​Thread, ZigBee, Z-Wave: Why smart home standards matter


Wi-Fi has proved to be a really effective way of getting our laptops, our tablets, our phones and even our TVs and stereo systems to talk to the internet but it’s not working for the smart home. The Internet of Things has more subtle needs than these big-batteried, regularly charged or permanently powered items, and…

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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


Universal Electronics Signs Warrants Agreement with Comcast


In anticipation of continued sales growth, Comcast now has the opportunity to acquire shares of capital stock from UEI tied to the potential fulfillment of pre-defined purchase milestones under the terms of the warrants agreement. The Company undertakes no obligations to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

Centralite 3-Series Zigbee Temp/Humidity Sensor – Model 3310-P, 3310-G, 3310-S


CentraLites new 3-Series Temperature and Humidity sensor can make your smart thermostat even smarter. Sensitive to 0.1-degrees C, the Temperature & Humidity Sensor provides the information that helps your heating and cooling system run more efficiently and keep your home more comfortable. This often results in cooler or warmer temperatures in your primary living spaces.

By placing the 3-Series Temperature & Humidity Sensor in your bedroom, your ZigBee-enabled thermostat can keep that room at the temperature you specify instead of a hallway or living room where the thermostat is installed.

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GE ZigBee Plug-in Smart Module 45853GE


Take control of your home lighting with the plug-in ZigBee Smart Switch from GE. This unique smart switch adds remote on/off control to any table or floor lamp using your existing Zigbee hub device and does not require wiring. The ZigBee Smart Switch includes one controlled outlet and one always-on, standard outlet, and it’s space-saving, horizontal design plugs into standard receptacles without blocking the second outlet.

Works w/ Lowe’s IRIS, Wink hub, Logitech Harmony Home Hub Extender, Staples Connect, SmartThings, Best Buy PEQ, Time Warner Intelligent Home, Comcast Xfinity, Rogers Smart Home and more…

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