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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

Panasonic Announces U.S. Debut Of AX900 And AX850 Series 4K Ultra HDTVs[1]
Submitted on: 10/20/14, 06:37 PM
AX850 Marks First 85-inch Model in Panasonic's Line of Critically-Acclaimed 4K UHD TVs

Wearable Sensor Market to Expand Sevenfold in Five Years
Submitted on: 10/20/14, 06:08 PM
Shipments of sensors will climb much more quickly than the market for the wearable devices themselves. Wearable devices will increase to 135 million units in 2019, less than three times the total of 50 million in 2013.

CEA and Parks Associates Find Twenty Percent of U.S. Broadband Households To Acquire One or More Smart Home Devices Within the Next Year
Submitted on: 10/20/14, 05:59 PM
Research Addresses Evolution of Smart Home and IoT Market

Facebook Keynote Talk at the 2015 Storage Visions Conference
Submitted on: 10/20/14, 05:53 PM
SV 2015 Agenda is Posted

AVR-X5200W and AVR-X4100W to feature Auro-3D multi-dimensional sound
Submitted on: 10/20/14, 05:13 PM
Denon reveals Auro-3D upgrade offer for Premium AV Receivers

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Leviton announced the acquisition of BitWise Controls, LLC, a leader in design and manufacture of control and monitoring solutions for residential and commercial facilities. Leviton has been carrying BitWise Controls' automation controllers for some time and is excited to welcome them into Leviton. As part of the acquisition, Leviton will bring BitWise Controls' entire product line into the Leviton family of solutions, including their iPhone/iTouch/iPad and Android app-based GUIs that are easy to use and simple to install with drag and drop programming, and the recently launched hand-held remote control. Additionally, Leviton will offer the Bitwise app on its' popular OmniTouch 7 for applications when fixed touchscreens are required.

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