Logitech Rolls Out Home Automation Remotes

Consumer tech firm Logitech is bringing its universal remote talents to the home control market with new home automation compatibility and a quartet of new products. Dubbed the Harmony Living Home lineup, the company is promising easy access and control over a library of both entertainment and home automation devices -- all from one central control system.

Harmony Living Home lets you use your remote, tablet or smartphone to control your TV, set-top box, speakers, lighting, thermostat, door locks, window shades and other devices. You can also combine multiple devices into EUActivitiesEU to turn on or off several devices at once. That means you could choose to turn on your TV, dim your lights, lower the temperature and close your shades with one touch. And a mobile app lets you do all this even if you're not home.

EUAs more connected devices such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, Philips hue lights and August Smart Locks come to market and enter the home, thereEUs more of a need than ever before for a centralized way to simply control all of the homeEUs devices,EU said Chad Thompson, Senior Director of Worldwide Marketing and Product Management at Logitech. He said the Harmony Living Home lineup answers the call.

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We turned to Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, to get his thoughts on LogitechEUs new products. Although itEUs too soon to tell how LogitechEUs new innovations will perform in the market, he told us one thing is certain: right now home automation is really hot.

EUCompanies like Qualcomm, Google, and Microsoft have jumped into this with both feet. I wonder about a remote, however platforms like Insteon -- the platform I use -- have their own hubs and use smartphones and tablets as remotes,EU Enderle said.

EUOf all of the affordable universal remote platforms...

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