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IoT at CES 2017: Battle of the Home Automation Start-Ups

New home automation hubs at CES 2017 feature built-in cameras, artificial intelligence and predictive algorithms, voice control, security monitoring and more.

IoT at CES 2017: Battle of the Home Automation Start-Ups
Home automation hubs are everywhere at CES 2017

Julie Jacobson · January 5, 2017

CES is always good for a new crop of home-automation hubs, and CES 2017 is no exception. We’ll see scores of new IoT boxes from wily vets like SmartThings (Samsung) and start-ups in Eureka Park. This year, look for devices with built-in cameras, artificial intelligence and predictive algorithms, voice control, security monitoring, and sensors. Lots of sensors.

Since last year, we had a few casualties. For example, Echostar’s Sage home automation system was killed.

Meanwhile, I’ve warmed up to a few of the products that I mocked last year. I really like the modular design of the Myxyty hub, for example.

Of course, most of the new "hubs" aren't really a hubs at all, just IP devices that work with other devices through the cloud. Look no further than Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple TV.

We’ve reviewed the CES 2017 show floor, and here’s what we found in the home-automation hub department. Many of them claim, like Blaze Automation, to have "The most advanced, Powerful and Intuitive Smart home System" on the planet.

Most of these new companies won’t be around in a few years, so check them out while you can. No deep analysis here, just some of the marketing copy.

Blaze Automation

Blaze Automation's B.One HUB is "the most advanced, powerful, and intuitive Smart Home Automation and Security system. B.One features a proprietary AI algorithm "InstinctAct" that learns the behavior of users and keep’s itself updated."

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Blaze B.One


IOTAS is the "smart home experience designed specifically for renters. By partnering with apartment property developers, we integrate smart hardware and our universal smart hub with software. Residents just move in, download the app and discover a new ally, their smart home."

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Smartbeings (WooHoo)

Smartbeings' WooHoo is an "AI based Smart Home Hub & Cloud based Platform designed by SmartBeings Inc, a Silicon Valley startup. WooHoo is the first smart home device which integrates Facial Recognition, Voice Recognition, LED Display & an IoT Hub along with the world's 1st cloud based Smart Home software."

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The Zmodo Pivot from MeShare "is a connected, robotic camera and security hub. With a 1080p camera, two-way audio, and 360 degrees of rotation and motion detection, Pivot ensures you always know what's going on. It also acts as a hub, connecting its two included wireless window or door sensors, so that you can get notifications right on your smartphone when they open and close. 16GB of local storage allows you to save up to 2 days of recorded video for free, and built-in temperature and humidity sensors give you even more information about your home." Sands, Halls A-D - 40523

Zmodo Pivot

Ignis Inc. - Chamelon

Chameleon from Ignis Inc. is a "smart home system hub that connects to sensors and actuators in the building and through our gateway it communicates the data towards any smart home intelligence, like Apple Homekit, Google Home, Loxone, etc." 

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Invoxia - Triby

Invoxia presents Triby IO, "a new generation of Triby, the 1st interface for the smarthome. Aimed at the tech enthusiasts, it links all the connected home devices thanks to its compatibility with services such as IFTTT or Audible. It also has features unavailable to other voice assistance such as Alexa Echo or Google Home. The usage is infinite... For instance, when it's time to wake up, Triby puts on my favorite radio station, displays the weather, brightens slightly my bedroom HUE lamp and turns on the heater in the bathroom."

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Invoxia Triby IO

Myxyty MyxyPod

"MYXYTY engineers innovative smart home solutions based on its advanced home intelligence platform. In 2017, MYXYTY introduces MyxyPod a personal assistant using IBM Watson’s vocal recognition. MyxyPod answers to a natural language and therefore manage all smart home devices by voice commands." 

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Myxyty MyxyPod

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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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Control & Automation · Automation · Whole House Control · Security · Events · CES · News · Products · Invoxia · Myxyty · All Topics
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