Home Automation News

Robot Vacuum Review: Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO 930

The DEEBOT OZMO 930 is an easy purchase for anyone looking to offload the tedious task of tackling dust bunnies and pet hair most households are familiar with. The smart home features are also welcome additions that set it apart over more economical option in the market....

Amazon Fire TV Stick Review: Everything You Need to Know

What once was an under-powered, frustrating device now offers the best value to performance proposition in the streaming device market....

How Does a Chromecast Work?

How is it that a Chromecast is able to deliver fantastic picture quality on a tiny device, and how is it that users are able to control video playback on their smartphones and tablets without doing anything other than connecting to the same wifi network? We discuss below....

Funny Wi-Fi Names to Make your Neighbors Think you Have a Sense of Humor

Why join the sea of meaningless network names? For an extra three to four minutes, you can set a custom network SSID. This article will help you change your SSID and offer over one hundred clever network names to choose from....

The Best Amazon Alexa Commands

In this article we provide a list of Amazon Alexa commands from around the internet, curated and tested to work by those of us here at Hometoys....

The Best Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs

Amazon Alexa is a great virtual assistant. And, as it turns out, Alexa also has a sense of humor. Enjoy this collection of the best Alexa Easter Eggs we have discovered and collected from around the internet....

How to Delete Apps on The iPhone 7

Below we address the various methods for uninstalling apps on iOS and how to troubleshoot the most common issues people have....

What is the Difference Between the Amazon Echo and Dot?

After introducing the Echo, Amazon further disrupted the smart speaker category by introducing the Echo Dot in late 2016. At a retail price of $50 (and often can be had for as little as $35), Amazon removed the price objection from potential buyers....

Is a Nest Thermostat Worth the Money?

Since its initial release, the Nest Thermostat has evolved, improved, and ultimately become the single most popular thermostat in the world. Indeed, Google confirmed Nest’s success when it acquired Nest Labs, Inc. in 2014 for $3.2 billion in cash....

Smart Home Features Emerge as Key Opportunity to Drive Customer Satisfaction with Home Security Systems, J.D. Power Finds

Overall customer satisfaction with home security systems is 834 (on a 1,000-point scale), up 3 points from last year, making home security the fourth highest-scoring product industry of all service industries evaluated by J.D. Power this year....

Ring Unveils Next Generation Neighbor Experience

Ring to release several new features and an updated app experience, providing neighbors with even more effective ways to protect their homes and neighborhoods....

Introducing Walabot HOME: A New Senior Care Smart Home Device for Fall Detection

Vayyar launches its flagship device in a new line of products for senior living designed to help people stay connected in case of a fall - no wearables, no pendants...

Marine Corps Major and Paralympic Gold Medalist Receives a Customized ELAN Controlled Smart Home Equipped With an Archery Range

The Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program built a specially adapted custom Smart Home for U.S. Marine Corps Major Eric Burkett with technologies provided by Nortek Security & Control....

Somfy’s New Situo Remote Elevates the Experience of Controlling Motorized Window Coverings

Somfy’s New Situo Remote Elevates the Experience of Controlling Motorized Window Coverings....

CEDIA Report Finds Opportunities for Business Growth for its Members

Housing data indicates nearly half of renovating homeowners are incorporating smart home systems or devices during the renovation....

Are Smart Homes Vulnerable to Malware?

The Smart home has become popular in recent times. With all this technology, however, are owners of smart homes are now faced with the probability of getting hacked, malware attacks, and intrusion of privacy by malicious people or government?...

Country Home Receives ELAN Home Automation Upgrade After Natural Disaster Strikes

Panamax® provides power protection to electronics in the 11,000-square foot home...

G Force: 5G Streaming is Going to be Beautiful When it Gets Here But…

One thing mobile operators have avoided addressing is how much they’re going to charge for the new ultrafast 5G service. Because we now live in a post-Net Neutrality world, operators have gotten really creative on the packages they offer....

CEDIA Expo 2018 Leads Industry Growth for the Future of Intelligently Connected Technology and its Integrators

Thousands of attendees engage and collaborate with world’s most influential technology brands at CEDIA Expo 2018...

Before the Game: The Real Market for VR/AR... Right Now

-2015 was the year virtual reality (VR) finally shed its niche status. -2016 was the year that VR made inroads into mainstream life. -2017 was the year VR and AR (augmented reality) finally joined forces. -2018 is the year VR/AR/MR (mixed reality) is ready for the masses....

Three High-Tech Home Devices That’ll Protect Your Home from Severe Weather

Here are three items on the market today that could help save your valuables and your home … not to mention your life....

