Home: On #096 – Project Updates, with Josh Pollard

Dec 11, 2017 by

Harman Kardon has released a Cortana-powered speaker while Apple delays its own, Wink gets into the security space as ADT puts legal pressure on Ring, and one of our favorites, Stack Lighting, has pivoted away from consumer products altogether. As we approach the holidays, Josh Pollard joins us to discuss all this recent smart home news, catch us up on home projects, and share some gift recommendations.

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Recover from a Smart Home Hub Failure

Dec 5, 2017 by

What do you do when a smart home loses its mind? The smart home hubs available today are inexpensive electronic appliances with lots of components that can—and at some point likely will—fail. So how do you recover from that?

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Stack Lighting Pivots, Stops Selling Bulbs to Consumers

Nov 22, 2017 by

Stack Labs, the company behind the heralded Stack Lighting smart bulbs, is no longer selling consumer lighting. They've pivoted to using their groundbreaking sensor technology to help care facilities better monitor and manage aging resident/patient activity.

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Home: On #095 – Kitchen Panels, with Mike Wolf

Nov 20, 2017 by

The Smart Kitchen Summit's curator, Mike Wolf, joins us to review the discussions that Richard facilitated at this year's event. Included in this episode, you'll hear Richard's own panel, Don't Brick My Fridge, where he discusses with his panelists some of the issues businesses face when selling connected products.

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Create Custom, Natural Language Alexa Commands with Routines

Oct 30, 2017 by

Amazon adds the ability to create custom commands for Alexa by defining routines. Like most things in the Alexa app, the implementation is sloppy, but the potential is there.

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Home: On #094 – Security News, with Rose Thibodeaux

Oct 23, 2017 by

With lots of new security products in the news, who better to join us than Home Alarm Report’s Rose Thibodeaux! We walk through the anticipated offerings from Nest and Ring, plus we look at all the new Echo editions and share the usual updates on previously discussed products and services.

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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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