Harman Integrates with Google's Brillo
Harman has been picked as the first integrator for Google's Brillo and its Weave IoT platform. Harman will mainly be responsible for helping Google by supporting device manufacturers while they design Brillo and Weave-based products.
“We are excited to support Google as its first systems integration partner,” said Sanjay Dhawan, president of Harman Connected Services. “Harman will simplify the design process for manufacturers by providing support throughout the entire development cycle, ranging from initial concept design to final product release.”
AV Magazine published an amazing spread of all the hottest photos from CES 2016 last week.
Who else wants to watch Batman or the Steelers on that screen?
Parrot Revealed the First Fixed-Wing Drone for Home Markets at CES
The drone is called "Disco", and can fly for about 45 minutes. It will be released later this year.
CTA Named 2016 Mark of Excellence Award Winners at CES
The winners are...
Audio Product of the Year: Sony Electronics Sony STR-DN1060 Receiver
Automation Device of the Year: URC MRX-8 Compact Network Whole-House Controller
Best Education or Support Program of the Year: Bedrock Learning Online Training Courses
Control Product of the Year: Logitech Harmony Elite
Mark of Excellence Disruptor Award: Keyssa Kiss Connector
Energy Efficiency Product of the Year: LG Electronics EcoHybrid Heat Pump Dryer
Home Technology App of the Year: Roomie Remote Simple Control
Human Interface Product of the Year: Savant Remote
Installation Product of the Year: D-Tools System Integrator 2015
Lighting Control Product of the Year: Savant Metropolitan
Media Management Product of the Year: FIREFX Modular Media System
Motorized Product of the Year: Crestron QMT 3/5 Series Shade Hardware
Multi-room Audio/Video Product of the Year: Metra Home Theater Group M3B
Rack or Mount Product of the Year: OmniMount RE12W - 12U Wall Mount Rack System
Residential Security Product of the Year: Canary for the Canary Security System and Kwikset Signature Series Deadbolts with Home Connect
Speaker of the Year: Definitive Technology W Studio Micro Sound Bar System
Structured Wiring Product of the Year: Legrand Intuity
Video Display (TV or Projector) Product of the Year: LG Electronics Flat OLED 4K TV
Video Display Product of the Year (Screens): EPV Screens PolarStar eFinity ISF
Video Product of the Year: DISH 4K Joey
Wireless Product of the Year: Luxul XWS-2510 Wireless Controller Kit
Wireless Networking Product of the Year: Luxul AV Series
Custom Home of the Year (installed price between $50,000 - $150,000): Pure Custom Integrations for the Bluffs Project
Health and Wellness Project of the Year: Cybermation for the Avant-Garde Technology Liberation Project
Home of the Year Under $50,000: Advanced Technologies – Bonsignore Project
Home Theater/Media Room Project of the Year Under $50,000: Pure Custom Integrations for the Multi Display Family Time Project
Home Theater/Media Room Project of the Year Above $50,000: Electronics Design Group for the aptly named Home Theater of the Year Project
Innovation Award: SmartHouse Integration for the Sarasota Modern Project
Integrated Security Project of the Year: Futurian Systems for the High Security Hemp Project
Lighting Control Project of the Year: SmartHouse Integration for the Sarasota Modern Project
Luxury Home of the Year between $150,000- $300,000: Osbee Industries for the Classic Upper East Side Brownstone Project
Multiroom Audio/Video Project of the Year: Level 3 Audiovisual for the Saint Xavier University Project
Retrofit Project of the Year Under $50,000: Logic Integration for the Colorado Home Digital Upgrade
Retrofit Project of the Year Above $50,000: SmartHouse Integration for the Sarasota Modern Project
Specialty Project of the Year: Core Brands/eHome Lifestyle for the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Ross Home
Sustainable Project of the Year: Core Brands/Sakab Design for the Sunset Green Home
Ultimate Home of the Year above $300,000: Futurian Systems for the Ultimate Play House and Logic Integration for the Nature Preserve Colorado Project
Integrator of the Year Award: System 7 of Boston, Mass
I Really Am Working
Although attending community fundraisers, industry trips, and playing golf are fun, they're also about making business connections. These connections hopefully lead your company to more sales or collaborations, if you play your cards right. Here's who Jeff Gau of Marco decides which events to attend.
1) Determine if the event is purposeful and productive. If it's not, don't attend.
2) It's not all about selling. It's about showing people you really care about them- and therefore the things they care about. If a client or vendor invites you to a charity auction their hosting, show your support to them and go.
3) Initiate conversations with a business related subject. Don't get stuck in small talk; it's a waste of everyone's time.
CES Tech Fest is Really Important to Las Vegas—It's Also Really Not
CES has happened in Las Vegas in January for the last 38 years. It draws some 170,000 people from all over the world, yet often locals and other tourists have no clue it's taking place. They also have no clue what words like "oculus" or "CES" mean. That doesn't surprise Mr. Nieva and it doesn't surprise me. CEDIA is the same way and I suspect that other industries who have conferences are the same way. Nieva eventually meets up with Frank Cullotta, a former mafia hitman who was depected in Scorsese's Casino.
I wanted to ask an old timer about some of the new toys the tech companies, guests in his city for the week, are hawking. Virtual reality is a big deal this year, so I ask him to tell me what comes to mind when he hears the words "Google Cardboard," the search giant's made-of-paper VR headset.
"It means you're looking for cardboard and searching on Google to find it," Cullotta replies, with deadpan logic.
He says if he were 30 years younger and still in the game, he'd be a master of tech. "How do you think guys like us learned how to shut off alarms? It was all done by computers."