Articles Tagged with ''home automation''

Wi-Fi Thermostats Transcend the Market

Sophisticated Products Give Users Intelligent Control from Anywhere

Yesterday’s thermostats allowed a user to increase or decrease indoor temperature on site. Today’s units are much more sophisticated, allowing operators to adjust temperature, humidity, and a number of other variables from anywhere in the world. Additionally, some devices can intelligently learn a user’s schedule, and more.


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Sept. 9, 2014: Home Automation Firms Join ‘Works with Nest’ Program

Control4, Crestron, Remote Technologies Inc., and Universal Remote Control Now Work with Nest

Nest Labs Inc. announced today the addition of Control4, Crestron®, Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI), and Universal Remote Control (URC) — along with Dropcam — to the increasing number of products, apps, and services that work with Nest products.


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Sept. 8, 2014: Lowe’s Survey Finds Most Americans Favorable Toward the Smart Home

Fifty-Two Percent Feel That Having a Smart Home Is at Least Somewhat Important to Them

A new smart home study released by Lowe’s found that more than 70 percent of smart phone users in America just wish they could control something in their home from their mobile device without getting out of bed. Lowe’s 2014 Smart Home Survey examined Americans’ attitudes and experiences with home automation.


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Direct Energy Partnership to Bring Smart Home to Texas Customers

Direct Energy Will Offer Smart Home Starter Kits from SmartThings

Direct Energy, one of the largest retail providers of electricity, natural gas, and home services in North America, has launched a partnership with SmartThings to bring the smart home to energy customers in Texas.


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Home Automation Products Gaining HVAC Industry Traction

Ease of Use, Options Improving as Prices Start to Come Down

In only a few years, the number of connected “smart” products for the home has increased exponentially as homeowners have shown more and more interest in being able to monitor and control their homes from nearly anywhere.


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Contractors in Charge of Surging Home Automation Market

Listening, Offering Options Help Contractors Close a Sale

The home automation market is growing globally at an incredible pace. The prevalence of these products can be seen with a quick trip to the hardware store, where anyone can find an array of Wi-Fi-capable home automation products, including thermostats, door locks, lights, video cameras, and more.


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HVAC Industry Cautious About Microsoft Partnership

Joint Project Supports Home Automation Software Startup Companies

In June, Microsoft Corp. and American Family Insurance announced the launch of a business accelerator for tech startup companies that are focused on home automation. The goal of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator is to provide mentorship, resources, and workspace to startups.


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Aug. 13, 2014: Home Automation App Offers Support for Nest Thermostat

Enables Users to Quickly Set Up Automated Actions for the Home

Revolv Inc., a home automation app developed to unify control of smart home devices from a single app, has announced its new support for Android and official integration with the Nest Learning Thermostat™. In addition, the company released an updated version of its iOS app.


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Aug. 4, 2014: EcoFactor Receives 20th US Patent for Home Energy Management

Company Uses Big Data to Manage Energy Use and Improve Home Automation

EcoFactor® announced that it has been awarded U.S. Patent 8,751,186 for the use of connected thermostats to calculate the dynamic thermal properties of buildings. The company said it is the 20th patent it has received for its approach to energy management and intelligent home automation.


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July 21, 2014: Nest Helps Lead Effort to Create Wireless Protocol for Home Automation

Thread Group Is Formed to Develop a Simple, Secure, and Low-Power Network

Seven companies announced that they’ve joined forces to form the Thread Group and develop a new IP-based wireless networking protocol for home automation called Thread. Founding members include Nest Labs, Samsung Electronics, Big Ass Fans, Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Freescale® Semiconductor, and ARM.


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