The Smart Home: a tale of two standards

Smart home technology is here and is increasing penetration into consumer’s homes day-by-day but, as with any technology, standards and protocols matter. For the past 15 years or so, technology companies have sought to develop software solutions that enable the use of Internet protocol (IP) for wireless sensor networks and Read More

Posted by Philip Lewer  /   December 08, 2014  /   Posted in Enabling Technologies, Events, Events Featured, Featured, Innovation Featured, Innovation Trends, Internet of Things, Smart Home  /   No Comments

Home Automation: Smart lighting gets you in the door

What’s on the technology horizon for 2014? Home automation is getting a lot of buzz, and we see it as one of the biggest retail trends for the coming year. It’s also one of the applications we’ll be highlighting at CES 2014 (Las Vegas, January 7-10, Booth CP9). Why the Read More

Posted by Todd Hallinan  /   December 13, 2013  /   Posted in Events, Featured, Home and building automation, Internet of Things, Lighting  /   4 Comments

Controlling Color Lights With ZigBee – How Hard Can It Be?

How hard can it be to control color LEDs using ZigBee?  It may sound simple, but it’s fraught with hidden difficulties. ZigBee is a low-power, low-data rate wireless standard for control and monitoring that allows us to control large numbers of lamps with battery-powered remote controls and also to link Read More

Posted by Colin Faulkner  /   October 30, 2013  /   Posted in Featured, Home and building automation, Interface and connectivity, Internet of Things, Lighting, Portable devices, Social, Wireless infrastructure  /   2 Comments

Why interoperability is key for the smart lighting market

NXP has just become the first semiconductor company to join The Connected Lighting Alliance, something which we’re very excited about. Why so? We believe that the work the Alliance is doing is absolutely vital for the ongoing development of the smart lighting market. Founded by leading companies in the lighting Read More

Posted by Pieter van Nuenen  /   December 21, 2012  /   Posted in Innovation, Innovation Featured, News  /   No Comments

Where did I put that TV remote?

One line of thought currently is that smartphones (and increasingly tablets) will be the user control interface for much electronic gadgetry in the near future; and particularly so in the home. As an example, I maintain a small basket of remote controllers for various pieces of entertainment equipment; I mean Read More

Posted by Richard Stockdill  /   December 11, 2012  /   Posted in Enabling Technologies  /   No Comments