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AT&T Service Adding Devices

DALLAS – AT&T plans to expand the offerings of its AT&T Digital Life home control and security services by enabling its app to control Lutron lights and motorized shades as well as products from Samsung Techwin, Qualcomm Life and LG.

The move from a closed platform model to an openstandards managed platform “will enable Digital Life to rapidly expand the types of services and products it is able to offer customers,” AT&T said.

Cree Gets Bright Idea

DURHAM, S.C. – Cree turned the spotlight on its first connected LED lightbulb for the consumer market.

The new $14.97 60-watt Connected Cree LED Bulb is compatible with the Wink home-automation hub and ZigBee-certified hubs. The bulb will be available later this month through Home Depot’s online store and be available in-store in February.

The bulb will also be compatible with future Creesupported hubs and the Apple HomeKit platform, the company said.

Brio Readies First Products

SAN DIEGO – Start-up Brio plans spring availability of its $49 Safe Outlet and fall availability of multiple products, including a $99 Smart Outlet with wireless Zig- Bee; a ZigBee bridge that connects to a Wi-Fi router; and ZigBee-equipped smoke, water, fire and carbonmonoxide detectors. Initial availability is through the company’s website, but retail distribution is planned.

The $49 Safe Outlet replaces existing outlets and prevents shocks by supplying current only when a pluggedin appliance is turned on. The Smart Outlet adds a Zig- Bee repeater to extend the range of Brio sensors.


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