Amazon announced in-house wireless protocol for smart home – “Sidewalk”

At its annual smart home hardware event, Amazon announced a new wireless protocol called Sidewalk, developed in-house by the e-commerce giant.

And here comes another one…

What IoT and Smart Homes need are less and not more standards. The users want one single and easy to use app for anything in their home, not one per standard or supplier. They also want to be able to pick and chose the best sensor or device from their need and point-of-view from a variety of suppliers.

Read more about this in our blog post: What’s preventing the IoT market from really taking off? IoT must be de-cluttered to get commoditized

Smart Home Sensors Don’t Have to be Ugly: Sensative Strips Review

I dislike the way most smart home sensors look. Whether they’re placed on doors or windows, if you can see them, I think they look kind of cheesy.

That’s why I prefer to buy sensors that can be mounted flush with the surface so that they essentially “disappear”. The problem with those is that you have to be handy with a drill or chisel to install them.

Or…

What if someone made sensors so small, they’re hardly noticeable?

That’s the idea behind Sensative Strips.

“… the strips work great. They’re responsive and reliable. They’re super-easy to install and there’s basically zero maintenance for the life of the sensor.

If you’re willing to pay extra upfront for zero-maintenance and discreet appearance the Sensative Strips are the best I’ve found.”

Updates to Zigbee, Z-Wave work toward smarter protocols – asmag.com

When it comes to smart homes and wireless standards, Zigbee and Z-Wave are two of the most widely used in the market. Both have benefits over more common wireless standards like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and each have their own unique benefits when compared to each other.

Updates in the Zigbee and Z-Wave standards are aiming to make adoption of smart home device easier and more seamless.

This is both good and bad news. Good, that there, in the end, might be a common standard. Bad, that it’s still far in the future. Also good that the market has started realizing this and put requirements on compatibility.

If you already today want to benefit from both eco-systems, Yggio provides seamless integration.

Indigo Domotics now support Sensative Strips

The latest version Indigo 7.3 now adds support for many Z-Wave sensors, including Strips by Sensative.

Product Review: Strips by Sensative

“I absolutely love the size of these sensors it proves that the Z-Wave radio can fit in a small package which I think is great and more companies need to get on-board with doing this. Sensors need to start coming down in size and this is something I have thought for a long time. It is not just Z-Wave sensors all of them even wired sensors from traditional security systems need to be smaller and less obvious. The Strips by Sensative are a huge step in the right direction and I hope more companies follow suit. “

Strips Guard review by Mike Salerno, IoT Rant