The Marketing Challenges of Remote Controls and Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · June 29, 2016 • Lessons from Logitech Harmony, Savant Remote and others: Are they universal remote controls or home automation hubs?

Home Automation Hubs are Sold All Wrong

By Julie Jacobson · January 16, 2016 • Today: Buy this hub, build a smart home. Try: You know all those smart devices you already bought? Buy this hub to connect them together.

Wink Has Sold 300k Home Automation Hubs, But Biz is Dying; Whither the DIY Dream?

By Julie Jacobson · July 16, 2015 • Quirky and its Wink IoT group are almost out of cash and may not make it, making us wonder what will happen to other DIY home automation initiatives like Staples Connect, Lowe’s Iris and SmartThings.

Top 20 CE Pro Web Stories of 2014: DIY Home Automation, Lutron, Burkhardt ...

By Julie Jacobson · January 1, 2015 • Lowe’s Iris, Staples Connect and home automation standards top the list but who garnered the most page views on the custom side?

SHaaS Provider Zonoff Raises $31.8M; Hires Staples Home Automation Exec

By Julie Jacobson · December 3, 2014 • Zonoff, the SHaaS (smart home as a service) provider for Staples Connect, has raised nearly $32M in round B of strategic & venture funding. Co. hires Peter Gerstberger, former home automation leader for Staples.

Staples Connect Hub Slashed to $49; Newer Model Adds Bluetooth, ZigBee

By Julie Jacobson · June 30, 2014 • The original $99 Staples Connect home automation hub by Linksys drops to $49, with a new $79 option from D-Link coming with ZigBee and Bluetooth; Win 8 and Samsung TV apps added to platform.

Staples Connect vs. Lowe’s Iris: Home Automation Smackdown at CES 2014

By Julie Jacobson · January 9, 2014 • Goji, Withings, Koubachi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, Insteon join Staples Connect; Lowe’s adds smart water valve and major in-store display.

10 Most Popular Web Stories of 2013: Lowe’s Iris, Staples Connect, Nest, HDBaseT

By Julie Jacobson · December 30, 2013 • Lowe's Iris Home Automation, a $3 million home theater, smart bulbs, HDBaseT 2.0, HDMI, Staples Connect, Jeremy Burkhardt, Nest thermostats top the list of most popular stories of 2013.

Staples Connect Launch: Good Thing Chanukah is 8 Days Long

By Julie Jacobson · November 27, 2013 • The Hub required for Staples Connect home automation is not available online or in stores, but they should be in stock in time for Chanukah.

Staples Connect Home Automation Hits Stores Today

By Julie Jacobson · November 27, 2013 • Staples rolls out Connect home automation and security system today in 32 small-market stores; Doorbot and Ivee not yet available, but inexpensive Lutron ClearConnect dimmers and shades available now.

Staples Launches Connect Home Automation; Teams with Lutron for Lighting, Shades

By Julie Jacobson · September 24, 2013 • Starting at $99, Staples Connect is first of the mass-market home automation systems that incorporates Lutron lighting control and motorized shades; system driven by Zonoff cloud-enabled platform.