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.

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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

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 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 You can learn more about the IoT Consortium at Make sure to check out Mike's new site about the future of the connected kitchen at

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 Also, check out our new site focused on the connected kitchen and future of cooking at

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

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

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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: 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.


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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.

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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
-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!

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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

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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.

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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

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Amazon Wants Us To Push Their Everything Button

In this podcast, Mike and Yonomi CEO Kent Dickson talk about Amazon's do-everything button, rumors of Google's Echo competitor and what a dedicated HomeKit app in iOS 10 would mean. We also hear about what Kent and his team are building with Yonomi.

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Knock Knock, Who's Killing It in Video Doorbells? Ring's Jamie Siminoff

This week we talk with Jamie Siminoff, CEO of Ring.

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Over two years ago, Jamie went on Shark Tank. Mark Cuban and others passed, and since they the've probably regretted it as Jamie and his team have gone on to define one of the fastest growing categories in the smart home: the video doorbell.

We talk about those early days, how VC's have largely missed on some of the fastest growing categories in smart home by looking for "platforms" and how Ring has found success by focusing on doing one thing really well.

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Listen Up! We're Talking Sound Detection And The Smart Home

You think Alexa has the market cornered on audio detection in the smart home? Think again.

In this episode of the Smart Home Show we talk with Audio Analytic CEO Dr. Chris Mitchell about how sound detection can be used in hundreds of ways to power various smart home products and use cases. Chris talks about how the company started with an argument with his professor to a company that has captured over 3 million hours of audio to create one of the largest sound databases in the world.

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