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

You can subscribe to the Smart Home Show here: www.technology.fm/thesmarthomeshow/

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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

You can subscribe to the Smart Home Show at www.thesmarthomeshow.com

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/

You can listen to more Smart Home Show podcasts at: www.technology.fm/thesmarthomeshow/

Smart Home Show: Talking Retrofit Smart Home With Roost's Roel Peeters

A podcast 2-fer: A weekly update and an interview with Roost's Roel Peeters.

We combined the smart home weekly update this week with an interview with the CEO of smart battery company Roost.

Today's topics include:
-Verizon's new router with Z-Wave
-Goji smart lock delays
-Walmart enters the smart home
-The retrofit smart home opportunity
-Keen smart vents
-SmartThings gets a Windows app

In the second half of the show, we talk to Roel Peeters, the CEO of smart battery company Roost.

You can find out more about Roost at smartroost.net/

You can find the smart home show at www.technology.fm/thesmarthomeshow/

You can read the smart home weekly update at www.smarthomeweekly.net

If you want to try and win an August smartlock, just review the Smart Home show in iTunes, Stitcher or another podcast service and send a screenshot to thesmarthomeshow@gmail.com

Smart Home Weekly: The (Nearly) All Revolv/Nest Acquisition Edition

This is the Smart Home Weekly news wrap up for the week ending October 26, 2014.This episode is almost entirely about the Revolv acquisition by Nest. Joining Mike is Richard Gunther, smart home podcaster from the Home:On podcast.

We also announce the winner of the Oort smart home system and give all the details about our next smart home gear giveaway, so you'll definitely want to listen! Remember, if you've entered the last giveaway, you are entered for future giveaways.

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/IoT roundtable with the GM of Lowe's smart home and CEO of Zonoff on October 30th: nextmarket.enterthemeeting.com/m/RPPNJ4UB

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

Smart Home Show: Talking 2Gig, Bluetooth and Z-Wave with Linear's Duane Paulson

This week's interview is with Duane Paulson, Senior VP of Product with Linear.

Linear is one of those companies that has product in millions of homes, but you often don't hear about because many times it's with another company's brand on it. I talk to Duane about Linear's products such as the 2Gig smart home touch screen and their Z-Wave garage door controller, and we also talk about Bluetooth, the evolution of smart home and much more.

You can find out more about Linear at www.linearcorp.com

Just a few more days to enter the giveaway of a Bluetooth smart home. Great odds, so why not enter! Go here to read how: nextmarket.co/blogs/smarthomewee…-smart-home-system

Also subscribe to the Smart Home Show at thesmarthomeshow.com/

Join us for a webinar on October 30th on building smart home products and services: http://nextmarket.enterthemeeting.com/m/RPPNJ4UB

Smart Home Giveaway from The Smart Home Show!

Wanna win some smart home gear? You're in luck. 

Here at the Smart Home Show, we're giving away a free Oort Bluetooth smart home system courtesy of the nice folks at (you guessed it) Oort.

All you need to do to enter the giveaway is go and give the Smart Home Show an honest review in iTunes.  If you don't use iTunes, you can do it on Stitcher. And like I said, you don't have to give a 5 star review (but if you want to, that's fine too!) You can also tell me if you like or hate my intro music (it seems to be split pretty evenly in those two camps. Also, if you've given the show a review in the past, feel free to enter by simply sending over a screen shot of that (and no using other's reviews - that's pretty easy to determine if you're fibbing!).

Once you give a review, just send a screen shot of your posted review to thesmarthomeshow@gmail.com.  You only have to do this once, and you'll be entered in future giveaways as well (more chances!). 

We're taking entries through Monday, October 27th, so better hurry!