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Truth in Networking: Or, Why You Still Need A Wire
09/29/14, Rob Gelphman, MoCA
The five pillars of home networking: mobility, ubiquity, ease-of-use, performance and reliability.

Building Engaging Cloud Classrooms with Digital Media Players
09/29/14, Contributed by, Nexcom
Education in the digital age requires digital solutions.

Connected Things: IoT is a Long-Term Work-in-Progress … Real Long Term
09/29/14, THE Insider
Does it bother you that people want to connect things to talk to other things to tell each other where they're going, what they're doing, why they're doing it and then telling some big database out there all of their dirty little secrets?

Five Ideas for Designer Approved Media Installations
09/29/14, Kerrie Kelly, ASID
What tricks and new technologies do you use in your own home to merge your entertainment systems into the room's décor?

Retaining Customers: Content, Platforms, and Video Services
09/15/14, Brett Sappington & Harry Wang, Parks Associates
Apps and APIs make it possible for both service providers and platform vendors to extend the value of their solutions, and both players need to be flexible so as not to break their connection to the consumer.

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AV and Automation Industry Stories of the Day

Home automation's next big opportunity: Controlling the water heater

Submitted on: 09/29/14, 05:29 AM

Rheem, one of the leading manufacturers of water heaters in the U.S., has just launched a Wi-Fi module for electric and gas water heaters that lets you monitor the performance of the device, control its energy usage and be warned about leaks or other potentially costly malfunctions. Part of its new EcoNet Home Comfort technology that will control all Rheem HVAC and water heating devices, the Wi-Fi Module for Water Heaters is a good example of the unification of green technology and home automation industries.

But, the control possible using Rheem's free EcoNet app is the best example to date of the intersection of energy savings with home automation. Responsible for up to 18% of a home's energy use, a water heater just sits there 24/7, heating and reheating water to a set temperature. With the Wi-Fi water module attached, it can now be programmed from your smartphone.
 
Using the Rheem app to set schedules based on your lifestyle and usage needs -- and being able to quickly change things on the fly -- the module makes it possible to save energy without inconveniencing you. So if you have it programmed to cool down during the day while you’re at work, but then unexpected get the day off, you can override your normal schedule in a snap. Heading out of town? Remotely set the water heater to vacation mode, preventing it from heating and reheating water that's not going to be used.

 

Amazon reportedly exploring wearables and home automation
Submitted on: 09/26/14, 05:45 AM
Amazon.com Inc will boost staffing at its secretive Silicon Valley-based hardware unit by at least 27 percent over the next five years as it tests Internet-connected "smart" home gadgets such as a one-button device to order supplies.

Wink announces Relay, touchscreen display and control pad for the connected home
Submitted on: 09/24/14, 05:30 AM
Wink, the company that connects you with all of the smart products in your home, today announced Relay. Replacing a light switch, Relay conveniently controls and monitors your connected home from one central location. Relay brings all of the convenience of your smart

Creators Of Beats And Guitar Hero Launch Smart Home Startup Leeo
Submitted on: 09/22/14, 06:21 AM
Another day, another smart home company is coming alive. But this latest one, Leeo, has some pretty big names behind it–including the main people responsible for creating products like Beats headphones and the video game Guitar Hero as well as executives from C

Logitech Harmony Extends Its Expertise in Controlling the Living Room to the Entire Home
Submitted on: 09/19/14, 05:28 AM
Logitech announced it is bringing its expertise and leadership in universal remotes to the home control market with new home automation product compatibility and four new products. The new Harmony® Living Home lineup gives you easy access and control over a wide li

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Parks Associates: More than 40% of broadband households in Germany and Spain own a smart TV
Submitted on: 09/30/14, 06:15 AM
Smart TV, connected devices, and streaming media market a key focus at CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Monetizing Strategies for the Connected Home

NEXCOM Compact and Fanless 1080P Media Players Designed for Budget Users
Submitted on: 09/29/14, 04:24 PM
NEXCOM has released two compact yet powerful 1080P media players NDiS B323 and B324 to help budget users effectively communicate with customers.

Marantz® Proudly Presents Their First Dolby Atmos® Capable Multichannel A/V Preamplifier AV7702
Submitted on: 09/29/14, 11:26 AM
Marantz is about to release their first Multichannel A/V Preamplifier with Dolby Atmos capability, the Marantz AV7702. It offers true versatility paired with renowned Marantz audio performance perfect for home cinema enthusiasts.

HomeSeer Unveils Faster, Less Expensive Home Automation Controller
Submitted on: 09/29/14, 11:24 AM
HomeSeer's new HomeTroller-SEL is faster and less expensive than previous "SE" series home automation controllers. As with all HomeSeer systems, HomeTroller-SEL may be accessed remotely via the cloud but information is always stored locally for safety and reliability.

Chuango Plays It Smart at Hong Kong CSF & Ready to Go Public
Submitted on: 09/29/14, 11:22 AM
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