The results of the 2015 International CES honorees are out and the smart home category has 24 awardees. Again the organisors and calling it a success with the amount of manufacturers submitting their product up 14 percent increase. Each product is judged based on its overall engineering qualities related to technical specifications and material, aesthetics and design qualities; the product’s intended use and function; its unique features and how the design and innovation of the product compares to others in the marketplace. (See Photos below).
Orange France has collaborated with a number of smart home solutions providers to create a home automation service for its French customers. The solution is base on the Z-Wave protocol with hardware provided by Vera and Fibaro. Like other entry level home automation kit the basics package offers safety and home security, with the option to add other functions.
After coming to an agreement with Apple on their ongoing patent battle, Samsung is keen to play a bigger role in the growing connected home market. The company has been offering some form of connected solution for sometime but has never showed a real interest, until now. They have announced the acquisition of home automation startup SmartThings. They now join Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Apple and many more in showing a bigger interest in the connected home market.
Rather than using an Omega Seamaster James Bond (007) will soon be using a smart watch maybe one like the new Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch. In addition to lunching rockets and helping to get him out of tight situations it could enhance his bachelor pad. iControl in partnership Samsung has become the first smart home solutions provider to allow access to connected home devices via the New Samsung Gear 2.
You might remember our article last year about GE and Quirky, a collaborative partnership that develops smart home solutions. Well, they have launched another smart connected home product base on the WINK platform, called Link. Link is a smart LED Light bulb that has its own app that allows you to control it from your smart phone.
Allianz and Deutsche Telekom are combining their respective market solutions to offer what they called “connected life” services. Leveraging Telekom’s communication infrastructure both businesses said they are developing a connected home service package for the European market. Connected life will be the combination of Telekom's "Smart Home" solution and "Allianz Assist" emergency assistance service for the home.
If you are a fan of Lutron products or you are looking for a DIY connected home solution then these recent releases from Lutron should be right up your street. They have just released the Lutron App for Apple iOS and Google Android devices – phone and tablets. Also there is the Lutron Smart Gridge, a wireless device that can control your other Lutron and third-party connected devices.
Emerson has launch its first heating and cooling monitoring solution, ComfortGuard. The solution will monitor the home’s heating and cooling in real-time to alert the homeowner of any immediate issue and any that are developing. With ComfortGuard enables homeowners to improve their home’s HAVC service by preventing energy waste and costly repairs.
Over the last couple of weeks the news has been a washed with speculation on what the new Apple home solution will be. On Monday at the Apple annual Worldwide Developers Conference, the mystery solution was finally unveiled as Apple Homekit, a new connected home solution coming to your home soon. I think what Apple done this week; they should have done from 2009 or even earlier. Why? Because it was from then that the public and home automation solutions providers need their support.
One of the Achilles of the Windows platform in the connected home is the lack of support especially on the Windows phone platform. An app for the Windows phone seems to be an afterthought for connected home solutions providers. Well, this is about to change because Insteon one of the market leading home automation suppliers, has release Apps some windows based apps to manage and control Insteon devices.