By adding Control4 brains to its new ES receivers, Sony brings home automation to a wider audience.
Sony and Control4 add smart home tech to receivers.
At CES 2010, Tom Merritt takes a look at a device that manages your power.
The networking giant invests in Control4 and will use its "connected home" operating system in energy deals with utilities and cities investing in modern IT infrastructure.
In deals with Silver Spring Networks and utility AEP, home automation company Control4 moves deeper into home energy management and the smart grid.
Control4 to release software developers kit and tools for utilities to run demand response programs to ratchet down electricity use during peak times.
Control4's home energy management system uses a home wireless network and tough-screen display to monitor electricity and let consumers participate in energy efficiency programs.
Home energy displays, which let consumers view energy use and program the thermostat via a home network, are set to be tested in a Texas smart-grid project.
Best known for its home entertainment controllers, Control4 gets funds to expand into smart-grid products to monitor and control home energy use.
Still in its nascent stages, the trend toward home automation is slowly being realized with new products and services that allow people to control their lights, locks, music, TV, and heating systems with the touch of a button -- whether they're home or not.