Home Automation

Home automation has garnered renewed attention, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution. Many vendors targeting this market look to deliver solutions for aspects appealing to a broader audience. Some examples include lighting, temperature control, security using IP cameras etc. Irrigation control is a niche within the home automation niche. At first glance, it appears to be a limited market, as only those with gardens big enough to require scheduled / automated watering of multiple zones might need it. Surprisingly, there are many options for people looking to gain IP control over their irrigation / watering system's functioning. iConservo's Blossom is one such option. Read on for a detailed look at the Blossom Smart Watering Controller.

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14 by Stephen Barrett on 3/10/2015

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2 by Ganesh T S on 1/14/2015

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8 by Ganesh T S on 1/13/2015

Netgear Preps Smart Home Push with Arlo IP Cameras

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13 by Ganesh T S on 11/5/2014

Logitech Targets Home Automation Play with Harmony Living Home Lineup

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27 by Ganesh T S on 9/17/2014

Broadcom WICED Sense Boosts IoT Development Ecosystem

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1 by Ganesh T S on 8/28/2014

Thread Group Moots New IP Wireless Networking Protocol for IoT

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14 by Ganesh T S on 7/15/2014

Ubiquiti Networks Launches mFi In-Wall Manageable Devices

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14 by Ganesh T S on 7/2/2014

D-Link Enters Home Automation Market with Wi-Fi Smart Plug

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12 by Ganesh T S on 5/6/2014

Ubiquiti Networks mFi mPower Wi-Fi Power Strip Review

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61 by Ganesh T S on 11/21/2013

Sigma Designs Updates Z-Wave SoC Portfolio for Affordable Home Automation

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1 by Ganesh T S on 3/19/2013

Securifi's Almond+ 802.11ac Touchscreen Wi-Fi Router Integrates ZigBee and Z-Wave

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20 by Ganesh T S on 3/5/2013

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94 by Ashu Joshi on 3/1/2013

Visible Energy UFO Power Center Smart Power Strip Review

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Home Automation and the 'Internet of Things'

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53 by Ganesh T S on 10/4/2012

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