2015 CES to feature latest innovations in Sensor Technology

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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced this week that the Sensors Marketplace will showcase the latest innovations in gesture and motion technology at the 2015 International CES.sports tech

The Sensors Marketplace will showcase leading innovation in the motion technology field, including MEMS, the smallest motion-sensing devices. The area will highlight gesture and motion recognition technology, and applications in automotive, aerospace, medicine, robotics and more, that will show how sensors enhance the technology experience and the world around us. It will also give to the overall story of the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem at the 2015 CES. The Sensors Marketplace will be located at CES Tech West within the Sands Expo, and sensor technology will also be highlighted across the 2015 CES show floor within various Marketplaces, including Fitness & Technology, Health & Wellness, Smart Home and Wearables.

“Sensors are playing an increasingly important role in consumer electronics, as shown by the growing number of products containing the technology – from smartphones and fitness trackers to clothing, toys and even cars,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “We’re excited to bring this experience to 2015 CES attendees, to showcase how integral  motion and gesture recognition technologies are as they give crucial real-time data and increased personalization that is improving the way we live, work and play.”

Sensor technology exhibits at the 2015 CES are expected to span 2,500 net square feet of space in the heart CES Tech West, which includes the Sands Expo (Sands), The Venetian, The Palazzo, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn (Wynn/Encore). Major sensor and gesture recognition exhibitors include: Hillcrest Laboratories, InvenSense, Inc., MEMS Industry Group, SoftKinetic and Tobii Technology AB.
CES Tech West will also be home to other major destination areas including the newest innovations in lifestyle technologies, including sports, fitness and health tech, 3D printing, smart home, startups and other high-growth technologies.
The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies.

About CES

The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. Follow CES online at www.CESweb.org.

Add Wi-Fi to anything with TI’s Internet on a chip

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Today Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) introduced its new SimpleLink Wi-Fi® CC3100 and CC3200 platforms for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi family is the first in a series of new easy, low power SimpleLink wireless connectivity solutions for the IoT. This new Internet-on-a-chip family allows customers to easily add embedded Wi-Fi and Internet to a wide-range of home, industrial and consumer electronics through features including:

  • The industry’s lowest power consumption for battery operated devices with a low power radio and advanced low power modes.
  • Flexibility to use any microcontroller (MCU) with the CC3100 solution or leverage the CC3200’s integrated programmable ARM® Cortex®-M4 MCU, allowing customers to add their own code.
  • Easy development for the IoT with quick connection, cloud support and on-chip Wi-Fi, Internet and robust security protocols, requiring no prior Wi-Fi experience to get a product connected.
  • The ability to simply and securely connect their devices to Wi-Fi using a phone or tablet app or a web browser with multiple provisioning options including SmartConfig Technology, WPS and AP mode.

With a QFN package and fully integrated RF and analog, the CC3100 and CC3200 allow developers to create a low cost, compact and easy to use system by placing the device directly on a PCB. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi family comes with cloud connectivity support through TI’s IoT cloud ecosystem members. TI also provides various kits and software tools, a certified TI module (coming soon), reference designs, sample applications, development documentation, and TI E2E community support.


Building on its MCU ecosystem of low-cost LaunchPad evaluation kits and BoosterPack plug-in modules, TI provides developers an easy way to design and evaluate Wi-Fi and Internet applications:

  • Get started using TI’s SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200 solution with the first wireless connectivity LaunchPad evaluation kit.
  • The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3100 BoosterPack plus the Advanced Emulation BoosterPack allows customers to connect to any MCU, including the ultra-low power MSP430 LaunchPad.
  • If customers have not selected an MCU or want to get started quickly, they can begin software development with a PC and the CC3100 BoosterPack plus the Advanced Emulation BoosterPack using SimpleLink Studio.

For more information on the features and benefits of the SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3100 and CC3200 platforms, please read this blog post.

