Mike Invites An Amazon Smart Home Consultant Into His Home

A week and a half ago, I was the first to write about Amazon's new smart home consultations (You can read the article here https://goo.gl/eutuYl). That's right, Amazon is sending their own employees into consumer homes in seven west coast cities for free smart home consultations to help them figure out how to best build a smart home that fits their needs. And since Seattle was one of the markets, I decided to have Amazon visit my home and give me a consultation. In this podcast, you can hear Amazon smart home consultant Corey as he visits my home and I ask him some questions.

Virtual Reality and The Smart Home

In this episode Mike visits with Basheer Tome, hardware interface designer for Google's virtual reality group. We talk about how VR is changing, how it will interact with the smart home, how new interfaces like Alexa will work with virtual environments and why the physical interface is still important. We're having a smart kitchen get together at the Target Open House concept store on February 16th. To get the email with an invite, sign up for our newsletter at www.thespoon.tech

The 2017 Smart Home Prediction Show

It's the smart home prediction show & CES 2017 wrap up all in one super-sized episode.

I brought back two of my favorite guests: Nate Williams of August Home and Adam Justice of ConnectSense.

You can find out more about their companies at:



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Tracking Our Stuff With Tile's Mike Farley

I lose stuff. Wallets, keys. The occasional child. I usually find them, but those lost 15 minutes drive me crazy. Which is why I'm a big fan of trackers. Tile is one of the leading companies in the Bluetooth tracker market and in this podcast I talk with Tile CEO Mike Farley about his company's origin story, the company's product line up and how far we can go in tracking our stuff. You can find out more about Tile at www.thetileapp.com

Jason Griffing and HomeTech Academy

This week Mike talks with his friend Jason Griffing about HomeTech Academy, Jason and Seth's awesome new education site for home system professionals. Check out HomeTech Academy at www.hometech.academy Have a great Thanksgiving!

Fighting Off The IoT Zombie Hoard With Jim Hunter

Last week's botnet attack was akin to a massive technology-driven zombie attack, as hundreds of thousands of IoT and smart home devices were taken over by a malicious strain of malware called Mirai. The result was a massive DDOS attack on popular consumer websites such as Soundcloud and Twitter. To discuss the implications of Mirai on the IoT and smart home industry, Mike is joined by the Internet of Things Consortium's Jim Hunter. You can find out more about Jim at www.greenwavesystems.com. You can learn more about the IoT Consortium at http://iofthings.org/ Make sure to check out Mike's new site about the future of the connected kitchen at www.thespoon.tech

Talking Alexa, Smart Kitchen & The Cure for 'Meat Hands' With Stacey Higginbotham

Mike visits with his long-time friend and IoT guru Stacey Higginbotham. They talk about Stacey's visit to Seattle and the Smart Kitchen Summit, Alexa, what she is excited about with smart home and her new podcast. You can find Stacey online at www.staceyhigginbotham.com Also, check out our new site focused on the connected kitchen and future of cooking at http://thespoon.tech/

Reinventing the Home Intercom System With Jonathan Frankel of Nucleus

Lots of homes have intercom systems. Most of them suck and are antiquated. And pretty much no one has video intercom systems, at least ones that use Wi-Fi and are developed for consumers. Enter Jonathan Frankel and Nucleus. Jonathan went to CES 2014 and toured the floor looking to see if anyone was offering a consumer Wi-Fi video intercom system for the home. No one was and Nucleus was born the next day. You can find out more about Nucleus at www.nucleuslife.com

Pop Goes The Smart Home

oday's guest is Richard Gunther of Home:On podcast. Mike and Richard catch up on the latest smart home news, including:

-The Pop button/switch from Logitech
-IFTTT's integration move for smart home
-Samsung's acquisition of DACOR
-Target's move into smart baby
-The LG smart security device may actually ship
-Echostar's abandonment of Sage

Find more Smart Home Shows at www.thesmarthomeshow.com

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Check out Mike's other show about the future of the kitchen at www.smartkitchensummit.com/show

Swapping Smart Home Stories With CE Pro's Julie Jacobson

Mike has known Julie since the 90's when she became a must-read for anyone following the connected home. She still is a must read, so Mike was excited to catch up with Julie about all the latest big moves in the smart home space, including:

-Alarm.com post Icontrol acquisition
-Voice control in the pro installer market
-The Sonos experience store in NYC and how Sonos is doing in the pro market
-What to expect at CEDIA in September
-Plus a walk down smart home memory lane.


Catch Julie's stuff at www.cepro.com

Find more Smart Home Shows at www.thesmarthomeshow.com

Why Wi-Fi is Interesting Again

Wi-Fi has been around for close to 20 years and the experience is still largely sub-par for many homes. We discuss why with Rob Conant of Cirrent, as well as how Rob's company is trying to make Wi-Fi on-boarding as easy as getting on the cellular network.

Find out more about Cirrent at www.cirrent.com

Listen to the Smart Kitchen Show if you haven't already! Find it at www.smartkitchensummit.com/show

Analyzing The Smart Home Landscape With Nate Williams of August

Lots going on in smart home, so we decided to catch up with one of the smartest guys in the space to talk about what exactly is going on.

We talk about:
-The iControl acquisition by Comcast and Alarm.com
-The history of the smart home platforms space
-The next wave of smart home platforms post iControl
-Marwan Fawaz and his history at ADT, Google and what to expect at Nest
-The latest from August
-What excites Nate in smart home
-Plus more!

You can find Nate on Twitter at twitter.com/naywilliams

Find Mike on Twitter at twitter.com/michaelwolf

Find more Smart Home Shows at www.thesmarthomeshow.com

The WWDC 2016 Smart Home Review

What did Apple announce at their Worldwide Developer Conference in smart home?

Listen to the podcast to find out! Specifically:

-Mike talks about the Apple Home app

-features such as scenes, geofencing, Siri access and more

-He talks about what the news from Apple means from the smart home industry

-He gives a bonus update on some fairly big news around smart home coming out of Bluetooth this week

If you want to get this analysis in written form, subscribe to Mike's smart home newsletter here: nextmarket.co/pages/keep-updated…extmarket-insights

Follow him on Twitter to let him know why he should have known better than to expect a hardware announcement at WWDC. twitter.com/michaelwolf

Tony Fadell Leaves, What's Next for Nest & An Apple Visual Interface

In this podcast Mike talks with Nick Weaver, CEO of Eero, a company that just received a $50 million funding round to invest in the development of its whole-home mesh Wi-Fi systems.

He also gives some thoughts about the departure of Tony Fadell from Nest, the new Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz and speculates about whether Apple will create a visual interface for the smart home.

You can read more about Eero at www.eero.com

Find the Smart Home Show archive at www.thesmarthomeshow.com

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Apple Is Apparently Getting Siri-ous About Smart Home

This week rumors of an Apple answer to Echo were surfaced by The Information, plus Belkin launches smart water joint venture called Phyn, Pebble creates its own do-anything button and Eero gets a cool $50 mil for its mesh Wi-Fi system.

Our guest for this week's show is Centralite CTO John Calagaz. You can find out more about Centralite at www.centralite.com

You can find the article Mike was talking about on the show at www.smarthomeweekly.net