Damson Claims First Dolby Atmos Wireless Audio System with Compact, Modular Components

By Julie Jacobson · November 28, 2017 • Damson's super-compact, wireless S-Series can grow from a single soundbar to full Dolby Atmos or multiroom audio, thanks to modular design, auto-calibration, low-latency JetStreamNet technology. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

What are the Odds New Honeywell DIY Smart Home Hub Has Z-Wave, Alexa, Cellular? [UPDATED]

By Julie Jacobson · October 25, 2017 • Honeywell to launch new 'Smart Security' system on Indiegogo. We guess what's inside the home-automation hub including Z-Wave and 345 Mhz radios. Updated: Perhaps a Lyric Security Controller in new form factor? (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Exclusive on Soap Home Automation: A Gutsy 3rd Crowd-Funding Campaign

By Julie Jacobson · January 21, 2015 • After raising $300k on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, Soap goes for third campaign, raising money to fulfill back-orders for home automation routers; CE Pro talks to Soap Inc. board member Chris Lundwall.

The Real Scammer: The Guy Who Cried ‘Scam’ on Soap Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · March 11, 2014 • Some anonymous guy calling himself Saironek on Reddit says Kickstarter home automation darling Soap is a scam. His ‘evidence’ is silly, Soap is legit, and we think we have the clown’s real name.

10 Biggest CE Stories of 2013: Control4, IoT, iControl,, Plasma, More

By Julie Jacobson · December 30, 2013 • In 2013, Lutron launched RF products for DIY, Internet of Things for the smart home took off, Control4 went public, 6 top dealers formed Via, Plasma died, 4K Ultra HD thrived, hacker bots disrupted home automation.

Piper DIY Security/Home Automation Camera is Way Smarter than Canary

By Julie Jacobson · August 22, 2013 • Debuting on Indiegogo, Blacksumac's Piper packs cloud-enabled security, Z-Wave home automation, clever video camera, and multiple sensors into standalone DIY device; CE Pro's Julie Jacobson says it beats crowdfunding darling Canary.

In Depth: Canary Smart Camera Has Sensors, Alerts, Siren, No Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · July 22, 2013 • Canary's Smart WiFi security camera, now on Indiegogo, sends alerts upon motion detection and temperature swings; users can view the surveillance and take action. No home automation though (Julie Jacobson/CE Pro)

Inside the Goji Lock: What’s Up with that Camera?

By Julie Jacobson · July 10, 2013 • How do you not catch a bunch of crotch shots from Goji's built-in camera ... and other answers about the crowdfunded Bluetooth/WiFi-enabled smart lock. (Julie Jacobson/CE Pro)

25 Home Automation Projects on Crowdfunding: A Roundup

By Julie Jacobson · July 10, 2013 • How 25 smart home projects are faring on Kickstarter and elsewhere: smart bulbs, smart locks, energy management and other home automation (Julie Jacobson/CE Pro)

3 Cool Home Automation Projects on Crowdfunding: HVAC, IoT, Smart Lights

By Julie Jacobson · June 27, 2013 • Crowd-funded home automation projects include smart vents from Keen Home, RGB Christmas lights from Lumenplay, IoT ecosystem from WigWag. (Julie Jacobson/CE Pro)