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KickStarter Ube Updates

Mar 11 2013 08:42 AM | Dan (electron) in News

Looks like the Ube KickStarter campaign is finally taking off, as they are reaching their goal rapidly.  Ube announced last week that they will offer support for integration with the Securifi Almond+, and they also just announced...

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Foscam Foscam Security Issue, Upgrade Your Firmware ASAP

Mar 05 2013 02:02 PM | Dan (electron) in News

I know many folks allow direct internet access to their cameras, and the Foscam cameras are pretty popular, so make sure you upgrade to the latest firmware if you haven't already.   There is a security issue which allows unauthenticated users to a...

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Z-Wave RaZberry Now Available in the United States

Mar 04 2013 09:03 PM | BraveSirRobbin in News

I reviewed the RaZberry at this year's CES in Las Vegas and thought this was a perfect tool for the DIY'ers in this community as it was a product tailored to that aspect.  Also it seemed popular as it was based on the Raspberry-Pi platform.
I asked Z-Wave.Me for further details (as those CES Updates are pretty condensed) and when it would become available in the United States and was sent the following information!
If you are into Java coding, and use Z-Wave, you really want to check this product out.

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Homeseer Technologies HomeSeer Technologies Announces Upgraded 7" Touch Screen

Feb 27 2013 07:03 PM | Dan (electron) in News

HomeSeer Technologies just released a new version of their existing in-wall mountable HST-IWAR7 touch screen.  Manual and photo file names have not changed, and neither has the look, so it looks like this is just a bump in specs.  Major...

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IndieGoGo CommBadge: A Star Trek Communicator for Everyone

Feb 26 2013 02:38 PM | Dan (electron) in News

While browsing around the IndieGoGo website, checking what's new and interesting, I found this Bluetooth 4.0 based microphone/speaker called the CommBadge.  One of the problems with voice recognition in the home automation world is the microphone component.  You either have to opt for a large array based mic, or install extremely sensitive microphones all over the house.  Then there is still the issue of background noise.

Depending on the range once can get with this product, it might make the perfect home automation microphone.  I'm not sure whether to back this project myself, but would love to hear what others think about this.

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IndieGoGo Stick-N-Find News

Feb 26 2013 10:05 AM | Dan (electron) in News

Stick-N-Find Technologies announced that they will be shipping the Bluetooth 4.0 'stickers as early as next week.  An e-mail has been send out to backers, asking them to pick the desired colors, and the opportunity to increase the pledge at the original price.
Another surprise is that they have managed to improve the range of these sensors from 100' to 150'.
In case you don't remember, the Stick-N-Find tags are designed to track missing objects, pets, kids, anything within a 150' range (line of sight).  The tags can also light up, and vibrate.  You only need a second to realize how much potential they have for us home automation folks.
They are also offering an app for both iOS and Android, which will make tracking down these tags extremely easy.
Don't forget their long-range Bluetooth device (2500'), ideal for detecting when 1 or more of your vehicles is parked in the garage (heck, maybe tag your mail guy's truck ;)), and also offers internal GPS logging.  Unfortunately, the IndieGoGo campaign for this device has ended, but the device can be pre-ordered via their website.
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See below for the press release.

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iPad VidaBox Announces Affordable iPad Mini Mount

Feb 26 2013 12:05 AM | Dan (electron) in News

VidaBox has announced the immediate availability of their new iPad Mini mount.  The mount will cost less than $100, and makes the smaller iPad even more interesting for home automation use.
Don't forget to check out the massive iPad Mounts database if you are looking for a mount!

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Chat Securifi Chat Transcript

Feb 22 2013 11:57 PM | Dan (electron) in News

I would like to thank Ram @ Securifi for a very enjoyable Q&A session.  Many questions were asked, and he answered them all (90+ minutes).   You can find the chat transcript (raw log, I might make it easier to read tomorrow) here....

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Chat Just a Reminder: Chat Tonight with Securifi About The Almond+ Z-Wave & WiFi Router

Feb 22 2013 02:29 PM | Dan (electron) in Site

Just a friendly reminder, tonight at 9pm EST, Securifi will be joining us to answer any questions you might have about the Almond+ Z-Wave/ZigBee/WiFi router.   More details here.

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Russound Russounds Posts TS3 Touch Screen Firmware Update

Feb 21 2013 10:57 AM | Dan (electron) in News

Russound announced they have updated the UI layout for their TS3 Touchscreen product.  Firmware and update procedure can be downloaded via their Support Center.  

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KickStarter Ube Moves WiFi Multi-Touch Smart Switch Campaign To KickStarter

Feb 20 2013 08:58 AM | Dan (electron) in News

I just received a notification that Ube has moved their IndieGoGo campaign to KickStarter.  While IndieGoGo can be a successful launch platform for your project, you can't ignore the brand recognition of KickStarter.  If you pledged on the IndieGoGo site, your pledge will be refunded, so you can move it to KickStarter.
There is also an extra reward (1 premium dimmer) if you move your pledge before the end of February 20th.  This however might be a problem for people such as myself, as PayPal still hasn't refunded my pledge.
Keep on reading for the announcement.

