Your Face Is Your Key

Back in 2014, Shaun Moore and his cofounder Nezare Chafni started selling a consumer video doorbell called Chui with facial recognition technology. They eventually realized the future of the company was not in doorbells, but in developing robust facial recognition and detection technology that could be applied to a variety of scenarios. was born.

In the podcast, Shaun and I talk about those early days, the hyper competitive video doorbell market, the decision to pivot to becoming an enterprise facial detection technology provider and how this technology will eventually be applied to nearly any situation where personal authentication is required.

WWDC 2017 Smart Home Wrapup

I caught up by phone with Adam Justice from WWDC to talk about what we learned this week about Apple's smart home efforts. We talk about:

-Updates to HomeKit, including software authentication, NFC pairing, new event triggers
-The overall showing of HomeKit and how this is the most important WWDC for HomeKit since it was launched in 2014
-What happened with Siri
-The HomePod: We talk about Apple's new smart speaker and how it compares to Amazon Echo
-Plus lots more!

Listen in to get caught up on all that was discussed at WWDC this week!

Here Come The Robots

One of Mike's prediction for the smart home in 2017 was that robots would become an ever more important part of the smart home. While we aren't quite upon the era of fully independent humanoid robots, we are seeing more consumer robots in the form of vacuums, lawn mowers, drink makers and more.

In this podcast we talk to iRobot's head VP of technology Chris Jones about the current state of consumer robotics, how he sees robots becoming an important part of the smart home, and where he sees things going over the next few years.

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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 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

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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