AVAD Magnifies Works With Nest Product Lineup

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AVAD has announced the addition of Rachio, a smart sprinkler control, to their extensive Works with Nest product lineup. In addition, Dropcases’ Waterproof Nest Cam enclosure is also new to AVAD. Dropcases allow users to turn Nest Cams into outdoor installations for a new level of safety and security while providing incredible camera resolutions, real-time […]

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Update Adds Nest and More Compatibility for On-Q’s Intuity Home Automation Platform

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Giving installers and builders more reasons to employ its recently launched Intuity home automation platform, Legrand has announced Intuity 2.0, new firmware which adds four new partners to the On-Q Intuity product suite, including Nest thermostats, garage door openers from Linear, Schlage locksets, and Aeotec’s Z-Wave Range Extender for more coverage. The new firmware also includes a new graphical user interface, which […]

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Home Automation: Increasingly Affordable

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Home automation has long been the domain of the upper middle class and wealthy. Expensive, professionally installed proprietary systems have traditionally dominated the home automation landscape. The rise of mobile tech and ubiquitous wireless communications — combined with less expensive and more powerful sensors and electronics — are finally enabling the availability of relatively affordable devices. […]

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Weekly Wrap-Up | An Awesome Speaker from BenQ, cAValry Rides @ ISE 2015? and More!

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There were some big announcements this week and we want to make sure you didn’t miss any of important news from the week. cAValry Rides has announced a campaign to raise funds to get them to ISE in February, BenQ launched an awesome looking and impressive Bluetooth speaker, DSE announced a new show and more! […]

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The Pixel and Ink-Stained Wretch vs. Residential Tech: My Experiences with Nest and Lyric

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Now that I own a home out in suburbia, I have cause to sample the residential side of the tech market. As winter approaches, I’m making a two-pronged attack on the elements — low tech (weatherstripping and better attic insulation) and high (a new fancy thermostat). As this is a half-technology blog we’ll focus on […]

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Energy Squad Offers LED Diet Training, New Revenue Opportunities

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For HomeAV or ProAV dealers looking for some new recurring revenue opportunities or who want to do marketing or branding around GreenAV, Energy Squad offers some interesting programs geared specifically to AV dealers on not only GreenAV products such as automation or energy management, but also on green products that AV dealers don’t typically offer, […]

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Nest Adds API-Based Developer Program – Hints at Getting into Control System Market for the Home

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Today at CEDIA, Nest Labs, the Apple-like HVAC Wi-Fi-based HVAC controller, announced plans to begin working with developers on creative ways to connect with the Nest Learning Thermostat through integrations such as home appliances, lighting and home automation. By introducing a Web API, Nest is taking the first step toward working with partners to build a simple, secure and connected experience for […]

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Nest’s Open API – What it Means For Integrators

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Tony Fadell, founder and CEO of the hugely popular Nest Learning Thermostat, made a rather surprising announcement during his opening keynote speech at CEDIA 2013.  The big news? Developers will finally have access to a Nest open API. A simultaneously released blog post on the company website described the “Nest Developer Program”, which will officially open it’s doors in 2014.  The […]

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