By Julie Jacobson · December 7, 2017 • IoT chip-maker Silicon Labs (SLAB) to acquire Z-Wave technology owner Sigma Designs (SIGM), giving a big boost to the home-automation standard.
By Julie Jacobson · October 17, 2017 • Julie Jacobson and Avi Rosenthal wonder why Amazon chose ZigBee for Echo Plus home-automation hub, when Z-Wave is more interoperable, secure, supportable, and ubiquitous.
By Julie Jacobson · October 10, 2017 • The theme of Google's big press event last week was: Stuff just happens. No downloads. No "skills." New Google Home Max, potential Sonos buster, listens and learns for "smarter sound," and Nest home automation magically joins the ecosystem. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Jason Knott · October 5, 2017 • Matrix Labs’ $99 Creator allows communication among Z-Wave, ZigBee, Thread, IR, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
By Julie Jacobson · September 21, 2017 • Nest Secure, a new UL-listed DIY security and home automation system with professional monitoring by MONI, seems humdrum until you consider implications for IoT protocols Thread and Weave, as well as smart-home installers and the insurance industry (insurtech). (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · January 4, 2017 • ZigBee lends smart-home application layer to Thread Group, branding it dotdot and demoing about 10 IoT products at CES 2017, all run through Resolution Products’ Helix security and home automation hub. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · December 2, 2016 • Although they don’t have booths on the show floor, Google (Assistant), Amazon (Alexa) and Apple (Siri) will dominate IoT voice control at CES 2017. Plus: Thread and Weave home automation in the Google Home hub? (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · January 12, 2016 • Featuring Bluetooth Smart, Enocean, Thread and AllJoyn home automation technologies, wireless Displ’Ever controller features low-power, low-cost digital e-paper display powered by ambient light. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · November 12, 2015 • Soon we should see 'Thread-certified' home automation products marketed to consumers, even though Thread says nothing about IoT interoperability. Bad idea.
By CE Pro Editors · October 15, 2015 • Thread and Nest Weave to be foundation of new ELioT IoT platform from Legrand.
By Julie Jacobson · October 7, 2015 • CEDIA Expo 2015: Yale to launch Look Digital Door Viewer, replacing standard peephole with IoT camera, video display, two-way audio, Wi-Fi and home automation via Z-Wave and ZigBee.
By Julie Jacobson · October 2, 2015 • For the first time, Nest is sharing its proprietary RF home automation protocol Weave for local integration without the cloud; also opening API for Nest Cam, but with many limitations. Where do Thread and Google fit in?
By Julie Jacobson · July 14, 2015 • Thread Group releases networking spec for Internet of Things (IoT); Qualcomm joins board, possibly signaling alliance between Thread and AllSeen for home automation interoperability.
By Dean Roddey · June 19, 2015 • Charmed Quark principal Dean Roddey presents the elements of a home automation protocol, the opportunities and pitfalls for any given approach, and the implications for the professional integration channel.
By Julie Jacobson · June 5, 2015 • Nest has a press conference June 17, and industry analyst Michael Wolf speculates about potential announcements, including a doorbell camera and voice control a la Amazon Echo.