Growing Overload: It’s Possible We’re Getting Too Many Great Entertainment Options

We believe (hope) the merger mania will lead to even more tentpole, blockbuster movies and a growing number of good, direct-to-streaming service TV shows....

CEDIA Expo Smart Stage to Hit Vital Topics

Over three days, attendees are invited to experience TechTalks, a series of thought-provoking panels lead by industry authorities and TechBites, a fast-paced opportunity for brands to showcase their newest innovations to an audience of media and attendees....

Emerald Expositions Acquires Select Assets of EH Media

CE Pro, Commercial Integrator, Campus Safety, Security and Sales Integration and Total Tech Summit Complement Emerald Design Group Platforms...

Five Smart Home Devices that Every Yard Needs

These smart home devices make life so much easier for their owners— both inside the house and out. Smart lawn and garden devices generally fall into four categories: sprinklers, sensors, lighting, and automated lawnmowers....

The Top Five Trends for the Future of Home Theater and Audio

Here at Aperion we are always striving to not only stay on top of current trends, but also looking to the future in order to anticipate what is likely to happen next. Here are a few of the developments that we think will be coming down the pike in the next few years....

Ripe Choices: Great Video Content Needs to be Easy to Find, Easy to View

OTT is probably going to be a good thing in the long term, rather like Darwin's survival of the fittest. The only problem is there is no such thing as natural selection when it comes to which streaming services you want....

Bluetooth Mesh Adoption Surpasses Expectations

More than 65 Qualified Bluetooth Mesh Products Pave the Way for Smart Lighting, Smart Building, Smart Home, and More....

Control4 Puts Audio Power in the Palm of the Hand

Easy, straightforward supervision of a wide assortment of powerful A/V gear was the primary objective of the owner of this dedicated theater, a 600-square-foot addition tacked onto his and his wife’s existing 7,000-square-foot home....

Strong Mix: The Best Organizational Team Has Complete Diversity

The emerging pool of young people who will enter the workforce isn’t offsetting the loss of experienced people who leave the workforce or retire....

Smart Home Tech: Why One Home Builder Chose to Integrate Z-Wave in Their Homes

If builders and construction firms offer smart home systems as part of their services and provide the consultation needed to understand how to use the technology, it will become easier for consumers to understand the value and importance of smart home solutions...

10 Ways an Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat Can Save You Money

Regardless of whether you’re at home or not, you’ll have full access and control over the thermostat in your home, making it much less likely that you’ll waste energy and money by running your HVAC system when no one is there to enjoy it....

Smart Homes… To Go

Modular homes and modern automation? Sounds like a match made in home-building heaven....

CEDIA Announced the TechBites Advisor’s Selection of Brands

The TechBites audience will experience a lively, three-minute presentation from each brand, followed by a three-minute Q & A session where the brands will field questions from the media, influencers and industry pros....

Distributed Wi-Fi: How a Pod in Every Room Enables Connected Smart Homes

As modern home network access systems download and buffer content through the connection to the house, installing distributed Wi-Fi with high-capacity capabilities can move that content through the house faster, with better quality, making multiple users happier....

Chamberlain Increases Garage Security with the Ultimate Security Bundle Garage Door Opener

New Ultimate Security Bundle (B980) from Chamberlain features company’s quietest DC Belt Drive opener with built-in Wi-Fi®, Battery Backup, and Automatic Garage Door Lock....

Home Automation: The Key to Reducing Home Energy Costs

Investing in smart devices for your home can save you quite a bit on your home energy costs, and that is worth every penny that you put into automating your home....

At Arizona Luxury Condo Complex, ELAN Control of Community Areas Entices Residents to Upgrade Their Condos

This project was a welcome upgrade to the residents, who appreciate every effort to simplify their lives and make technology work for them, rather than against them....

How to Compare A/V Receiver Power Specs

For the purposes of this article, we are just going to focus on comparing A/V receiver power. We’ll run through a few key things to look for as you compare the power of different models, as well as identifying some of the tricks that manufacturers use to inflate their specs....

Energy-efficient Home Controls Lighting and Solar With a High-tech Twist

The house is so efficient in its use of electrical power, there’s plenty left over to share with the home’s several substantial entertainment systems, including the Control4 equipment that feeds audio and video to speakers and TVs throughout the property, and a home theater...

The Top 5 Reasons to Add a Subwoofer to Your System

If you want to be able to really feel the bass from today’s Blu-rays and UHD content, make your other speakers sound as good as possible and have the widest available options in terms of speaker size and placement, a subwoofer is just what the audio doctor ordered!...

