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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Smart Home Weekly: Google's Epic Smart Home Patent, New Apple TV, GE Goes Bluetooth

Mike's back from SXSW and he finally records a weekly update podcast.

Good thing, since there's lot going on. Here are the stories he covers:

-Google's smart home patent application: possible roadmap?
-A new Apple TV coming to market and it's apparently got HomeKit out of the box
-GE adds line of Bluetooth dimmers and wall switches
-the slow motion home security disruption
-Nest on the hunt for audio talent

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Read our analysis of these stories at www.smarthomeweekly.net

Thanks for listening!

Smart Home Show: Heading Out To The Smart Garage With Chamberlain

Guest: Cory Sorice, VP of Marketing, Connected Products for Chamberlain.

What is the #1 reason people stress they forgot to do when they left home?

If it isn't closing the garage door, I'd be surprised. So it's no wonder Chamberlain - a garage door powerhouse - got on the smart home trend early.

In this podcast I talk to Cory Sorice, who heads up marketing for Chamberlain's connected products.

You can find out more about Chamberlain's smart garage door efforts here: www.chamberlain.com/smartphone-control-products

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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

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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!