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Crestron Teams Up in Yacht AV

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Crestron yachtsCrestron joins forces with Hatteras Yachts, a luxury yacht manufacturer, and technology integrator AHT to create a "world-class experience" with the M90 motor yacht outfitted with Crestron technology.

The technology supplied by Crestron allows one to control AV, lights, shades, pools and hot tubs, security cameras, motorised awnings and more with the simple touch of a button.

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The Alexa-Controlled Smart Mattress

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Sleep technology company Eight adds further capabilities to its smart mattresses with an Alexa skill allowing one to control such products through Amazon-enabled devices and voice commands.

Eight smart mattressThe "smart sleeping" products currently compatible with Alexa are the Smart Mattress collection and the Smart Mattress Cover. Users can state commands such as "Alexa, warm up the left side of the bed" or "Alexa the bed is too cold" to warm up the bed. In addition one can ask ask "Alexa, how did I sleep last night?" or "Alexa, what's my sleep score" to receive statistics related to their sleeping patterns.

Eight plans to add further Alexa commands later this year for more robust interactions between its products and the virtual assistants. Eight products already feature automation capabilities through If This Then That (IFTTT), but Alexa allows for perhaps simpler integration, not to mention control.

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HomeKit-Enabled Elgato Offerings at IFA 2017

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Elgato expands the HomeKit-enabled Eve product family with five accessories at IFA 2017-- the Eve Lock, Eve Window Guard, Eve Smoke, Eve Smoke and the second generation Eve Thermo.

Elgato home automation The new generation Eve Thermo smart radiator valve features capacitive touch controls and an integrated temperature display, allowing customers to directly monitor and adjust target temperature. It works right out of the box, with no need for extra bridge device or starter pack, and retains all the Eurotronic control technology found in the previous version.

Meanwhile the Eve Lock automatically secures latches and bolts once the door is locked, ensuring the door is safe at all times. Control comes through either Siri, Home app or Eve companion app, and HomeKit allows remote control in case of visitors. As an smart smoke detector, the Eve Smoke not only sets off a loud, pulsating tone in case of fire, but also sends HomeKit notifications and sets off scenes.

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Crestron Pyng Gets Sonos, Alexa Support

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The latest version of Crestron Pyng (v. 1.010.0038) has the addition of native Sonos and Amazon Alexa support, as well as features elevating the user experience while making integration easier for installers.

Crestron PyngNative Sonos sound system support allows the "effortless" integration of Sonos with Pyng as a multi-room audio source. One simply needs to pair Pyng Sonos Connects to immediately select and control Sonos favourites through Crestron touchscreens, such as the TSW-560P portrait model.

Meanwhile native Alexa support brings the Amazon voice controlled assistant to Crestron home systems without need for programming. Crestron says installers simply have to follow "some simple configuration steps." Once connected, Alexa automatically recognises rooms and scene names from Crestron Pyng for immediate voice control, such as "Alexa, tell Crestron it's too hot in the kitchen."

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Somfy Shows Off Motorised Window Solutions

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CEDIA Expo 2017 sees Somy Systems showcase solutions to integrate motorised window coverings-- with a 5m tower allowing installers to discover the Somfy product offering.

Somfy CEDIA Visitors can check how easy it is to add motorised blinds, shades, draperies, awnings, shutters screens and pergolas to their offer, regardless of brand or technology. Flexible control options take advantage of timers, remotes, weather sensors, a companion app and even voice commands to control Somfy-powered applications.

Somfy is also showing several integration solutions, including the Somfy Connect Universal Automation Interface (UAI) Plus and the updated myLink. Such devices make it possible to integrate Somfy motors over IP, whether working with Radio Technology Somfy (RTS) or Somfy Digital Network (SDN) motors.

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Fibaro Updates Entry Sensor

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Fibaro starts shipping the Door/Window Sensor 2-- a Z-Wave Plus-certified smart home device customers can install on any door, window, gate or set of blinds in the home or office.

Fibaro sensorThe Door/Window Sensor 2 connects to either the Fibaro Home Center ecosystem or a Z-Wave hub, and is accessible through companion app on smartphones, tablets or browser. It monitors the status of the door, window, gate or blinds it is connected to, and reports back any change in open/door status, helping avoid theft, break-ins or energy loss if a door is left unintentionally open.

The update also features an internal temperature sensor, allowing it to report abnormal changes in temperature. It also pushes temperature data to the Fibaro energy management dashboard found in the Fibaro desktop app, allowing users to monitor temperature changes, maximise efficiency and reduce energy bills. In addition, a tamper sensor boosts security by alerting the user if someone tries to remove it.

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The HomeKit-Compatible MyQ Home Bridge

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Chamberlain launches the MyQ Home Bridge-- a means to add HomeKit compatibility to any MyQ garage door opener (without built-in wifi) and lighting products.

MyQ HomeBridgeAnnounced back at CES 2017, the MyQ Home Bridge allows customers to control garage doors with Siri, set scenes within the Home app and connect a MyQ garage door opener with other HomeKit-enabled devices. Thus, one can have a smart thermostat or light bulb adjust accordingly whenever the garage door opens or close.

The company also offers a series of MyQ lighting accessories users can connect to HomeKit for control via iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch.

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