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...

EPISODE 155 - THE FINALE

n this week's episode of HomeTech: Seth and Jason discuss the latest in home tech news including: a amazing new release from the team at Josh.AI. Ikea makes a surprising, if totally logical, step into the smart home. FetchItGo give users physical buttons... and dry erase markers? Google Home releases a handful of new integrations. Samsung gets into the mesh WiFi game with a compelling offering. Proof, if you needed it, that cable companies suck at customer service. And much, much more...

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EPISODE 154 - CHAT BOTS AND OCARINAS

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Seth and Jason sit down to discuss another busy week in the smart home including: Is your IT guy trying to kill you? The smart home landscape for renters. A fantastic new resource for comparing DIY home tech products. Is Leviton inviting electricians into the connected home? A conversation about next-gen UI's including chat bots and... ocarinas?? And much more...

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EPISODE 153 - BREAKING THE MOLD WITH RICHARD BERRIE OF IHUMMINGBIRD

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Richard Berrie, CEO and President of iHummingbird. Berrie and his team take a unique approach, leveraging low-cost solutions such as Nest, Sonos, and Lutron Caseta to generate business and build relationships. Proving the theory that these consumer-focused products present up-selling opportunities to savvy professionals, iHummingbird is doing a booming business - with an average installation price of $35,000. Tune in to hear how exactly how he's doing it! 

That plus... How the new HDMI 2.1 spec might create more problems than it solves. Netflix penetration surpasses a new milestone. Pandora shows up late to the on-demand streaming party. And a clever new voice-controlled approach to tech support from OneVision. 

EPISODE 152 - UNPLUG THAT TV!

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Seth and Jason sit down to dissect the biggest stories of the week including: Just a bunch of spies doing their job. Apple puts out some shiny HomeKit marketing. Rumors of a new indoor camera from Amazon. Thoughts on the so-called "Lutron Tax"' and Crestron's new (not-so?) easy-to-setup lighting control system. And what Sonos' efforts to fend off the disrupters shows us about the smart home.

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EPISODE 151 - DISCUSSING Z-WAVE WITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MITCH KLEIN

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Mitch Klein, Executive Director of the Z-Wave Alliance for an in-depth conversation about the technology and what is new with the alliance. Long a stalwart in the connected home, Mitch discusses what makes the technology so appealing to end-users, installers, and service providers alike. Additionally we explore some recent developments, particularly in the area of cybersecurity, that the alliance is focused on as they look to maintain their dominant position in the worldwide connected home market. 

That plus... we belatedly celebrate 3-years of HomeTech! AWS sneezes and half the internet gets a flu. Jason has another tactile control product to drool over. And an spirited chat about the future of TV sparked by YouTube's new offering for cord cutters. 

EPISODE 150 - STUCK IN THE MIDDLE

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Seth and Jason sit down for some spirited discussion about the forces at play in the middle market for home technology. Established companies like Savant, Crestron, and Control4 have formed a consensus and are "racing to the top" with their collective focus on luxury solutions. Meanwhile, inexpensive DIY platforms such as HomeKit are maturing at a steady pace. So, where does this leave the traditional CEDIA integrator? Tune in to hear our thoughts...

That plus... rumors of a new Sonos product, finally! - but will it be worth the wait? A truly novel approach to the TV experience from a startup called Caavo - but will it catch-on? Visio gets caught with their hand in the cookie jar. And just how much does a HomeKit-outfitted house cost? 

EPISODE 148 - ISE 2017 WRAP-UP PART 1

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Join us for a super-sized episode as we wrap-up ISE 2017! Jason was busy all week gathering sound bites on the show floor. This show features a handful of our favorite interviews from Amsterdam, plus some commentary from Jason and Seth.

EPISODE 147 - ISE 2017 LIVE!

Jason and Seth sit down for a quick chat about the Integrated Systems Europe show in Amsterdam. A very big thank you to our three sponsors that helped make this episode happen: Krika, Zappiti, & Z-Wave!

EPISODE 146 - THE HDBASET APOCALYPSE

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Jason announces his upcoming trip to ISE in Amsterdam (big thanks to our sponsors for making this possible - Krika and Zappiti!). 

