Richmond Capital Partners Acquires Smartlabs

June 14, 2017 Ruslan Ulanov 0

IRVINE, CALIF. (PRWEB) JUNE 13, 2017 Richmond Capital Partners, a private investment firm based in Seattle, today announced the acquisition of Smartlabs Inc., parent company of Insteon®, an Internet of Things (IoT) technology company, and Smarthome®, an eCommerce superstore for home automation. As part of the acquisition, Rob Lilleness will assume the role of chairman and CEO. Lilleness has built multiple successful high-tech businesses in digital media, mobile, software and consumer products. Most recently he served as president and Chief Executive Officer for Medio Systems, an ACCEL-backed company, which was acquired by HERE Technologies (a company currently owned by BMW, Daimler, Audi, Intel, and Tencent). […]

Mattel’s nabi® Brand Introduces Connected Kids Room Platform

January 12, 2017 Ruslan Ulanov 0

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Mattel’s nabi® brand, known for creating innovative high tech solutions for kids and families including the acclaimed nabi tablet line, will be unveiling its latest ground-breaking innovation at CES: Aristotle™—a first-of-its kind connected kids room platform developed together with technology heavyweights including Microsoft, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Silk Labs. Unlike other voice activated, AI-driven connected home platforms, Aristotle is designed with a specific purpose and mission: to aid parents and use the most advanced AI-driven technology to make it easier for them to protect, develop, and nurture the most important asset in their […]

Amazon Echo Now Lets You Control Your Sonos Speakers | WIRED

August 31, 2016 Ruslan Ulanov 0

SONOS TODAY ANNOUNCED an integration that’s just shy of wonderful, but still pretty fun: You’ll soon be able to control everyone’s favorite connected speakers from the comfort of your Amazon Echo. And that’s just for starters. Source:

Ex-Mozilla team behind smart home hub Sense refunds Kickstarter backers, focuses on software

June 8, 2016 Ruslan Ulanov 0

Earlier this year, a company called Silk Labs, co-founded by former Mozilla CTO Andreas Gal, unveiled its plans to address the smart home market with a hub called “Sense,” which interoperates with a home’s connected devices, while also automatically adapting to its owners’ patterns and behavior over time. The device was crowdfunded via a Kickstarter campaign, as a means of getting the developer community interested in building for the Sense software platform. Today, Silk Labs announced it’s abandoning its plans to sell its own hardware, and is focusing only on the software. It will immediately refund the Kickstarter backers who initially pledged to support […]

SIGFOX and Atari® Announce Partnership to Develop Atari-branded Connected Devices Using SIGFOX’s Global IoT Network

June 1, 2016 Ruslan Ulanov 0

NEW YORK and LABEGE, France, – May 31, 2016 –Atari®, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, and SIGFOX, the world’s leading provider of dedicated communications service for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced a global partnership to develop a line of new connected devices based on Atari’s iconic brand.   The cooperation will bring together Atari’s brand and creative power with SIGFOX’s unique value proposition: connecting the physical world to the Internet through a simple, reliable, low-cost, energy-efficient solution. Currently operating in 18 countries and registering over 7 million devices in its network, […]

Memorial Day deals for Smart Home

May 30, 2016 Ruslan Ulanov 0

Memorial day weekend brings lots of deals including the following great offers for Smart Home owners… 20% OFF Insteon Home Security and Automation & 1,000’s of products site wide. Use coupon E16MEM20 at checkout. Expires June 1st 2016. You’d also get free shipping on orders over $49. 20% off select Samsung SmartThings devices $20 Lowe’s Gift Card with Purchase of Iris Smart Hub, Iris Security Pack or Iris Home Automation Pack. Expires June 6th 2016.

Google announces Google Home – a smart home assistant

May 18, 2016 Ruslan Ulanov 0

Today at Google I/O 2016 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Google unveiled a new (much rumored about) piece of hardware that will tap into Google’s knowledge graph. The aptly named Google Home device will reside in your home and will assist you with your day-to-day tasks, give you information in a powerful conversational mode and (the drumroll) will control your smart home devices. The demo video showcased Google Home’s interaction with Nest’s thermostat, Google Chromecast and Android TV. On the outside, the device looks like a vase or a super-sized salt shaker. It could be customized with replaceable bottom grill to match […]

Projects on a final stretch

May 12, 2016 Ruslan Ulanov 0

Two of the projects I’m actively supporting are coming to the end of their crowd funding campaigns.  Protonet ZOE on Indiegogo is a dream come true for a smart home – a combination of IFTTT, Amazon Echo, Hue and SmartThings, but with one important difference. Protonet promises that all these features will run locally in your home, not in the cloud! So, all your data stays with you, and not with cloud overlords. And even if your Internet will go down your smart home won’t – now, how smart is that! Zoe will work with Z-Wave based plugs, switches, outlets, […]

Coldwell Banker Real Estate and CNET Define “The Smart home”

May 10, 2016 Ruslan Ulanov 0

MADISON , N.J. (May 10, 2016) — Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC , the original Silicon Valley real estate start-up founded in 1906, in collaboration withCNET, the world’s largest and most trusted online source of consumer technology news and reviews, announced today a joint definition of the term “smart home.” The definition is the first of its kind in the real estate industry and will help sales associates, as well as home buyers and sellers, accurately identify smart homes. The definition will provide a clear and unified designation designed to keep up with rapidly evolving technology in the home. Property […]

Parks Associates: 50% of North American Broadband Households Will Be Smart Homes by 2020

May 6, 2016 Ruslan Ulanov 0

DALLAS, TX–(Marketwired – May 4, 2016) – Parks Associates announced a new research report today that estimates broadband adoption will reach 84% of U.S. households and 79% of Western European households in 2016, after both regions reached 50% penetration in 2006. Global Connected Living Outlook: Pursuing the IoT Promise notes that this widespread access to high-speed data services is the main catalyst to growth in the connected home and consumer-based IoT, which is attracting major players, including Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook, in areas such as home entertainment and connected CE, smart home and security, apps and mobile devices, and […]

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