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The Amazon Echo and The Marketing of Smart Home Appliances

Are Alexa Enabled Devices a blessing for the home automation industry? We try to answer this question through the lens of marketing and by noting the similarities between the revolutionary iPhone and Amazon Echo trends. A lot of us tech enthusiasts envision a future in which our lives are seamlessly integrated with tech and smart assistants are all around.… Read More
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Zigbee to Dominate the IoT Market by 2023

A notable business intelligence firm in the IoT sector, ON World, released a report noting that Zigbee chips will dominate the market by 2023. In particular they noted that by 2023, the sales of the chips will reach one billion annually, marking 85% of the expected 4.5 billion cumulative IEEE 802.15.4 mesh device worldwide market.… Read More
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Ransomware and Your Smart Home – The Security of Z-Wave

Smart home technology is all around us, but what’s the security of Z-Wave, the wireless communications protocol that drives the inter-connectivity of your devices?  The world around us is changing by the second. Innovation in wireless connectivity and the protocols that allow devices to talk to each other is what makes smart homes a reality.… Read More
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Dojo – Your new home network guardian

One of the biggest issues with IOT and the range of smart home devices is security and the risk of malware. With huge worldwide infections that have affected everything from child monitors to doorbells.  As the world of IOT starts to find it’s feet, security is going to be paramount in placating people’s worries and taking the industry from the peripheries, and into the mainstream.  … Read More
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Security and the big worry for IOT

You have probably heard recently about the ransomware attack that hit over 100 countries last week, and caused havoc for many large companies including the UK’s National Health Service.  This attack brought hospitals and doctor’s surgeries to their knees, cancelling operations and causing legitimate worry for a health service already under severe strain.  … Read More
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5 obscure IOT devices to look out for in 2017

Currently, the IOT devices that garner the most headlines tend to be pretty obvious.  Light switches, thermostats, and video doorbells have all hit the headlines in recent months, as consumers become more accustomed to seeing connected devices around the home. Some of the most interesting IOT projects however, lean more towards the obscure end of the market.  … Read More
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Four home appliances looking to make waves in 2017

In the eyes of tech companies, the consumer living space has become the latest battleground for your hard earned cash, and one that could become very lucrative if they pull it off correctly.   Here, we take a look at four exciting products; some brand new, some updated, that will be gracing our homes before the end of 2017.… Read More
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Australia’s Intelligent Homes – The Telstra Smart Home

Today Australia homes are getting smarter with the release of The Telstra Smart Home. The company offers two subscription-based services, the first being “watch and monitor”and the second aimed at “Automation and energy.” During the past several years Australia has been lacking in innovation and adoption of smart home technologies.… Read More
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Should You Be Excited About a Facebook Smart Home AI System?

Recent talks from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg have raised speculation that the company will be revealing a new home automation AI assistant. Even though there still isn’t an official date about the unveil of a Facebook Smart Home AI system, trends in the smart home market show that Zuckerberg might have a slight shot at revolutionizing the home automation industry. … Read More
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Ecobee Surpasses Nest Labs and Honeywell

According to a recent report from Navigant Research, Ecobee is the leading smart thermostat vendor, followed closely by Nest Labs and Honeywell.  Ecobee has emerged as the leading smart thermostat vendor in a new leaderboard report from Navigant Research. The annual report examined 17 of the most prime smart thermostat service vendors, assessing their relative strengths and weaknesses in the global market.… Read More