When two power players decide to create something new together, the result could potentially shake the earth and be felt by all in the industry – especially by their competitors. Such was the first thought that came to mind when I learned that Crestron Electronics and Origin Acoustics – one, a home automation and integrated systems Jedi Master…and the other, a leading brand in premium architectural audio solutions – came together to create a new line of residential audio products under the Crestron brand.
Amazon Looks to Compete with Control4 & Others
Amazon.com Inc.’s secretive tech innovation development center, called Lab126, is said to be working on a more robust, step-up smart home control solution designed to be mounted into the wall, in a bid to take share in the custom integration channel. The move, first reported by Bloomberg News, is designed to take on major players such as SnapAV’s Control4 and other “professionally installed smart home control” providers.
But will it cannibalize their own Echo Show line?[Read more…] about Amazon Readies Entry into Step-Up Smart Home Control Market
URC and Somfy announced last week that they have come together in “a new phase of collaboration in smart home automation.” Building on the established strengths of the partners, both URC and Somfy end users will benefit from a seamless integration of Somfy products with URC control solutions.
See more on this URC & Somfy integration…[Read more…] about Automation Players URC & Somfy Collaborate for Luxury Comfort Solution
Wow, surprising numbers from a new research report from Parks Associates shows that control system adoption jumped a full 38% in 2019 as compared to 2018. That’s a really big jump in a really short period of time.
See more from this latest Parks Associates research…[Read more…] about New Research Shows Home Control System Adoption Jumps 38% in Just One Year
Racepoint Energy, sister company of Savant Systems LLC, announced this week that it has acquired innovative residential lighting control provider NOON Home. Based in Campbell, CA, NOON offers an impressive array of intuitive lighting and intelligent control solutions.
Learn more about NOON & Savant…[Read more…] about Savant Sister Company Racepoint Energy Acquires NOON Home
Lots of studies have shown that consumer adoption of various smart home technologies and devices is growing…and that is undoubtedly true. But a new study shows that adoption is not as strong as it could be but for the complexity of installing and using smart home devices.
This Study has Some Chilling Data for Integrators. Check it out…[Read more…] about The Greatest Barrier to ‘Smart Home’ Adoption is Complexity, New Study Shows
Control4 announced today the launch of the Neeo Remote for Control4, the first product from their acquisition of the Swiss company Neeo back in February 2019. This new Neeo remote control is optimized to work seamlessly with Control4’s OS 3 operating system, offering another elegant system control interface.
See more on the new Neeo remote control…[Read more…] about Control4 Launches 1st Product of Neeo Acquisition – A Slim Handheld Remote Control for OS3
Says It’s the First Global TV Maker to Support HomeKit
LG Electronics announced today that starting tomorrow Apple AirPlay and HomeKit will be available on its 2019 Thinq AI TV line. The company says this makes them the first global television manufacturer to support HomeKit.
See more on LG offering Apple HomeKit on its TVs…[Read more…] about LG Adds Apple AirPlay 2 & HomeKit to Select TVs
Smart home and security solutions were all over CE Week last month in Manhattan at the Jacob Javits Center. One solution I saw that hits both of those markets was the cleverly designed Smart Safe by Motorola. Didn’t think you needed your really dumb safe to be smart? Didn’t think you needed a safe at all? You may rethink all that when you hear Motorola’s pitch for their Flex and Bolt Smart Safe.
Why a Motorola Smart Safe…[Read more…] about CE Week: Motorola Says a Smart Home Needs a Smart Safe
Control4 announced today an all-new and improved operating system for Control4 installations that they call Smart Home OS 3. OS 3 is designed to be an easy unifier of the many devices in consumers’ installations, offer a robust infrastructure, give consumers choice & simplicity, maintain privacy, and – critical for integrators – enables professional support. It is their most tested and intuitive user experience that is as simple to use as a smartphone.