Apple HomePod Already Struggling for Supply

Even though it’s not yet released there are multiple sources claiming Apple’s take on the home assistant is already in dire numbers. HomePod, Apple’s upcoming voice assistant product is expected sometime towards the end of 2017, but according to recent reports from one of the manufacturers of the device Inventec the launch day will be greeted with limited stock for the eager Apple fan base. Launch Date is still unconfirmed, and it is speculated the initial supply will hit in time for Christmas shopping but will only feature a low 500,000 units worldwide.
Apple’s HomePod will feature a sleek and modern design, and the Technology Focus is on the higher end capability for sound. Finally, it is certainly not needed to confirm, but the HomePod will feature a Siri voice enabled user Control. Only time will tell if this low stock rolls out will be the Home Pod’s Downfall even against the “cult like” following Apple Has.

*EDITORS AMMENDMENT* following this news it has been confirmed there will be two Taiwanese based manufactures for the HomePod


Amazon Confirms Australian Warehouse Location

That’s right! – With over a year of whispers on the rumour mill Amazon have finally confirmed a location to set up warehouses in Australia…

Congratulations MELBOURNE!!!!

No surprise there with the Australian office already being based in Melbourne, but we had heard lots of interesting rumours in the last 12 months to say the least. This is a long-awaited jump for Australian online retail to catch up with the rest of the world.

Not only will the invasion of amazon completely revolutionise our online market, the move to Australia will bring with is all the goodness of products and services amazon have to offer, like prime shipping, Media streaming and rental services, but in the most exciting part they will bring with them Amazons own home assistant devices “Alexa” and “Echo”.

Now with competitor home assistant Google’s “home” beating them to the punch; releasing first on Australian shores it is unknown what sort of struggle this competition will bring for amazon devices. Currently leading the market in both the UK and US, the team at amazon are not so used to playing catch up with the rest of the tech gang.

Google home Release in Australia BEFORE Amazon Invasion

With well over 70 automation partners, that work fluidly to let users control devices using the voice activated Assistant Google Home, and being on the US Market for just under a year now, Google’s choice to release later in Australia baffled some, and left many impatient, but alas our wait is over. Signing with only SIX major retailers apart from google store, as the official release took place on July the 20th 2017, putting the cost of the tabletop device at retail for around $199 in Australia.

The ‘Google Home’ device is a medium desktop speaker and microphone device. Controlled by using the phrase ‘OK Google’ or ‘Hey Google’, the device will use Google’s own search engine to answer any questions and deliver information and news, depending on the question asked of it. Currently “Home” can be synced with to up to six Google accounts, making it easy for a family home to use. It can also learn your voice and tell the difference between your Household members. Home’s base is removable and you can buy replacements in various colours, although choice is currently limited in Australia.

Time will tell how Google’s “Home” assistant will stack up against others like Amazon Alexa, and how the device will perform as a home automation assistant.

What Exactly Does Home Automation Mean?

Automation denotes devices acting or operating in a manner essentially independent of external influence or control of equipment, a process, or a system – the American heritage dictionary.

Home automation provides the ability to program and schedule events for the devices on the network. The programming may include time-related commands, such as having your lights turn on or off at specific times each day. It can also include non-scheduled events, such as turning on all the lights in your home when your security system alarm is triggered.

Home automation has risen in popularity over the past decade. Electrical Automation systems are getting progressively more cost effective, & not only are prices diminishing, but running the software needed is becoming less complicated so that operators can promptly get the hang of the controls connected to their safety devices, home security, or electrical appliances/devices. With today’s technological advances you can even give home-automation instructions through your computers, smart devices, phones, tablets, & the many “Home Assistants” on the market (such as Alexa or Google Home – click here to keep reading ) 

These days “smart devices” have become the norm, but home automation makes them truly “intelligent”. Internet enabled devices are given the ability to control anything that is attached to the network, Unlike the original Automation controls which were the good old desktop computer or laptop, and many of the older programs were easily & readily accessed on a pc, but took up bulky & invaluable real-estate in the building, & required running cabling through the entire building.

Today’s home automation systems are more likely to share programming scripting and monitoring controls between “smart app” services giving you the ability to control your automation from anywhere in the world. From a home security perspective, this also includes your alarm system, and all the doors, windows, locks, smoke detectors, surveillance cameras and any other sensors that are linked to it.

Once you begin to realise the possibilities of home security & automation, you will be able to originate an infinite amount of useful & ingenious purposes to construct an improved lifestyle. With a collection of cutting-edge features, you can better your eco sustainability, lower your electric & water consumption, monitor your security from anywhere in the world, & forget all about the many array of confusing & unsightly remote controls for your many media devices. IF YOU CAN PLUG IT YOU CAN AUTOMATE IT. It’s literally that easy.

Different home automation hardware & software offer an assortment of intensive functions, with each program & set up coming with its own strengths & weaknesses & if home automation is peaking your interest then The Team at About Automation is here to help you learn, decide & install what set up is perfect for your needs & focuses.

Click Here to start learning what you want to gain from automating your home.

Aussie Utility Company AGL Invests in USA Start Up

AGL have just Invested 10million USD in San Francisco based Smart Home Company August Homes. The $10 million investment is “part of a broader innovation strategy, allowing insight and access to new connected home technology.”

The latest funding takes the total raised by August Home to $75 million. The funding will be used by the San Francisco-based company to expand operations and extend its Home Access Products and Services. August Homes most popular product is the August Smart Lock, which allows users lock and unlock their door remotely, create virtual keys for guests and keep track of who comes and goes with an app-based activity log. August Home has forged partnerships with Airbnb, Amazon, Apple, Google and Nest and claims to have the best-selling smart lock.

AGL executive general manager, Elisabeth Brinton said in a statement
“We know the connected home is a major area of interest for our customers and we’re focused on how we can give our customers greater control of their energy management. As we continue to innovate, we’re thinking of the home as a whole ecosystem – connected by smart technology. For us, this is just the beginning “

We at About Automation Are VERY Excited to see what this Investment will child, either from AGL or August Homes.  We hope it will bring new tech Australia’s way. Thank AGL for having the future in mind.