The Ultimate Guide to Smart Home Technology

Nearly everything in your home can be controlled remotely thanks to the power of the internet. All you need is a smart speaker or a mobile device....

CEDIA Announces 2018 Home Technology Professional Awards Finalists

CEDIA® is pleased to announce the 2018 finalists for the Home Technology Professional Awards competition. The CEDIA Awards honour the top projects completed by home technology professional members in the past year....

New Privacy: Streaming Services Have a New Sales Feature … Personalization

The race is on to own the entire customer experience. The key is to dominate the viewer-centric content creation and delivery services and have a comprehensive data picture of the consumer to present more personalized subscription entertainment...

Rain Bird Offers Seven Water-Saving Tips for a More Beautiful Yard

A properly designed, installed and maintained irrigation system will help minimize the amount of water required and still keep the lawn and landscape looking healthy. According to some experts, a healthy landscape can raise a home's value by as much as 14 percent....

Customizing the Smart Home: Putting the Power Into the Homeowner's Hands

Homeowners have been forced to choose between the autonomy provided by standalone smart devices on the one hand, and the robustness, sophistication, and extensive device support of professional automation systems on the other....

Seven Frequent Home Theater Missteps

For this article, we’re going to focus on home theater issues that are the result of folks not always making the best choices. If some of these examples look a bit familiar, fear not, they will all be easily remedied by following our recommendations....

Vivint Smart Home Works With Google to Give Voice Control to All New Vivint Customers

The collaboration builds on Vivint’s integration with the Google Assistant, which makes it easy to control lighting, locks, thermostats, garage doors and security features in a Vivint smart home....

Is it Influence or Manipulation? A Case for an Internet Code of Conduct

So, a connected world is a better world, right? This question is very much on-trend, especially in light of recent security and privacy breaches. Time to really give this question a second thought....

6 Smart Home Upgrades to Install During Your Remodel

Whether you’re hiring a contractor or renovating your home yourself, the opportunity to update your home’s technology shouldn’t be missed. You’ll save on installation time, and the potential increase in your home’s value may offset many of the costs associated....

7 Great Bathroom Tech Innovations You Won't Want To Live Without

If you are one of the people that like old school appliances and cannot give an ear to new technology, let me give you a few reasons to install bathroom tech innovations in your home....

The Truth About Speaker Impedance

Instead of getting lost in the weeds with the impedance spec, it’s better to take a step back and look at the most important thing your receiver provides and your speakers need; power....

The ‘Intelligent’ Home Investment

If you install smart home devices that appeal to universal concerns like security, ease of use, and integration, you will be much more likely to see an increase in your home’s value....

“Alexa, Turn on the TV”—Introducing Amazon Fire TV Cube: A Simple and Intuitive Way to Control Your Entertainment

Amazon Fire TV Cube makes it easy to use Alexa to find and watch your favorite TV shows and movies, hands-free from across the room...

Peerless-AV Case Study: Sprinklr

Peerless-AV® helps global brand wow customers with installation of large video wall in NYC headquarters....

Unsocial Social: Social Media Isn’t Social, It’s All About You

Because of the uproar the Facebook/Cambridge Analytics situation, governments around the globe are insisting on answers from Facebook on how they’re going to protect their citizens’ data from falling into the wrong hands and being misused/abused....

Olarm, the Smartest Peel & Stick Home Alarm System, Kicks off on Kickstarter

Using easy-to-install multi-functional sensors and a mobile app, this new system allows users to detect motion, smoke, temperature changes and more - through a free self-monitoring option or subscription based professional monitoring services....

9 Best Apps to Make Your Home Smarter

The market of smart home apps now is so big, that it became difficult to find the best option for you. I picked out 9 most useful and simple-to-use apps that will make your home smarter....

Three Robotic Vacuums for Every budget

There is a dizzying array of choices when it comes to robot vacuums and it’s easy to choose one that’s not right for you. In order to take the guesswork out of choosing the right robot vacuum, I’ve hand picked 3 of them....

NASCAR Champion Bobby Labonte Blends Rustic Charm with Luxury Tech in ELAN-Controlled Cabin in the Woods!

Labonte’s secluded High Point, North Carolina residence is outfitted with ELAN® control, SpeakerCraft® and Sunfire® audio, and Furman® power conditioning to create the ultimate AV system....

Options: Consumers Like the Value of the Right OTT Entertainment

Worldwide, people watched an average of 5 hours and 45 minutes of online video weekly last year, which is 34 percent more than the year before....

