January 2015 Newsletter - Link Round Up

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 20, 2015 3:52:56 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Apple HomeKit, cellular carriers, CES, CES 2015, connectsense, General, home automation, Internet of Things, IoT, Las Vegas, M2M, machine to machine, newsletter, Newsletters, smart home, smart outlet, white paper, ZigBee

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10 Internet of Things Design Considerations [White Paper] - Connecting products to the Internet of Things (IoT) is essential to manufacturers looking to stay competitive within their industry. Adding IoT capabilities gives consumers more features. It also allows the manufacturer to stay connected with their customer while discovering new product use cases and applications that open them up to new revenue streams. > Download the White Paper

How the First Apple HomeKit Products Will Work - The first collection of Apple HomeKit-compatible products were quietly announced last week at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, and we saw everything from smart plugs and sensors to garage door openers and locks. There’s nothing too sexy about those types of appliances, but we were able to learn more about how Apple HomeKit and its vision for the smart home will work. > Read more at Mashable

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet Will Give You Command of Your Walls - After months of speculation, we're finally getting some dirt on which products will work with Apple's HomeKit once it launches. The Grid Connect ConnectSense Smart Outlet replaces a standard wall outlet and includes a USB port. It's available for preorder now and should start shipping this quarter. > Read more at CNET

My 2015 Internet of Things Wishlist - The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most hyped technology of 2014 and 2015 promises even more innovative IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology will surface. Building on the growth of IoT in 2014, the IoT will see even more explosive growth and innovation in 2015. Although I have several predictions of what will happen in the IoT world this year, I have one big item on my wish list that involves cellular carriers. > Read more at Embedded Computing Design

Grid Connect's Biggest Takeaways About the Smart Home Space at CES 2015 - A few members of the Grid Connect and ConnectSense teams were excited to attend CES this year. While a lot of time was spent in the booth demoing the ConnectSense Smart Outlet, we were able to stretch our legs and explore many other CES exhibits as well. Home automation was a big aspect of the show this year and we were definitely proud to be contributing to it. > Read more at ConnectSense.com

 

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CES 2015: Grid Connect's Biggest Takeaways about the Smart Home Space

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 19, 2015 7:41:38 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in CES 2015, ConnectSense, connectsense, Consumer Electronics Show, Events, General, Grid Connect, home automation, Internet of Things, smart device, smart home, smart outlet

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A few members of the Grid Connect and ConnectSense teams were excited to attend CES this year. While a lot of time was spent in the booth demoing the ConnectSense Smart Outlet, we were able to stretch our legs and explore many other CES exhibits as well. Home automation was a big aspect of the show this year and we were definitely proud to be contributing to it.

Now that it's been a week since we've returned to the office and had some time to reflect, here are some takeaways we gathered from the Smart Home section of the show...

"Home automation was the belle of the ball at CES 2015. There were a lot of new and exciting products.  I feel like 2015 will be the year that home automation comes into focus and goes mainstream.  The winners in this market are going to be those who focus and build best in class devices that interoperate with other companies devices through standards like HomeKitAllSeenOICThread and others. The losers in this market will be those that try to do it all themselves and build every device under the sun on their system. In the end, what is good for consumers is good for this market. Companies that keep that in mind will do well."

Adam Justice, Vice President of Grid Connect and Founder of ConnectSense

"Wow! As always, the CES was an amazing event. We saw companies in the home automation space introducing products to broaden their product line, while others jumped in where they hadn’t played before.  There seems to be more and more devices every time I check Gizmodo or Mashable. Unfortunately, a lot of them are the same ol’ same ol’…innovation wins with me every time!

The big question is, what company will win the platform war? Are you developing your own ecosystem of devices 'on an island' of their own? Companies need to make sure the applications or the products are upgradable to future standards to take advantage of new features and capabilities. The last thing anyone wants to do is continually replace their devices or systems when new features are enabled."

John Marchiando, Vice President of Business Development at Grid Connect

"There are a lot of people and companies who want to be involved. Many devices are similar to each other so companies must separate themselves from their competition through the features and benefits of their products. They must also make sure to deliver on their promises about the capabilities of each device. Consumers are going to have to research different companies and their products to make sure they are finding the right devices for their needs and ideally, compatible with other home automation products they have now or will have in the future.

As a consumer, my biggest takeaway was that any product I buy needs to be worth the price tag. If the features and benefits are not up to par, or if it just plain doesn't work, it's not going to be in my house."

Brittney Borowicz, Marketing Manager at Grid Connect

And on the first time exhibiting at CES...

"As a first timer, the CES show is massive. The investment of the big companies like Intel, Samsung, LG are unbelievable. Our booth was in the Innovation area, which was fun to see all the different types of companies that were doing cool things. Our new Smart Outlet was well received and demoing it with Siri is a cool feature.  We will be back at CES next year, in the Smart Home section of the show."

Mike Justice, President and CEO of Grid Connect

What was your biggest takeaway about the smart home from CES 2015?

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How the first Apple HomeKit products will work

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 13, 2015 2:37:15 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Apple HomeKit, CES 2015, ConnectSense, connectsense, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, International CES, Mashable, smart home, smart outlet

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The first collection of Apple HomeKit-compatible products were quietly announced last week at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, and we saw everything from smart plugs and sensors to garage door openers and locks.

There's nothing too sexy about those types of appliances, but we were able to learn more about how Apple HomeKit and its vision for the smart home will work.

Let's take a closer look by narrowing in on one of the new products. Grid Connect's ConnectSense Smart Outlet...

Read more at Mashable or download the PDF now.

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Apple Emerges As A Promising Internet Of Things Platform At CES 2015

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 9, 2015 10:34:50 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Apple, CES 2015, ConnectSense, connectsense, Events, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, HomeKit, Internet of Things, IoT, Las Vegas, smart outlet, tech, technology, Wireless

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The whole “Internet of Things” theme reached a fever pitch at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Many of the big tech players are trying to become the platform for how to connect together the growing list of devices with wireless technology inside of them–everything from your car to your thermostat.

Apple stopped officially exhibiting at CES back in 1992, but you could find the first batch of devices that are HomeKit certified, which is Apple’s protocol it announced last June for making smart home devices working safely and securely in iOS.

There were quite a “smart outlets” that basically allow you to control an outlet through your Apple product from iHOME, Incipio, GridConnect and iDevices.

Read more at Forbes or download the PDF now.

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Grid Connect's Outlet Forms a Smart Home Foundation

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 8, 2015 9:28:14 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in CES 2015, CNET, ConnectSense, connectsense, Events, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, smart outlet

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CES 2015: 10 Exciting Chicago Companies Exhibiting at CES

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 2, 2015 7:27:36 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in CES, CES 2015, connectsense, Eureka Park, Events, Featured In, General, Grid Connect

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With over 3,500 exhibitors and 150,000 attendees, CES - the Consumer Electronics Show - is the world's premier gathering for manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology. Every year, game-changing innovations are announced at this conference - including the VCR in '70, the camcorder in '81, HDTV in '98, the XBox in '01, and more - and this year's event, happening next week (1/6 - 1/9) in Las Vegas, will be no exception.

Though the conference is a global platform for all technological advances in the consumer space, Chicago will look to establish itself as a hub for producing these innovations - especially in the digital manufacturing arena - as nearly 60 Windy City companies will be exhibiting throughout the week.

Here are ten Chicago exhibitors to keep an eye on as CES 2015 kicks off...

Read more at Chicago Inno or download the PDF now.

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