automation

IKEA Launches Qi Wireless Charging Furniture

  • Posted on: 7 March 2015
  • By: chw staff

Next month IKEA will be selling a range of bedside tables, desks, floor and table lamps, plus work lamps with integrated Qi-powered charging pads that charge your smartphone wirelessly.  All you will need to do is rest the phone in a specific spot and leave it to charge. According to IKEA the “Home Smart” furniture range will be in shops in Europe and North America next month (April) followed by a global rollout.

The Latest on Apple HomeKit

  • Posted on: 24 January 2015
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

Since CES the news have been buzzing about Apple’s HomeKit framework and its possible connectivity issues with other connected home solutions.  First the headline was, if users don’t have Apple TV then they won’t be able to use Siri voice control with their other connected appliances.  And now, the news is if users other connected devices are not Apple MFi certified they will have limited are no access at all or devices that are not certified can connect via a HomeKit compatible bridge solution.

See Which Car QNX Took To CES 2015

  • Posted on: 18 January 2015
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

Its no secret that connected car solutions (infotainment) are moving just as fast as those for the connected home. QNX, a Blackberry subsidiary is at the cutting edge of the infotainment sector. This year at CES 2015 they unveiled another concept car (something they have been doing at CES for the last few years) based on the Maserati Quattroporte GTS sports sedan.

See HoneyWell Lyric Smart Devices At CES 2015

  • Posted on: 6 January 2015
  • By: chw staff

Honeywell is showcasing the latest additions to its Lyric family of products at CES 2015. Its professional-grade home security system can help you stay in control of your home comfort and security whether you are at home or away. Honeywell Lyric range features awareness cameras, motion, smoke and intruder detectors; the Lyric home security will also integrate with a range of home automation products, such as connected thermostats, lighting, shade and lock controls.

Is Apple HomeKit Another Smart Home Phantom Solution?

  • Posted on: 21 December 2014
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

With the smart home sector estimated to worth billions it is an attractive market to be in at the moment.  Therefore, many businesses and individuals are marketing their solution to create their own niche. On the other hand many of us who write about these technologies have heard solutions announced all the time but never see it or hear about it after that announcement. The latest big announcement was Apple Homekit, Apple’s version of a connected home platform.

iSmart Alarm Adds Smart Switch to Home Automation Solutions

  • Posted on: 21 December 2014
  • By: chw staff

iSmart has added power management to its list of home automation products.  Customer of the iSmart Alarm Home Security solution can now add the iSmart Alarm Smart Switch to help manage their power consumption.  Using the already available smart phone app, you can remotely control the electrical outlets in your home and monitor whether lighting is on or off.

Global Home Automation and Control Market to Worth $12.81 Billion by 2020

  • Posted on: 21 December 2014
  • By: chw staff

The Home Automation and Control market is expected to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 11.36% over the next five years (2014 - 2020) and worth approximately $12.81 billion by 2020, According to a new market research report published by MarketsandMarket. North America is expected to remain the largest market over this period supported by the growth in the housing martket and consumers demands for convenience, connectivity, safety and security in their homes.

Crestron Makes Home Automation Easier with Pyng

  • Posted on: 8 December 2014
  • By: chw staff

Crestron promse to make home automation setup and management easier with the new app Pyng. According to Crestron Pyng will sit at the heart of your home automation system. With it, home integrators can create lifestyle scenes for each room, schedule events, and much more right from an iPad. You whole home automation system can be ready in minutes without using any other programming application.

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