CES Asia 2018 Announces Innovation Award Honorees

Groundbreaking tech products recognized across AI, vehicle tech, mobile, AR/VR and more...

The World's First Design-Forward Intelligent Toilet Debuts At New York's International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Each AXENT.ONE C+ intelligent toilet is designed to make life more comfortable with smart and personalized cleansing technologies free of the unnecessary bulkiness and lackluster design of traditional toilets....

The Impact of the IoT Demystified

The IoT is more than a smart meter or the like. It is a complete new wave of automation that includes everything from omni-sensing to artificial intelligence, from smartphones to smart homes, and from smart industries to smart cities....

Injured U.S. Army Airborne Division Veteran Receives Specialized Smart Home with Control and Automation

The home, featuring SpeakerCraft® and Sunfire® audio and Panamax® power protection, can be fully controlled and automated through the ELAN® mobile app....

Finally, There's One Service You Can Rely on for Advice and Help for All Your Tech Needs

Best Buy Total Tech Support members receive unlimited Geek Squad help in-store, by phone, online and via the Best Buy Home app, no matter where or when they bought their products...

SIA Opens Call for Speakers for ISC East 2018 and ISC West 2019

The Security Industry Association (SIA) and ISC Security Events have announced that the SIA Education@ISC team is seeking quality session proposals for two upcoming events: ISC East 2018 – Nov. 14–15 in New York City – and ISC West 2019 – April 9–12 in Las Vegas, NV....

73% of Smart Home Device Owners Installed the Product Themselves or With Help of a Friend or Family Member

"Twenty-six percent of U.S. broadband households own at least one smart home device, such as a smart door lock, video doorbell, or smart thermostat, and consumers have a variety of options where they can purchase these products, from professional installers to online retail,...

CE Week 2018: Conference Program Looks at the Digitalization of Everything

Conference program to explore the latest trends in IoT, robotics, smart home, wearables, connected cars and more....

Parks Associates: Households Without a Home Security System Want Interactive Services, No Long-Term Contracts, and Home Management Capabilities

Among U.S. broadband households without a security system, 19% are very likely to buy one if it can be monitored or controlled via a smartphone...

Connected Technology Comes to Life at HD Expo 2018

CEDIA Expo and HD Expo Come Together to Connect Tech Integrators and Hospitality Designers in the All-New Power Hub...

Leviton Announces New Connection Capabilities with Nest Learning Thermostat™, Nest Cam™ and Nest Protect™ for Decora Smart™ with Wi-Fi Technology

Through this alignment, Leviton Decora Smart™ with Wi-Fi Technology and Nest devices can now be utilized together to automate lights and connected loads throughout the home....

New Industry Alliance NICE Launched for Next Generation Smart Camera Ecosystem

Newly formed Network of Intelligent Camera Ecosystem (NICE) Alliance aligns leading suppliers to create an innovative ecosystem standard for smart camera markets...

Parks Associates: 57% of U.S. Broadband Households are Interested in Voice Control in Their Cars

"As consumer interest in voice control and connected safety features rises, there is a parallel rise in interest in car data plans, preferably bundled with consumers' current mobile data plan,"...

Wipro launches affordable home automation system 'Wipro Z Nxt'

The News Minute: "All the electrical appliances can be controlled from a single application on an Android or iOS device, a remote or a wall-mounted device through voice control by multiple users," it said....

Parks Associates Announces Agenda for CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference

Parks Associates today confirmed executives from Google and T-Mobile in the preliminary keynote lineup for the 22nd-annual CONNECTIONS™:...

Microsoft continues to push Cortana into the smart home with IFTTT integration

Emma Boyle for Tech Radar: Though adding new devices such as Ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, LIFX, and Geeni to Cortana’s roster is a positive step, it’s IFTTT integration that will really give the assistant a boost....

Facebook to launch smart home speakers in July: Report

Zee Business: "The Aloha model, to be marketed under the official name Portal, will use voice commands but will also feature facial recognition to identify users for accessing Facebook via a wide-angle lens on the front of the device," the report added....

With Blink’s camera chip and a few AA batteries, Amazon goes low-energy

Valentina Palladino for Ars Technica: On the flip side, Blink's cameras are powered by AA batteries, and its embedded, energy-efficient chip allows those batteries to last up to two years at a time....

Alphabet rolls its Nest smart home unit back into Google

Jillian D'Onfro for CNBC: The company writes that by bringing Nest back into Google, it can "supercharge Nest's mission." Nest's current CEO, Marwan Fawaz, will now report to Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh....

