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Smart Home Industry set for an Exponential Growth [Infographic]

With Amazon, Google, Apple and LG spearheading the expansion of home automation devices, it's no wonder the analysts are so positive about the future of the Internet of Things.

Just a couple of years ago, this emerging industry was considered a gimmick, largely championed by 'millenials' and other sub-cultures of 'early adopters'.

Today we can see that with tens of millions of smart light bulbs sold and almost 15 million units of smart speakers sold in the USA and UK alone, home automation is emerging as a serious market. So serious that the experts predict it to reach a $59 billion yearly revenue by 2020.

Although it may not sound like a lot on a global scope, that is still a sizeable industry, especially for a market sector that's less than 10 years old.

For comparison, the global music industry has a revenue of $65 billion and the retail giant eBay is pulling in as much as $175 billion in revenues yearly.

If it justifies the hopes and hits the target by 2020, the next decade could see the industry to grow exponentially.

The initial data on unit sales looks more than promising. There were 30 million units of home automation devices sold in 2016. a figure impressive on its own, yet it's bound to increase by 593% to a whopping 178 million units by 2020. The biggest portion of these sales is on account of robotic vacuum cleaners, smart speakers, thermostats and light bulbs.

One of the main problems of the current home automation industry is the very limited range of products. Although LG is developing a line of washers, fridges and other home appliances with smart features built in, generally the consumers are not spoilt for choice.

It will take more established manufacturers and startup hardware developers to come on board for the home automation industry to come into full bloom.

Check out some Smart Home Facts and Figures below courtesy of Glow Green


Original infographic can be found here:

FIBARO Examples of Use

Fibaro - Examples of Use

Below is a series of videos showcasing various examples how Fibaro can make your life easier.

1. Start with waking up the kids

 

2. Good morning with a coffee

 

3. Welcome home with Fibaro

 

4. Safety whilst you are away

 

5. Movie time in your home theatre

 

6. System Reminders

 

7. Peace of mind when you leave home

 

8. Leaving home in a hurry

 

 9. Letting the cleaner in whilst you are at work

 

10. Turning on appliances

 

11. Detect occupancy and switch off the light when no one is around

 

12. Alert notification when something isn't right

 

Hope you enjoyed them.

Apple Home + Fibaro [updated]

[Updated - 19/9/2016]

According to discussions in Fibaro Forum, it isn't true that Fibaro HC can be made HomeKit compatible through software updates.  For security reasons, Apple requires that HomeKit accessories use an embedded authentication chip in every HomeKit product.

This being the case, I can only see the possibility for a new line of HomeKit enabled Fibaro modules to include this chip.

All existing modules, as well as Home Center, can only be controlled via third party Homebridge - which is a HomeKit bridge compatible with iOS 10 and Apple Home app.

Some resource links below:

Homebridge

Homebridge plugin for Fibaro HC2

Fibaro Forum - Homebridge

Check out a video on how I used Siri and Homebridge with my iPhone and Apple Watch to control Fibaro HC.


Below is a video on how you can add the Fibaro modules (via Homebridge) in the Apple Home app

 

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So, Apple just launched 'Home' on iOS, Apple Watch and Apple TV to manage all your HomeKit devices.  Find out what this means for Fibaro owners?

Based on the WWDC 2016 keynote,  I was able to catch a glimpse of the list of manufacturers that work with Apple Home App.  Lo and behold, I see the Fibaro logo on the top row.

Based on my understanding, Fibaro will be ready when Apple releases the Home app in the next few months, this is enabled through a Fibaro software update, no new hardware is required.

I look forward to controlling Fibaro Home Center and devices using Siri and directly from Control Center without launching the app.  This is a definite game changer.

   

Check out our new showroom office

We’ve been exceptionally busy here at Liferoome in preparation for the launch of our new Showroom at Baulkham Hills, NSW.

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Last few months was spent adding final touches to the contemporary showroom office which opened on 14 September. We are so excited to have launched our new showroom and feel like we are truly living our passion for smart home innovations and wireless technology.

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Our new showroom has stepped away from previous offering, to become a one-stop smart home destination – perfectly housed in our new lifestyle showroom!

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Meanwhile, if you’re interested to visit or learn and experience the latest in wireless smart home technology, give us a call to arrange a suitable time to come in and say hello!

Heaps of great stuff from Fibaro at CEDIA 2015
There are lots of great stuff from Fibaro at CEDIA this year.  Let's check them out.



First up, there's the Fibaro Swipe, a wireless gesture-based control pad that allows you to control Z-Wave devices and scenes through simple hand gestures.  No need for smartphone or physically touch something.


You can assign six actions based on gesture types, up, down, left, right, circle left and circle right.

The Swipe looks like a picture frame and can be placed anywhere.  i.e.: mounted on the wall or placed on a desk.  It can still recognise gestures through granite, artwork and drywall, so you can hide it from view.

The device is battery-powered.  It seems it can be re-charged through the USB port.  Comes in Black or White version.

Expected launch: December 2015



Secondly, there's the Fibaro Button.  It's battery powered that you can click to activate Z-Wave devices and scenes.  Available in red, green, yellow and blue colours, the button can be mounted on any surface.



You can assign different scenes through single, double and triple click.

Expected launch: Early 2016



Finally, Fibaro Intercom - a door bell system with 180 degree 4K camera.  

Sound detection, motion sensor and bezel for entering PIN code with double relay so you can use it to unlock door and turn on entry lights for instance.



The Intercom is POE powered and has WiFi, GSM and Bluetooth.  Apparently, it is internally heated so it doesn't freeze when used outside your front door.  It also has a standalone app for storing video in the cloud automatically when it hears a sound or detects motion.  You can use it to send app notifications based on events and use it as an intercom/door bell in the house.

Expected launch: Early 2016


We're excited about these new products and looking forward to get our hands on them as soon as they are available in Australia

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