Home: On #093 – CEDIA 2017

Sep 25, 2017 by

CEDIA 2017 was in San Diego this year, and we were on the ground to see what’s trending. We spoke with some of our old friends, and we spent time with some vendors we haven’t previously interviewed. Voice is King, or Queen as it were, and consumer products continue to change the face of home technology—even in the professional space.

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Logitech’s Circle 2 is Now HomeKit Compatible

Sep 7, 2017 by

Today at CEDIA, Logitech announced that its new Circle 2 camera is now HomeKit compatible. With this announcement, Logitech's camera is now more versatile than ever, integrating with many other third-party connected devices.

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iHome Puts Alexa on Your Nightstand

Sep 7, 2017 by

iHome is launching a new bedside clock with Alexa Voice Service on-board. Set alarms, stream music, control your home—all with your voice from your alarm clock. But are consumers ready for a listening device in the bedroom?

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Home: On #092 – System Recovery, with Doug Krug

Aug 31, 2017 by

It's been a long time since we've covered the news, and the DMZ's newest contributor, Doug Krug, helps us wade through some of the news we missed. Will.i.am breathes new life into Wink; Ring, Schlage, and Sylvania bring new products to market; and Thington is, sadly, no more. Plus: Doug has some good advice on how you should prepare for the inevitable hub failure and recovery process.

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Home: On #091 – The Kitchen Challenge

Jul 31, 2017 by

We look at some of the opportunities and challenges facing companies bringing new technology and connectivity to kitchen devices and appliances. What should manufacturers consider as they explore new technology for the kitchen, and what do consumers need to be thinking about as this space expands?

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Swedish Meatballs and Smart Lighting

Jun 19, 2017 by

In the home automation market, many companies and startups are participating in a land rush to solve problems we didn’t know we had…in the end not even solving those problems. When home furnishing giant IKEA stepped into the ring, it didn’t come as a surprise that they would start...

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Home: On #090 – Home Smart, with Björn Block

Jun 19, 2017 by

The digital home assistant space is heating up, IFTTT finally (sort of) adds more T’s, and Richard does his best to pronounce Trådfri, the new smart lighting collection that IKEA’s Björn Block joins us to discuss. Smart lighting is right in IKEA’s wheelhouse, but they’re just getting started.

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Staples Connect’s Final Gasps

Jun 6, 2017 by

Consumers wondering how long their Staples Connect hubs might still keep operating might want to take notice: a recent offer from the hub's steward, Z-Wave Products, may signal the day we all knew would eventually come.

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Home: On #089 – Addressable Lighting, with Dana Kunz

May 22, 2017 by

Amazon extends the Echo line and capabilities, Ecobee releases the first third-party product with Alexa on board, and Dana Kunz from Avi-on joins Richard after Lightfair to discuss some of the trends we’re seeing from their company and in the industry. Plus we have a few quick interviews from the floor at Lightfair.

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Home: On #088 – It’s Complicated, with Molly Wood

May 1, 2017 by

Samsung releases an impressive new Wi-Fi system but initially limits it to Galaxy S8 users, Burger King and Dominos try to play tricks with your digital home assistants, and Molly Wood joins us for a spirited discussion about how so many smart devices just seem plain dumb. Are the devices really dumb...or maybe just too complicated for most consumers?

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Echo Has a New Look

Apr 29, 2017 by

Amazon's latest move into the fashion space is a new Echo device with an onboard camera to take pictures of you wearing your favorite outfits in your dressing area. The possibilities are fascinating...and perhaps a bit frightening.

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The Disconnected Bulb

Apr 21, 2017 by

As connected lighting options expand, the landscape is becoming increasingly confusing and fragmented. But there is hope in the form of new innovations that better address consumers' needs and improve usability.

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