Pricing and availability:

  • SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3100 and CC3200 solutions are available now through TI eStore and TI authorized distributors:
    • CC3200 LaunchPad is available for $29.99
    • CC3100 BoosterPack + CC31XXEMUBOOST + MSP-EXP430F5529LP bundle is available for $49.99
    • CC3100BOOST + CC31XXEMUBOOST bundle is available for $36.99
  • CC3100 and CC3200 production units will be available in July and will be part of TI’s sample program.
    • CC3100 –$6.70 per 1,000 units
    • CC3200 –Starting at $7.99 per 1,000 units
  • CC3100 and CC3200 modules will be available in 3Q

TI’s SimpleLink wireless connectivity portfolio
TI’s SimpleLink portfolio of low power wireless connectivity solutions – wireless MCUs, wireless network processors (WNPs), RF transceivers and range extenders for the broad embedded market – makes it easier to develop and connect anything to the Internet of Things (IoT). Spanning over 14 standards and technologies including Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, Bluetooth low energy, ZigBee®, Sub-1 GHz, 6LoWPAN and more, SimpleLink products help manufacturers add wireless connectivity to anything, to any design, for anyone. www.ti.com/simplelink.

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at www.ti.com.

Have complete control over your house with smart locks

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OKIDOKEYS today announced that its full line of residential Smart-Locks and accessories are now available on Amazon.com. Due to the successful launch of OKIDOKEYS products at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show – OKIDOKEYS enable consumers to lock and unlock residential doors, garage doors and gates using smartphones, cell phones or RFID tags — Amazon invited OKIDOKEYS to be present in the Amazon’s Home Automation store.


OKIDOKEYS enables consumers to securely and easily manage access and share keys to all properties anytime and from anywhere through a complete line of smart devices.  In addition to obtaining smart door access via OKIDOKEYS, consumers still have the option of using current traditional keys. The OKIDOKEYS line of smart lock and key solutions combines an elegant design and the latest technological innovations while maintaining a small footprint on the door.

“OKIDOKEYS is bringing residential locks to The Internet of Things environment by introducing a new kind of keys with more flexibility and more control,” said Pascal Metivier, Founder and CEO of OKIDOKEYS. “We leveraged of our proven Mobile Key solution in the hotel industry space to develop a secure and  reliable solution for every home. We’re happy to work with Amazon to make OKIDOKEYS products available to consumers around the world.”


The OKIDOKEYS Smart-Lock easily installs on the interior side of any home door using the existing US ANSI Grade 1 and Grade 2 deadbolts. It can be self-installed in just a few minutes with no drilling or wiring required. Once the Smart-Lock is in place, users can lock and unlock their doors with a Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth 4.0) enabled smartphone, using the free OKIDOKEYS App available for iOS and Android. Users can select different opening rules according to their needs, including hands-free mode.



Access-Pack includes a Smart-Lock and a Smart-Reader plus Smart-Tags. Once OKIDOKEYS Smart-Reader is paired with the OKIDOKEYS Smart-Lock, users and their guests can enjoy the freedom to lock and unlock doors using a variety of key options: smartphones, cell phones and smart-RFID tags. Users can even keep a credit-card-sized RFID card in their wallets in case the cell phone battery loses its charge. Tags are also perfect for children.


Key Management

Using the OKIDOKEYS app and Web portal, users can create, send and delete keys with family, friends and all trusted third-parties, at anytime. It is now effortless to provide instant access to their homes when they are away, grant time-limited access to babysitters, housekeepers, pet-sitters or trusted contactors. OKIDOKEYS can provide homeowners notifications whenever their doors are being operated. Users, for example, know when their children return home from school. OKIDOKEYS highly-secured Web platform can be accessed from any smartphone, laptop or tablet using 3DSecure login, identical to the most advanced security environments (Banks, Military, etc.).

OKIDOKEYS makes it easy to manage multiple homes and rental properties, allowing owners complete control over who receives a key and for how long. Keys can be shared from anywhere – across continents and time zones – making life easier and more profitable.

For more information, watch OKIDOKEYS in action.

