver of the new tech in that case. But others are also in a race to bring functioning products to market and obtain consumer acceptance.
 
Two existing AT&T products – AT&T Digital Life, a home management system, and AT&T Drive, its connected car platform – will be merged together to create its platform.
 
Mercedes has a deal with Nest, the Google-owned thermostat and home smoke alarm gadget maker.
 
Apple and Google are also working on automotive solutions for in-dash applications.  Cont'd...

 

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Zenno Voice Controlled Home Automation System Unveiled

Submitted on 03/20/15, 05:29 AM | Click Here for the full article: Geeky Gadgets

Zenno Voice Controlled Home Automation System UnveiledZenno Voice Controlled Home Automation System Unveiled

Zenno has created and launched a new home automation and control system that has been designed to offer a simple voice controls to manage your home entertainment systems and electronic devices around your home.
 
Using your smartphone or other wearable devices such as smartwatches the Zenno home automation system is capable of providing easy and natural interaction between you and your home, say its creators.
 
The Zenno home automation system has been designed to be first device that offers easy to use, customisable voice control over home electronics from your smartphone or other wearables.
Features of Zenno include :
 
• Advanced climate control features, without the installation hassle of a thermostat.
• Every time, everywhere control from multiple platforms.
• Guaranteed control of any home electronic that has a remote.
• Developers will get to use our SDK for personal projects.
• Smart Scenes that can execute multiple actions at once for your convenience
• If you own an Android Wear smartwatch or plan on getting a wearable device in the near future, Zenno will give you a new cool way of using it!
• Through our public SDK, Zenno will give developers great control methods for any DIY electronic projects, from LED light shows to RC cars. 

 

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Z-Wave Alliance Launches IoT Competition to Reward Start-Ups for Their Innovation in the Smart Home

Submitted on 03/18/15, 05:17 AM | Click Here for the full article: Z-Wave Alliance

Z-Wave Alliance Launches IoT Competition to Reward Start-Ups for Their Innovation in the Smart HomeZ-Wave Alliance Launches IoT Competition to Reward Start-Ups for Their Innovation in the Smart Home

he Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies deploying Z-Wave, the world's largest ecosystem of wireless control products and services, is announcing a brand new competition to support and incentivize innovation on the Z-Wave platform. The yearlong Z-Wave Labs Program will accept applications from start-up companies and entrepreneurs looking to bring Z-Wave products to market. 

In order to accelerate innovation on the Z-Wave platform and lower the barrier of entry for new companies to develop IoT products, the program will reward one selected individual/company each month starting in May 2015 with a 12-month membership to the Z-Wave Alliance as well as one of the newly available IoT-ready 500 Series Z-Wave Developer Kits from Sigma Designs. 

"The Z-Wave Alliance recognizes the importance of start-ups and disrupters in the industry both to jump start innovation but also to accelerate widespread adoption of smart home and IoT technology," said Mary Miller, Senior Director of Corporate Marketing at Sigma Designs and a Principal Board member of the Z-Wave Alliance, "With over 1200 Z-Wave-certified devices currently on the market and 300 companies working together to create more solutions every single day, this program is a unique opportunity for young start-ups and entrepreneurs to engineer exciting new products for the Z-Wave ecosystem." 

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Wireless is Redefining the Home Audio Market

Submitted on 03/16/15, 09:48 AM | Click Here for the full article: IHS

Wireless is Redefining the Home Audio MarketWireless is Redefining the Home Audio Market

 The popularity of mobile devices and changing consumer habits in media consumption are not only increasing demand for wirelessly connected audio devices, but also rapidly altering the home audio landscape, according to new research from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of critical information and insight. 
 
Annual shipments of connected audio products, including wireless speakers, wireless soundbars, and connected AV receivers, are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 88 percent, from 1.5 million units in 2010 to nearly 66 million units in 2018.
 
“Growing penetration of tablets and smartphones -- combined with an ongoing shift in consumer media consumption preferences toward those devices and streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, and Deezer -- are collectively driving a behavioral shift in how people listen to music inside and outside their homes,” said Paul Erickson, senior analyst for IHS Technology. “Consumers are seeking ways to wirelessly play audio from their mobile devices on speakers in the room they’re in, in multiple rooms in a household, and on speakers carried with them while on the go. This geographically diverse need will drive strong global growth in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connected speakers over the next few years.” 
 
“While the whole wireless speakers category is forecast to grow rapidly, network-connected multi-room speaker systems is the small-but-growing subcategory to watch,” Erickson continued. “Heavyweights Samsung, LG, Sony, Bose, Denon, DTS and Qualcomm are all entering the market, with products or platforms designed to take on a rapidly growing segment initially popularized by Sonos.” 

 

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