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Smart Home News Roundup 2017 Wk 38: Amazon smart speaker dominance, Best Buy focuses on smart tech, Nest home security offerings

written by Moe Long September 22, 2017

Welcome to the SmartHomeBeginner smart home News Roundup 2017 Wk 38. This week saw Nest unveil home security products, rumors of Amazon smart glasses, and Amazon dominating the smart speaker space. Read on for the latest in smart home news and updates!

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Nest's new security system: Everything you need to know

Nest security system announced: Smart home company unveils new productsSmart home giant Nest has made a foray into the security space. Nest first came onto the scene and rose to prominence with its smart thermostat. Earlier in 2017, Nest released the casual consumer-oriented Nest E. The Nest E features a muted aesthetic which blends into living spaces moreso than its vanilla Nest. Now, Nest further expands its smart home tech with the Nest Hello, Nest Cam IQ, nest Cam IQ Outdoor, and Nest Secure hub. [Read: 5 best smart thermostats keeping energy and costs cool in 2017]

This isn't Nest's first connected security device. Nest offers the Nest Cam Outdoor and Nest Cam Indoor, two of the top security camera systems available in 2017. But this marks a drastic departure from the company. Whereas earlier they were a smart thermostat vendor which experimented in the smart home space, now they're a full-fledged Internet of Things (IoT) company. This illustrates that connected devices are here to stay. [Read: DIY home security system buying guide - 6 things to look for to help your decision]

Amazon Glasses are another swipe at alphabet over smart homes

While Google is a renowned tech player, not all of its ventures have been met with great success. Remember the Google Glasses? Those failed and saw little adoption. However, Amazon appears poised to unveil a pair of smart glasses as well as a new security camera. Fittingly, Amazons rumored camera and glasses will feature Alexa integration.

As Investors.com reports, these Amazon gadgets directly compete with Google's Alphabet array of virtual assistants. It will be interesting to see if Amazon can make traction with a pair of smart glasses. Though a neat concept, the practicality is questionable. If Google couldn't pull it off, that speaks volumes. Nevertheless, if there's anyone capable of succeeding where Google can't, possibly it's Amazon.

A former engineer is building the smart homes of the future

In Chocktaw, OK, a former Air Force cybersecurity expert has taken his tech expertise to a new realm: the smart home space. Princeton Wilson runs Legacy Construction & Development, which has built over 50 houses, specializes in high-end smart home creation. Its abodes range from $200,000 to $1 million.

Inside, you'll find everything from typical smart home fare such as Nest smart thermostats to water heaters, and even motion-activated flood lights. This proves that there's not only money to be made in the smart tech space, but by creating smart homes as well.

Amazon has 76% smart home speaker U.S. market share as Echo unit sales reach 15M, new study finds

Smart home speakers are one of the most inexpensive yet functional pieces of smart tech. There's no shortage of options in the smart speaker space. But As GeekWire reveals, Amazon completely dominates with more than 76% of smart home speaker U.S. market share. Further, Echo unit sales reached $15 million. That's a major win for Amazon, bolstered no doubt by its excellent integrations for not only other Amazon products but third-party smart home gadgets as well. [Read: Google Home vs Amazon Echo: Which is better for smart home control?]

Best Buy banks on smart homes, experiential merchandising in stores

Electronics retailer Best Buy debuted a major overhaul of its tech plan. Dubbed Best Buy 2020, CEU Hubert Joly plans to focus increasingly on smart homes, in-home tech support, and senior-oriented assisted living. At the end of Oct. 2017, Best Buy aims to provide smart home shops in over 1,000 stores.

With more smart home devices hitting shelves and accordingly lower prices on connected tech, this seems a logical move for the electronics vendor. Amazon's retail stores, as Adage allows, focus on smart tech like the Echo. Plus, even Kohl's jumped into the smart home game by setting up smart home shops in several of its stores through a partnership with Amazon.

Did you find any interesting news stories or projects from around the smart home space? Share them with us in the comments section below!

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