Smart Home Show: Logitech's Mark Spates On The Remote Control's Role in Smart Home

Guest: Mark Spates, Head of Smart Home Platforms for Logitech.

In this podcast, Mike catches up with Mark Spates to talk about the role of the remote control in the smart home. Logitech has been actively looking to make its popular Harmony universal remote line a key control interface for the smart home, so we talk to him about this and much more.

You can find out more about Logitech at www.logitech.com

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Smart Home Weekly: Bluetooth Mesh, ADT Ads, Nest Protect, Homekit Fail?

This is the smart home weekly news update for the week ending February 17, 2015 (Leonard Nimoy Day).

In this podcast, Mike talks about:
-The new Bluetooth Mesh working group
-ADT's new ad campaign
-Nest Protect's very bad week or two
-Ways HomeKit could fail
-Neo smart jar
-Hive smart home system
-A connected toilet water device

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Smart Home Show: Talking Smart Doorbells With Skybell's Andrew Thomas

Ever wish you could see who's at your front door on your phone, either at work or from the couch?

You might want to get a smart doorbell like Skybell. On this podcast, we talk to Skybell cofounder Andrew Thomas about the product's evolution, Skybell 2.0, the call he got one day from Apple and much more.

You can find out more about Skybell at www.skybell.com

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Smart Home Show: Building a Better (and Smart Home-Enabled) Router w/Securifi

This week Mike talks with Securifi's Ram Malasani about the company's new Almond+ home automation enabled router.

The home router was in need of a reboot. Ram and Securifi realized by adding a touch screen they could make a router that was really easy to use and maybe help rejuvenate a tired product category. Seven thousand reviews on Amazon later they're now getting into home automation with the Almond+.

You can find out more about Securifi and the Almond router at www.securifi.com

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Smart Home Show: Lockitron's Cameron Robertson & The Story Behind The New Bolt Smart Lock

After having a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign in 2012 for their Wi-Fi smart lock, Lockitron struggled to get the product to work well with Wi-Fi. They eventually got products out to 10 thousand backers, but decided late last year to go back to the drawing board and create an entirely new smart lock in the Bolt.

In this podcast, Lockitron CEO Cameron Robertson tells the story of the how they came to the decision to create a new product, the challenges the company faced over the past few years and what the plan is going forward.

You can read about Lockitron at www.lockitron.com

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Smart Home Weekly: HomeKit Rumors, Slow Echo, Harmony API & More

This is the Smart Home Weekly podcast from the Smart Home Show for the week of January 26, 2015.

You can get the written version of this (w/links to stories) here: www.smarthomeweekly.net

The stories covered in this week's show:

-HomeKit bridge for Z-Wave/Zigbee looks to be a thing
-Xiaomi says it's gonna show-me (or us) it's smart home wares soon
-Lowe's getting deeper into smart home installation services
-OIC a new smart home open source framework called IoTivity
-Amazon's Echo and the ridiculously long backlog time
-Harmony's new API
-Canary ships
-Neeo kickstarts
-Almond+ ships

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Smart Home Weekly: Thread, Nortek, Home Depot, Cisco, Nest & More

It's the smart home weekly news for the week of December 15, 2014!

If you want to catch up on all the industry news in the smart home for the last couple weeks, we have it here.

You can get a written version of this with links at: nextmarket.co/blogs/smarthomeweekly

The stories covered in this show:

-Smart home standard Thread announced it's reached 50 members - what does it mean?
-Nortek reorgs its Linear division and enters the DIY smart home in a big way
-Home Depot hires someone to tend the smart home store
-Cisco decides it likes consumer after all, partners with Bosch and ABB to jump into the smart home game
-Deutsche Telekom grows its smart home group
-Icontrol and Nest decide to work together
-Misfit is going to drop some big $ into smart home integration
-Belkin spreads its WeMo tech to another home appliance maker
-INSTEON revs its smart home hub

If you want to listen to more Smart Home Shows, go to www.technology.fm/thesmarthomeshow

The Smart Home Show Smart Home Gift Buying Guide

Welcome to the Smart Home Show Smart Home gift guide!

This podcast provides a good framework for how to think about buying a smart home gift for anyone in your life, from the completely non-technical to the super-nerd.

You can hear all of it by clicking play (or downloading it or getting in a podcast player on your phone), but here I want to provide some links to some of the products I mentioned on the podcast.

Again, listen to the podcast to hear my reasoning for each type of product and what product is for what person, and once you do you can use the links below to find the products.

