Smart Kitchen Summit


I moderated two panels at the Smart Kitchen Summit this week— an event hosted by Next Market Insights in Seattle, Washington. The panels were Smart Kitchen: Starting Point for the Smart Home Consumer? featuring Kevin Garton from richardgunther_2015-Nov-05Zonoff, Peter Taylor from WeMo, and Jack Suvak from Moen and Selling the Smart Kitchen featuring Matt Furlong from Amazon and Janet Hayes, the President of Williams-Sonoma. Both panels explored the challenges and opportunities that the smart kitchen might offer consumers and businesses in the space, and each uncovered some great insights from the panelists.

You can watch the panels through the following YouTube links:

Smart Kitchen: Starting Point for the Smart Home Consumer?

Selling the Smart Kitchen

Catching Up with HomeKit and CEDIA on The Smart Home Show

The Smart Home ShowIt seems like I’m always talking about HomeKit on The Smart Home Show. This episode is no exception, particularly since the next wave of HomeKit devices is starting to swell. Will the next devices pique more interest and (perhaps more importantly) work more reliably, or are we starting to see a bunch of “me too” commoditized products?

Mike and I also catch up on some of my observations from CEDIA Expo since he missed the event this year. My most interesting picks? The direct-to-consumer Savant Remote stands out as an offering from a traditionally installer-focused company; Fibaro is soon releasing a swipe controller that can work through countertops; and Webee offers a unique TV-based home hub solution in a sea of otherwise undifferentiated product ecosystems.

You can find the episode at Soundcloud or in iTunes.

HomeTech Podcast #85 – The Two-Part CEDIA Wrap-up Extravaganza!

Screen+Shot+2014-04-13+at+8.09.56+AMThis was my second year at the CEDIA Expo (or whatever they’re calling it now), and I was again happy to run into HomeTech co-host Jason Griffing. Between vendor meetings and exploring the expansive show floor, we managed to record segments for both HomeTech.FM and Home: On.

I always enjoy Jason and Seth’s integrators’ perspective on the industry, and to be sure, CEDIA is their show. Except that we’re starting to see something of a convergence between our two spaces—the custom integrator and direct-to-consumer markets.

It’s always a pleasure to talk with these guys, and I hope people enjoy my perspective on this convergence on their latest episode of HomeTech.FM.

You can find the episode at HomeTech.FM in iTunes, or at Technology.FM.

On the Daily Tech News Show from CEDIA

While in Dallas for CEDIA’s Future Home Experience, I was on Tom Merritt’s Daily Tech News Show to discuss the convergence trend of the custom and direct-to-consumer markets.

This is my first time on Tom’s show, and I was thrilled to be on with author and magician Andrew Mayne and guest artist Len Peralta. As on most Friday episodes of DTNS, Len drew an eerily perfect illustration—this week of someone stumbling through the tech in his home at night. I have a funny feeling that’s supposed to be me in that drawing.

Since I joined over my hotel Wi-Fi and didn’t have a proper mic, my audio is pretty terrible. Hopefully next time I’ll be back in my office with my own studio gear.

You can find the episode at Daily Tech News Show or in iTunes.

Talking HomeKit on The Smart Home Show

The Smart Home ShowI joined market analyst Michael Wolf again on The Smart Home Show to round up the latest news. There’s plenty for me to rant about in this episode, including the state of HomeKit today, some recent security concerns in connected home tech, my scepticism around some social “analysis” suggesting that smarthome interest is waning, and the state of retail for smarthome technology.

On HomeKit, Mike tempers my usual HomeKit rant with a pre-emptive reminder that Apple’s decisively slow movements to ensure a secure smarthome infrastructure are to be commended. I’ll give him that, but I’m still gonna rant.

As for retail, I might be on to something here with an idea about who could succeed in selling this stuff to consumers [Hint: you might end up buying a smart bulb and sensors with your next FLÜGR bathmat or BILLY bookcase].

You can find the episode at Soundcloud [auto-plays episode] or in iTunes.

Talking Windows 10 on Pop Tech Radio

cover170x170I appeared on the syndicated show Popular Technology Radio again this past weekend, on Saturday, 8/1/15, to discuss why you may not yet want to make the leap to Windows 10. [SPOILERS: Windows Media Center is gone, and the tablet experience isn’t as good as with Windows 8.x.]

We also discussed some of the challenges people are experiencing with the new products available for Apple’s new home automation framework, HomeKit. My advice to the general consumer remains unchanged: wait a while (longer) to see how this all shakes out. If you really want to dive in, though, the HomeKit-compatible ecobee3 thermostat is a good bet.

The show is available now in iTunes and online at

Ritual Misery beta 41

The Ritual Misery PodcastWith Kent away last week, my friend Anthony (aka Amos; aka Ethan) asked me to co-host the latest episode of The Ritual Misery Podcast with him. After discussing the dangers of wireless headsets, I share my frustration about a disappointing TED Talk from Nest CEO Tony Fadell.

Our conversation about the recent supreme court decision on marriage equality (i.e., marriage for same-sex couples) leads to the bigger questions of “why is the federal government involved in this?” and “WHY DOES ANYONE CARE?” Finally, Amos likes Apple Music, but I’m not so impressed.

You can find the episode at or in all the usual places, including iTunes. As always with The Ritual Misery Podcast, this show is explicit and is not safe for work. Oh…and if you’re [any segment of the human population], we may offend you.

HomeTech Podcast #67 – The HomeKit Roundtable 2015

Screen+Shot+2014-04-13+at+8.09.56+AMSmarthome products that work with Apple HomeKit are starting to roll out, and between the lack of coordination, consistency, and information, this much-anticipated launch is pretty messy. I’m kicking off my HomeKit smear tour (just kidding…sort of) with an appearance on the HomeTech Podcast. Seth, Jason, and I discuss Apple’s moves in this space, considering everything from the new product releases to the lack of news on how to pull it all together.

You can find the episode at HomeTech.FM or in iTunes.

HomeKit and Home Automation on Popular Technology Radio

cover170x170It’s been a while since I’ve been on Popular Technology Radio, so this weekend, on Saturday, 6/13/15, I appeared again on the syndicated radio show to discuss Apple’s moves into home automation. Apple’s HomeKit framework will ultimately allow consumers to buy smarthome devices with confidence that they’ll all be able to work together, to be centrally controlled and managed by their i-devices. But is HomeKit just another “standard” competing with the likes of Google and others’ offerings? My advice to the general consumer: wait a while to see how this all shakes out. This is still early days.

The show is available now in iTunes and online at

Talking Amazon on The Smart Home Show

The Smart Home ShowNobody’s really surprised that the Amazon Echo is suddenly able to control connected lighting and other smart devices in the home. But market analyst Michael Wolf believes that there’s much more to it. Drawing some lines between the dots (and Dashes [I couldn’t resist the bad pun]), Mike believes that Amazon is making small, but calculated moves to support the smart home. While I wouldn’t today call the Dash Button a smarthome device, I do agree that it’s a piece of the larger picture that ultimately leads to Amazon’s stake in the smarthome market.

You can find the episode at Technology.FM or in iTunes. This show comes on the heels of Mike joining me on the latest episode of Home: On.


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