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Insteon Windows 8.1 Phone App Now Available with Microsoft Cortana to Control the Connected Home through Voice Commands

September 25, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. - Insteon®, creators of the world’s best-selling home automation and control technology, today announced that the Insteon Windows 8.1 Phone app featuring Cortana, Microsoft’s proactive digital assistant, is now available to consumers to control and monitor their homes via voice commands.  The Insteon Windows 8.1 Phone app is available for download here

“The availability of voice interaction capabilities is a major development in the evolution of the home automation industry,” said Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President & Chief Evangelist for Microsoft.  “In recent years, consumers have become increasingly accustomed to voice-activated commands on their smart phones.  Bringing Microsoft Cortana voice interaction capabilities to the popular Insteon line of products opens up a whole new world of connected home engagement and use cases that will enhance our lives.”

With Cortana, Insteon users will be able to accomplish a variety of tasks by simply speaking to their Windows phone, such as turning lights on and off or dimming them, locking and unlocking doors, opening and closing a garage door, adjusting the thermostat, and more, all while inside the home or from anywhere in the world. 

With Cortana’s proactive capabilities, a user could say, “Insteon, it’s hot in here.”  Cortana will respond,  “Nobody likes being hot, want to adjust your thermostat?” and thermostat controls would appear on your phone.

Users can also activate scenes involving several commands that they’ve selected, such as saying “Insteon, leaving the house” that would turn off lights, lock doors and turn down the thermostat when you leave for the day.

“The combination of Cortana voice interaction with the Insteon network of products will make consumers’ lives more convenient, safe and fun,” said Joe Dada, CEO, Insteon. “Our collaboration with Microsoft demonstrates their keen interest in the home automation space as well as our strategy of working with the most forward-looking brands in the consumer electronics industry.”

Insteon Windows 8.1 Phone app come with other exclusive features designed with Windows users in mind, making controlling and monitoring the home simple and easy, including.

  • Visitor Mode – provides restricted access to children or guests in your home
  • Enhanced Camera Support  view multiple cameras at once, view full-screen, and camera support without the need of an Insteon Hub
  • Multi-House Support – enables you to control multiple homes or businesses from a single account
  • Dashboard View – a quick and organized view of the status of your home

Insteon connected home devices are currently available in Microsoft retail stores nationwide as well as on MicrosoftStore.com. Insteon products are also available from a number of other national retailers, both online and in-store.  For a complete list of retailers, please visit http://www.insteon.com/wheretobuy.html

Insteon’s reliable dual-band technology uses both the existing wires (power line) in the home and radio-frequency (RF) communication instead of relying on spotty Wi-Fi connections and routers, which dictate where smart devices must be placed to work properly. By making every networked device talk to each other via RF and the power line, Insteon eliminates the need for custom wiring and ensures that every device is always connected. Adding remote control and automation to everything from home monitoring to lighting, Insteon’s dual-band network and devices allow users to manage the home or office in more variations than any other home automation technology.

For more information about Insteon, please visit www.insteon.com.

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

Insteon Announces Windows and Windows Phone Apps for Connected Home Control and Monitoring

Insteon introducing smart home control and monitoring app for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.1; Insteon® products also coming to Microsoft Stores and MicrosoftStore.com

 

May 15, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. - Insteon, creators of the world’s best-selling home automation and control technology, today announced that an enhanced version of its Insteon app will be available for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 devices as of June 3, 2014. The app comes with exclusive new features, making home automation even easier for everyone, from the ultra-techie to the average homeowner. Quickly following the release of the Insteon app for Windows PCs, tablets and phones, Insteon connected home devices will come to Microsoft retail stores.

The Insteon family of devices turns any home into a connected home. Insteon users are able to set up lighting scenes, schedule lights to automatically turn on and off, and monitor their homes via wireless cameras from any mobile device. Insteon kits and modules allow users to receive instant notification alerts when doors and windows are opened or closed, or when there is a water leak in the home. Insteon provides all of this and more via a free app with no monthly fees.

