All In Control

Nerd Alert: New Crestron IP Control for Apple TV Gen 4, and the Magic of SIMPL#

UK-based Ultamation is releasing an Apple TV driver (through Gen 4) for Crestron home automation systems. Managing Director explains the magic of SIMPL# programming language.

CE Pro Editors · March 16, 2016

CE Pro Video Weekly News: Why Bad Home Automation Is Good News for Integrators

The recent Support.com study that concluded home automation systems to be a bust is great evidence for integrators to use to differentiate their services against cheap DIY smart home solutions.

CE Pro Editors · March 15, 2016

Ray Super Remote Gets IR, Relay Control Via Global Cache

Gaining traction as a dedicated touchscreen remote for IP control, Ray Super Remote ($249) from Ray Enterprises adds IR and relay control through Global Cache.

CE Pro Editors · March 15, 2016

Consumer Study Labels Smart Home Technology as ‘Broken Promise’

New study of 3,000 consumers by Support.com rails on home automation systems for having poor user experience and low value. In all, 79% of buyers label cost, setup, and maintenance as a ‘turn-off.’

Jason Knott · March 11, 2016

CoeLux: The $40,000 Artificial Skylight Everyone Will Want

Dallas integration firm HomeTronics is first in the U.S. to install CoeLux optical panels, which simulate sun and sky for ambience, hospitality and health benefits.

Julie Jacobson · March 11, 2016

Central Vacuum Systems Find Happy Home in Houston Builder Market

Using a new design center for demos, integration firm DataSmart in Houston finds success by weaving Beam central vac options into builder prewire plans.

Lisa Montgomery · March 11, 2016

Inside IndyCar Champion Scott Dixon’s Automated Indianapolis Home

Quadruple IndyCar Champion Scott Dixon taps Triphase Technologies to install an ELAN Entertainment and Control System in his new 7,000-square foot home in Indianapolis.

CE Pro Editors · March 09, 2016

9 Key Mistakes in Home Network Design

Today’s IoT proliferation demands a home network that supports security, quality of service, reliability and scale. Here’s where many home-tech integrators slip up.

Julie Jacobson · March 08, 2016

I Was Wrong About Myxyty, the Impossibly Tall Home Automation Hub

I made fun of the modular Myxyty IoT hub in a CES 2016 presentation, but the smart-home system has a clever industrial design and some interesting options like ‘olfactory ambiance.’

Julie Jacobson · March 08, 2016

Nortek Beats Earnings Forecasts; A/V Group Breaks Even

Security & Control Solutions (2Gig) segment shows 7% revenue growth in Q4, while Audio, Video & Control Solutions (Core Brands) has 27% sales decrease, but breaks even on bottom line.

Jason Knott · March 02, 2016