Philips Hue Lights: Amazon, Company Site

Belkin Smart Lights: Amazon, Company Site

Dropcam Connected Camera: Amazon, Company Site

Closeli Simplicam Connected Camera: Amazon, Company Site

Drop Smart Scale: Apple Store, Company Site

iDevices Smart Cooking Thermometer: Amazon, Company Site

Nest Smart Thermostat: Amazon, Company Site

Lyric Smart Thermostat: Amazon, Company Site

Ecobee Smart Thermostat: Amazon, Company Site

August Smart Lock: Amazon, Company Site

Kevo Smart Lock: Amazon, Company Site

Danalock Smart Lock: Amazon, Company Site

Belkin Smart Light Switch: Amazon, Company Site

Smart Things Smart Home Kit: Amazon, Company Site

INSTEON Smart Home Kit: Amazon, Company Site

Vera Smart Home Kit: Amazon, Company Site

Lowe's Iris Smart Kit: Amazon, Company Site

There you go. Hope you enjoy your holidays and have a great new year!

Smart Home Show: Defining The Internet of Things With The Folks From Farstuff

It's another crossover, this time with the folks from www.farstuff.com

Mike talks about the Internet of Things with Andreea and Charles from the Farstuff podcast. We also discuss who would be Mork and who would be Fonz if this were a 70's sitcom crossover, and also whether the Vessyl smart drink container is a good idea.

It's a fun podcast so check it out.

Once again, if you want to find more Smart Home Shows, go to www.thesmarthomeshow.com

You can find our weekly smart home newsletter at www.smarthomeweekly.net

And you can find Andreaa and Charles show at www.farstuff.com

Smart Home Weekly Update: Blossom, Vera, HomeKit, Zigbee 3.0 & More w/Seth Johnson

It's the smart home weekly update (kinda) for November 23, 2014. I cheated a bit as I was a guest on the HomeTech.FM podcast (www.hometech.fm) with Seth Johnson and I asked Seth if I could use the episode as my weekly update and he said sure!

It made sense since we talked about much of what I wanted to talk about anyway.

We talk about:
-HomeKit at CES
-Blossom, the new smart water controller
-Vera's new Vera Edge controller
-Zigbee 3.0

and more!

Subscribe to the Smart Home Show at www.technology.fm/thesmarthomeshow

And get my written thoughts on many of these same topics at www.smarthomeweekly.net

Smart Home Show : Talking Smart Home With Underwriter's Laboratories' Tom Blewitt

This week Mike talks with that company that puts a UL on all those devices in your home, Underwriter's Laboratories.

He talks to Tom Blewitt, who has been at UL for almost 40 years and has watched as devices went from dumb things stuck on formica countertops to smart devices that can anticipate and communicate.

How does a company like UL adjust? Listen to the podcast and find out!

You can find out more about UL and www.UL.com

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Check out our weekly smart home newsletter at www.smarthomeweekly.net

New Giveaway! A Danalock Bluetooth/Z-Wave Smartlock!

Hey folks, another giveaway!  We're giving away a Danalock Bluetooth/Z-Wave smartlock in the next few weeks. If you're already entered for one of our giveaways, don't worry, you're entered in this one. If not, you can join a few ways, such as giving us a review in iTunes or Stitcher or your favorite podcast service and emailing a screenshot to us at thesmarthomeshow@gmail.com or joining our smart home newsletter (we don't spam, only good stuff) here and forwarding the confirmation email to the same email, thesmarthomeshow@gmail.com

So what are you waiting for? If you listen to the show, join us and possibly win one of these:


Smart Home Weekly: Amazon Echo, iDevices $10 Mil, Target Smart Home, Quirky Goes Nuts

This is the Smart Home Weekly news wrap up for the week ending November 15, 2014. In this episode, I talk about:

-Amazon's Echo (and whether its a smart home controller)
-iDevices, $10 Million HomeKit bet
-Target's entry into smart home
-The Scout home security appliance has started shipping
-Quirky's huge smart home announcement this week

If you want to see my written analysis of all this news, go to www.smarthomeweekly.net

I also announce the winner of the August smart lock giveaway in this episode. If you want to enter for future giveaways, just give a review of the Smart Home Show in iTunes, Stitcher or other podcast app and email it to thesmarthomeshow@gmail.com

Subscribe to the Smart Home Show at www.technology.fm/thesmarthomeshow/

You can see the full write up (more than just show notes, folks) for this and Smart Home Weekly podcasts at: www.smarthomeweekly.net

Remember to register for our live smart home 2015 outlook webinar on Dec 4th: nextmarket.enterthemeeting.com/m/CRW27AUC

And as always, you can get the podcast at Technology.FM: www.technology.fm/thesmarthomeshow/

Smart Home Show: iDevices $10 Million HomeKit Bet With Chris Allen

This week, iDevices surprised most everyone when they announced they'd invested $10 million in HomeKit-centric smart home development. This involved not only their own product - which they will unveil at CES 2015 - but a platform which others can use to build HomeKit centric smart home devices.

This conversation is the first podcast interview with Chris Allen since the unveiling of their new HomeKit platform.

You can find out more about iDevices at idevicesinc.com/

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