Are Your Plugs Smart and Beautiful?

Welcome to our home automation product coverage—features that get you in-the-know on the latest connected home technology in less than two minutes.

 

You’ll need to throw away those old fashion, dial-type electric outlet timer. That’s old school! Meet Zuli Smartplug: “It’s smart, attractive — and talented.”

 

It’s smart because with Zuli Presence™, a Zuli Smartplug will know when you’ve walked into the room. It’ll adjust the lighting and temperature just the way you like it. There’s no need to manually turn on any switch or dial any thermostat on your own.

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Tech Talk: What do DIY Systems Mean for the Professional Security Industry?

Are DIY systems a threat to the success of professional security dealers? An opportunity? Both? Who better to ask than top security experts who live and breath this space. So, we set out to get your perspective on what emerging DIY systems mean for professional security dealers.

“What do DIY systems by companies like Google (Nest), Apple and Best Buy (Peq) mean for the professional security industry? How can professional security dealers stay relevant in this competitive market?”

Peq

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Consumers Focus their Internet of Things on the Smart Home

The market for smart home products is about to get crowded as broadband providers and major retailers chase after the same market. New research has found that young people and new homeowners are most likely to purchase Internet-connected energy devices and install them in their homes. Young consumers between 25 and 34 years old are much more likely to own at least one smart energy management device. The Internet of Things study done by Parks Associates shows that 10 percent of broadband households across the United States headed by a consumer in that age group own at least one device and 4 percent own five or more. Compare that to 7 percent of all broadband households across the nation owning at least one device.

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The Smart Device Scoop Without the Buzz: Five Resources for Foundational Knowledge

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?

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