04. July 2016 · Comments Off on The hottest smart home controller ever installs anywhere there’s a light switch · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Every once in a blue moon you come across a device and you instantly know that the company just got it right. The hardware design is great, the software design is great, and the user experience is simple yet powerful and versatile. It’s rare to begin with, but it’s even more rare when you’re talking about smart home controllers and hubs, because the market is all over the place right now. It can all be quite confusing, but there’s nothing confusing about this statement: The NuBryte Touchpoint All-in-One Sma

Source: The hottest smart home controller ever installs anywhere there’s a light switch

16. March 2016 · Comments Off on Why Every Healthcare Device Should be Connected to the Internet of Things · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

There are myriad “things” that could benefit from having a Wi-Fi Internet connection, enabling access to devices and data anytime and anywhere.  Whether it’s a vibration device monitoring commercial building disturbances or irrigation controllers charged with watering acres of plants at a theme park, the Internet of Things (IoT) provides companies with an avenue to improve efficiency, add value, and ultimately make the “things” they manufacture “smart.”

Source: Why Every Healthcare Device Should be Connected to the Internet of Things | Lantronix

26. January 2016 · Comments Off on Control4’s new entertainment automation system is a smart-home gateway drug · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Control4 is best known for its whole-home automation services, but its newest offering is a single box that promises to smarten up your home’s entertainment capabilities. The new Control4 EA Series (that’s “EA” for “entertainment and automation”) line of connected home controllers will range from $600 for a single-room setup to $2,000 for a unit powerful enough to smarten up a large home.Each offering in the EA Series acts like a hub for your home entertainment. The system is compatible with over 9,500 connected home products — including entertainment devices ranging from Blu-ray players and gaming consoles to cable boxes and streaming gadgets such as Roku or Apple TV.

Source: Control4 EA Series Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

13. September 2015 · Comments Off on ARM wants you to jump into mbed with it – IoT open-source OS in beta · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Chip blueprint scribbler ARM has released some of the source code for its first public beta of mbed, its operating system for the Internet of Things.The Internet of Things is today’s fancy word for embedded engineering, and ARM is all over that latter space: the tiny and relatively simple processor cores it designs are used in countless gadgets and gizmos, phones and tablets, controllers and sensors, smartcards, and so on.The Brit biz feels it is best positioned, right in the center, to provide the software to bring together low-end, low-power Cortex-M chips and the competing communications standards. In October, ARM revealed mbed OS, which emerged from its mbed.org community of developers and driver code.

Source: ARM wants you to jump into mbed with it – IoT open-source OS in beta • The Register

26. June 2015 · Comments Off on 5 things you need to know about home automation, and where the industry is falling short  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

My home automation experience goes back to the Radio Shack Model III. I deployed an X-10 controller via a serial port. Lights turned on and off on a schedule. Friends and family thought it apropos that science fiction loving Dan was automating his home. As the years went by, however, not much changed. Until just a few days ago I was still running my last two X-10 controllers to manage nightstand lights—companion controllers long relegated to a box in the garage when my home wiring proved too daunting for the X-10 signals.

Source: 5 things you need to know about home automation, and where the industry is falling short – GeekWire

27. April 2015 · Comments Off on Oomi smart home gear improves security, comfort, and entertainment · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

You might recognize the Oomi name from a story we did on the gear back in January of this year. I’m not sure what happened on that first crowd-sourced funding campaign for the gear, presumably it didn’t raise the funds it needed. The Oomi product is back now and it offers the same promise of making your home smarter with an easy to deploy system.Smart homes used to require a computer and complex controllers, but Oomi can be set up in three steps that make the deployment of the system easy.

Source: Oomi smart home gear improves security, comfort, and entertainment – SlashGear

02. October 2014 · Comments Off on Press Release: HomeSeer Unveils Faster, Less Expensive Home Automation Controller · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

HomeSeer‘s new HomeTroller-SEL is faster and less expensive than previous “SE” series home automation controllers. As with all HomeSeer systems, HomeTroller-SEL may be accessed remotely via the cloud but information is always stored locally for safety and reliability.

via Press Release: HomeSeer Unveils Faster, Less Expensive Home Automation Controller – Spotlight Article from CE Pro.

22. September 2014 · Comments Off on Energy storage: Is the time finally right for grid-integrated water heaters? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Several recent projects have demonstrated that grid-scale energy storage can be accomplished by managing a fleet of electric water heaters. Companies are producing controllers that work with existing water heaters. They then aggregate those water heaters into a virtual storage pool.

“Grid-integrated water heater” is the new term of art. The controller communicates cellular or Internet connection to receive signals when to switch on or off. (Some people are using the same technology for electric space heaters, too.)

via Smart Grid: Energy storage: Is the time finally right for grid-integrated water heaters?.

08. March 2013 · Comments Off on New Standard to Help Make Homes Smart-Grid Ready · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ® today announced the publication of a new American National Standard, ANSI/CEA-2045, Modular Communications Interface for Energy Management. This standard specifies a modular communications interface (MCI) for energy management signals and messages exchanged among devices in a home and the smart-grid system.

These devices include consumer products such as sensors, thermostats, and appliances, as well as energy-related equipment such as energy management hubs, energy management controllers and residential gateways. CEA cooperated with SGIP, the public/private Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, on the development of ANSI/CEA-2045.

via New Standard to Help Make Homes Smart-Grid Ready | SMART Group.

07. March 2013 · Comments Off on New Standard to Help Make Homes Smart-Grid Ready · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ® today announced the publication of a new American National Standard, ANSI/CEA-2045, Modular Communications Interface for Energy Management. This standard specifies a modular communications interface (MCI) for energy management signals and messages exchanged among devices in a home and the smart-grid system.

These devices include consumer products such as sensors, thermostats, and appliances, as well as energy-related equipment such as energy management hubs, energy management controllers and residential gateways. CEA cooperated with SGIP, the public/private Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, on the development of ANSI/CEA-2045.

via PCBDESIGN007 New Standard to Help Make Homes Smart-Grid Ready.