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Which Technologies Look Promising for Smart Home Integrators in 2017?

Voice control, object-based audio, HDR TV, and DIY-assist business models are all viable options for integrators to pursue in 2017… and here’s how to do it.

Jason Knott · November 03, 2016

Control4 Works with Google Home, Google Assistant for IoT Voice Control via IFTTT

Developer Chowmain updates IFTTT driver for Control4 home automation, adding support for Google Home IoT hub and Google Assistant voice control. CEO compares Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integration platforms.

Julie Jacobson · October 28, 2016

Google Home, Assistant, Nest and Cast Present One Unified Smart Home Ecosystem

With the new Google Home hub and Google Assistant speech-recognition engine, plus integration with Nest IoT devices and audio/video via Cast, Google will rival Apple (Homekit) and Amazon (Alexa) in voice-controlled home automation.

Julie Jacobson · October 28, 2016

Julie Jacobson’s 9 Themes from CEDIA 2016

Video doorbells, Amazon Alexa, 4K projectors, productivity software, virtual reality, up-and-coming wireless audio formats and other key themes from CEDIA 2016.

Julie Jacobson · October 14, 2016

Google, IMAX Partner to Create VR for Smartphones

Google is taking on Oculus and Steam with its new Daydream VR software, designed to run on a user’s smartphone at a (relatively) affordable price.

Jordan O'Brien · May 20, 2016

Google, Honeywell Settle Nest Thermostat Patent Dispute

Resolution ends lawsuit brought back in 2012 by Honeywell claiming the Nest thermostat violated seven different patents.

Jason Knott · May 06, 2016

The Over-Dramatization and Lessons of the Google, Nest, Revolv IoT Thing

Nest finally bricks ill-fated Revolv home automation hub. World damns Tony Fadell, IoT, Google, Alphabet, the cloud, greed and the inability to control landscape lighting, but there are bigger lessons to be learned.

Julie Jacobson · April 15, 2016

Optimizing Your Control4 Microsite for Google

Authorized Control4 integrators can use 19-step process to greatly increase the Google ranking of their own website and their free Control4 microsite.

Jason Knott · March 23, 2016

Survey: Amazon Echo Open Platform Gets More Buzz than Apple, Google Home Control

Argus Insights survey says consumers are attracted to interoperability between home control devices and show disfavor toward closed or propriety platforms.

CE Pro Editors · March 02, 2016

On Google, Nest and Home Automation: ‘This Changes Everything’

Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs likely to have greater impact on home automation than Lowe’s Iris, Comcast/Xfinity, ADT Pulse, ZigBee, Z-Wave, other smart-home initiatives, says CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson.

Julie Jacobson · January 14, 2014