Mozilla Offers a Slick New Way to Control Your Smart Home

Lee Mathews for Liliputing: Mozilla announced a major upgrade to Things Gateway. With the new version come a number of features that put it more in line with its retail competition....

Nissan moves into home solar energy storage

Nick Lavars for New Atlas: Nissan reckons its solar energy system can save UK homeowners up to 66 percent on their energy bills...

The Future Of The Smart Home: Your Home's Operating System & The Artificial Intelligence To Power It

Andrew Weinreich for Forbes: I’ll analyze the race between tech giants to develop an operating system and artificial intelligence for the smart home....

Ring's First Takeover Is Major Milestone For Emerging Force In Smart Home Security

Paul Lamkin for Forbes: “It’s not a revenue thing and it’s not a technology thing – it has to be an area that we see as fitting the mission and it has to be a culture that we think we can work with,”...

Audi aims to compete with Tesla Energy through a new ‘Smart Energy Network’

Fred Lambert for Electrek: They are combining electric vehicle charging, energy storage, and solar power to provide balancing services to the grid with benefits for both the homeowner/electric car owner and the electric utility....

Prefab Flex House comes tricked out with smart home features

Jenny Xie for Curbed: Recently shown at CES, the so-called “right-sized” prefab design comes in at a comfortable 760 square feet, with smart home trimmings from head to toe....

Universal Electronics Shifts To Smart Home From TV Remotes

Patrick Seitz for Investors Business Daily: "For the smart home, in the past few years, we've acquired a couple of companies – Ecolink and RCS – that bring other products into our suite,"...

What a security expert thought of a few new smart-home devices at CES 2018

Rob Pegoraro for Yahoo Finance: To judge from the cornucopia of connected household devices on display at CES 2018, there is no product that manufacturers deem unworthy of being graced with a processor, a cloud service, and a companion app....

Michigan auto supplier teams up with smart home software developer

Jim Harger for mlive: Gentex is using Yonomi software to launch HomeLink Connect, an new home automation app that pairs with the vehicle and allows drivers to operate home automation devices from the vehicle's center console display or rearview mirror controls....

Voice assistant integration is the top smart-home trend at CES

Peter Newman for Business Insider: One of the top trends sweeping the smart home market at this year’s show has been the further integration of consumer connected devices with the leading voice-based artificial intelligence (AI) assistants....

Integrating Alexa Gadgets Into Your IoT & Home Automation Solutions

Leor Grebler for IoT for All: With this soon to be released API, developers will be able to create inputs for the Echo or receive commands that are synchronized with dialog playing from Alexa-enabled speakers....

Home automation tops technology Christmas gifts for 2017

Jim Gaines for USA Today: "It started coming out last year, but it was very entry-level,” he said. "Now they have such an assortment in smart home technology that you can really find the right device to integrate into the home for you.”...

Sigma Designs Announces Winners of Z-Wave Smart Home Maker ChallengeGrand prize winner heads to CES 2018 with Z-Wave

All eligible submissions to the contest received a free Raspberry Pi equipped with the Z-Wave Developers kit and one Z-Wave certified device to help contestants build a smart home application to turn their dream smart home experience into a reality....

How to set up and monitor your smart home

Dirk Paessler for ITProPortal: A thermometer that can be operated via smartphone does not make a smart home on its own....

Roomba to Rule the Smart Home

Elizabeth Woyke for MIT Technology Review: iRobot CEO Colin Angle says mapping data generated by the company’s robotic cleaners will finally make our homes intelligent....

Analyst report endorses Apple’s approach of in-store demos of smart home tech

Ben Lovejoy for 9to5Mac: The note suggests that Apple is on the right track with its in-store demo stations, where customers can experience for themselves what it’s like to have a HomeKit controlled connected home....

MIVATEK TO CREATE JAPAN’S FIRST ALL-WIFI CONNECTED PROTECTION SYSTEM

Sha Maison Development Will Become “Self-Monitored, Smart Community”; System Will Increase Security, Safety, & Health of Residents in 700-Unit Housing Community...

Ikea to work with Sonos on new Smart Home products

Telecompaper: Retailer Ikea has bumped up its smart home offering by entering into a partnership with speakers maker Sonos....

First Los Angeles Zero Net Energy Multifamily Affordable Housing Development Uses Solar Power

ProudGreen Building: "This project demonstrates how affordability and environmental sustainability can be achieved with effective coordination and a great team."...

40% of Black Friday Top 5 Sellers Are Amazon Products; 60% Are Smart Home Gadgets

John Koetsier for Forbes: Two of Black Friday's top five selling products are Amazon products. Three of them are smart home gadgets....

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