Home Automation

Séura Smart Mirror Reflects Growing Bathroom Renovation Opportunity

By CE Pro Editors · September 6, 2018 • Séura Smart Mirror is redesigned at CEDIA Expo 2018 with more than one million available widgets or apps.

New Samsung SmartThings Wifi Melds Home Automation Hub with Plume Mesh Wi-Fi

By Julie Jacobson · August 13, 2018 • ‘Next iteration’ of Samsung Connect Home is full-fledged SmartThings hub with ZigBee and Z-Wave, plus mesh Wi-Fi from Plume, featuring ‘AI-based network optimization.’ New $15 ZigBee home-automation 'Button' launched.

Fibaro Home Automation Acquired for $73M by European Controls Co.

By Julie Jacobson · July 13, 2018 • Nice Group acquires Fibaro (Fibar Group S.A.), popular maker of Z-Wave sensors and smart-home hubs, shortly after acquiring Abode, a DIY security and home-automation company with professionally monitored alarm systems.

Savant Launches Cloud Platforms for Home-Automation Config, Management, Service

By Julie Jacobson · June 29, 2018 • New Savant Central Management and Savant Studio let dealers ditch the computer for programming and manage all their home-automation projects and clients in one cloud-based portal.

Lutron Melds with Z-Wave in Pinball Wizard’s Playful Smart Home

By Julie Jacobson · June 28, 2018 • Buchan Consulting integrated an old hardwired Lutron HomeWorks system with new Z-Wave lighting and controllers to create one seamless Elan home-automation system for the guy who designed the iconic 'Attack from Mars' pinball machine.

10 Best IoT Insights and Smart-Home Quotes from Connections 2018

By Julie Jacobson · June 1, 2018 • On Shrek, Costco, sous vide, insurance, DIY, older people, and other engaging subjects shared among the who's who of IoT at Parks Associates' Connections Conference 2018.

Today is #C4Yourself Day: Malibu Wired Preps for Control4 Showroom Soiree

By Jason Knott · May 31, 2018 • Malibu Wired's new Control4 Certified Showroom on swanky Sunset Blvd. opens with brighter colors, open concept and hands-on displays. The company joins 70 other dealers with an open house on May 31 for #C4Yourself day.

Z-Wave ‘Hack’ is Old News; ‘Vulnerability’ is Deliberate

By Julie Jacobson · May 29, 2018 • Z-Wave Alliance says home-automation “hack” reported last week is rehash of 2013 “threat,” and less of a flaw than a “conscious decision.”

Inside a NASCAR Driver’s Big Smart Home: Bowling, Basketball, and Beyond

By Andrew Nichols · March 19, 2018 • Off the track, NASCAR racer Denny Hamlin relaxes in his 30,000-square-foot North Carolina pad, packed with play spaces like a simulated golf course, basketball court and home theater, all controlled with an Elan home automation system.

Inside Loxone’s Philadelphia-Area ‘360-Degree Smart Home’

By Jason Knott · February 23, 2018 • Loxone constructs 7,500-square-foot smart home in Media, Pa., to showcase its affordable ‘autopilot living’ home automation and full 160-device ecosystem.

Control4’s New $350 Home Automation Hub: Affordable, Powerful IoT, No A/V

By Julie Jacobson · February 6, 2018 • At ISE 2018, Control4 introduces most affordable smart-home controller yet: CA-1 with Wi-Fi, ZigBee, optional Z-Wave targets production-home builders. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Top 5 Home Tech Trends for 2018: From Smart Home Services to ‘Chief Security Officers’

By Julie Jacobson · February 5, 2018 • Every year, CE Pro selects five home-technology trends and opportunities for pros who install audio, video, security and home automation systems. Voice control, virtual reality, 4K, smart home as a service (SHaaS), mass sensorization, high-resolution audio (HRA), IoT awareness …. . .

Yawn: ‘Pundits’ Blame ADT’s Poor IPO on the Demise of Full-Service Security and Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · January 19, 2018 • CNBC interviewers and pundits-at-large try to blame ADT's lackluster IPO on a doomed market for full-service security and home automation, but they're simply wrong.

Google Assistant Now Built into Sony Android TVs

By Robert Archer · November 7, 2017 • The global electronics company Sony is adding the voice control Google Assistant feature to a selection of its Android 4K TV models.

Control4 Home of the Year Smart Home Project Showcase

By CE Pro Editors · September 1, 2017 • Take a look at the award-winning projects in this Control4 showcase for proof of its widespread adoption. Honored by Electronic House as 2017 Home of the Year recipients, these 13 inspiring smart home projects demonstrate how a Control4 system can simplify and streamline the operation of a rack of home theater equipment, an outdoor entertainment area, or an entire house. Lights, thermostats, A/V gear, motorized shades, irrigation systems, electric door locks, surveillance cameras, and more can all be easily and conveniently monitored, managed, and controlled through Control4’s impressive range of user interfaces.

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