Hiya and how is it going? Good morning; a busy weekend, an important birthday milestone in the O’Driscoll household today, so lots of activities to keep us busy. 🎂🎈On the smart home; here are some cool new stories for you this week. Enjoy!
Faster Samsung Smart Homes 💨
Here is a little snippet for those of you who have embraced the smartthings smart home ecosystem. In recent times, the company has announced that they are implementing a new ‘hub architecture that allows core functionality to execute locally, leading to smart home experiences that are more reliable, faster, and more secure.’ What this means in plain English is that the company is centralizing command instruction processing in your home hub, rather than passing commands to the cloud. This by inference will speed up your smart home! You can check out their blog post here to learn some more.
Nano HomeKit 🍏
This crew are definitely innovators in the smart home space. I’m talking about Nanoleaf, a company that is pioneering the production and sale of smart lighting panels. Don’t have any at the O’Driscoll household, but tempted at some stage to splash the cash and get a few of them. The company has always been a HomeKit fan and this was re-affirmed this week by their announcement to support thread border router functionality. Yep, it does sound complicated, but in practice, it means the company is prepping itself to support the upcoming Matter smart home standard. The Thread is at the core of Matter and the ability of Nanoleaf lighting products to act as routers in next-generation smart homes is a major plus. You can check this article for all the details if you want to read more.
This Weeks Blog Post
When you’re setting up your smart home, besides comfort and convenience, you’re thinking about the affordability of the home automation platform to use.
As much as there are many home automation companies nowadays, some offer relatively expensive smart products compared to others. This is a factor that most homeowners might be skeptical about since they want efficient smart products at an affordable price. Home automation will elevate your lifestyle and home’s functionalities but you might not want to break the bank for it. Founded in 2016, the China-based Meross is one of the most prominent companies in the smart home industry known for providing affordable home automation solutions.
>> Read the complete article on the blog
A Business Story 🏢
SmartRent, which sells smart home services and devices to the multi-family market, began trading on the NYSE under the ticker SMRT. SmartRent raised $450 million. On their first day of trading, its shares shot up to $15 from their initial pricing of $12 per share before falling back down to $11.94. Click here to read the press release.
Weekly Smart Home Voice Command! 🎤
Hey, Google, play party music for 20 minutes
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