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 #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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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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Home: On #087 – The Connected Car, with Ljuba Miljkovic

Apr 17, 2017 by

IKEA finally moves into smart home retail with the introduction of its connected lighting line in U.S. markets, Google Home expands its capabilities and markets, and Ljuba Miljkovic, co-founder of Automatic, joins us to discuss the potential of including your car in your connected life and home.

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Home: On #086 – DIY Security, with Dave McCabe

Mar 27, 2017 by

RESET host Dave McCabe joins us to touch on the latest news updates and talk through some of the challenges he's facing as he looks to extend his smart home setup to be a DIY security system. Is spinning your own home security the right solution for you? We discuss some of the things you should consider.

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Home: On #085 – Hey Dingus, with James Montemagno

Mar 6, 2017 by

DMZ alum and listener favorite James Montemagno joins Richard to talk about today's digital home assistants and, in particular, his own experience with Google Home. This highly technical guy’s first dive into smarthome tech is a telling tale about the current state of this market.

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Home: On #083 – CES Eve, with Ry Crist

Jan 3, 2017 by

CNET’s Ry Crist joins Richard just before the start of CES to reminisce about last year’s highlights and post-show reality and to speculate about what they'll see this year at this massive event. They're both betting on more smart refrigerators, and Richard's pretty confident he won’t like them.

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