Pricing :

OKIDOKEYS  Smart-Lock is available on Amazon.com in the Home Automation store for $189, OKIDOKEYS Access-Pack for $249.


OKIDOKEYS is an OpenWays Company (world’s leading Mobile Key solution provider), providing consumers with a complete line of Smart Locks and Smart Keys. OKIDOKEYS leverages the secure and proven technology OpenWays already provides to the global hotel industry to offer front desk bypass solutions for hotel guests wanting a fast, efficient and modern check in/out process. Based in USA and Europe, OpenWays and OKIDOKEYS teams combined have more than 100 years of experience in leadership positions with the world’s leading makers of access management systems and electronic locks. With high-quality materials, modern designs and the latest technological innovations, OKIDOKEYS products are built to be a lasting revolution for the home. For more information, visit www.okidokeys.com. Connect with OKIDOKEYS on Facebook and Twitter.

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Homes and businesses can reduce energy costs with smart grid communications


Today is Earth Day and here at Vancouver Gadgets we’re trying to make an effort to do our part to reduce energy usage which in the age of electronics can be quite a challenge. With the Internet of Things quickly approaching many companies are scrambling to develop apps including ones to help manage electricity usage in homes and businesses. Candi Controls are on the cutting edge of developing some fantastic technology that will be a blessing to everyone wanting to save money and save the Earth’s limited resources.

Candi Controls, creator of a breakthrough unifying framework for smart device data, and IPKeys, an expert developer of smart grid technologies for government and industry, have partnered to connect OpenADR 2.0b-certified communications froapps_sdgem the smart grid to a multitude of everyday devices in homes and commercial buildings, creating price-based controls that reduce waste and energy costs.

The integration of IPKeys’ OpenADR 2.0b certified EISSClient 2.0 technology with Candi’s “PowerTools” data framework allows price and demand signals from the smart grid for the first time to reach a huge selection of popular thermostats, lights, load switches, solar power and appliance products. By extending smart grid communications to the Internet of Things, many more homes and businesses can reduce energy costs, and energy companies can more effectively manage load on the power grid.

“Leveraging IPKeys’ software shortened our development time to link with OpenADR 2.0b-certified systems,” said Steve Raschke, CEO of Candi Controls. “This collaboration will help simplify and propagate Demand Response-based energy efficiency to millions of off-the-shelf commercial and consumer devices via the latest OpenADR data profile, benefitting energy consumers and utilities alike.”

“IPKeys is pleased to collaborate with Candi in combining OpenADR 2.0 standards with PowerTools for wider interoperability with building management and energy controls,” said Robert Nawy, Managing Director of IPKeys.

apps_ordwayAbout Candi Controls
Founded in 2008 by an executive team with decades of experience in systems integration and data acquisition, Candi’s breakthrough technology reworks machine-to-machine communications from networks down rather than devices up. “PowerTools”, the company’s unifying data framework, normalizes monitoring and control of remote devices regardless of brand, type or protocol. Candi PowerTools allows service providers and integrators to gather, manage and act on real-time information from the Internet of Things, and offer compelling IoT user experiences from mobile applications. On the web at: www.candicontrols.com.

About IPKeys
IPKeys, an SBA Certified 8(a) and women owned business, is a strategic partner in the energy, federal, DoD, and commercial sectors delivering expertise in Smart Grid communications technology. IPKeys provides the standards based energy interoperations software, network communications engineering and enterprise security solutions that enable utilities and their customers to achieve the promise of a more reliable, safer and more economically beneficial Smart Grid. IPKeys is a member of the OpenADR Alliance. Online at http://ipkeys.com.

