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The Future Through the Eyes of CEDIA
10/13/14, Len Calderone for, AVSystemsMag
Homes are going to become smarter and more connected over the next five years.

Islands of Things (IoT)
10/13/14, Eric Ryherd, Express Controls
Today’s IoT reality is that we’ve got an enormous and rapidly growing number of Things being connected to the Internet, but very few of them talk to each other.

D-Tools Makes System Design Standardization a Win-Win
10/13/14, Tim Bigoness, D-Tools
D-Tools System Integrator software platform puts design standardization first—benefitting not only the integrator, but ultimately, the end user.

Broadband Internet to Fuel Connected Home Applications
10/13/14, Rawlson O'Neil King, Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)
Improving bandwidth throughputs will combine with home networking and monitoring offerings and usher in new connected home applications.

A marvel in the City - Guatemala Ciudad, Guatemala
10/13/14, Manola Flores , Aktiva
The beauty of the systems installed in the home lies in the functioning of the house in an integrated and consistent way.

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AV and Automation Industry Stories of the Day

Ubi, the voice-activated control system for your home, is finally out of beta

Submitted on: 10/17/14, 05:41 AM

After more than two years of closed beta testing, Ubi, the voice-controlled home computer system for your home, is finally ready for general release.
 
If you didn’t happen to catch the device during its hugely-successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2012, the device is a lot like HAL-9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Armed with a slew of different sensors and an Internet-connected brain, it’s able to detect when you’re in a given room, and can also understand spoken commands.
 
It’s certainly not the first voice-activated home control system to hit the market, but unlike products that run through Siri or Google Now, Ubi doesn’t always rely on your smartphone. It’s a standalone device that plugs directly into your wall, so you don’t need to have your phone handy to issue commands. That said, the creators did build voice control into the accompanying smartphone app as well, so it’s still possible to control stuff via voice when you’re out and about, or simply in a different room.

 

Thread Home Automation Group Accepting New Members
Submitted on: 10/15/14, 05:10 AM
The Thread Group announced that it has opened membership and will begin accepting applications from companies interested in using the Thread protocol in their products. The Thread Group was established in July by seven companies including Nest Labs, Samsung E

Xiaomi Unveiled Company’s Home Automation Devices In China
Submitted on: 10/13/14, 06:04 AM
Xiaomi is a Chinese company most known for it affordable and yet well-built smartphones. In Asia, people are calling this company China’s Apple, which is a good fit I guess. Xiaomi’s hardware and software are often inspired by Apple’s products, or s

Best Buy Adding Home-Automation Departments
Submitted on: 10/10/14, 06:09 AM
Best Buy is rolling out home-automation departments to more than 400 stores this fall. The “Connected Home” sections are expected to be in place by Thanksgiving and will feature more than 100 products from established vendors and startups.

Latest Apple TV update enables remote access relay for HomeKit connected accessories
Submitted on: 10/08/14, 05:43 AM
HomeKit support in the Apple TV is yet another sign that the company's streaming set-top box is likely to become Apple's official hub for a connected home. AppleInsider first predicted in June that Apple wouldn't likely begin selling "iLight" or

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Today's AV and Automation Industry Headlines

VMP Features New 19-Inch Equipment Rack Enclosures at ISC East 2014
Submitted on: 10/20/14, 10:10 AM
The EREN Series Comes Complete with Integrated Cooling Fans and Lockable, Removable Side Panels, Allowing for Organization of Multiple Electronic Components While Providing Essential Thermal Management, as Well as Protecting Them from Damage and Theft

70% of U.S. broadband households interested in one or more home energy management features
Submitted on: 10/20/14, 07:10 AM
Advisory board for Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer includes Alarm.com, AT&T, Comcast, Con Edison, EnergyHub, Gridwise Architecture Council, Lowe's, Icontrol Networks, and TXU Energy

Kickstarter - E-Lite! PoE LED Can Light on Kickstarter
Submitted on: 10/18/14, 04:45 PM
E-Lite is the first ever recessed intelligent can light that powers directly from a Power-over-Ethernet switch port! The RGBW (red, green, blue, white) light source from Cree will allow users to create over a billion colors and dim levels!

Smart Home Guru smanos Co-exhibits with Mother Company at ExpoProtection in Paris
Submitted on: 10/18/14, 04:13 AM
smanos, a trendsetting innovator and dynamic developer of wireless smart home and DIY security systems, is proudly bringing its new WiFi portfolio to Expo Protection in Paris, held between Nov. 4 and 6th. The complete smanos smart home solution portfolio will be available at Booth C57 / Hall 1.

smanos Opening Ceremony at Global Sources Hong Kong Sourcing Fair And OX Plus Cloud Investment
Submitted on: 10/18/14, 04:08 AM
smanos, a trendsetting innovator and dynamic developer of wireless smart home and DIY security systems, is pleased to be exhibiting at Hong Kong Sourcing Fair, held between Oct. 11 & 14th. The complete smanos smart home portfolio speaks self-install or DIY, and is available on Booth 2L16 in Hall 2.

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