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MediaTek readies the MT7697 for better HomeKit IoT experience

MediaTek today announced the MT7697 to help bridge Internet of Things (IoT) in the home. This new SoC furthers the market-leading family of IoT chips that provide high levels of integration with impressively low power consumption for applications such as home appliances, home automation, smart gadgets, IoT bridges and cloud connectivity.

The MT7697 powers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections for smart gadgets and wearables. To support consumers’ increasingly connected homes and lifestyles, MT7697 together with MediaTek’s extensive smartphone chipset portfolio help create a universal “eco-sphere” of seamlessly connected smartphones, wearables and appliances.

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SIGNUL Beacon System now available for iOS

The IoT Design Shop at Finger Food Studios is pleased to announce general commercial availability of our SIGNUL Beacon System. This achievement is the product of two years of design and effort that has culminated in a unique and engaging beacon product that is specifically targeted for personal use by our customers.

SIGNUL beacon “zones” are established by placing a SIGNUL beacon at a physical point of interest. This could be at home, at work, in a vehicle, or any other place where a micro-location pointer is useful. The size of the zone is fully configurable as are the reactions that will occur when a smartphone detects entry or exit from a zone.

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Life saving HomeKit gift idea: First Alert from Onelink

Smart meets simple in the latest innovation from Onelink by First Alert. Pairing First Alert’s legacy of safety and innovation with Apple’s revolutionary HomeKit technology, the new HomeKit-enabled Onelink by First Alert® Wi-Fi Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm – debuting this month – sets the stage for a new era of safe, secure, easy-to-use and simple connected homes. The product is offered in both hardwire (with 10-year sealed battery back-up) and 10-year sealed battery versions to accommodate different consumer needs and building requirements.

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HomeKit gets support from Libre Wireless Technologies

Libre Wireless Technologies, Inc., a leading embedded WiFi and Wireless solutions provider, announced today at the Hong Kong Electronic Fair the expansion of their WiFi module and software solutions into Smart Home and IoT applications. Leveraging much of the advanced technology and optimised WiFi module designs from its market leading LibreSync media streaming solutions, Libre brings tremendous value to new lower cost, smaller and simpler modules enabling much broader embedded applications.

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MediaTek Announces Two Software Development Kits for Apple HomeKit

MediaTek, a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in cutting-edge systems-on-chip (SoC), today announced it has released two software development kits (SDKs) that support Apple HomeKit. Apple HomeKit is a framework built into iOS that enables secure home control from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch and lets home accessories work together in smart ways.

“By adding HomeKit support, MediaTek takes another step in our mission to connect the world’s next billion people,” said SR Tsai, General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Connectivity and Networking Business Unit. “Customers have been looking for innovative, simple and secure technologies that power their home and our new SDKs with HomeKit support delivers that to them.”

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Please welcome Homekit newcomer: Scalage Sense Smart Deadbolt

Schlage a brand of Allegion plc that has created the most technologically advanced lock products to help consumers secure their homes for more than 95 years, is now offering its newest innovation, the Schlage Sense ™ Smart Deadbolt, for pre-order at Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com and Build.com. The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt will be available for retail starting in November in select Lowe’s and Home Depot stores and on THD.com, Lowes.com, Amazon.com and Build.com. The Scalage Sense ™ Smart Deadbolt will retail for $229.00.

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In stores: iHome iSP5 SmartPlug - Get your hands dirty with Homekit

With first-mover advantage in the growing smart home category, iHome is positioning itself to be a significant player with the release of the iHome iSP5 SmartPlug, the first product in the company’s new iHome Control series. Named by Apple as a launch partner to make the first products compatible with their new HomeKit smart home technology, the iHome iSP5 SmartPlug is among the first HomeKit-enabled products now available to consumers on iHome.com and Amazon.com for $39.99. Additional retail rollout will be hitting in the coming weeks in both the USA and Canada.

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ams Gas Sensor used by the Elgato’s Eve Home Air-Quality Monitor

ams AG (SIX: AMS), a leading provider of high performance sensors and analog ICs, today announced that Elgato (http://www.elgato.com) is using the ams AS-MLV-P2 MEMS VOC (volatile organic compound) gas sensor in its new Eve family of home monitoring devices.

The 9.1mm x 9.1mm x 4.5mm AS-MLV-P2 is a low-power gas sensor which measures levels of VOCs in the ambient air with unrivalled accuracy. It produces a precisely varying resistance in response to changes in ambient levels of pollutants commonly found in indoor environments.

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Z-Wave kicks in 5th gear with their IoT products

According to a new Markets and Markets report, the smart home industry is estimated to reach $58.68 billion by 2020. Segments such as security and smart locks are driving the smart home market currently and with over 90% penetration in this segment, the Z-Wave Alliance continues to grow the Z-Wave smart home ecosystem for consumers and manufacturers, alike.

With a record-breaking Z-Wave quarter, Sigma Designs announced that 40M Z-Wave IoT devices have shipped at the close of Q1 2015. With more manufacturers, integrators, installers and service providers turning to Z-Wave, Z-Wave Alliance membership has grown by 30% over the same period last year, resulting in the addition of more than 75 new full members to the organisation’s roster.

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Control your house with the new Caste Smart Bridge from Prong

Prong is the electronics company behind the PWR Case, a cutting-edge iPhone charger case that offers “no cords necessary” charging capabilities. The PWR’s cordless design is making conventional iPhone chargers obsolete, and with a detachable backup battery, the PWR Case has quickly grown into one of the world’s most in-demand iPhone accessories.

According to Prong, new iPhone apps are saving homeowners thousands in yearly electricity bills. While there are several applications for home lighting control, the recent update to the Casta Wireless Smart Bridge has budget-minded property owners raving.

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