As always, lots going on in the smart home space this week. Here are a couple of news items that caught our attention:
SMART HOME RADIO SHOW 008: GERARD TALKS TO OMAR IN CAIRO!
In this eighth episode of The Smart Home Radio Show, I chat with Omar Amir, who is buzzed about adding some Smart Home products to his life. Omar recently purchased my book and want to dive deeper into identifying suitable products for his home over in Egypt. The format is slightly different for this episode in the sense that I get to sit in the hot seat and voice my opinions on the current product lineup.
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MICROSOFT INVESTS IN 10 NEW SMART HOUSE STARTUP COMPANIES
USA Today reports that Microsoft is continuing to grow its presence in the smart home business. Earlier in the summer the summer, the company announced a start-up accelerator focused specifically on home automation and the Internet of Things. Just this week they picked 10 companies hat will participate in the accelerator program, which will run from September to December of this year on Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash., campus. The chosen startups were selected from a pool of more than 400 candidates.
SAMSUNG BUYS SMARTHINGS FOR $200 MILLION
This week Samsung took yet another step into the smart home by announcing the acquisition of Smartthings – a newcomer to the industry. According to a post on the Smartthings blog, the company will operate as an independent company within Samsung’s Open Innovation Center group.