By Julie Jacobson · September 24, 2018 • Upgrade SmartThings DIY customers to Crestron pro home automation ... or add ZigBee and Z-Wave to existing Crestron smart-home systems with free, updated integration code on github.
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.
By Julie Jacobson · November 24, 2017 • CES 2018 Innovation Awards include usual smart-home winners like Nest, Ring and Arlo, but also interesting newbies boasting AI, security, home automation, lighting control and more. Will they make it? (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Rodney Bosch · November 7, 2017 • Here's the reality of DIY security and home automation, with some research and musings by Rodney Bosch of CE Pro's sister publication Security Sales & Integration.
By Julie Jacobson · October 26, 2017 • 4K media streamer Nvidia Shield becomes ZigBee and Z-Wave home automation hub with $40 SmartThings Link. Voice control via Google Assistant.
By Michael Maniscalco · October 3, 2017 • Type 1 diabetes (T1D) dad outlines DIY project utilizing NightScout, IFTTT, SmartThings and other IoT devices to enable a Dexcom constant glucose monitor to turn on lights when blood glucose reaches critical levels. #singfornicole
Best of DIY and Pro: UL-Listed Security Hub with SmartThings Inside, Monitored by ADT, Built on 2GIG
By Julie Jacobson · October 2, 2017 • Best Buy to sell new 2GIG-based security panel with Samsung SmartThings home-automation hub inside, including ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, security-sensor, and cellular radios. Presumably UL-listed for fire and life safety, with no-contract monitoring by ADT. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · July 19, 2017 • Lennar reportedly is shedding traditional IoT products and ‘CEDIA’ installers in favor of wireless DIY home automation systems installed by Amazon Smart Home Services. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Chelsea Cafiero · April 5, 2017 • A former Microsoft intern got his Yale classmates to apply for jobs at Hub, a fake startup with well-produced marketing video for a smart-home device.
By Julie Jacobson · March 16, 2017 • Capitalizing on its large female customer base, JCPenney is the latest big-box brand to get into home automation with new “Home Services,” featuring Samsung SmartThings and and other smart-home systems. [UPDATE: JCP is not installing the smart-home equipment, just the other five Home Services categories.] (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Lisa Montgomery · February 15, 2017 • Avid DIY-er enlists 'Do It For Me' website HelloTech.com to help renovate her 1930s media room with Sonos, Amazon Echo, Lutron and Samsung SmartThings.
By Julie Jacobson · November 14, 2016 • Samsung Electronics is acquiring Harman International for $112 per share, or $8 billion, largely for Harman’s leadership in automotive technology and consumer audio; IoT shows up in PR, but no mention of AMX, once a giant in home automation. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Steve Karantzoulidis · October 28, 2016 • The preassembled bundle includes a Samsung SmartThings Hub, Leviton VRMX1 Z-Wave Dimmer and Leviton VRS15 Z-Wave Switch.
By Julie Jacobson · June 29, 2016 • Lessons from Logitech Harmony, Savant Remote and others: Are they universal remote controls or home automation hubs?
By Julie Jacobson · June 17, 2016 • If Icontrol is acquired by Comcast and Alarm.com, we'll see a gaping hole in SHaaS (smart home as a service) providers for integrated home automation and professionally monitored security. Here are some likely contenders as the 'next Icontrol'. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)