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Friday, June 26, 2015

image FLIR One, which turns iPhones into thermal imaging machines, now integrates with Manything and IFTTT. Security and smart-home applications abound. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)View this story

Monday, June 08, 2015

image Microsoft touted Crestron’s cloud-based Pyng home automation system for its implementation of the Azure IoT platform during Computex Taipei 2015 keynote presentation. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)View this story

Sunday, June 07, 2015

image Alarm.com will be the second pure-play home automation IPO after Control4 (Nasdaq: CTRL). Potential valuation will draw from security RMR, SaaS acquisitions and of course IoT sentiment. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)View this story

Friday, June 05, 2015

image Nest has a press conference June 17, and industry analyst Michael Wolf speculates about potential announcements, including a doorbell camera and voice control a la Amazon Echo.View this story

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

image Evaluating the CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis for home automation: For the first time ever, Control4 barely beats Crestron; Nortek’s Elan makes comeback; Savant dips; AMX (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)View this story

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

image Industry consultant claims the advent of solar power and home batteries from companies like Tesla will force the reinvention of home wiring from primarily AC high voltage to DC home-run low voltage to reduce power conversion loss. View this story

Friday, May 22, 2015

image Smart home platform provider Alarm.com files Form S-1 with SEC for $75M public offering, potentially making the company only the second pure-play home automation IPO after Control4 (CTRL). (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)View this story

Monday, May 18, 2015

image Multiple integrators, reps, manufacturers and a distributor unite to help construct audio, video, home theater, controls, HVAC and networking for the Lone Survivor Foundation retreat in Crystal Beach, Texas. View this story

Friday, May 15, 2015

image Ted Bremekamp from ETC, Inc. explains keys to surge protection, suppressing a massive over-voltage, and what happens when lightning strikes twice. View this story

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

image Comcast launches its own Xfinity Home automation platform separate from Icontrol. Lutron lighting, August smart locks, Netgear’s Arlo among first partners. Nest kinda sorta. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro) View this story

Friday, April 24, 2015

image In-ceiling and in-wall speakers with sealed enclosures can help a home comply more easily with the International Energy Code Council (IECC) regulations that call for tight building envelopes.View this story

Thursday, April 16, 2015

image Legendary guitarist doesn’t get blues inside $1.4 million tour bus, which is complete with audio/video servers, touchpanels, lighting control, surround sound, distributed A/V and more.View this story

image Honeywell demos the voice control for its Lyric family of connected home and security products at ISC West 2015. View this story

Monday, April 13, 2015

image Now that Apple Watch is shipping, home automation developers like Savant, Lutron, Crestron, Honeywell and Alarm.com are rushing to finish their apps and enjoy the hype of WatchKit and the new wearable craze. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)View this story

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

image An 8-minute segment on ABC's 'Nightline' takes on a skewed perspective to point out every possible flaw of smart home technology, from hacking to voice control to cost, but never even mentions professional installation option.View this story


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