Home automation and the devices that support this solution have had a lot of bad press over the last two weeks. As a supporter of the products and the technologies to goes into it to make it all possible, personally I was embarrassed by it all. From a professional standpoint I can see the benefit of highlighting these issues and a lot coming out of it. Home automation and smart home solutions have come a long way since 1933 when it was a theme at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair.
We have smart light bulbs, thermostat and now we have a smart smoke detector, the “Canary”. It was a surprise to me that no one had thought about it before but guys at Canary thought that it would be a good idea to create smart smoke and carbon monoxide detector. I think they are onto something good, because most smoke and CO detectors on the market don’t offer this level of sophistication.
Marmitek has launched a new company for the further development and distribution of Marmitek Home Automation and security systems: Haibrain BV. Haibrain is not just the manufacturer and supplier of Marmitek Home Automation and Security. As a brand house, it also offers a complete range of products in the area of home automation (domotics), security and comfort systems.
Product lines from brands such as Electronics Line, Honeywell and Insteon are available as of now. Haibrain offers a one stop shop concept for (security) installers and home automation resellers.
From far back as 2009 (see Intel’s Vision) we saw how Intel was making small steps to position themselves to take advantage of the now internet of everything market. Back then, they called it Consumer Electronic 3.0 and they gave a glimpse of what they think the future connected home will look like. Last week via engadget they showed a proof-of-concept platform that they have been working on.
Gefen is demonstrating its upgraded GAVA (Gefen AV Automation) 3.0 system at CEA Line Show this week in New York. The home automation platform, according to Gefen will make life easier by simplifying smart home automation and control. GAVA can centralise the control of all your audio and video devices plus your window shades and Lutron lighting.
Control4 has made some enhancements to its 4Sight service to include added services for the connected home. The new Control4 Anywhere Access enables homeowners to securely access, manage and control their home remotely. The upgraded 4Sight Service now sends out configured alerts to inform you about your home, giving you the peace of that your home is being monitored.
Developed by the Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation based in Canada, Ubi is define as a Ubiquitous Computer with a microphone, speakers and listens for commands. Ubi can be your voice to the rest of your home, It listen for your voice command carries them out and communicate back to you through speech or by using lights.
Microsoft behind the scene has been studying and researching different features of the future connected home. Through its Microsoft Connected Home research centre they have been developing a number of products and services for the home of the future. In addition to fancy gadgets and digital lifestyle services they have been researching the idea of developing an operating system (OS) strictly for the home; dubbed the HomeOS. According to Microsoft the HomeOS will “simplify the management fo home networks and the development of applications” for the connected home. To accomplish it will provide a central point to manage, configure and secure you home network.
TiO, a subsidiary of Automated Control Technology Partners (ACTP), said they will start shipping their new range of home automation and multi-room audio products this August. The suite of Android based solutions features Wi-Fi based music streaming, multi-zone audio, wireless lighting and climate control; all controlled by their own TiO touchscreens controllers or Android tablets.
Mindspeed is collaborating with DSP Group to offer DECT-ULE wireless solution to the home gateway and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications market. Both companies announced plans to merge the technologies to meet the requirements of the advanced gateway market, offering sophisticated telephony and home automation.