Posts Tagged ‘ home automation ’

The Internet of Things Podcast #107

The IoT PodcastSince hosting Stacey Higginbotham on my podcast, Home: On, I’ve kept in touch with her and enjoy connecting her whenever by correspondence or at conferences.

With Kevin Tofel—the co-host of her show, The Internet of Things Podcast—under the weather, I was honored to stand in and discuss the latest stories in the industry on a recent episode. I also had an opportunity to discuss my experience using the MySmartBlinds kit on a set of blinds I installed in my own home.

The episode is available at, and you can find out more about and subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

The Smart Home Show

The Smart Home ShowMike Wolf is the go-to analyst in the smart home space, and I always enjoy the opportunity to share a mic with him to discuss what’s going on in the industry.

In this episode, we look at Logitech’s new Pop switch for connected devices, IFTTT’s new services for connected device apps, Samsung acquiring premium brand DACOR, and Echostar’s surprising abandonment of their SAGE smart home and security platform.

You can hear this and other episodes of The Smart Home Show in iTunes or at Technnology.FM.

Talking HomeKit on the Daily Tech News Show

Daily Tech News ShowI join Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont on this episode of Daily Tech News Show to talk about Apple’s latest moves to bring HomeKit front and center as the method of choice for iPhone users to manage and control their connected home products.

This episode of DTNS is available in audio or video.




I moderated a discussion with Juicero co-founder and CEO Doug Evans this week at Future:Kitchen—an event hosted by Next Market Insights in conjunction with Williams-Sonoma. futurekitchenThe event featured conversations with Doug Evans, Darren Vengroff, and celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio at Williams-Sonoma’s test kitchen overlooking San Francisco’s beautiful harbor near Fisherman’s Wharf.

I posted some images from the event on Flickr (yes, Flickr!).


HomeTech Podcast #110 – Siri in a Can

Screen+Shot+2014-04-13+at+8.09.56+AMI love any opportunity to talk tech with my friends Jason and Seth, hosts of the HomeTech.FM podcast. In this latest appearance, I get to weigh in on the state of the popular DIY platforms in the market today, some of which—ahem, Staples Connect, Revolv—aren’t long for this world.

Despite all my angst about HomeKit this past year, I’m still optimistic about its potential. Meanwhile, Seth wants to see Apple release Siri as an appliance (#siriinacan), but that just doesn’t interest me until Siri gets way more reliable.

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

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

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.

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

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

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