By Julie Jacobson · April 20, 2017 • Security and home-automation giant Vivint Inc. files patent application for identifying guests through their “sound signatures” and running data through AI engine for predictive analytics. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · December 27, 2016 • Instead of unsightly keypads on door locks and security panels, Vivint proposes a method for projecting a laser image of controls and feedback onto a wall, door or other surface. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · October 6, 2016 • Lutron’s patent application describes lighting control and home automation over existing powerlines, no neutral wire required. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · September 29, 2016 • Control4 (Nasdaq: CTRL) went to a cloud-based model for network configuration and remote access to home automation systems a couple of years ago; now it has filed a patent application for the technology. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · August 18, 2016 • Steve Jobs and Robert Madonna, founder of home automation provider Savant Systems, invent system for operating vehicles such as marine vessels via Wi-Fi and touchscreen remote. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · April 1, 2016 • Google patent application for motorized HVAC registers includes provisions for power management, but otherwise seems similar to existing home automation products from Ecovent and Keen Home. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · January 19, 2016 • New Sonos patent describes a method for letting guests access a Sonos or other media system via cellular, without the need to access password-protected networks.
By Julie Jacobson · September 22, 2015 • USPTO invalidates key claims in Alarm.com (ALRM) patent over mobile devices in a security and home automation ecosystem. Icontrol awarded new patent for integrating smart home systems with SHaaS (smart home as a service) platforms, central monitoring stations and mobile devices.
By Julie Jacobson · September 9, 2015 • UEI’s patent lawsuits against competitor Universal Remote Control (URC) were so egregious that the Court took the unusual step of assessing attorney’s fees for the defendant.
By Julie Jacobson · March 13, 2015 • Universal Electronics Inc. (Nasdaq: UEIC) must pay attorney fees for its vengeful patent lawsuits against remote-control and home automation manufacturer Universal Remote Control (URC).
By Julie Jacobson · February 20, 2015 • Crestron’s patent application for ‘Self-Aligning Connection to a Docking Station’ describes a dock with a lip to hold a tablet and a method to contain the data/power cable. (Julie Jacobson)
By Julie Jacobson · January 29, 2015 • Google seems to think it invented the idea of having home automation systems respond uniquely to multiple sensor events, but security and smart-home manufacturers have been doing that for years.
By Avi Rosenthal · November 17, 2014 • 'Universal remote control with object recognition' identifies A/V components by comparing images taken from a URC camera to a database of images, and then downloads the corresponding control codes.
By CE Pro Editors · September 14, 2014 • Icontrol Networks alleges Zonoff and SecureNet infringe on several patents related to cloud-based home automation.
By Julie Jacobson · April 25, 2014 • Patent Application from Leviton Manufacturing shows a method for hanging an electronic device on a wallplate ... like the Decora standard for things hanging on a wallplate?