Who's Gonna Buy Wink?

In this episode, Mike wonders who in the heck will buy financially troubled Wink, pauses to appreciate HomeKit's strict security requirements and rambles about Target and Sears's smart home concept stores.

This week's episode was brought to you by Soundwall. Find out more about Soundwall at www.soundwall.com

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You can read Mike's weekly smart home musings at www.smarthomeweekly.net

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HAB You Been IFTTT'd?

This week's show is a two parter:

First we talk the week's news with Dan Roberts, cofounder of Scout Alarm. We also talk to Dan about being one of the early Alexa program partners (Amazon announced an investment in Scout last week through the Alexa fund).

In the second half we talk to Kai Kreuzer about open source smart home system openHAB and the news that they've just launched an openHAB channel on IFTTT.

You can find out more about Scout at www.scoutalarm.com/

You can find out more about openHAB at www.openhab.org/

The sponsor for today's show is Soundwall, a company that is making connected art that CEO Aaron Cohen describes as Sonos meets Instagram. You can find out more about Soundwall atwww.soundwall.com

Listen to and subscribe to more Smart Home Shows at www.thesmarthomeshow.com

Check out our first event called the Smart Kitchen Summit, a conference about the future of the connected kitchen: www.smartkitchensummit.com

Hey Alexa, Tell Me What's Going On In the Smart Home

This week's podcast features Cameron Robertson, CEO of smart lock maker Lockitron.

Mike and Cameron catch up on the smart home news, including:
-Amazon Echo becoming available for all
-Astro's smart lighting for apartment dwellers
-Roost's smart Wi-Fi battery for smoke alarms
-Freshhub's kitchen commerce technology integration with NCR
-Hoover Europe's Wi-Fi appliance range

Mike also shares a few thoughts on Alexa's unbundling from the Amazon Echo and the Alexa $100 million development fund. Cameron and Mike also talk about the smart home startup landscape and whether there is a shakeout, and Cameron lends some great context given all the battles he's fought with Lockitron.

Alexa also interrupts Mike's podcast intro (see podcast pic for the weird ToDo list that resulted from that)

You can find out more about Lockitron at www.lockitron.com

The sponsor for today's show is Soundwall, a company that is making connected art that CEO Aaron Cohen describes as Sonos meets Instagram. You can find out more about Soundwall at www.soundwall.com

Listen to and subscribe to more Smart Home Shows at www.thesmarthomeshow.com

Check out our first event called the Smart Kitchen Summit, a conference about the future of the connected kitchen: www.smartkitchensummit.com

The Smart Home Shakeout

This week's podcast features Andrew Thomas, coufounder of Skybell, and Ben Stagg, CEO of Halo Smart Labs.

In the first segment, Andrew and Mike talk about Quirky's problems, the layoffs at Leeo, and discuss if there is a smart home shakeout coming. They also talk about the Nest press event and Andrew tells Mike he's being a little greedy for wanting more news.

In the second half of the show, Mike talks with Halo Smart Labs CEO Ben Stagg about their next generation smart smoke alarm/emergency detector and they talk about the Nest Protect 2 news coming out of the Nest press event.

The sponsor for today's show is Soundwall, a company that is making connected art that CEO Aaron Cohen describes as Sonos meets Instagram. You can find out more about Soundwall at www.soundwall.com

Find out more about Skybell at www.skybell.com

Find out more about Halo Smart Labs at www.halosmartlabs.com

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Image: Wink Robot Butler

Rise of the Machines: When Dumb Appliances Become Smart

It's just a matter of time before all the dumb machines in our home become smart. You know that right?

In this episode Mike and guest Shane Dyer of Arrayent talk about the news of the week:
-HomeKit's super slow rollout
-Nest's new camera
-The June Intelligent Oven

And then they talk about what will happen to the appliance industry as all those dumb machines become smart.

Please check out our new event, the Smart Kitchen Summit, at www.smartkitchensummit.com and also on Twitter: twitter.com/smartkitchencon

You can find out more about Arrayent at www.arrayent.com

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So What's Next For Nest?

