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210 | 2015 international CeS Daily | January 6, 2015 CeSweb.org #CeS2015 By stewart wolpin las vegas With more than a dozen companies unleashing new smart-home platforms at Ces, apple's HomeKit could be a unifying factor to attract consumers to the DIY smart- home concept. Three companies that are announcing HomeKit-compatible gear — iDevices, schlage and Chamberlain — explained their smart wares and the HomeKit platform at a Powersession on Monday morning, moderated by Brian Bedrosian, senior director of embedded wireless products at chipmaker Broadcom. Rather than a proprietary platform such as Wink, Belkin's WeMo or lowe's Iris, apple's HomeKit is more of an underlying smart-home platform-agnostic technology. all that's needed is a HomeKit chip set, currently available from Broadcom, Texas Instruments and Marvell. This spring, iDevices will start shipping the switch a smart aC plug module that allows a consumer to iPhone/iPad control whatever device is plugged into it. schlage said its new schlage sense lock and app, due to ship this summer, will allow the consumer to use siri to "talk to unlock." Chamberlain announced it will send a frmware update to make its current MyQ smart garage door opener HomeKit compliant, as soon as apple makes the frmware update available. "as a customer, I'm going to walk on an aisle in a store and look at connected products and ask, 'Will this work with my phone?'" said Cory sorice, marketing connected products and e-commerce vP for Chamberlain. "Compatibility with the device you carry around in your pocket — that's a pretty common denominator." "apple wants to bring order to this [smart-home] chaos," opined Chris allen, iDevice's founder and CeO. "It takes a company like apple to enable a core of functionality. Consumers want to buy a product from a brand they trust, that will be there. Consumer trust is critical in this space." "Whole-home control is a niche market," admitted Robert Martens, futurist and director of connectivity platforms for allegion, schlage's parent company. "a larger group of people are looking for specific functions or capabilities. If you delight the customer with that capability — I don't need to take my key with me when I go running, I want to know when my 13-year-old daughter comes home — I don't know if [apple] will bring order, but it will draw people in." By joseph palenchar las vegas voxx International made mobility a vital theme yesterday in revealing its key International Ces product launches, which range from headphones and portable Bluetooth speakers to new in-vehicle products. For the car, the company expanded its range of gPs navigation modules that plug into OeM vehicle displays, and it added new features and ser vices to its Car Connector subscription-based telematics service. It also unveiled its frst combined lane-departure and collision- avoidance warning system with integrated DvR. The combined DvR/collision-avoidance/lane-departure system, shipping at a suggested $699, sounds a warning when drivers get too close to the rear of another car or veer over road lines. The built-in DvR will record the events. Under the advent brand for new-car dealers, voxx added a gPs add-on module for select 2014-2015 Fords with the MyTouch sync system. With the number of modules now at four, voxx offers compatibility with "dozens and dozens" of car models made by gM, Ford, Chrysler and Cadillac, said voxx electronics president Tom Malone. They're priced from a suggested $1,200 to $1,499, and their maps appear on OeM touchscreens. Features can be controlled from existing factory controls.The nav modules are targeted to consumers who prefer the convenience of in-dash navigation but don't want to spend thousands of dollars for a new-car options package that includes gPs and a variety of features they don't want. In telematics, the company plans april availability of its Car Connection 2.0 service, which will be available through a current 3g-equipped Car Connection device to offer more OeM-type telematics services. The $169 device plugs into a vehicle's OBDII databus port. voxx's current service delivers remote vehicle access and monitoring from a cellphone, fuel and vehicle-health reports, text-blocking, and other services, including speed monitoring, at $9.99/month. With 2.0 service at the same subscription price, consumers will also get automatic crash-notification, roadside assistance, stolen-vehicle tracking and recovery, and an expanded roster of 19 insurance companies that offer insurance-policy discounts. In a brand-new categor y for the company, vox x launched the Baby On Board alerting system to alert adults if they left their child behind in a child's car seat. The $59 system uses a pressure senor that attached under the child-seat cushion. Bluetooth le triggers a warning to a keyring-mounted dongle when the dongle moves out of Bluetooth range. It will be out "shortly," Malone said. voxx also launched its frst two Jensen-brand in-dash head units with HDMI/MHl ports ($399, april). The ports on the two nav/multimedia head units make it possible for the heads' touchscreens to mirror the displays of HDMI- connected android and apple smartphones. The heads' touchscreens can then be used to control the navigation and music-library apps of an HDMI-connected iPhone via Bluetooth sPP. The touchscreens will also control most android phone apps via Bluetooth HID profle. Voxx talks Up Mobility tom Malone, president of Voxx electronics apple's homeKit wants to Bring order to the chaos of smart-home platforms: panel From left: cory sorice, marketing connected products and e-commerce Vp, chamberlain; robert Martens, futurist and director of connectivity platforms, schlage; chris allen, founder and ceo, iDevices; and Brian Bedrosian, senior director of embedded wireless products, Broadcom

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