Houzz Study: Automated Outdoor Lighting Is Hot for 2016

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Houzz study reveals nearly two thirds of U.S. homeowners (57%) who are planning outdoor renovations in 2016 are looking to upgrade their exterior lighting.  Also, 11% plan to add outdoor security features, 10% outdoor A/V, and 8% smart irrigation.

 

Source: Houzz Study: Automated Outdoor Lighting Is Hot for 2016 – CE Pro

Apple Watch – Internet of Humans

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The wristwatch was an invention of convenience for extreme conditions. Previously the pocket watch provided an elegant and portable mechanism for discerning the current time. However increasing complexity of military maneuvers in the 19th century and more civilly and popularly with the advent of planes, pilots wanted precise time measurements without getting in the way.

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Kwikset’s latest smart lock lowers the price by ditching the frills

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Kwikset is no stranger to connected locks, but the $219 price for its Kevo lock might put you off if you’re used to securing your door with cheaper conventional locks. That might not be a stumbling block for much longer, though: the company has trotted out a Traditional Signature Series Deadbolt lock with an easier-to-swallow $150 price tag. It’ll still talk to any Z-Wave home automation network that supports locks (such as a Wink hub), giving you a way to remotely unlock the door or get alerts. The cost-cutting mostly comes thorough the absence of extras you might not need, like a gateway device or a keypad. This won’t be the cheapest lock if you’re starting fresh, in other words. However, it’ll definitely make more sense if you’re already living in a smart home and just want the entryway to match.

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Here’s the right way to set up your smart home

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Automation connects your devices, and artificial intelligence learns how you like to live. Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve dreamed about living in a smart home.

To me, that meant more than just opening an app to turn the lights on; it meant living inside of a sentient, organism-like structure that would know my whims and preferences and would adjust itself to suit my lifestyle.

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Arris deploys new Docsis 3.0 gateway at Comcast – Home automation & integrated security

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Arris said its has deployed its TG1682 DOCSIS 3.0 gateway at Comcast. The gateway is part of Comcast’s new XB3 service that will enable gigabit wireless speeds, IP video technology and integrated home automation and security capabilities to subscribers. The two companies began collaboration on the initiative late last year.

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Apple HomeKit needs more time to reach its full potential – Fortune

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The tech company’s new smart home system isn’t reliable, and needs more time to reach its full potential. One year after Apple announced plans to launch its home automation platform HomeKit, the company’s first certified products are now being shipped to customers around the world.

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