SHS #23: Talking About Thread With Chris Boross

Guest: Chris Boross, President of the Thread Group

Last week, Nest, Samsung and five other companies announced Thread, a new wireless networking protocol aimed at the Internet of Things and the smart home.

I talked to Chris about how Thread differs from what is out there, some of the technology decisions they made and what we can expect over the next 12 months with Thread.

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SHS #22: Zach Supalla Of

Guest: Zach Supalla of

This week had a few pieces of big news. First, they announced a new $4.9 million funding round, and then followed that up with the introduction of Spark OS, their attempt to create an open source operating system for the Internet of Things.

Mike catches up with Zach to learn a little more about and to find out exactly what Spark OS is and how it differs from what is out there.

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SHS#21: Dropcam's Elizabeth Hamren

Guest: Elizabeth Hamren, VP of Marketing at Dropcam.

Mike talks to Elizabeth about how Dropcam became the leading Wi-Fi camera company. Elizabeth shares some data about Dropcam's users and they talk about how the company fits into the smart home and security space.

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SHS #20: Talking Google, Quirky, HomeKit and (of course) Greenwave with Nate Williams

Guest: Nate Williams of Greenwave Systems.

I was going to talk to Nate about Greenwave today, but given the huge amount of news the last few days (Google buying Dropcam, Quirky's Wink spinout), I also figured I'd tap into Nate's smart home brain to talk shop.

We talk about Nate's background in connected home, what exactly Greenwave does, and then we dive into the news of Google's acquisition of Dropcam, Quirky's Wink launch and their partnership with Home Depot, and we also talk about what Nate thinks of HomeKit.

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Smart Home Show #19: Lew Brown of Vera/MiOS

Guest: Lew Brown, President of Vera/MiOS.

Lew's been in the smart home space for a long time, and his most recent venture is as President of Vera/MiOS.

We talk about the company, the two sides to the business - the consumer brand Vera (formerly Mi Casa Verde) and MiOS, the software platform - as well as the broader smart home market.

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Smart Home Show #18: Autonomic's Michael de Nigris

Guest: Michael de Nigris, CEO of Autonomic Controls.

Autonomic makes media servers and connected music systems for the custom installer channel. We talk to Michael about the space, the evolution of Autonomic from a company that developed Windows Media Center software to a full-fledged media server and connected hardware company.

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Smart Home Show#17: Control4's Paul Williams

Guest: Paul Williams, VP of Security & Communications Products, Control4

Control4 helped change the face of home automation over the past decade, helping to bring a modern software-centric approach to the custom installer channel.

Mike catches up with Paul to talk about Control4's business, how it's evolved, and where it's going.

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SHS#15: INSTEON talks about Microsoft deal

Today INSTEON and Microsoft announced a strategic relationship where Microsoft will carry INSTEON products in the Microsoft stores and online and have co-developed a Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 app for INSTEON smart home systems.

I caught up with Isaac Sanz and Carlos Anchia from INSTEON, who pre-briefed me about the news. Here is that conversation.

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SHS#14: Smart Home Therapy Session #2

This is the second session of Smart Home Show's smart home therapy. Back on the couch is Aaron Cohen, and this time Mike has brought reinforcements in the person of Seth Johnson, who in addition to being a really nice guy, hosts his own podcast at

Seth and Mike listen to Aaron and try to solve his smart home issues, this time focusing specifically on audio and video. We talk Sonos, Control4, the home system integrator process, multiple screens/multi-room TV, etc etc.

It's a great show, so take a listen!

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SHS #12: Ayla Networks CEO Dave Friedman

Guest: Dave Friedman, CEO of Ayla Networks

Ayla Networks is a company that helps companies and service providers build large Internet of Things products with its IoT cloud platform. The company recently raised $14.5 million, so Dave and I talk about what they plan to do with that money, where they fit in the smart home and IoT space, and much more.

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SHS #11: Smart Home Therapy Session #1

This is the first installment in a semi-regular series called Smart Home Therapy.

In smart home therapy, Mike talks to a guest about his smart home needs, what he wants to achieve, and hopefully over time figure out some solutions.

The first patient is Aaron Cohen. Aaron gets credit for the idea for the show, as he wanted to talk about what he should do to get his home "smart" when he moves into it in the coming months.

We'll have another episode (any maybe even more than one) with Aaron, but in this episode we talk about what he wants and decide on at least one vendor.

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SHS #10: Liat Ben-Zur of the AllSeen Alliance

Guest: Liat Ben-Zur

Liat Ben-Zur is the Chairman, Board of Directors, for the AllSeen Alliance. The AllSeen Alliance is a consortium that is developing an open source software framework for the Internet of Things.

We talk to Liat about how AllSeen differs from other organizations building standards and specifications, what it means for a device which utilizes the AllSeen framework, how far along the consortium and its members are in getting its work into the market and much more.

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Smart Home Show #9: Korner, the $99 Home Security System

Guest: Steve Hollis of Korner.

Steve Hollis wants to change the world a little by offering a $99 home security system. We caught up with the Amazon employee/start-up CEO who is currently raising money for his patent pending system on Indiegogo.

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Smart Home Show #8: WigWag's Ed Hemphill

Guest: Ed Hemphill, founder of WigWag

This conversation is with Ed Hemphill, one of the cofounders of WigWag. WigWag is a smart home system that is currently in development, expected to ship later this year. The company raised nearly half a million dollars on Kickstarter with its developer-friendly smart home platform which will allows Javascript developers to write apps for the platform with DeviceJS, an open-source runtime that the company is building to connect Javascript, one of the world's most popular programming languages, to connected devices.

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Smart Home Show #7: Canary's Adam Sager

Guest: Adam Sager, CEO of Canary

In this episode, we talk to Adam Sager, CEO and cofounder of Canary, maker of an all-in-one home awareness and security device.

We talk to Adam about the origins of the company, the crowdfunding campaign, how his solution differs from others on the market and how home security will evolve going forward.

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Smart Home Show #6: INSTEON's Joe Dada

Guest: INSTEON founder Joe Dada

In this episode, Mike talks to INSTEON founder and CEO Joe Dada about the story behind the SmartLabs, and INSTEON. Dada discusses the transition from selling X10 in the 90s to creating their own technology, the evolution of the company, INSTEON's place in the broader home automation space and how he sees the market evolving in coming years.

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Special: We Talk To iControl About Acquisition of Blacksumac/Piper

Today iControl announced the acquisition of Blacksumac, the company behind the DIY home security and automation device Piper. 

We talk to Greg Roberts, VP of Marketing, for iControl to hear the reason behind this deal and what it means for both iControl and the broader smart home and security industries.