2013 July Smart Home News Roundup

Do you want to keep up with the latest news in the smart house and home tech industries?

Our monthly newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest happenings in regards to smart houses.

The home smart industry is changing quickly, but we’ll help you stay on top of the newest trends.

Here are some of the most recent headlines we noticed.

SAMSUNG HANDSETS TO GET ZIGBEE WIRELESS COMPATIBILITY

ZigBee, one of the big players in the SmartHouse industry, is rumored (according to CNET) to be partnering with Samsung to make compatible devices.

If the deal goes through, new Samsung smartphones will be able to connect to smart devices like lights, heating, and cooling controls, and other appliances.

Of course, the partnership wonโ€™t really be beneficial to the millions of Samsung consumers unless they also have ZigBee-enabled devices in their homes.

SUMMER HEAT DRIVES HOMEOWNERS TO INVEST IN OUTDOOR AUTOMATION

Summer’s here, and people everywhere are diving in their pools to cool off.

Though most people think of home automation as indoor technology, smart house technology can be used outdoors to control pools, spas, outdoor media systems, and lighting.

The Wall Street Journal reports many homeowners are investing in this technology for their back yards to make it more comfortable for summer parties.

FrontPoint Security and Alarm.com sued for patent infringement by iControl

FierceCable reported that smart house company iControl recently launched a lawsuit against two other companies they claim were infringing on their home tech patents.

The patents involved deal with combined security and automation features, as well as control panels for smart home systems.
Itโ€™s too early to tell who might come out victorious, however.

SmartHouse News Roundup & Analysis - July
SmartHouse News Roundup – July

COMCAST REVAMPS XFINITY SERVICE FOR CONDO OWNERS, OFFERS SERVICE IN CHICAGO AREA

Comcast recently announced they’ll be offering a customized version of their Xfinity home tech services for residents of condos and townhomes, tells the Chicago Tribune.

Their current automation services for smart homes don’t work well for residents of shared buildings, but the new, smaller home tech package will only include security and automation features that can be used in this type of environment.

DO WE GIVE HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEMS ENOUGH INFORMATION?

A post on HiddenWires suggests that though smart house systems are improving rapidly, sometimes they don’t do as much as they could!

New smart home systems should include interfaces for adding additional inputs and outputs, which could open them up to more options for integrating with other smart home products.

This will help them be more future-proof, and allow older homes to keep up with the rapid pace of technological innovation.

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