Google Home vs Amazon Echo – The Race Continues Google Home vs Amazon Echo – The Race Continues

By Nikki Kahl

In our previous article, Google Home vs Amazon Echo – Who Will Rule Your Roost And Why, we touched on a couple of the more significant aspects of a smart personal assistant – finding and sharing knowledge, and, of course, personal assisting. These are but two abilities of a good AI. In t
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By Nikki Kahl

In our previous article, Google Home vs Amazon Echo – Who Will Rule Your Roost And Why, we touched on a couple of the more significant aspects of a smart personal assistant – finding and sharing knowledge, and, of course, personal assisting. These are but two abilities of a good AI. In t
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Google Home vs Amazon Echo – Who Will Rule Your Roost And Why Google Home vs Amazon Echo – Who Will Rule Your Roost And Why

By Nikki Kahl

Google Home Takes On Amazon Echo In The Battle Of Personal Assistants In what is possibly the most significant technological race since that between the United States and Russia during the Cold War, Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others are competing to create the most advanced “AI” in existe
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By Nikki Kahl

Google Home Takes On Amazon Echo In The Battle Of Personal Assistants In what is possibly the most significant technological race since that between the United States and Russia during the Cold War, Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others are competing to create the most advanced “AI” in existe
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Amazon Echo and Echo Dots: Use Them to control an Entire Smart Home Amazon Echo and Echo Dots: Use Them to control an Entire Smart Home

By Art Feierman

The Amazon Echo is a great device for many purposes, especially controlling home automation gear.  Adding Amazon Echo Dots makes life better.  Music, news, other capabilities are cool but controlling lighting, heat, security in your smart home thanks to the Alexa personal assistant, is where the Ech
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By Art Feierman

The Amazon Echo is a great device for many purposes, especially controlling home automation gear. Adding Amazon Echo Dots makes life better. Music, news, other capabilities are cool but controlling lighting, heat, security in your smart home thanks to the Alexa personal assistant, is where the Ech
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CEDIA: Smart Home Personal Assistants: Amazon Alexa’s New Friends, Apple HomeKit Siri CEDIA: Smart Home Personal Assistants: Amazon Alexa’s New Friends, Apple HomeKit Siri

By Art Feierman

If there is one aspect of voice control/personal assistants that really stood out in terms of announcements, it was the number of companies now supporting Amazon Alexa. This is a world where the major players are Amazon Echo/Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, and newer, less talked about, Microsoft’s Cortan
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By Art Feierman

If there is one aspect of voice control/personal assistants that really stood out in terms of announcements, it was the number of companies now supporting Amazon Alexa. This is a world where the major players are Amazon Echo/Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, and newer, less talked about, Microsoft’s Cortan
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Smart Home Eco-Systems A-Z: Z is for Z-Wave, Zigbee Smart Home Eco-Systems A-Z: Z is for Z-Wave, Zigbee

By Art Feierman

Call them home automation standards, languages, or protocols…Z-Wave and Zigbee, like Wifi, and Bluetooth are communications standards.  I have smart home gear using all four. If you are going to have Z-Wave or Zigbee compatible devices, remember first, you still need, very reliable Wifi.  With
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By Art Feierman

Call them home automation standards, languages, or protocols…Z-Wave and Zigbee, like Wifi, and Bluetooth are communications standards. I have smart home gear using all four. If you are going to have Z-Wave or Zigbee compatible devices, remember first, you still need, very reliable Wifi. With
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Smart Home Ecosystems A-Z Smart Home Ecosystems A-Z

By Art Feierman

When I chose A to Z Smart Home Ecosystems for a title to this group of articles, it seemed natural, since four  of the major “environments” that I loosely dub “eco-systems” are Apple HomeKit and Amazon Echo, and at the other end of the alphabet are Zigbee and Z-Wave – t
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By Art Feierman

When I chose A to Z Smart Home Ecosystems for a title to this group of articles, it seemed natural, since four of the major “environments” that I loosely dub “eco-systems” are Apple HomeKit and Amazon Echo, and at the other end of the alphabet are Zigbee and Z-Wave – t
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Smart Home A to Z Personal Assistants – A is for Apple, Alexa pg.2 Smart Home A to Z Personal Assistants – A is for Apple, Alexa pg.2

By Art Feierman

In building their eco-system, Apple’s kept it somewhat closed,  as they have their own standards.   HomeKit is the “home” of those standards for home automation.  If a company wants their device to be HomeKit compatible, it will have to meet the standards that Apple has defined.  H
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By Art Feierman

In building their eco-system, Apple’s kept it somewhat closed, as they have their own standards. HomeKit is the “home” of those standards for home automation. If a company wants their device to be HomeKit compatible, it will have to meet the standards that Apple has defined. H
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Smart Home A to Z Personal Assistants – A is for Apple, Alexa Smart Home A to Z Personal Assistants – A is for Apple, Alexa

By Art Feierman

Welcome to our Smart Home discussion of Personal Assistant based home automation eco-systems The two most, well known, geared for the mass market personal assistants developed at this time, are Amazon with their Alexa assistant, and Apple, with Siri.  Microsoft and Google have joined the party more
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By Art Feierman

Welcome to our Smart Home discussion of Personal Assistant based home automation eco-systems The two most, well known, geared for the mass market personal assistants developed at this time, are Amazon with their Alexa assistant, and Apple, with Siri. Microsoft and Google have joined the party more
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Lutron Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge, Light Switches and Dimmer Lutron Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge, Light Switches and Dimmer

By Lisa Feierman

The Lutron Caséta is a lighting control system that primarily consists of a smart wireless bridge, light switches (in-wall or plug-in), and dimmers. The Caséta line is the lowest of Lutron’s three–they have very, ultra high-end products, as well as fairly high-end stuff. Caséta is the li
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By Lisa Feierman

The Lutron Caséta is a lighting control system that primarily consists of a smart wireless bridge, light switches (in-wall or plug-in), and dimmers. The Caséta line is the lowest of Lutron’s three–they have very, ultra high-end products, as well as fairly high-end stuff. Caséta is the li
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The Fibaro RGBW Micro Controller System The Fibaro RGBW Micro Controller System

By Lisa Feierman

The Fibaro system is a smart, wireless, Z-wave compatible, 4-color, controller for LED light strips. It supports the 3 traditional RGB (red, green, blue) channels, as well as those LED light strips that also have a white LED. It has four analogue inputs that can support, light, wind, or pressure sen
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By Lisa Feierman

The Fibaro system is a smart, wireless, Z-wave compatible, 4-color, controller for LED light strips. It supports the 3 traditional RGB (red, green, blue) channels, as well as those LED light strips that also have a white LED. It has four analogue inputs that can support, light, wind, or pressure sen
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Our articles cover a wide range of topics. Some will be about products that haven’t yet been reviewed, others relating to new product announcements and new products being shown at trade shows. You will also find articles on new or shifting smart home / home automation industry trends, new technologies, and even some on which companies are dominating smart home automation and which new companies are likely to impact the industry, and your choices.

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