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...

EPISODE 137 - INTRODUCING HOMETECH ACADEMY

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are thrilled to unveil HomeTech Academy! Offering vendor-specific education, software training, and product reviews, HomeTech Academy is a first of its kind e-learning site designed for home technology professionals.

At launch we are pleased to offer a select group of free software training video courses. We are actively pursuing additional partner companies, and look forward to further developing our course catalog in the weeks and months ahead. It is our goal to provide the education and resources that busy home technology professionals need to take their business or career to the next level! Enroll now for free to get started!

That plus... We share some great listener feedback submissions, covering the (good?) old days of 4-wire bus control, as well as continued dialogue about the ever-important topic of network security. Plus a few thoughts on Samsung's acquisition of Harman. 

EPISODE 136 - BIGGER THAN WIFI W/ SECURIFI'S RAMMOHAN MALASANI

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We have a chat with Rammohan Malasani, Founder & CEO at Securifi. Ram joins us to discuss the company's Almond family of routers. In particular we dive into the latest Almond 3 product, which serves not only as a robust mesh WiFi system, but also doubles (triples?) as a Smart Home hub / self-monitored security solution. 

That plus... Alexa in the form of a largemouth bass. A smart landscape lighting / attack-drone solution (release the drones!). And when it comes to networks, 40% of HomeTech pros are doing it wrong...

EPISODE 135 - EXPLORING 'NEST PRO' WITH GENE LANOIS

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Gene LaNois - Head of Professional Channel at Nest Labs. Gene provides us with an overview of Nest's unique program, which seeks to create a thriving, and symbiotic relationship with the professionals of various trades who chose to incorporate Nest products into their installation businesses. 

That plus... What Apple's (half-baked) efforts tell us about the future of TV. SmartThings teams up with Leviton. Is Savant returning to their roots? And a solar roof that looks nothing like an ugly solar roof.

EPISODE 134 - A MARKET UPDATE WITH LUTRON'S DAVID WEINSTEIN

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by friend of the show David Weinstein, Lutron's VP of Residential Sales. David shares his thoughts on the current state of the market including the increasing number of production builders embracing home technology, as well Lutron's continued success serving the luxury integrator. 

That plus... Apple's homebuilder partnerships aim to cement HomeKit's place in the mid-market. Our thoughts on the potential ATT / Time Warner acquisition. DirecTV unveils some details on their forthcoming streaming service. Confirmation (if you needed it) that distributing 4K video is hard. And how blame for the recent spat of DDoS attacks is being misdirected. 

EPISODE 133 - CATCHING UP W/ #LIVEINSTALL'S KRIS GAMBLE

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Good friend, and regular guest of the show Kris Gamble, from #LiveInstall, joins us to provide an update on the home technology scene from across the pond. Topics of conversation include his recent attendance at the HDAnywhere X Event and Essential Install Live show, his thoughts on the HAUS closure, his success stories with a couple new product lines, and a home tech retrofit at his new personal residence.

EPISODE 132 - ALL ABOUT BAKPAK WITH CONTROL4'S BRAD HINTZE

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Brad Hintze from Control4 to discuss the latest release of Pakedge's RSM platform - BakPak 4.0. We explore the feature set of this robust remote management tool, and discuss the ways that it can help HomeTech Pros run a more streamlined service business. 

That plus... 11 hours to boil water? Panasonic's new wireless button ditches the battery. Comcast gets caught "cramming". And HAUS calls it quits.

EPISODE 131 - BEYOND VOICE CONTROL - ADVANCED AI FOR THE HOME W/ ALEX CAPECELATRO OF JOSHAI

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by JoshAI co-founder Alex Capecelatro to discuss the company's unique approach to AI in the smart home. Alex discusses how, through the use of advanced learning algorithms and sophisticated natural language processing, JoshAI is aiming to become the premier name in next-gen smart home control. 

That plus... How you might have unwittingly played a role in one of the largest botnet attacks ever recorded. Google (not Nest) is getting serious about the connected home. And more on that whole pesky DIY convergence thing...

EPISODE 130 - CEDIA 2016 WRAP-UP SPECIAL - PART 2

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Jason and Seth sit down for the second in their 2-part CEDIA wrap-up series. Featuring numerous sound bites from the show floor, this episodes highlights some of most unique and innovative products seen in Dallas this year. This show also puts a special focus on some the DIY smart home companies seeking meaningful ways to embrace a working relationship with home technology pros.

EPISODE 129 - CEDIA 2016 WRAP-UP SPECIAL - PART 1

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Jason and Seth sit down for the first in a two-part recap of CEDIA 2016. Featuring numerous sound bites captured on the show floor, this episode highlights some of the key trends to emerge from Dallas this year. Be sure to tune in next week for part 2!