Switchmate Announces First Two Smart Home Products in its Home Automation/Security Ecosystem; Makes


LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Switchmate Home today announced the first two products in its new home automation/security ecosystem:  the new Switchmate Bright automated lighting with motion detection and the Switchmate Power automated wall socket with USB ports and night light. The two new products provide one-second installation and require no integration, tools or wiring for consumers to experience the lifestyle improvements of home automation.

Source: Switchmate Announces First Two Smart Home Products in its Home Automation/Security Ecosystem; Makes

SYLVANIA Smart Home Introduces Apple HomeKit-enabled Hub Free Bulb


LEDVANCE continues to advance light by announcing the HomeKit-enabled SYLVANIA Smart Multicolor A19 bulb that can be easily controlled via Siri and Apple’s Home app without a separate hub. Installation is easy. All you need to do is screw in the Bluetooth-enabled bulb in your favorite lamp, sync it with the Home app, and start controlling your lights. The Home app allows users to control all HomeKit accessories in one place, including lights, temperature, locks, garage doors, scenes and more.

Source: SYLVANIA Smart Home Introduces Apple HomeKit-enabled Hub Free Bulb | Business Wire

With the Switchmate, lighting control is a tap away


Today’s connected home devices are fun and useful, but many of them are harder to install than you’d think. You might need a professional to install a Wi-Fi-connected thermostat or a video doorbell, for example. But this week I found a connected device that’s useful, inexpensive, and easy enough for anyone to install.

Source: With the Switchmate, lighting control is a tap away | Logged On

Second Gen Amazon Dash Button Brings Bluetooth


Amazon has passed what looks to be a second generation Dash button thru the FCC — based on filing approach, device profile, and model number. But, given the very limited information, the only obvious enhancement is Bluetooth LE joining the existing 802.11 WiFi variants, potentially allowing smartphone or home automation interaction beyond what’s currently available in merely …

Source: Second Gen Amazon Dash Button Brings Bluetooth

FlipFlic: Makes Window Blinds Smart w/ Zigbee and BLE — New Kickstarter Campaign!


FlipFlic™ is the smart blinds controller that automates ordinary window blinds in seconds and with no tools.

It is compact, solar-powered, and easy-to-install. FlipFlic quickly converts any horizontal or vertical blinds into a self-adjusting, light, time, and temperature-responsive smart window.


FlipFlic Comes with Zigbee and BLE built-in and is compatible with many Zigbee Hubs including SmartThings, Wink, Philips Hue and more.  Also Homekit compatible.  Flipflic is a member of iControl Labs so it will be compatible with other Icontrol-supported products (like ADT Pulse, Xfinity Home, PEQ, Piper)

HA World is proud to be representing this awesome product, and wish them all the best of luck on the campaign – They just launched this morning!  If you need an automated, SMART blind controller for you smart home, why not back them on Kickstarter?

FlipFlic Smart Blinds on Kickstarter


Bluetooth wireless range, speed to continue improving



Soon, turning off the heat and lights before leaving your house could be as simple as turning a key in a Bluetooth-equipped lock. This scenario may be possible with the latest Bluetooth wireless technology, which could start appearing in products next year. With the improvements, devices will be able to communicate directly over a longer range and at faster speeds than with current technology.

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Telink Semiconductor Launches World’s First All-in-One System-on-Chip for the Internet of Things



With the ability to integrate security, voice search, touch control and other factors, the TLSR8269 is an ideal single-chip solution for human interface devices ranging from smart home applications to wireless toys.

Supports Bluetooth Smart, BLE Mesh, 6LoWPAN, Thread, Zigbee, RF4CE, HomeKit and 2.4GHz proprietary standard support in a single SoC. The TLSR8269 supports analog and digital microphones and audio output with enhanced voice performance for voice search and other such applications. This makes it an ideal single-chip solution for IoT and human interface devices such as smart lighting, smart home devices, advanced remote controls, and wireless toys.

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