EPISODE 175 - THE "PROJECTS PROJECT" WITH NATHANIEL GORI

On this week's super-sized episode of HomeTech: In another installment of the "Projects Project", we welcome Nathaniel Gori to the show to discuss his unique smart home install. Figuring out a technology plan in a 100-year old home presented Nathaniel with more than his share of challenges. But, with good planning, thorough research, a bit of elbow grease, he was able to install a system that fits his needs and leaves room for expansion. Perhaps most importantly, his system also meets the requisite WAF. Tune in to hear all about Nathaniel's project. If you're interested in having your home technology project featured on the show, head on over to home.fm/projects and let us know about it!

That plus... Heading to CEDIA? We discuss some can't miss events — HomeTech's Happy Hour and OneVision's Service Workshops. A botched firmware update bricks a line of smart locks. Did Z-Wave's site just leak info on a new controller from Control4, the CA-1? Ikea poised for smart home domination. Pay TV providers register their largest subscribers losses ever! And much, much more...

EPISODE 174 - HDR ALPHABET SOUP

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Further hints of 4K / HDR support from Apple. TiVo's Mini 4K looks to ship this Fall. Chamberlain's HomeKit compatible MyQ Home Bridge finally launches... better late than never. Amazon reportedly looking to add multiroom audio to the Echo line. Thoughts on Savant's acquisition of Artison. Comcast unveils new features for their xFi platform. And much more...

EPISODE 173 - MEET KIRIO, WITH CEO ROB GREEN

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Rob Green, CEO of the smart home startup Kiriō. This Seattle-based company is coming at the connected home from a very unique angle that you'll want to hear all about. Forgoing the pure DIY approach so common today, Kiriō is targeting the builder market with a product designed to add intelligence to the core systems of the home. With a turnkey approach to installation and programming, and an innovative distribution model, Kiriō just might be providing us with a glimpse of the future when it comes to the professionally-installed connected home. 

That plus... Hip Hop stars and smart home hubs. A peek behind the HomePod curtain. Apple accidentally leaks hints of 4K and HDR content coming to iTunes (finally!). Comcast's streaming offering could be here by year's end. Ring launches yet another new product (these guys are on fire!). Blackwire looks to "Make Drivers Great Again". And more...

EPISODE 172 - THE "PROJECTS PROJECT" WITH DAVID MILLSAPS

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Our second installment of the "Projects Project", featuring David Millsaps. David recently performed a home renovation which included some substantial technology upgrades. From lighting control, to house audio, to home automation, and more, David clearly did his homework before forging ahead. By making well-researched product decisions, David's goal was to avoid flash-in-the-pan products and technologies. He also managed to balance his technology wants with the aesthetic requirements of a design-driven spouse... no easy feat! Tune in to hear how David has pulled off a highly-functional DIY home technology install on par with many professionally installed systems. 

That plus... Asus gets into the Wesh MiFi (err, Mesh WiFi) game. Is Sigma Designs looking to sell Z-Wave? A potential IPO on the horizon for ADT. When it comes to Net Neutrality, Verizon just got caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Facebook's original TV programming may finally be near. And much more...

EPISODE 171 - ALEXA, WE'LL FIX IT IN POST

On this week’s episode of HomeTech: BlueTooth mesh is finally a reality, but what will it mean for the smart home? Thoughts on the URC’s substantial new update — Total Control 2.0. OpenHAB now integrates with IKEA TRÅFRI smart lighting, as well as connected lawn mowers (lawnmowers??). Loxone has nifty looking new weather station. New and improved Alexa integrations from Savant and Logitech, respectively. Important details emerge about Lennar’s Amazon-powered smart home strategy. And much more...

EPISODE 170 - IT'S ALL WIRELESS NOW ANYWAY

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Is that a Minion? Amazon take a page from the Geek Squad playbook. Apple steps up their retail smart home game. Will the original Echo get an overdue facelift? We don't need no stinkin' wires. A chat (dissertation?) about the great Net Neutrality debate. And much more...

EPISODE 169 - YAY, FLORIDA! 😐

On this week's episode of HomeTech: The joy of summertime in Florida. Have we reached the voice-enabled speaker tipping point? Samsung wants to compete with Echo and HomePod, if only Bixby could speak English. An OTT video comparison worth 7 minutes of your time. Hulu lands a carriage deal with HBO. Another large builder dabbling in the smart home. An (unlikely?) marriage of convenience between Sonos and Crestron. Savant and Ihiji finally play nice. And more...

EPISODE 168 - THE HACKINTOSH

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Seth gets a new computer (with a side of buyer's remorse). Ring's new Elite model now for sale, and a welcome addition to the line up. Amazon's Echo Show now integrates with most popular smart home cams. Sharp jumps into the OLED game. LG's 77" wallpaper TV will set you back a cool $20K. Yet more dire predictions for PayTV providers. And much more...

EPISODE 167 - BROWN THE BEAR? OR SALLY THE CHICK?

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Seth and Jason indulge in some Apple HomePod speculation. Japan's answer the Echo comes in Chicken or Bear. Lennar and Toll Brothers get hands-on with the smart home.  New hardware from Ring. Vivint kicks open the door to the smart-home-for-renters market. Zigbee PRO 2017 - don't call it a comeback. And Insteon acquired, but where will it lead? 

