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4K/60 - The Inconvenient Truth

With all eyes on 4K distribution and transport, manufacturers are now beginning to promise HDMI 2.0 support for complete 4K/60 connectivity. The truth or a reassuring lie?

Build a Strong Sales Force

A salesperson must be able to get customers to like him or her. If a salesperson isn't likable, no amount of product knowledge will help.

Wink’s Outage Shows Us How Frustrating Smart Homes Could Be

THIS PAST SATURDAY, one in four people who had come to rely on Wink as the brains behind their smart home set-up found their connected devices suddenl

7 Smart Locks & Door Startups Improving your Home Security

Your door & lock is no longer that simple and its now part of the mobile, internet of things, connected movement. Here is a list of 6 smart locks & door startups improving your home security.

Silvair Control wireless remote lends smart home control

Seed Labs, the IoT company empowering the world’s leading manufacturers of appliances, devices and electroni

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What Exactly Is Amazon's Smart Home Strategy?

Michael Wolf for Forbes:  If you were hoping for a straightforward, ‘here’s our smart home’ announcement from Amazon, you’re out of luck.

And unlike others in the space, Amazon’s efforts so far can’t really be summed up easily in a sentence or two. Instead, they’ve put together what appears to be a hodgepodge of random efforts that, at first blush, are difficult to distill down into a cohesive strategy.
 
But once you start looking more closely and begin to connect dots, a potentially interesting plan begins to emerge, one completely different than any of the company’s peers...
 
One thing Amazon is notably not doing is creating a separate piece of purpose built smart home hardware to connect a bunch of smart home devices and radios.
In other words, they’re not doing a hub.
 
Instead, they’ve opted to focus on creating a control layer for your smart home in the Echo that gives them the ability to innocuously gather usage data about your smart home.

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IoT Evolution Expo Announces Program for August Event

Program content includes connected transportation, edge/fog computing, smart home and buildings, and IoT development

Earth Day Generates Energy-Efficiency Efforts in the Home, With Lutron Leading the Way

Cut Costs, Boost Convenience With Such Smart-Home Devices as Occupancy Sensors, Dimmers

WattStopper Introduces Wireless Exterior Lighting Controls for Code Compliance

Scalable best-in-class distributed outdoor lighting controls deliver substantial energy and maintenance cost savings

Sony Electronics Unveils New Premium Home Audio Products For The Ultimate In-Home Entertainment Experience with 4K Support

Taking the home entertainment experience to the next level

WyreStorm Adds Luxul to the NetworkHD Supported Switch Manufacturer Family

WyreStorm, a global manufacturer specializing in innovative AV Signal Distribution and Control solutions, announces Luxul as the latest in a growing list of networking equipment manufacturers to offer support for the WyreStorm NetworkHD HD-over-IP solution.

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Z-Wave Alliance - Keep An Eye On Your Home With The FIBARO Motion Sensor That Detects the Slightest Motion

Z-Wave Alliance - Keep An Eye On Your Home With The FIBARO Motion Sensor That Detects the Slightest Motion

A 2015 CES Innovation Award Honoree in the Smart Home Category, the FIBARO Motion Sensor brings quick reactions, sensitivity and field of vision to one compact device. This highly advanced wireless device combines a built-in motion sensor, temperature sensor, light sensor and accelerometer. With a diameter of 44 millimeters (under 1-3/4 inches), it is the smallest device of its kind in the world. Designers of the FIBARO Motion Sensor were inspired by the pupil of a cat's eye: both its look, and its quick reactions. This extraordinary device incorporates four practical functions:  Detects the slightest motion (with the ability to adjust sensitivity)  Informs the user of the temperature level  Informs the user of light intensity  Detects any changes in device movement (vibration), alarming the user of any attempt at tampering. The FIBARO Motion Sensor is part of the intuitive and affordable FIBARO smart home system, which is able to control 95% of all home devices. The system can be easily managed by saying a few simple words (thanks to remote voice control), or through taps on the user's smartphone or tablet.

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OmniMount

OmniMount

A global manufacturer of A/V mounts and furniture for residential and commercial applications, OmniMount has set industry standards for over 36 years with groundbreaking design and engineering, superior quality and long-term reliability.