Control4 becomes latest company to join Z-Wave Alliance

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Whole home automation company Control4 has joined the membership of the Z-Wave Alliance, a global membership organisation dedicated to advancing the Z-Wave wireless smart home protocol.

Control4 will be offering its customers and certified custom integrators a wide variety of choices in smart home automation devices and will also expand its interoperability.

Taking up the Z-Wave Alliance membership, Control4 joins over 375 additional supporters of the Z-Wave...

By IoT News, 20 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Control4 integrates with Amazon Alexa for smart home automation with a single command

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The new Control4 Smart Home Skill has been integrated with Amazon’s voice-enabled service, Alexa, which provides the convenience of whole-home automation via simple and intuitive voice commands triggering smart home scenes and control individual devices.

Control4 synchronises with all the connected devices in a smart home to pre-set scenes to set the mood, create ambiance, and provide convenience. For instance, a single voice command allows the Control4 skill for Alexa create a...

By IoT News, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Netatmo announces Valves for smart radiator control

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Netatmo has announced the latest product in their smart heating range called 'Valves' to control radiators on a room-by-room basis for more granular management of temperature. 

The announcement of a smart radiator valves is a lot sexier than it sounds – not just because they're crafted by pioneering French designer Philippe Starck – but also because they bring Netatmo's exciting...

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Digital assistants will battle for your ears — as the sales of smart audio products triple

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According to a new study by Juniper Research, the sales of smart audio hardware will more than triple over the next four years and provide a new arena for digital assistants to battle for your attention. 

Among the competitors are ear-based wearables such as the Bragi Dash and HERE Active Listening, as well as smart home speakers including the popular Amazon Echo and upcoming Google...

By Ryan Daws, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes, Wearables.

Could a ‘stepping stone’ approach be required for mass IoT adoption?

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The smart home movement is upon us and has been for some time – but when, and how, will it become the norm for every household?

With an increasing number of manufacturers now embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) and the smart home, the technology is developing at a rapid rate making it now possible to ‘connect’ nearly all aspects of home life. The concept is a great one – equipping all objects with technology that can interact with each other and be...

By Jeremy Stewart, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Only one in three UK consumers say they are familiar with smart tech

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New research from Harris Interactive has found a significant gap between consciousness and familiarity among UK consumers about smart tech.

According to the study, of more than 4000 people, 99% of consumers in the UK are now aware of smart tech, but just 33% have an advanced familiarity with it. The results indicate that greater development is needed for boosting usage of smart tech and its understanding.

The report also found a similar trend in Internet of Things (IoT), with 48%...

By IoT News, 19 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Logitech launches new button to aim to control the smart home

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Logitech is aiming to facilitate control of the smart home at the fingertips of the consumer with the launch of the Logitech Pop Home Switch Starter Pack and Pop Add-On Home Switch. Following set-up, the device allows all members in the home to control smart home devices, from lighting presets to Sonos playlists and more.

The Logitech Pop Home Switch Starter Pack and the Logitech Pop Add-on Home Switch are expected to be available in the US in August. The suggested retail price of the...

By IoT News, 17 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Review: Ring Doorbell is 'caller ID for the front door'

Ring was founded in 2012 by Jamie Siminoff after pitching the idea to his wife about reinventing the doorbell for the modern world to improve both convenience and security. Rightly she loved the idea, and called it "like caller ID for the front door.” 

Others supported the vision set forth by Siminoff and the company raised $28 million of investment last year, including from Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. Now we're here...

By Ryan Daws, 05 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

iHome announces compatibility of SmartPlug products with Amazon Alexa devices

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In order to further the relevance of its iHome Control product line, iHome has announced the compatibility of its SmartPlug products with Amazon Alexa devices, including Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV.

iHome WiFi SmartPlug is capable of converting any connected device into a smart device. The addition of an Amazon Alexa device to their iHome SmartPlug network allows customers to use their voice to control their smart home.

Gary Schultz, director of business and...

By IoT News, 01 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Thread Group and Open Connectivity Foundation to collaborate on connected home adoption

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With a view to further cross-application interoperability and device connectivity in the connected home, the Thread Group and the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) have inked a liaison agreement.

Both organisations – which share many member companies – will collaborate to ensure compatibility of OCF's application layer with Thread's low-power, secure and scalable IPv6-based wireless mesh network layer.

Thread Group president, Grant Erickson, said: “Thread Group...

By IoT News, 29 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes, Standards.