EPISODE 166 - GETTING TO KNOW LOXONE WITH FLORIAN WOESS

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Florian Woess, CEO of Loxone US. Florian provides a great overview of the company's unique approach to professionally-installed home automation. Comparable to the most established brands here in the states, Loxone's US operations are just getting started. But if their widespread popularity overseas, and rapid growth to over 250 worldwide employees is any indication, they are poised to gain significant market share in the years to come. With a huge array of hardware options. a thoughtful approach to software, and highly competitive price points, Loxone is clearly one to watch. Tune in to our conversation with Florian to learn more about the company's compelling story!

That plus... New hardware and service offerings from Eero. Thoughts on Logitech's new Circle 2 indoor / outdoor camera. Savant's "Wally" line up - What's old is new again. CEDIA's (crazy expensive) new digs. Netflix subscriber numbers surpass Cable. And more...

EPISODE 165 - APPLE WWDC17 WRAP-UP SPECIAL

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Richard Gunther, long-time friend of the show and host of the Home: On Podcast, joins us for a comprehensive wrap-up of Apple's recent WWDC. From significant (if a bit under-the- radar) HomeKit updates, to a spirited discussion about Apple's new HomePod product, and everything in between, this episode covers all you need to know about Apple's latest event. 

EPISODE 164 - THE TURTLE 🐢💦

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Seth welcomes an uninvited show guest into his garage.....er, studio. #SiriInACan looks more like a reality than ever, but we're still not holding our breath. Details emerge on Nest's new Cam IQ. Essential Home - the next big thing, or just vaporware? An over-the-top link for for over-the-top video. And much more...

EPISODE 163 - UNVEILING THE "PROJECTS PROJECT" WITH ROB LOMBARDO

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We proudly unveil the world premier of the HomeTech "Projects Project" (yes, still working on that name). Featuring an installation by Rob Lombardo. Rob utilized all DIY tech to add some really neat flare to his outdoor living space including under-rail LED lighting, pool and lighting control by INSTEON, and of course some audio via Sonos. 

That plus... Amazon releases a new Echo targeted at the Greatest Generation. Ikea's smart lighting solutions just got a lot smarter. Verizon throws their hat into an increasingly competitive streaming TV market. And Nest is working on a 4K camera... sort of. 

EPISODE 162 - MIXING IT UP WITH KRIS GAMBLE OF #LIVEINSTALL

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We catch up with Kris Gamble, founder of the UK-based Customised and creator of the now-legendary #LiveInstall hashtag. Never one to color inside the lines, Kris shares a number of updates surrounding his latest efforts to mix it up in the smart home. From a new-found focus on social media platforms beyond of his Twitter wheelhouse, to an installation marketing campaign aimed at disrupting traditional business models, Kris is living up to his reputation for charting new territory in the connected home business. 

That plus... Thoughts on Vin Bruno's departure from CEDIA. A wrap-up of the biggest stories from Google IO. A tour of HomeKit's premier in the builder market. And a revolutionary new approach to smart home sensors that might just give us a glimpse of the future. 

EPISODE 161 - SMART HOME TECH FOR THE RENTAL MARKET WITH POINTCENTRAL'S SEAN MILLER

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Sean Miller, President of PointCentral, to discuss the company's unique approach to the smart home market. PointCentral leverages popular home technology products to drive value in both the long term and short term rental markets. Selling into a variety of verticals, PointCentral offers an attractive solution for property managers and renters alike. 

That plus... The Echo Show breaks Amazon's mould, but will it catch on? And will the team at Nucleus be left in the wake? Did Hulu just launch a Pay-TV killer, or merely yet another streaming app? Traditional Pay-TV providers are hemorrhaging subscribers at record levels. Is HomeKit ready for prime time? And more...

EPISODE 160 - HAVING A GAFASM WITH BRUNO NAPOLI

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Bruno Napoli, Founder of Krika and long time friend of the show. Bruno joins us to discuss a recent blog post of his that has home technology professionals all over the world engaged in a raging debate about the future of the industry.  Bruno's post outlines his strong opinions about what the efforts of GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon) in the smart home mean to traditional home technology companies. And our interview with him is easily the most spirited conversation we've had in 3+ years of doing the show. It's not to be missed!

That plus... The wait for Siri-in-a-Can may finally be coming to an end. Alexa will soon be able to whisper sweet nothings. Ecobee getting in position to dominate the smart TStat game. Savant is back! And more...

EPISODE 159 - HOW'S MY BUTT LOOK?

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Amazon Echo just became your personal stylist. Vizio didn't succeed in killing the hard-button remote after all. A Smart home that wants to kill you. Chemotherapy for the the IoT. New research reveals surprising data on media device adoption. Is Home Automation as a profession dead? And much more...

EPISODE 158 - OK GOOGLE, LISTEN TO HOMETECH

On this week's episode of HomeTech: What "OK Google" hacks show us about the challenge of wake words. Lutron continues their consumer market penetration with a new Caseta integration. Amazon takes their Echo integrations to a whole new level. Bose on the receiving end of a ludicrous lawsuit. Logitech Pop buttons get a HomeKit integration. The significance of embedded Sling TV in LG's displays. The staggering amounts of money being spent on original video content by OTT providers. And much more...

PS - Don't forget to head over to our new "Projects" page to let us know what you're working on, and you could be featured on a future episode of the podcast!

EPISODE 156 - BLEEPING ALEXA

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Petlexa, Google Gnome, and the Hub may have been April Fools' jokes, but the Control4 Emojis were not. Alexa makes her way into a thermostat (?) and a touchscreen speaker that looks like a football. A glimpse at TiVo's rumored cloud DVR. Verizon looks to launch a streaming TV service this summer. Yet another entrant in the sub-$500 Mesh WiFi space. And much more...