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CES 2017: Voice Control for the Smart Home, and a Thread/Weave IoT Surprise? – UPDATE

Although they don’t have booths on the show floor, Google (Assistant), Amazon (Alexa) and Apple (Siri) will dominate IoT voice control at CES 2017. Plus: Thread and Weave home automation in the Google Home hub?

Julie Jacobson · December 02, 2016

The Road to CES 2017: 9 Wacky, Interesting and Smart Home Finds

Luggage that doubles as a scooter, holographic projector, ‘check-engine light’ for HVAC, IoT early fire detector, Alexa Voice Services (AVS) and other interesting finds from the CES 2017 show floor.

Julie Jacobson · November 30, 2016

Smart Home Predictions for Holiday Season: Security Way Up, IoT Hubs Slip

Argus Insights analyzes social chatter and product reviews to determine this season’s winners and losers in various smart home categories. Security cameras dominate; smart lights and home automation hubs lose favor.

Julie Jacobson · November 23, 2016

CE Pro Names Top 5 Home Technology Trends & Opportunities for 2017

Virtual and augmented reality, IoT device discovery and data collection, voice control and other emerging smart-home UIs, millennials and new business models, and a return to prewiring are key home-technology trends for 2017.

Julie Jacobson · November 22, 2016

Pakedge Drives Control4 to Record Revenues for Q3 2016

The combo of home automation and Pakedge networking helped Control4 (CTRL) generate record revenues in Q3 2016; Amazon Alexa and Z-Wave could be key drivers going forward.

Julie Jacobson · November 16, 2016

Why Integrators Still Love Voice-Control for Smart Homes, Despite Flaws

Does the idea of deploying and supporting voice control with Amazon Echo or Google Home make you cringe? Set the right expectations with clients and you can avoid the headache altogether.

Chelsea Cafiero · November 14, 2016

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

Voice Control for the Smart Home

A new hook for new customers.

Advertorial · 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