Beecham: Smart homes remain “overpriced, undersold and misunderstood”

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While smart home gadgets have to provide a level of comfort living, they are usually overpriced and beyond the price reach of most homeowners, according to a report from Beecham Research.

The researchers argue a lack of awareness and a lack of knowledge of smart home products and their benefits, along with concerns of data privacy and lack of device interoperability are the problems hindering the growth of the smart home market. But on the other hand, the report predicts the...

By IoT News, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Samsung acquires Viv AI platform co-founded by Siri creators

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Hot on the footsteps of Google's announcement of a much-improved 'Assistant' of its own, Samsung has announced the acquisition of Viv Labs, the AI platform co-founded by the creators of Siri. 

“At Viv, we’re building the simplest way for anyone to talk to devices and services everywhere. We see a future that is decidedly beyond...

By Ryan Daws, 06 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Homes.

Tech giants including Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and IBM form Partnership on AI

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The world's biggest advancements often come from talented individuals putting their minds together with a common goal. Today's giants of tech started with humble beginnings – such as in a garage or dorm room – but are now brimming with talent looking for the next big thing. 

A collective of the world's biggest technology pioneers has joined forces in a historic partnership...

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Standards.

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.