Stampede Surprises with Neurona Connected Home, Drones, 3D Printing
Audio/video distributor Stampede shows up at CES 2015 with three new product categories: powerline-based DIY smart home system, 3D printing and drones.
Julie Jacobson · January 7, 2015
Stampede, the distributor famous for its Big Book of A/V, is going to have to add a few extra sections and several additional pages to the tome.
At CES 2015 the company is highlighting its entry into three more product categories: 3D printers, drones and home automation … and even the new smart home stuff is unique to the A/V distribution business—meant to be sold in boxes to do-it-yourselfers.
When I saw Stampede’s iconic saloon booth in the Smart Home zone at the Sands, I was wondering what could possibly bring the distributor to CES. But the new lines give the company a reason to be at the show.
First up is Neurona, an Amherst, N.Y.-based home automation startup that uses HomePlug powerline technology for multiroom A/V (now) and home control (coming). Stampede is the exclusive distributor of the DIY product for the A/V channel.
The product is meant to be sold to dealers for resale to DIY customers, not really for professional installation.
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The product line includes Axon powerline adapters for multiroom streaming; Optic surveillance cameras with two-way audio, controllable multi-color night light and thermal sensor; and Sense home automation products to come.
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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