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Pro Control Adds Z-Wave Control Solutions

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Pro.zwiPro Control starts shipping its Z-Wave solutions-- including the Pro.zwi Z-Wave interface module, a means for what the company says is simple control and monitoring of Z-Wave enabled systems and devices via Pro Control system.

The Pro.zwi module provides the communication interface between a Pro Control system and Z-wave wireless lighting control devices, residential door locks, thermostats and other devices. Programming capabilities enable the need for a different need for each Z-Wave device, providing unified control and monitoring over all systems without Z-Wave licensing or monitoring fees.

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The Wooden Turn Touch Remote

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Inventor Sam Clay presents a minimalist means to control multiple connected devices-- the Turn Touch, a small four-button remote carved out of solid mahogany, maple and mother of pearl.

Turn TouchThe Turn Touch is programmable via Mac or iOS app, and uses wifi to control Hue lighting, smart locks, Nest thermostats and music systems. Users can program the remote to activate home automation scenes with a single button press, such as dimming the lights, lowering music volume and locking the door. One can also hold a button down to select a different home automation app, meaning the 4 button remote can offer 16 different controls (or more if one adds double-taps to the control equation).

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A Bond IR Blaster for Home Control

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Customers wanting to add connected smarts to older device might be interested in the Bond, an accessory able provide smart home integration for IR- and RF-controlled appliances.

BondThe Bond is compatible with various appliances, including ceiling fans, window AC units, garage doors and power shades. It consists of a small plug-in tool able to connect to the internet via wifi, before pushing commands to appliances from a companion smartphone app. One can even pair the Bond unit with a smart home control device, such as the Amazon Alexa, to add voice controls.

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The Brilliant Control Light Switch Replacement

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Brilliant proposes customers replace all their light switches with the Control-- a small touchscreen tablet designed to control lighting, as well as any number of connected devices.

Brilliant ControlThe Control has a 5-inch touchscreen and provides swip-based control for lighting, music and climate. It pairs with a number of smart home devices, including the Nest thermostat, Sonos speakers, Philips Hue bulbs, Ring doorbells and the Honewbell Lyric automation hub via wifi and Bluetooth, and is compatible with IFTT as well as SmartThings and Wink hubs. On the lighting side it is 120V, 5Amp control and dimming compatible through a single switch gang box.

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Plex Buys News With Watchup

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Plex looks to provide users with even more media with the acquisition of Watchup, a service offering a personalised selection of streaming news stations from 150 credible sources.

Watchup Founded in 2012 by former journalist Adriano Farano, Watchup was first born as an iPad app before growing into iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, TV, games console and Apple TV versions. The service allows users to queue up news videos for uninterrupted viewing from a wide variety of local, national and international sources, including the likes of CBS, CNN, Vox, Euronews and Hearst Television.

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RTI Integrates With BluOS

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RTI announces a 2-way driver for the full portfolio of BluOS-enabled devices from Bluesound and NAD Electronics, integrating BluOS in the RTI automation and control ecosystem.

RTI BluOSBluOS is the operating system powering select NAD devices and all Bluesound players. It allows any BluOS-enabled device to connect to a home wifi network and access many popular music streaming services or a networked music library. Users can "send" music to one or many BluOS devices, even devices located in different rooms of a home.

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Nvidia Updates Shield TV at CES

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The Nvidia CES 2017 keynote has the company reveal a refresh of the Shield TV streaming box-- an update complete with 4K HDR streaming capability for both games and movies.

Nvidia Shield TVDescribed by the company as "the streamer for gamers," the latest Shield TV comes with both a game controller and a regular remote. Customers can also control it through voice via Google Assistant, with an optional microphone accessory (named the Nvidia Spot) acting as an equivalent to the Amazon Echo speaker. Integration with the SmartThings smart home hub adds control of devices compatible with the Samsung automation platform.

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