SOURCE Candi Controls

Home Automation Powerhouse Belkin on Forefront of the Internet of Things

Fast Company today named Belkin International, the company behind the WeMo family of home automation products, Echo water and power solutions and the Linksys home networking brand, to its 2014 list of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the Internet of Things. The list is published as part of the magazine’s annual Most Innovative Companies issue, which celebrates companies that exemplify the best in business from across the economy and around the world.
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“Coming off a momentous CES and a 2013 that included the acquisition of the Linksys brand, this honour from Fast Company is the culmination of a banner year for Belkin,” said Chet Pipkin, founder and CEO of Belkin International. “As the Internet of Things rapidly evolves, Belkin is on the front lines with an array of technologies and products that merge the virtual environment with the physical environment to bring the Internet of Things to life for consumers like never before.”

belkinWith a unique position in both home automation and home networking and the growth of its two popular brands, WeMo and Linksys, Belkin International exemplifies innovation in the Internet of Things. First launched in 2012, the WeMo line of smartphone-controlled smart home products made a splash in the industry by offering connected home solutions that are easy, intuitive and approachable. The company continues to evolve the platform with new products, app enhancements, and partnerships that extend the WeMo brand beyond the traditional home automation market and bring the Internet of Things to everyday devices.

Another area of on-going innovation is the work Belkin is doing with water and power energy use through the Belkin Echo Power and Echo Water solutions. These solutions are analyzing energy and water usage to help homeowners and building managers understand waste and part replacements and even sense security issues. Commercial pilots are beginning next month and the plan is to have availability later this year.

Also, with the acquisition of the Linksys brand, Belkin looks to expand on the Internet of Things through its Smart Wi-Fi platform which addresses consumer demand for enhanced management, consistent monitoring, and unequivocal control of home networks and devices at home or on the go.

“The culture of innovation across the globe is more robust than ever,” reports Fast Company editor Robert Safian, who identifies 12 lessons of innovation for 2014 within the issue. “To win in such a fast-changing environment requires a new kind of business agility.”

The Most Innovative Companies issue (March 2014) is Fast Company’s most significant, high-profile editorial effort of the year and hits newsstands beginning February 17. It also is available online at http://www.fastcompany.com/MIC as well as in app form via iTunes.


About Belkin

At Belkin International, we make people-inspired products that harness the power of technology to connect the dots between people and the experiences they love. Our award-winning product lines include wireless home networking and entertainment devices; mobile accessories for laptops, smartphones, tablets; home energy management and home automation solutions; plus a broad range of cable and power products. Belkin also owns the Linksys brand, maintaining a powerful new platform to deliver the next generation of home and wireless networking experiences. A privately held company founded in 1983, Belkin has more than 1,500 employees in 21 countries. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, Belkin can also be found on the Web at belkin.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/belkin, and on Twitter at Twitter.com/belkin.
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About Fast Company

Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethical economics, leadership, and design. Fast Company and FastCompany.com inspire readers and users to think beyond traditional boundaries and create the future of business. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, one of the U.S.’s leading media companies.

Wireless light switch from Belkin brings new innovation to WeMo smart home platform

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Belkin, creator of people-inspired technology products, today announced availability of the WeMo Light Switch, bringing a new layer of innovation to the simple, ingenious WeMo smart home platform. The Light Switch is a Wi-Fi

wireless light switch
wireless light switch

connected light switch that allows users to remotely access and manage an entire bank of household lights from anywhere using the WeMo app.

“The WeMo Light Switch brings the simplicity, affordability and approachability of WeMo to a remote lighting control market that can sometimes be daunting to consumers, said Ohad Zeira, director of product management at Belkin. “The Light Switch was the most requested new product by loyal WeMo users, and we are happy to offer another product that delivers the peace of mind that comes from knowing you can control and monitor your home from wherever you are, whenever you want.”

The WeMo Light Switch is easily connected into a home’s existing electrical wiring, replacing a current light switch. Once in place and connected to the home’s Wi-Fi network, users can access the free WeMo app to turn lights on or off, put them on a schedule, and even time them according to the sunrise and sunset from anywhere using an iOS or Android 4 device. The Light Switch also features integration with IFTTT, an online service that creates triggers using different Internet-based services such as email, weather and social media.