Windows-exclusive Insteon app features
In addition to taking full advantage of the bold design and dynamic interface experience Windows 8.1 provides, Insteon has included new features to this app release that are exclusive to the Windows platform, including:

  • Visitor Mode – provides restricted access to children or guests in your home
  • Live Tiles  get status on multiple devices directly on your Windows 8.1 Start screen (not currently available on Windows Phone 8)
  • Enhanced Camera Support  view multiple cameras at once, view full-screen, and camera support without the need of an Insteon Hub
  • Multi-House Support – enables you to control multiple homes or businesses from a single account
  • Dashboard View – a quick and organized view of the status of your home

“The Windows 8.1 platform provided Insteon with an unparalleled opportunity to develop a beautiful and easy-to-use connected home experience. The Live Tile architecture is especially well-suited for home automation,” said Joe Dada, CEO, Insteon. “Users are going to love controlling their Insteon-connected home from their Windows devices.”

Insteon devices to be available in Microsoft stores across the nation
Starting June 3, 2014, Insteon connected home products will be available for purchase on MicrosoftStore.com and by early July they will be available in most Microsoft Stores across the U.S., marking Microsoft’s retail entry into the connected home market.

“Windows PCs, tablets and phones are supported by a rich app ecosystem that offers a variety of quality apps that take advantage of the platform's unique features and design such as Live Tiles,” said Todd Brix, general manager, Windows Apps and Store, Microsoft Corp. “The unique camera and control features in the Insteon app really come to life on both Windows and Windows Phone.”

Microsoft Stores, in a continuing effort to provide choice, value and service for its customers, will offer a range of Insteon products, including three unique kits -- a Starter Kit, Home Kit and Business Kit -- and five standalone devices, including the Insteon Leak Sensor, Open/Close Sensor, LED Bulb, On/Off Module and Wireless Wi-Fi Camera. Prices will range from $29.99 to $79.99, with kits starting at $199. 

“Microsoft understands the many benefits of home automation technology, and we look forward to providing the highest-quality experience for their customers now and in the years to come,” said Dada. 

Insteon’s reliable dual-band technology uses both the existing wires (power line) in the home and radio-frequency (RF) communication instead of relying on spotty Wi-Fi connections and routers, which dictate where smart devices must be placed to work properly. By making every networked device talk to each other via RF and the power line, Insteon eliminates the need for custom wiring and ensures that every device is always connected. Adding remote control and automation to everything from home monitoring to lighting, Insteon’s dual-band network and devices allow users to manage the home or office in more variations than any other home automation technology.

For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com.

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).


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Smarthome Announces Software for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 for its Insteon-based Home Control Networking Products

Smarthome Timer Software Enables Homeowners to Easily Control Room Environments and Living Experiences From a PC

 

October 14, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - Smarthome Inc., the authority in electronic home improvement and automation, today announced the availability of the Smarthome Timer Software for PCs running Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. The software enables users to improve the home entertainment experience by establishing preset room environments from their computers.

Homeowners using the Smarthome Timer Software will be able to control all future Insteon-enabled home control products—such as their Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, television, stereo, lights and security system—from a Media Center PC with the software installed. The Timer Software is also pre-programmable and interfaces with Smarthome’s Insteon technology, using radio frequency and powerline communications. In addition to interfacing with the Media Center PC, Insteon allows the Timer Software to work independently of it, further increasing overall functionality.

The Smarthome Timer Software allows users to easily program and manage room scenes. When homeowners are ready to watch a movie, for example, they select the “home theater” scene and automatically their Xbox 360 turns on, the lights dim, the surround sound comes on, the TV screen lowers and the popcorn starts popping.

Or, a “morning” scene can program lights to come on slowly to wake the homeowners gradually, turn the sprinklers on for a sunrise watering, start the coffee percolating so it is hot and fresh when the homeowners step out of the shower, turn music on while they are getting ready and turn the security alarm on before they head out the door.

“Smarthome has brought the insights of its 15 years of working out real-world electronic home improvement solutions to the Insteon technology, and to the unique features of the Smarthome Timer Software.,” said Duke Chadsey, Vice President of Product Development. “We are pleased that Microsoft is able to take advantage of this expertise and add our home control technologies to the Media Center Edition 2005, making users experiences as affordable, easy and convenient as possible.”

“Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 continues to provide cutting-edge integrated digital entertainment experiences to a growing number of customers around the world,” said Dave Mendlen, director of Windows Consumer Marketing at Microsoft Corp. “We’re thrilled that a company such as Smarthome has made optimal use of the power of Media Center Edition 2005 to deliver increased comfort and convenience to customers who want to expand their systems to accommodate home control automation.”

The Smarthome Timer Software will be available in December and can be purchased at www.smarthome.com or by calling 800-SMARTHOME (800-762-7846). 

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

 

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