Home Automation

What the heck are ZigBee, Z-Wave, and Insteon? Home automation standards … – Digital Trends

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Automating your home used to mean spending big bucks to get a specialized control system installed inside your walls, but that’s all changing. Simple DIY smart home gadgets are quickly becoming commonplace, so if you’re thinking about dipping your toes into automation and smartening up your pad, it’s important that you know the difference between the various home automation protocols out there. Just like other electronic systems, smart devices all…

Smart Homes Next For Google After Cell Phone Failure – The Inquisitr

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Smart homes might be the next big thing for Google, especially after their attempt to enter the smart phone industry failed. On Wednesday, Google’s CEO, Larry Page, announced the companies plans to sell Motorolla to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. He conveniently forgot to mention that Motorolla was purchased for close to $12.5 billion in 2012, when Google thought they could enter the smart phone market. Page acknowledged in his report…

Smart Homes on Wall Street : 9 stocks to check out – SiliconANGLE (blog)

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The home automation market is expected to explode at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.5 percent between 2012 and 2020.  Because of this, there is growing interest in investing in companies that offer home automation solutions. Interested parties can always back home automation projects in crowdfunding platforms, but there is no investment return aside from being one of the first to get the product if and when their…

Google Making Nest More Than Home Automation, Team to Become Main … – DailyTech

Friday, January 31, 2014

quote: I already know when I am at home and when I am not – my brain already performs this function at no added financial cost. No added cost? This reminded me of my old live-in girlfriend, we were constantly fighting over the thermostat. Me, being a man, knew how to set it optimally. Her, being a cold natured scatterbrain woman, had no clue. I got tired of the fighting…

Security, Maintenance And Comfort Through Home Automation – DigitalJournal.com

Friday, January 31, 2014

Security, Maintenance And Comfort Through Home Automation >PRWEB.COM Newswire (PRWEB) January 31, 2014 When thinking of setting one’s coffee pots to start brewing the minute one wakes up. One thinks of curtains that open and close based on the time of day. When one thinks of garage door openers and remote controls. Few take into account the capacity for greater security and easier home maintenance through home automation. While…

Honeywell VISTA Alarm Panels, Savant Home Automation Now Compatible – CEPro

Friday, January 31, 2014

Honeywell VISTA home security panels are now compatible with home automation systems from Savant, allowing installers to create more connected home solutions for customers. With the combination of the VISTA system and Savant’s Apple-based technologies, installers will have the opportunity to offer automation, multi-zone audio and video, increasing the value of sales. “Home automation is increasingly becoming an expectation for security customers, but homeowners aren’t interested in replacing reliable security…

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast – Podcast #620: Revolv Home Automation Hub – HDTV Magazine

Friday, January 31, 2014

Today’s Show: Revolv Home Automation Hub With 2013 being the year of home automation we saw a bunch of new products come on the scene to make our lives easier. Along with those products came apps for our mobile devices and before long we started suffering from app fatigue. Wouldn’t it be cool if a product could unite all those different technologies into one app! Well today we review a product…

Technology for ‘smart homes’ is slowly gaining ground – Buffalo News

Friday, January 31, 2014

For decades, futurists have been predicting the era of the “smart” home, where you don’t need to be home to lock your doors, dim your lights or adjust your thermostats. But except for the homes of the wealthy and a few hobbyists, the smart home has been a dream of the distant future. The necessary gadgets have been too expensive and too difficult to configure, and there have…

Google Failed at Smartphones. Can It Really Build Smart Homes and Robots? – Businessweek

Thursday, January 30, 2014

On the face of it, operating an existing cell phone company should be easier than creating and maintaining computerized eyeglasses, robots, and Internet-connected home appliances. Now that Google (GOOG) has admitted failure in the phone business by selling Motorola to Lenovo (992:HK) for about $3 billion, how credible are its chances to pull off its much more ambitious aspirations in hardware? The company says the Motorola sale doesn’t mean it is…

The CEO behind the Nook is taking on smart homes – The Verge

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Savant, one of the major players in high-end home automation systems, is working to bring its products to those with more reasonable budgets. In order to help reach that mass audience, the company has hired former Barnes & Noble chief executive William Lynch as its new CEO. Lynch led the bookseller’s transition to digital under the Nook brand until his resignation last July. Founder of Savant, Robert Madonna, tells The Verge in an…

Bollente Companies, Inc. Expanding Home Automation Intelligence Services – Broadway World

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Related: Press Release, News PHOENIX, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ The Board of Directors of Bollente Companies, Inc., (“Bollente”) (OTCQB: BOLC) announced today that it has approved the spin-off of Nuvola, Inc., a Nevada corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Bollente. Nuvola will serve as the next-generation home automation and intelligence division of the Bollente portfolio and will work in conjunction with other portfolio companies to provide technical integration, innovation and ongoing…

Technology for ‘smart homes’ is slowly gaining ground – Buffalo News

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

For decades, futurists have been predicting the era of the “smart” home, where you don’t need to be home to lock your doors, dim your lights or adjust your thermostats. But except for the homes of the wealthy and a few hobbyists, the smart home has been a dream of the distant future. The necessary gadgets have been too expensive and too difficult to configure, and there have…

Leaving the Nest: What’s Microsoft doing in home automation? – ZDNet

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

With Google’s $3.2 billion (not a typo!) purchase of thermostat and smoke-detector-maker Nest, it’s a good time to revist what Microsoft has cooking in the home-automation space. According to at least one report, Google was the only serious bidder for Nest. That’s not too surprising on the Microsoft side of the house, given the company’s home-automation strategy seems to be centering on the server and/or…

Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest – NPR

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Google just paid over $3 billion for a company that makes smart thermostats and smoke alarms for homes and offices. Nest Labs has been more successful than Google at getting into people’s homes with these Internet-connected home devices. Some analysts say that’s exactly why Google wanted it. NPR’s…