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The NextMarket Report — Smart Bulb

Smart Home Weekly: Google & Smart Kitchen, Twitter & Smart Home, Apple Watch Invasion

Mike Wolf Amazon Amazon Echo Apple Watch Belkin Chamberlain GE Google Philips Samsung Smart Bulb Smart Home Weekly Smart Kitchen SmartThings Social Media Twitter WeMo Wi-Fi

This is the Smart Home Weekly, Cinco De Mayo edition.  As always, if you haven't subscribed to get this every week in your inbox, do so here.  The last week or two has been fairly slow for smart home news, unless of course we're talking about the Apple Watch. With the release of Apple's wearable last month, developers for every major smart home device are busy creating an app for a device that could singlehandedly make wearables mainstream. A handful were ready at launch, and this past week SmartThings, a Samsung company, jumped into the fray.  Outside of Apple Watch, the...

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Are We At the Beginning Of A Smart Bulb Price War?

Mike Wolf Belkin GE Philips Smart Bulb WeMo

While no device category in the relatively young smart home market can really be called mature, if there is one that is 'more mature' than others I'd say its the smart bulb space. The market, which I still expect to continue to grow exponentially in the coming 3-5 years, is the one with the greatest degree of competition. At CES, there were probably more smart bulb products than any other category and because of this competition we're seeing the early signs of a price war. As noted at CNET, we saw today that Belkin is cutting its prices, which follows Philips Hue...

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