That plus... Rumors of an HDBaseT apocalypse prove far less dire than originally thought. CEDIA gets out of the trade show management business. A look behind the curtain at Crestron. What Apple's recent high-profile hire could mean for their smart home efforts. A few important updates in the ongoing IoT-cyber security. conversation. "Unlock the Box" is officially dead. Read this before you buy a curved TV. And much more...

EPISODE 145 - RIP 3D TV

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We dissect the big news from the recently held Savant Dealer Summit. Does a new CEO at Sonos mean the company will finally start playing nice with others? Why we're really at the tip of the voice-control-iceberg. And the nail in the coffin for 3D TV...

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EPISODE 144 - A ROBOT FOR GRANDMA

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Rammohan Malasani, CEO of Securifi, to discuss the company's innovate new security offering. Aimed at protecting your network from falling victim to attacks, such as the recent, high-profile Mirai botnet, this subscription-based service is a first of its kind in the consumer router market.   

That plus... Are streaming TV services headed in the wrong direction? Big builders doubling down on voice control. Can an AI-powered robot take care of Grandma? Ecobee brings a nice, if subtle, addition to the HomeKit ecosystem. And apparently millennial males have a thing for home automation. 

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EPISODE 143 - HOMETECH'S CES2017 WRAP UP

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We sit down for a not-to-be-missed wrap up for CES 2017. The consumer electronic industry's annual smorgasbord, CES consistently serves up an array of home technology stories ranging from the significant to the absurd. 2017 was no exception.

Join us as we dissect another crazy year in Vegas including: Alexa domination. Sony's "if you can't beat 'em join 'em" approach to OLED. HomeKit making a (quiet) splash. Proof that the home-automation-hub category is alive and kicking. How even the sanctity of fishing is being violated the IoT. And much, much more...

EPISODE 142 - LOOKING FORWARD TO CES 2017

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Seth and Jason sit down for a chat on the eve of CES 2017. They discuss a number of the stories surfacing early in the week that give a good indication as to the what we can expect from Vegas this year. Topics include... Flying (attack?) drones. Smart Garbage Cans. Samsung doubling down on the Family Hub 'fridge. Pregnancy wearables. And much, much more. 

All that plus... Seth latest work project integrating the Ring doorbell with Control4. And a must-see video of an Amazon Echo getting downright nasty...

EPISODE 141 - BABY WATCH PART 3 CONCLUDES!

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Seth is a new dad! He takes a brief break from changing diapers to join Jason for a chat, and to share some thoughts about becoming a father!

That plus... a few thoughts on what to expect from CES2017. Sony dips their toes in the OLED pool. Samsung is bringing back the Quantum dots. Ransomware finds a new target in (not-so-smart) TV's. The Wynn Las Vegas bets big on voice control. And Facebook's recent intrigues in the AI game. 

EPISODE 140 - THE 2ND ANNUAL TECHNOLOGY.FM FIRESIDE CHAT

On this week's super-sized episode of HomeTech: We are joined by fellow podcasters Mike Wolf, of the Smart Home Show, and Richard Gunther, of Home: On, for the 2nd Annual Technology.fm Holiday Fireside Chat. Easily one of our most substantial episodes of the year, the four of us share our unique thoughts and perspectives on the biggest home technology stories of 2016, as well as our predictions about what to expect in the year ahead! 

Happy Holidays! We hope you enjoy this very special episode!

EPISODE 139 - EXPLORING OVRC PRO WITH PRODUCT MANAGER KENNY KIM

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Kenny Kim, Product Manager for SnapAV's RSM platform known as OVRC Pro. In addition to providing a great overview of the product we discuss what makes OVRC unique in an increasingly competitive RSM landscape, and the general importance of remote monitoring and management tools in the future of the home technology industry. 

That plus... We touch on a few of the biggest home technology stories of 2016 (more on that next week, be sure to tune in!). Spotify lays down the law when it comes to integration. SnapAV makes yet another important acquisition. Microsoft has a home automation hub... sort of. Amazon planning a touch-screen enabled Echo? And Comcast is still refusing to play nice with Apple's Single Sign-On service

EPISODE 138 - THE HOMETECH BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Jason and Seth sit down to discuss the kickoff of the 2016 holiday shopping season, known here in the states as Black Friday. Covering a number of bargains available this year, as well as a few of their own personal wishes, this episode is a great gift guide for the smart home enthusiast on your list...