In this episode:

  • Mike wonders what's next for Nest and what they'll announce on June 17th
  • Mike and BeOn Home's Alexei Erchak talk about the rise of DIY security and the beginning of the HomeKit era.
  • Mike and Alexei talk about BeOn Home and their products

You can find out more about BeOn at beonhome.com/

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Thanks for listening!

A Talk With Matt Furlong, GM of Amazon's Home Automation Store

In this episode of the Smart Home Show, we talk about Google's smart home teddy bear patent, Alarm.com's IPO and the entry of China's big tech co's into the smart kitchen.

Our guest for the podcast is Matt Furlong, the GM of the home improvement category for Amazon, which includes Amazon's home automation store.

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Creating a DIY Smart Home Installer Business With Branton Ellerbee

In this episode, Mike talks about the new Google IoT OS (that's really a smart home OS) and reveals some exclusive info he uncovered about the new technology.

He also gives his thoughts on the Skybell Wi-Fi connected doorbell.

His guest is Branton Ellerbee, a Dallas-based small business owner who is creating a DIY smart home installer business.

You can find out more about Branton and his business at:
www.connectedhomedallas.com/

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It's The Bring Your Pet to The Smart Home Show

It's pet day on the Smart Home Show!

So where does Fido fit into the smart home? You'll find out on today's episode, which is all about pets and the connected home.

Our first guest is Carlos Herrera, CEO of PetNet, makers of a Wi-Fi connected pet feeder.

Our second guest is Ben Jacobs, CEO of Whistle, makers of pet activity trackers and GPS enabled dog collar devices.

You can find PetNet at www.petnet.io

You can find Whistle at www.whistle.com

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The All-Amazon Smart Home Speculation Episode

What exactly is Amazon up to in the smart home?

That's what we try to figure out on today's Smart Home Show!

We talk everything from their home automation storefront, the Echo, the Dash replenishment services and Dash button to the Amazon home services and what's next!

My guest is Richard Gunther of the Home: On podcast.

You can also see Mike's thoughts on this topic here at Smart Home Weekly

You can find Richard's show at: www.thedigitalmediazone.com/podcasts/home-on/

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Zigbee-Thread Part 2: A Talk With Heads of Zigbee Aliance & Thread Group

Zigbee-Thread Part 2: A talk with Tobin Richardson, President of Zigbee Alliance & Chris Boross, President of Thread Group.

Mike talks to Tobin and Chris about why they decided to work together and what it means for each group.

The sponsor for today's episode is Control4. Control4's Smarter Living Livestream (and video archive) event that demonstrates life in the smart home will be on April 22 at 7 EST. You can register and find the video after at: ctrl4.co/livesmart

You can find more Smart Home Shows at www.thesmarthomeshow.com

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Analyzing The Zigbee/Thread Agreement With GreenPeak's Cees Links

Guest: GreenPeak CEO Cees Links

GreenPeak is one of the leading providers of Zigbee chips, so I caught up with CEO Cees Links to talk about what the Zigbee/Thread agreement means. Cees also breaks down where most of the Zigbee systems are being deployed today.

The sponsor for today's episode is Control4. Control4's Smarter Living Livestream (and video archive) event that demonstrates life in the smart home will be on April 22 at 7 EST. You can register and find the video here

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What's Cooking In The Smart Kitchen With The Orange Chef's Santiago Merea

Guest: CEO/Founder of smart kitchen startup Orange Chef, Santiago Merea.

In this episode Mike and Santiago talk about the Orange Chef's new smart kitchen system, the Countertop. We also talk about this concept of connecting your kitchen to the smart home and Internet of Things.

You can find out more about the Orange Chef at www.orangechef.com

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Smart Home Show: Control4's Martin Plaehn

Guest: Martin Plaehn, CEO of Control4

Mike is happy to welcome Martin Plaehn, the CEO of Control4. Control4 is an interesting company because it's the only pure-play smart home company that is also publicly traded company. We talk to Martin about the company's business, the future, HomeKit, DIY smart home and more.

You can find out more about Control4 at www.control4.com

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