Smart Home Automation

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Thread: And Then There Were Three…

      Yesterday a group of companies including Samsung and Nest Labs banded together to create Thread Group, the latest in IoT consortium “Start-ups”.  Joining the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) announced last week and the AllSeen Alliance announced in December we now have 3 different groups proving how important IoT will be, and just how …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Wireless Technologies for Home Automation

Simply put, there are too many choices for today’s low-end mainstream1 and DIY2 consumer when it comes to connecting the new breed of Home Automation (HA) equipment. With the plethora of thermostats, lights, locks and consumer friendly HA devices hitting the market from Nest, Philips, Belkin, Honeywell, Insteon, Schlage and others, it has become increasingly difficult …

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Apple v. Google: The Gloves Come Off in the Home

With the announcement this week of Nest Labs purchase of Dropcam, along with their announcement of a new developer platform, including API’s, Google has finally given us an inkling as to where they are going with their home automation strategy. Apple revealed their plans a few weeks ago at their World Wide Developer’s Conference, when …

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Bluetooth Smart, A Natural Fit for Home Automation

As I pointed out in my last blog, one of the major impediments in the expansion of home automation technologies is the lack of a single architecture or standard to pull it all together. Some think that that standard is here with Bluetooth 4.0 or Bluetooth Smart. BT is already the crowned king of wireless headsets for …

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The Elusive Chase for the Automated Home

Back in December, Patrick Moorhead wrote a piece on Revolv and his experiences with integrating it into his Home Automation (HA) system, a key piece of the ubiquitous Home Internet of Things (HIoT). Pat gave the Revolv Smart Home Hub and App a run-through by actually using it in his home and concluded that Revolv’s …

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Apple WWDC 2014: All About Choice And Growth

I had the pleasure of attending the Apple WWDC 2014 keynote in the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. While Apple didn’t introduce any new hardware, they did announce a dizzying array of software and service improvements for today, but more interestingly, for tomorrow. Two key themes I recognized were “choice” and “growth”, and …

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Nortek’s Elan Latest Whole Home Automation Product: Like A Grown Up Google Nest, Sonos, And Dropcam

I have been in and around home automation for over 20 years and like many in the industry, am very impressed and excited about the future of home automation. While the DIY consumer side of the business is getting a lot of press attention lately particularly with Google’s $3.2B Nest acquisition and Apple rumors, what you may not …

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Revolv: The Answer To Home Automation IoT Anarchy

Home automation has had its fits and starts for the last 20 years, but it appears that most of the variables are in place to ignite serious growth in this currently nascent market. As I wrote about here, there are challenges and a few different solutions in home automation. If the consumer desires a best of breed …

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The Problem With Home Automation’s Internet Of Things (IoT)

Home automation for years has been the domain of home installers outfitting wealthy consumers with $10,000- $100,000 setups to control lights, home theater, security, air conditioning, and home audio.  After many fits and starts, more mainstream home automation appears to be growing out of that rich niche as evidenced by all the DIY (do it …

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