Software giant Microsoft wants you to install Windows in your home. No, not the kind made of glass––the company’s researchers have been busy developing software that will make it easier for homes to be automated, controlled and monitored via Internet connectivity. Although there are many home technology devices that have Internet capabilities––security cameras, thermostats, and most […]
What is home automation? When clients call Electronics Design Group for advice on how to automate their homes, oftentimes they’re unsure of what exactly automation is (and how it fits into the “smart home” model), let alone the level of automation that they want to attain. Drawing from almost 26 years of experience, EDG put […]
No more programming, no more constantly changing the temperature. The Nest Learning Thermostat programs itself in a week to keep you comfortable and save energy.
CEDIA offers a sneak peek of what’s available and what’s coming.
Despite a dim economy, home automation is on the rise. According to new numbers from ABI Research, 1.8 million home automation systems shipped globally this year. That number is expected to explode by 2016, when the research firm expects about 12 million systems to get sent out.
“It’s ironic that we are all telecom guys and it took us this long to do a phone system,” says Jim Carroll, president of Savant, speaking of the company’s soon-to-ship Telephony Solution product. But judging from the reaction from one integrator, it might have been worth the wait. By the time CEDIA Expo 2011 arrives, Savant […]
Alarm.com releases Extreme Temps automation for heating, cooling your home more efficiently. It’s a baking hot day. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some automated control over your air conditioner, so you don’t run up a hefty bill to cool your home while you’re stuck at work?Alarm.com says it has the answer. The company’s emPower […]
Picture-in-picture was once state-of-the-art, but we are way beyond that now. Dig this from the Sept./Oct. 1987 issue of Electronic House: Double Play allows users to scan channels on the smaller screen without interrupting views on the bigger screen. VCR is required. Now you can forget that old picture-in-picture stuff. Today you have picture next […]
First off, unless you’ve been exposed to advanced lighting control at a friend’s house or in a dealer’s showroom, you probably don’t even know what the term refers to. For most people, lighting control consists of on/off switches and dimmers, placed at the entrances to rooms or on lamps. The truth is, lighting control can […]