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KickStarter Taking The 'Cloud' Approach Too Far

Feb 19 2013 07:44 PM | Dan (electron) in News

So here is yet another KickStarter project, about a device which will detect when your furnace/heater's flame turn on, allowing you to monitor the heating component of your HVAC system.  It transmits this information to 'the cloud', using a WiFi connection.
It looks like they won't be allowing you to access the device/data directly, you HAVE to use their internet based site, which just does some basic calculations, based on parameters you specify.
Keep on reading if you are interested in the rest of this short opinion piece.

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Z-Wave Live Q&A Session with Securifi This Friday, 2/22/2013

Feb 19 2013 09:38 AM | Dan (electron) in Site

Securifi's CEO (Rammohan Malasani) has graciously agreed to be part of a live Q&A session about the new Almond+, which is a router supporting 802.11ac, support ZigBee and Z-Wave, and a touch screen to access all of these features.  See below for a list of features, or go to the KickStarter site for even more details.

The event will start around 09:00 PM EST (February 22nd, 2013), and is open to anyone.  Simply click the chat tab on top, or connect to irc.cocoontech.com, port 6667, and join us in #tech .
Depending on the turn-out, we might even have some giveaways!

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Z-Wave Factory Refurbished Vera 2 Controller: $100 via eBay (micasaverdeshop)

Feb 19 2013 08:54 AM | Dan (electron) in News

This is an extremely good deal on a really nice Z-Wave controller.  The cheapest NEW controller is the Vera 3 Lite, which runs $179.  The Vera 2 is still a great unit (have one myself), so if you are just starting out, I would highly consider...

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Server Outage

Feb 17 2013 10:07 AM | Dan (electron) in Site

As you may have noticed, the server has been down several times this week now, usually at night when traffic is very low.  I haven't figured out yet what's going on, but it's something I am working on.  I just wanted to apologize for the down...

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KickStarter LIFX Reveals Final Bulb Design

Feb 15 2013 08:53 AM | Dan (electron) in News

In case you missed this KickStarter project, here is a quick recap:  Several months ago, a company called LiFX created a 900 lumens Wi-Fi RGB LED light bulb, with an open API/SDK.
While many KickStarter projects end up being a failure or massively delayed, Phil's team has been making some solid progress, and has been documenting the whole manufacturing process.
It looks like they are getting very close to the final product, so they have now officially unveiled the final (or extremely close to final) design.  Keep on reading for more details.

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Attention Manufacturers & Software Authors

Feb 15 2013 08:40 AM | Dan (electron) in Site

I'm working on creating a directory of all the 'players' in the home automation and home security industry.  If you are interested in having your company listed, you can send me an e-mail ([email protected]), or if you are an existing forum member, you ca...

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IndieGoGo Ube Smart Light Switch Update

Feb 14 2013 02:59 PM | Dan (electron) in News

Ube has posted another video detailing what's driving the Wi-Fi light switches mentioned earlier this week (hint: 32-bit ARM processor running Android).  See below for the video.

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Software Home Automation Software List

Feb 14 2013 12:26 PM | Dan (electron) in Site

Just a quick reminder, the (ultimate) home automation software list can now be found here.   This list is extremely popular, and it allows you to find software based on 1 or more of the many searchable features.   Highly recommended if you ar...

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INSTEON SmartLabs announces INSTEON Smoke Bridge

Feb 13 2013 08:19 AM | Dan (electron) in News

SmartLabs announced that they have developed an 'INSTEON Smoke Bridge', which intercepts the RF signal broadcasted by the First Alert ONELINK smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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Feb 12 2013 05:26 PM | Dan (electron) in Site

I would like to start adding training events to the CocoonTech Community Calendar.  Upcoming events will automatically be listed on the right-hand side of the forum index view, so it's pretty easy to keep track.  If you have an event in mind,...

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UL UL warns of potentially hazardous Monoprice cable

Feb 11 2013 01:07 PM | Neurorad in News

http://www.ul.com/gl...30131080000.xml   Monoprice gets dinged for something, hard to figure out exactly what.   The cable jacket is marked Type CM but also has CMR on it.     Politics, theft of UL approval, or typo?

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CES [CES 2013] Exclusive Update - Dotz

Feb 11 2013 11:15 AM | BraveSirRobbin in Events

CocoonTech found an interesting product while browsing the aisles of the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.

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CES [CES 2013] Exclusive Update - Enerwave

Feb 11 2013 11:15 AM | BraveSirRobbin in Events

CocoonTech visited the Enerwave booth at the Z-Wave Pavilion inside the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show and found out that they are the ONLY manufacturer of the world's first, tamper proof Z-Wave controllable outlet!

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CES [CES 2013] Exclusive Update - StickNFind (Indiegogo)

Feb 11 2013 11:10 AM | BraveSirRobbin in Events

CocoonTech made an out of the way stop at the 2013 Consumer Electronic Show to see the StickNFind (Indiegogo) product being showcased.

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