Let’s be honest, all of the talk about smart devices, the Internet of Things and smart or connected homes can sound like a mashup of buzz words without meaning. So, we found a five great resources– videos, articles, info graphics and presentations– that take a step back and focus on the foundation: what really is a smart device?

1. Introduction to Smart Devices – Part I via Zinn Technologies

Zinn Technologies starts at square one in this video on smart devices.

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2. Making Sense of The Internet of Things via TechCrunch
“The emerging Internet of Things — essentially, the world of physical devices connected to the network/Internet, from your Fitbit or Nest to industrial machines — is experiencing a burst of activity and creativity that is getting entrepreneurs, VCs and the press equally excited.”

Internet of Things Ecosystem

Read the full article here.

 

3. Nest and Beyond: A Beginner’s Guide to Home Automation via PCMag
What if all the devices in your life could connect to the Internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: clocks, garage doors, speakers, appliances, you name it. And what if they could all communicate and take your commands? It’s not science fiction, it’s the “Internet of Things” (IoT), and it’s becoming a key tenant to home automation.

Home automation is what it sounds like: automating the ability to control items around the house—from window shades to pet feeders—with a simple push of a button (or a voice command). Some things, like setting up a lamp to turn on and off at your command, are simple and relatively inexpensive, but others, like surveillance cameras, may require a more serious investment of time and money.

Still, imagine monitoring your home using an interface on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, or even panels mounted around the house. It’s like going from using the Clapper to beaming up to the Starship Enterprise.

Think home automation is just for the über geeky? It’s going seriously mainstream. Just this week, Google made a big investment in it, spending $3.2 billion dollars to buy Nest Labs, the company behind some of the highest profile home automation/IoT products now available.

Check out the full guide here.

 

4. A Brief History of Home Automation via Progressive Automations
For those of you who love to know the details, here’s a brief overview of the history of Home Automation by Progressive Automations.
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5. Picking Sides: Will You Live in an Apple or Google Smart Home? via Mashable
Finally, the Apple/Google Smart Home rivalry should be considered baseline knowledge when it comes to connected homes. Also, dealers have to understand the DIY market, especially these to products, and speak to the benefits of a dealer-installed system over these options.

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Read the full story here.

Do you know of a great piece you’d add to this list? Let us know in the comments section below, and we’ll update this post.

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