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Vtouch pushes Kinect-powered gesture controls for smart homes – PCWorld

Monday, April 20, 2015

TVs with gestural control are nothing new, but a South Korean startup is using set-top 3D motion sensors to control not only on-screen content but connected appliances in the smart home. At the CHI 2015 conference in Seoul, formally titled Human Factors in Computing Systems, Vtouch is demoing a Kinect-based gesture system that can also control household lights, stereos and thermostats with a single 3D camera. Users sit several meters…

It’s Getting Busy Here: New Brands Flock To Home Automation – Twice

Monday, April 20, 2015

NEW YORK — The flourishing home-automation market has attracted more brands and prompted others to expand their selection and distribution. New brands include Bosch, Flir and Satechi. Companies expanding their selection include security supplier Honeywell, home-automation supplier URC, and Z-Wave door-lock supplier Kwikset. For its part, Insteon continues to expand its distribution. Here’s what the companies announced: Bosch: The home- and commercial-security supplier entered the home-automation market with a Z-Wave…

Quirky ‘Terribly Embarrassed’ Over Wink Home Automation Hub Recall (Updated) – CEPro

Monday, April 20, 2015

Updated 4/20/2015 with progress report from Wink. Skip to the bottom of the article. On April 18, Wink said it was “doing a bit of work on our end so if you see any devices offline we’ll get you back up and running shortly,” the home automation division of GE-backed Quirky announced on Twitter. We now know that Wink originally had done its customers a favor by including a security…

Weekend tech reading: Home automation checklist, are game downloads getting … – TechSpot

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The problem with growing download sizes Digital distribution has been good for PC gaming. The convenience, sales, and increased exposure for small developers have made our hobby significantly more accessible. The increase in download sizes over the last few years, however, is starting to make some games a little less accessible. Big-budget games now come in tens of gigabytes, and while increased data use is a natural part of evolving…

Quirky ‘Terribly Embarrassed’ Over Wink Home Automation Hub Recall – CEPro

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Yesterday, Wink said it was “doing a bit of work on our end so if you see any devices offline we’ll get you back up and running shortly,” the home automation division of GE-backed Quirky announced on Twitter. We now know that Wink originally had done its customers a favor by including a security certificate in the hubs, but that certificated expired exactly one year after Wink shipped the hubs….

Home Automation Systems – A Consumer Checklist – AnandTech

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) concept has gained a lot of traction over the last couple of years. One of the main applications of IoT lies in the home automation space. Consumers have many options in this space, but none of them have the right combination of comprehensiveness, economy, extensibility and ease of use. We provided an introduction to IoT / home automation back in 2012, and the space…

Microsoft Corporation’s Latest Internet of Things Partnership Could Take It … – Motley Fool

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Big news in the land of technology: Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) recently partnered with German appliance maker Miele to launch new smart appliances connected to its Azure Internet of Things (IoT) services. A Miele coffee maker. Source: Miele. At a recent industrial fair, Miele stated that it had completed a proof-of-concept study of Microsoft’s IoT technologies, indicating that smart ovens, vacuums, and…

Popular Home Automation System Backdoored Via Unpatched Flaw – Dark Reading

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Malicious firmware update could lead to device, full home network 0wnage, researcher will show next week at the RSA Conference. Billy Rios plans to demonstrate with a game of Pac-Man an attack on a long-known vulnerability in a popular home automation controller. The security researcher, next week at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, will show an exploit he created that replaces the device’s firmware with malicious code that…

Microsoft Corporation’s Latest Internet of Things Partnership Could Take It … – Motley Fool

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Big news in the land of technology: Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) recently partnered with German appliance maker Miele to launch new smart appliances connected to its Azure Internet of Things (IoT) services. A Miele coffee maker. Source: Miele. At a recent industrial fair, Miele stated that it had completed a proof-of-concept study of Microsoft’s IoT technologies, indicating that smart ovens, vacuums, and…

European Smart Homes Market Worth $15.28 Billion by 2020 – PR Newswire (press release)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

DALLAS, April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — According to a new market research report “European Smart Home Market by Products (Security, Access, Lighting, Entertainment, Energy Management, HVAC, Ballast & Battery Pack), Service (Installation & Repair, Renovation & Customization) and Geography – Global Forecast and Analysis…

Smart homes open doors for utilities – The Australian

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Microsoft Corporation’s Latest Internet of Things Partnership Could Take It … – Motley Fool

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Big news in the land of technology: Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) recently partnered with German appliance maker Miele to launch new smart appliances connected to its Azure Internet of Things (IoT) services. A Miele coffee maker. Source: Miele. At a recent industrial fair, Miele stated that it had completed a proof-of-concept study of Microsoft’s IoT technologies, indicating that smart ovens, vacuums, and…

Home Automation System Seed Labs Launches Silvair Control To Make Your … – TechCrunch

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

As our homes becoming increasingly wired (or unwired) it’s important for our teakettles to talk to our fridges and, potentially, for both to gang up on our vacuums. But how? They can now use something called the Silvair Control from Seed Labs. We last met up with Seed Labs last November when they showed me a working system to control electronics in the home using an open and very usable…

Kwikset Bridge Lets Kevo BLE Locks Play with ZigBee, Z-Wave Home Automation – CEPro

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kwikset’s Kevo Bluetooth (BLE) smart door lock can finally integrate with home automation systems thanks to a new Home Connect Bridge—demonstrated for the first time at ISC West 2015—that translates ZigBee and Z-Wave commands into Bluetooth for controlling the lock. When Kwikset introduced arguably the first Bluetooth door lock a few years ago, it didn’t do all that much. It didn’t connect to the Internet, for example. It only talked…

Smart Living Takes Center Stage amid Fierce Competition for Coveted … – Business Wire (press release)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

TAIPEI, Taiwan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The annual event of the IT sector, 2015 COMPUTEX TAIPEI, will return in June, and with it, the COMPUTEX d&i awards. A collaboration between show organizer, TAITRA, and renowned German design institution, iF International Forum Design GmbH, these awards garner the attention of both domestic and international companies. This year’s awards are gearing up to be even more competitive with entries from returning industry leaders and many start-ups….

Telguard’s HomeControl Flex Offers IFTTT Integration for Security, Home … – CEPro

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Telular, maker of cellular radios for security systems, is introducing Telguard HomeControl Flex at ISC West 2015 this week in Las Vegas. Flex enables alarm and home automation systems to integrate with more than 170 smart home devices via IFTTT, an online if/then engine for cloud-enabled products and services. If the new service launches in May, as Telguard indicates, then it may be the first time that leading alarm systems…

Telguard’s HomeControl Flex Offers IFTTT Integration for Security, Home … – CEPro

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Telular, maker of cellular radios for security systems, is introducing Telguard HomeControl Flex at ISC West 2015 this week in Las Vegas. Flex enables alarm and home automation systems to integrate with more than 170 smart home devices via IFTTT, an online if/then engine for cloud-enabled products and services. If the new service launches in May, as Telguard indicates, then it may be the first time that leading alarm systems…