E FUN Debuts DIY Nexturn Home Automation Line

As predicted, CES 2015 is full of new home automation products, ideas, and companies. Andrew is planning on spendind some time with E FUN, so please feel free to post questions for them in the comments and Andrew can update you on what E FUN has to say about their Nexturn products. You can find their website linked in the […]

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ZigBee v. Bluetooth Mesh – Fight!?

There was a time when the whole ZigBee v. Bluetooth (BT) question would have been kind of silly. BT was very capable, but its power characteristics made unsuitable for the types of devices that a Home Automation (HA) protocol like ZigBee is intended to address. That has changed significantly over the last couple years, with BT LE (Low Energy) taking […]

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NETGEAR Announces Arlo Smart Home Security Kit (VMS3230)

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The rapid expansion of products in the Home Automation (HA) space this year has been amazing. As the “Internet of Things” gains ground, OEMs who have only dabbled in the past are focusing more on delivering holistic solutions. Today, NETGEAR becomes one of these vendors with their Arlo product line. Currently this only manifests as wireless video monitoring solution that […]

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D-Link Announces Affordable Wi-Fi Smart Plug

If you’re sold on Home Automation (HA) the cost, while sometimes unpleasant, is just part of what it takes to accomplish the larger goal. For those who aren’t as convinced or have simpler targets, spending a couple hundred dollars to “smart” one plug is a hard sell, which is where an item like the just announced D-Link DSP-W110. For $40 […]

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D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215)

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Home automation has always been one of the most sought after pieces to anyone’s home or home theater environment—at least to our fans. Getting ready to watch a movie, you press a button and the lights dim, the curtains go down, and your movie collection shows up. In the past this was impossible to suggest without an exorbitant price tag, […]

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On Presence, a Chat with People Power

When I met with People Power at CES I was confused about where their technology fit into the home automation (HA) marketplace, or more specifically what the technology was and how it worked. They didn’t have a resource on hand to answer my questions so when after the show I had a chance to talk with David Moss, the CTO, […]

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Best Buy to Embrace Home Automation

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Best Buy has started to embrace Home Automation and has started to dedicate floor space to Home Automation products. Browsing Best Buy the other day for a quick purchase of something else and I was shocked to see that it was already on a dedicated section of the store. They had the standard products from Belkin, Dlink, Kwikset, and Netgear. […]

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Honeywell @ CES 2014

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We did run into Honeywell at CES Showstoppers and you are probably thinking why do I care. Well they have announced the Industry First: Voice Activated Cloud-Connected Thermostat for D.I.Y. Homeowners. They were kind enough to show us the unit with the new app for iOS and Android. It will let you control your thermostat with your voice or anywhere […]

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