Will Smart Homes Be As Common As Smartphones?



Sixty-eight percent of Americans say they are confident that smart homes will be as common as smartphones within 10 years, and 83 percent expect smart-home devices to be packaged with other services such as cable and Internet, an Intel-commissioned survey found. People expect simplicity in running their smart home and want a system that is secure from unauthorized users, Intel also said. Seventy-four percent expect their smart home to be as simple to set up as cable TV, and 75 percent are anxious about the number of passwords they will have to remember to manage smart devices in their homes.

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$35M Will Get You a Whole Lot of Home Automation



SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Thirty five million dollars can buy a lot of home. And home automation. Just ask tech entrepreneur Michael Barnick, whose lavish spread near this coastal city, located about 95 miles north of Los Angles, is featured in a Wall Street Journal article.

As the story describes, Barnick was retired when he started designing the oceanfront residence in 2005. He ended up becoming so involved with the technologies being installed throughout the property that he decided to launch a business called Quantum Integration, which installs home-automation systems.

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Samsung will start selling SmartThing’s new home automation hubs from next month



Earlier this year, we reported that Samsung has delayed the release of SmartThings new home automation products till Q3 2015. Now, SmartThings has announced through its blog that its new-generation home automation hubs will be available to purchase starting next month. Interested customers can pre-order the hub from Amazon for $99 to be the first in line to receive the device.

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