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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

Hands On: When Google Fiber Meets a Mediocre Network & OnHub Router

Networking guru tries out Google Fiber in Austin with a consumer-grade Google OnHub router, and the results weren’t pretty. Here are some lessons for smart home integrators.

Michael Maniscalco · November 04, 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

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