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Jan 13 2014 07:07 PM | Dan (electron) in News
Can't say I'm surprised, but Google just announced that they are acquiring the company Nest Labs, famous for their really nice looking thermostats. In case you didn't know, the Nest thermostat was designed by the same individual responsible...
Dec 02 2013 12:41 PM | Dan (electron) in News
This thermostat seems to be pretty popular, and Amazon is offering a $40 Amazon Gift card if you buy one via the Amazon.com website. Check the link below for more info. http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B009GDHYPQ/ Get a $40 Amazon.com Gift...
Nov 29 2013 09:37 AM | BraveSirRobbin in News
For anyone on the fence about buying advanced home control software, check out this black friday deal for HomeSeer that BraveSirRobin mentioned!
Jul 25 2013 01:49 PM | Dan (electron) in News
Not sure if this is a mixup, but you can find the Google Chromecast device at your local Best Buy. While the website still shows they don't have them, calling them revealed they did have them today, and I had no trouble picking one up. ...
Jul 02 2013 11:58 AM | Dan (electron) in News
It looks like all is still on track in Ube-land, as they just posted an update on the KickStarter website, indicating they are still going to make their October 2013 shipping date. Ube also shared that they still have all the money in the bank, a...
Jul 02 2013 11:46 AM | Dan (electron) in News
SmartHome has finally released the Dual-Band version of their INSTEON keypads. They are shipping now, available in multiple colors, with white starting at $79.99. Check out the SmartHome website for more details.
Jun 16 2013 10:30 AM | Dan (electron) in News
Someone in the production crew of Warehouse 13 on the SyFy channel really likes ELK, as they featured the hardware yet again. Obviously branding has been removed, but I'm starting to wonder if there is a secret 'USB port' we aren't aware of ;)...
May 29 2013 05:33 PM | Dan (electron) in News
It looks like the first public beta of the next major release of Homeseer 3.0 has been announced, and is now available for download. Thanks WayneW! Keep in mind that this is still beta, so make sure you try this on a different system,...
Apr 26 2013 06:35 PM | Dan (electron) in News
It was only a matter of time, as it looks like AT&T is now following in Verizon & Time Warner's footsteps, and is now offering home automation services, combined with home security, including CCTV, under the 'Digital Life' brand. Monthly cost starts at $29.99/month, plus $149.99 for equipment, or $39.99/month plus $249.99 plus equipment for the smart security hardware. See below for all the details.
Apr 19 2013 09:06 PM | Dan (electron) in Site
During the last 2 weeks, there have been reports of some minor issues (such as original posts being locked out, etc.). It's something I have been working on, but due to an extremely complex job schedule, it hasn't been going as fast as I would li...
Apr 19 2013 08:54 PM | Dan (electron) in News
Do the the Warehouse 13 folks have a secret weapon in their arsenal which allows them to compromise an ELK security system in a matter of seconds? Sure looks like it judging by the screenshot & video posted below.
Apr 19 2013 04:16 PM | Dan (electron) in News
Here's another rather interesting KickStarter project, with potential big implications if they can deliver on their promises.
Back in January, we spotted this product during the CES expo, and even covered it here.
Apr 01 2013 02:34 PM | Dan (electron) in News
ADT Pulse customers will now be able to control their Kwikset door locks via their smartphone, tablet or computer. See below for the original press release.
Mar 29 2013 06:29 AM | Dan (electron) in News
I normally don't post about hot deals on the front page, but I think this deal warrants it. A new version of Tasker has been released, with a complete new UI, and to celebrate the new release, the price of Tasker for Android has been dropped to...
Mar 22 2013 11:10 AM | Dan (electron) in Site
If you are seeing this post, then you are on the new server.
Mar 22 2013 06:31 AM | Dan (electron) in News
LIFX is a Wi-Fi controlled RGB LED light bulb (~900 Lumens/80W), created via a KickStarter campaign last November. Some solid progress has been made, and since production on the first batch is in full progress, they have started accepting orders via their store for a 2nd batch, with a 15% discount if you use coupon code KSBATCH2 (the LIFX bulb retails @ $79), which should bring the total down to around $64.
The LIFX bulb uses your Wi-Fi network at home, and an open API allows you to control the bulb, including the colors. They already have an app for iOS, the app for Android will be released before the first batch ships, and they are also working on other interesting integration examples.
Check below for their latest video which contains more information about production and their plans.
Personally, I ordered 4 of these bulbs, allowing me to simulate a sunrise, use them as indicators for US mail waiting in my mailbox, security alerts, adjust exterior lighting to match holidays, and even use them as holiday decorations. So much potential!
Mar 21 2013 01:24 PM | Dan (electron) in News
Early last year, HAI announced they would start working on adding support for the popular-in-Europe KNX home automation protocol. While they originally announced the product would be available in Q2 2012, it looks like the KNX gateway is now finally for sale. HAI part # is 97A00-1, and is available now in all markets. See below for the full press release.
Mar 21 2013 12:19 PM | Dan (electron) in News
Lighting Science Group is voluntarily recalling around 554,000 LED light bulbs due to a potential fire hazard. Discontinue use immediately if you have these in your home!
More details below.
Mar 20 2013 06:32 AM | Dan (electron) in News
Only 15 days left before the Ube Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer KickStarter campaign comes to a close. There are over 1,000 backers, and the campaign is very close to reaching its goal ($215,642 pledged of the $280,000 goal). If you aren't familiar with the...
Mar 18 2013 08:17 PM | Dan (electron) in News
The iRule folks have been pretty busy, as their new iOS iRule 3.0 release adds support for the popular Mi Casa Verde Vera controller, and the Universal Devices ISY series, which will make the app extremely useful to many more people. There were many other new features, which you can find in the announcement posted below.
Mar 15 2013 03:33 PM | Dan (electron) in Site
Sometime this weekend, I need to swap out the modem for the chat server. It might take up to 60 minutes for connectivity to be restored, but I will keep everyone updated via the site (which will stay online), and the @CocoonTech Twitter account.
Mar 15 2013 11:53 AM | Dan (electron) in News
Trend Micro published a research paper recently, focusing on home automation and the potential security issues associated with these technologies. The paper focuses on X-10, Z-Wave and ZigBee (I guess UPB and INSTEON aren't popular enough, or are...
Mar 13 2013 02:53 PM | BraveSirRobbin in News
Cinemar announced its latest beta release of the Web Designer for touch devices.
It enables design of an iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or phone 'scenes' for controlling your home automation and media devices.
Mar 11 2013 06:15 PM | BraveSirRobbin in News
Just received this teaser email from Elk Technologies announcing their showcasing a new two-way wireless motion sensor that will be shown at this year's ISC West 2013 Convention.
Your CocoonTech Team will be on site and will cover this debut!
Mar 11 2013 11:11 AM | Dan (electron) in News
2013 is shaping up to be a pretty interesting year for the home automation industry.
While many of us have been doing this for a long time, all these new product launches will open up the home automation market to many new potential customers.
Here's a quick overview of some of the more interesting/popular campaigns on KickStarter & IndieGoGo.
Hopefully this post will be useful to some, especially since the KickStarter search engine is one of the worst search engines I have seen in a very long time (maybe they can KickStart an effort to create a better one).