Nest Protect: The Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm Reinvented

Posted in Hardware,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the October 11th, 2013

Safety Shouldn’t Be Annoying, Nest Protect Addresses Nuisance Alarms and Low-Battery Chirps to Help Keep Families Safe

nest-protect-front-blackPalo Alto, California — October 8, 2013 — Nest Labs, Inc. (www.nest.com) announced today breakthrough innovation that redefines what people should expect from their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. These products should keep us safe, not annoy us. Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide™ does much more than just sound a shrill alarm when there’s danger in your home. It speaks to you, telling you where the danger is and what the problem is. And before it sounds a piercing alarm, Nest Protect gives you a friendly Heads-Up warning that you can silence with a wave of your hand – no more swinging towels or brooms to try to quiet a false alarm. It integrates with your mobile devices and even messages you if the batteries run low, avoiding that all-too-familiar midnight low-battery chirp.

“With our first product, the Nest Learning Thermostat, we set out to help people reduce home energy use,” said Tony Fadell, Nest founder and chief executive officer. “Now, we’re turning our attention to something that’s also important: keeping families safe in their homes. We’ve all experienced the smoke alarm going off while we’re cooking or searched for the source of that incessant low-battery chirp in the middle of the night. Every time a smoke alarm cries wolf, we trust it a little less, and then – in a moment of frustration – we rip the batteries out to stop the beeping. And that leaves us and our families at risk.”

According to a study by the National Fire Protection Agency of smoke alarms that failed to activate during home fires, 73 percent of them had dead, missing or disconnected batteries. Nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected smoke alarms.

“Safety shouldn’t be annoying,” said Matt Rogers, Nest founder and vice president of engineering. “It was unacceptable to us that almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. These products are required by law and are supposed to keep us safe, yet people hate them. We wanted to change that, so we created Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide.” (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

CommandFusion iViewer 4 for Android Now Available

Posted in Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the May 27th, 2013

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CommandFusion’s iViewer, a professional automation remote control product, is now available on the Google Play Store for use on Android devices.

Melbourne, Australia — 28th of May, 2013

Previously only available on iOS devices, the automation and control application iViewer 4 now allows integrators of automation and control systems to create their own custom graphical user interfaces (GUIs) on Android devices. These GUIs can be used to control any system that is controllable via Ethernet. Utilizing CommandFusion’s free ‘guiDesigner’ Windows program, users can create a GUI that looks and behaves the way they desire. Some uses for iViewer 4 include controlling a home entertainment system, a heating/cooling system or anything else the client can require; all from within a single app.

“The diversity of products available running the Android platform is astounding” said Jarrod Bell, Co-Founder, CommandFusion “Now our customers can use our industry leading app on a huge selection of devices, in both mobile and fixed formats”

Already successful on the Apple iOS operating system, iViewer for Android uses the same powerful CommandFusion Automation Engine. It allows the user to create powerful user interfaces with dynamic content and advanced functionality such as gestures, lists, animations, JavaScript API and much more.

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INSTEON Home Automation Products Now Available in Europe, Australia and New Zealand

Posted in Hardware,Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the May 23rd, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., May 22, 2013 – INSTEON®, manufacturers of the best-selling, most reliable home automation and control technology, today announced the European launch of its easy to install and affordable home automation devices, opening the doors for savvy homeowners all across Europe who are looking to embrace the connected home experience.

Cleverly designed and so easy you can install it yourself, INSTEON offers a reliable and affordable home automation solution. The system starts with the INSTEON Hub; a simple and straightforward device that connects you to your home from anywhere in the world from your smartphone or tablet. The first wave of European products includes plug-in modules for lamps and appliances, in-wall micro modules, DIN rail modules, door/window sensors, motion sensors and thermostats.

An INSTEON system can be used for a wide variety of applications which can be installed and controlled via the INSTEON Hub and free iOS and Android apps. Access your network from anywhere in the world and control or monitor:

  • • Indoor and Outdoor Lighting Appliances
  • • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • • Motion, Door/Window Sensors
  • • Energy –create schedules  for lights and appliances to reduce energy usage and save money
  • • X10 compatible technology

INSTEON control signals are simultaneously sent using your home’s mains wiring and radio frequency. Unlike Zigbee and Z-Wave devices, INSTEON devices are peers,  enabling devices to transmit, receive or repeat other messages without requiring a master controller or complex routing software.

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Cortexa launches new INSTEON-compatible controller

Posted in Hardware,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the January 23rd, 2012

Jan 20, 2012 –
Cortexa Automation Releases New Home Automation Ready (HAR™) Controller. New Controller to Support INSTEON® Wireless Home Control Solutions.

Austin, TX – Cortexa Automation announces the release of its new Home Automation Ready (HAR™) Controller with support for INSTEON wireless home control systems. Cortexa’s INSTEON compatible controller gives homeowners and installers access to the easiest and quickest way to set up their INSTEON devices – whether it us a simple lighting control solution or and advanced home automation network.

The Cortexa EZ Home Automation Ready (HAR) Controller offers home and small business owners an easy and convenient way to monitor and control devices within their home or building. The Cortexa can control “smart” systems and devices in the home, including lighting, appliances, HVAC, security, cameras and more. Cortexa’s controller can also help reduce energy bills by up to 30%, saving homeowners time and money while increasing quality of life. All of this can be accomplished using a wide variety of INSTEON enabled devices including lighting, HVAC control, door and window sensors, motion detectors, garage door control and more. Cortexa also works with other HAR devices including Z-Wave products, Global Caché, T.E.D., DSC Security, Rain8Net, and Somfy shade controls.

Cortexa Automation Sales and Marketing Director, Jesse Lind states, “We’re very proud and excited to be working with INSTEON. This opens up a whole new arena for Cortexa and INSTEON products alike. Not only does this give the DIYer an easy, convenient, and intuitive way to setup and control their INSTEON devices, but it also gives the professional installer a wide range of new offerings for their customers. Our controller really does offer the easiest and fastest setup for INSTEON devices on the market while bringing the luxury of a high-end home automation system at a fraction of the cost.”

“We’re very happy to expand our product offering with the new Cortexa Home Automation Ready (HAR) Controller,” commented Mike Scharnagl, Director of Marketing for Smarthome. “Cortexa’s products are highly regarded by both our retailer customers and our dealers and installers.”

The Cortexa EZ Home Automation Ready (HAR) Controller and other Cortexa home automation products are available online at www.smarthome.com/cortexa.

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