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...

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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