 WeMo Light Switch (F7C030) $49.99

  • Control household lighting remotely via a smartphone or tablet
  • Works with any Wi-Fi® router, Apple® device with iOS v5 or higher, and Android™ device 4.0 or higher
  • Operates over Wi-Fi and mobile Internet, at home and away
  • Works with the free WeMo app
  • No subscription fee or hub required


The WeMo Light Switch is available now at belkin.com and select retailers. The free WeMo app is available now for iOS and will be available today on the Google Play Store for Android 4.0 or higher.


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wemo app

Belkin, also announced compatibility with Android 4.0 or higher devices bringing the simple, ingenious WeMo smart home platform to a greater number of mobile users.

“Android users have been waiting for WeMo compatibility, and our ability to deliver on their request is an important next step in demonstrating our continued commitment to creating a simple, customizable home monitoring and control system that can be accessed wherever and whenever,” said Ohad Zeira, director of product management at Belkin. “With more than a billion Android devices expected by 2014 according to Gartner, expanding WeMo capabilities to Android devices is a necessary step for the continued success and evolution of the WeMo brand.”

Compatible with most current and future WeMo devices, including the WeMo Light Switch, WeMo Switch and WeMo Switch + Motion products, the fully functional app enables users to control electronics on and off from anywhere via Wi-Fi® and 3G/4G networks. The app also integrates with IFTTT, an online service that creates triggers using different Internet-based services such as email, weather and social media. For example, you can use IFTTT to create a rule that will send a text to your phone whenever a WeMo Switch + Motion senses motion or trigger a WeMo Light Switch to turn on your lights when the sun sets.


The free WeMo app for Android 4.0 or higher will be available today on the Google Play Store.

A Look at the New Integrated Comcast Home Security System

Home security systems have faced a number of significant advancements in the past 10 years. When you look at just a couple of simple technologies – such as wireless connectivity and digital imaging – you can begin to see how dramatic that change has been.

Today, home security systems are undergoing another significant revolution. More than just a way to detect or deter intruders, new home security systems like Xfinity Home from Comcast are forging ahead as full-blown home management systems.

Xfinity Home is spreading out to Comcast customers in a number of metropolitan areas, the most recent being the San Francisco Bay area in March of this year.  Billed as a home “lifestyle” system, Xfinity Home is the central hub of a home’s communications activity.

Home security and home automation

What makes these new systems different from traditional home security systems is that they integrate with other aspects of your home. For example, the Xfinity Home system not only checks door and window alarms, it also programs your thermostat and can be used to control lighting. In the case of cameras, the system captures either still time-lapsed photos or videos, which can be stored with Comcast for an additional fee.

The entire system can be controlled either through the in-home control panel, or via an app for your smartphone.

There are plenty of uses for this technology that come to mind, such as:

  • Disarming your alarm system when you’re at work and a house guest needs access to the home unexpectedly.
  • Turning up your furnace an hour or two out on your return trip home from vacation.
  • Turning lights on or off during the day, so as to simulate someone being home.
  • Remotely viewing your home security cameras to check up on children or caregivers.

Still plenty of security

Xfinity Home still includes all of the security features you’d want for a home alarm system. There are door and window monitors, cameras, and even a panic button that links right to fire or police. The system relies on a Wi-Fi and a 3G connection, making sure that you have connectivity no matter whether one of the systems fails. The system also includes window stickers and yard signs, which further serve to deter home invasions.

More to come

Comcast has announced that they’ll be adding even more features to the Xfinity Home system as time goes on. They will include things such as water sensors to detect home flooding or water leaks, and even remote controls for deadbolt locks or garage doors. Imagine being able to unlock your front door to let your child in after school, and then locking it behind them to keep them safe.

Currently, the service starts at just under $40 per month. Comcast isn’t the only company to offer this kind of system, either. There are a number of competitors out there that offer similar technologies, enabling you to manage your entire home from a single interface.

If you want more than just a security system, check out Xfinity Home today.

Jeremy Kushner is a home alarm systems enthusiast who blogs on topics related to crime and security. You can find more of his posts at HomeAlarmSystems.com.

Featured image courtesy of Comcast