The Internet of Things Podcast - Stacey On IoT

The Internet of Things Podcast - Stacey On IoT

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Stacey Higginbotham (formerly Sr. Editor at Fortune) and co-host Kevin Tofel discuss the latest news and analysis of the Internet of Things. Covers Consumer IoT, Industrial IoT and Enterprise IoT. Guests include Vint Cerf, Om Malik, and people from Amazon.com, AT&T, IBM Watson and more.
194: Is it time to address privacy in the Constitution?
Dec 13 • 53 min
This week I’m joined by Om Malik, a partner at True Ventures and my former boss. We kick off the show with a discussion of the New York Times’ investigation into app location sharing and Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s testimony before Congress. Both topics…
193: Inside Calgary’s sensor network
Dec 6 • 58 min
This week we tackle a bunch of device news, the rebranding of TrackR, the end of ARM’s Cordio Bluetooth IP and Nokia’s latest data on IoT botnets. We also ask what y’all think about network security devices and services for the connected home. We don’t…
192: Amazon’s big news and UL’s cyber safety standard
Nov 29 • 51 min
This week Kevin and I start off on a heavy note discussing the things that went wrong during the Lion Air crash at the end of October relating that to the increase in sensors, software and inadequate procedures for marrying the Silicon Valley mindset with…
191: Lowe’s wants to dump Iris
Nov 22 • 54 min
This week on the show, Kevin and I talk about Lowe’s putting the Iris smart home system on the block, Apple buying Silk Labs and why now is a perfect time to pull the trigger on the smart home device you’ve been eyeing. We then dug deep on a swath of…
190: The Federal government takes on consumer privacy
Nov 15 • 57 min
We kick off this week with an in-depth discussion of the NTIA’s suggestions for regulating consumer privacy in a digital era. It’s a long discussion, but one worth having, and we welcome your thoughts as well. From there, we talk about botnets, neural…
189: Meet the Digital Standard for IoT security and privacy
Nov 8 • 54 min
The battle for more secure IoT products will get its day in court now that a judge has rejected requests for summary judgment in a case pitting the FTC against D-Link. The agency called out D-Link for making insecure routers and cameras. Now, the courts…
188: How to design a better smart home
Nov 1 • 54 min
Smart home hubs are dying, DIY will become increasingly niche and smart companies are prepping for this. For example, Honeywell’s smart home spin out Resideo went public this week with an eye to removing complexity from smart homes. Meanwhile, Calix…
187: It’s time to take privacy seriously
Oct 25 • 59 min
We’re nearing the end of 2018, which is as good a time as any to relaunch the smart glasses concept. We discuss the new new Focals glasses, tie them in with Qualcomm’s new chips for Alexa-based ear buds and then tackle the Google Home Hub. From there we…
186: ARM’s new architecture and Anki’s adorable robot
Oct 18 • 52 min
This week’s podcast kicks off with a deep dive into the news shared at ARM’s TechCon event happening in Santa Clara, Calif. We talk about ARM’s new architecture, move on to Facebook’s privacy fudge and then spend a lot of time discussing the UK’s new…
185: Google’s news and smart kitchens
Oct 11 • 47 min
This week Kevin kicks off the show with his thoughts from the Google event, including a lot of information on the new Google Home Hub. Kevin talks about what it means for Google and the smart home race between Amazon, Apple and now Facebook. Yes, we…
184: How to remake the Internet for IoT
Oct 4 • 56 min
This week Kevin and I start out discussing The Wi-Fi Alliance’s new branding for the wireless standard and why you don’t need to rush in to buy Wi-Fi 6 gear. We then turn to space, specifically, Iridium and Amazon’s decision to create an IoT network that…
183: Amazon’s news bonanza explained
Sep 27 • 55 min
Last week Amazon released a ridiculous amount of news that we’ve covered in detail, but Kevin and I talk it out and draw attention to some of the things we thought were relevant. We stay in the Seattle area to cover the Microsoft news out this week on new…
182: Trump’s tariffs are bad for IoT
Sep 20 • 54 min
We’re as excited as you guys to hear about Amazon’s upcoming devices, but we don’t devote too much time to them this week. Instead, we focus on the Alexa Gadgets Toolkit that Amazon unveiled and the alleged new Google Home hub. I also share my experience…
181: Are you ready for IoT to be a $520B business?
Sep 13 • 58 min
A lot of people are getting a smart speaker for the holidays. That’s one of the takeaways from a recent survey by Adobe that Kevin and I talk about this week. We follow that up with the new Sonos integration with IFTTT before covering a $6.7 billion…
180: Alexa and Google are the real smart home standards
Sep 6 • 50 min
This week we learn more details about Lenovo’s smart home line and talk about Amazon’s new Alexa API for sensors and motion detectors. We touch on a combined router/smart speaker that has Kevin feeling vindicated and talk about the challenges new business…
179: IFA news and bringing extreme wattage to your kitchen
Aug 30 • 57 min
This week in Germany, the IFA trade show is the place to be. Unfortunately Kevin and I aren’t there, but we share a lot of the news that came out from the first half of the show. This includes smart speakers at the high end and lower end, crazy connected…
178: Facebook’s smart speaker and a new security startup
Aug 23 • 52 min
This week’s show kicks off with Kevin and I trying to figure out Facebook’s voice ambitions. We then explain how Google is using IoT data and AI to shave 40% in energy use in its data centers. This is the future. From there we talk about that future’s…
177: Defcon hacks and blockchain facts
Aug 16 • 51 min
We kick off this week’s show with an overview of the stories coming out of the Defcon security conference held this week in Las Vegas. Keeping security in mind, we talk about Amazon Web Services’ new cloud IoT security product, and Google’s lack of…
176: Why did Apple join the Thread Group?
Aug 9 • 56 min
This week Kevin and I kick off the show with our thoughts on the future of hearables before explaining why we think Apple joined the Thread Group and what it means for future HomeKit products. From there we talked about a new report suggesting that IoT…
175: GE slims down and Otis tries Alexa in elevators
Aug 2 • 55 min
This week on the show Kevin and I speculate what digital assets GE will sell and discuss the sad bankruptcy of French smart home company Sen.se. After hitting the sad news, we talked about the latest HomePod feature expected in iOS 12 and the fact that…
174: How Wyze makes such a crazy, good camera for cheap
Jul 26 • 47 min
This week I was at Google’s cloud event in San Francisco while Kevin swapped out his video doorbells. We discuss Google’s news related to edge computing and several pieces of doorbell news before talking about a few recent articles that show how far the…
173: Nest CEO is out and Jacuzzi is in with the IoT
Jul 19 • 53 min
Nest’s CEO has been forced out, and GE and Microsoft create even deeper integrations for industrial IoT. Also this week, UPS creates a partnership with a startup to take on Amazon Key, and we discus the common question of if you should upgrade your Echo?…
172: The smart home goes public
Jul 12 • 46 min
This week’s show takes up last week’s news of Netgear’s Arlo division and Sonos filing for initial public offerings. Kevin and I share what we see in the filings and what it means for the smart home. We also discuss Amazon’s Prime Day deals and Google’s…
171: Your smart home questions, answered!
Jul 5 • 30 min
This week Kevin and I decided to do something a bit unusual, turning our segment where we answer listener’s questions into the entire show. You guys have been sending a lot of interesting questions to the Schlage IoT Podcast Listener Hotline, and we hated…
170: Smart stents, surveillance tech and Alexa-powered faucets
Jun 28 • 51 min
This week’s episode begins on a grim note, as Kevin and I discuss the New York Times’ story about how smart home gadgets can become another point of control in abusive relationships. From there we touch on the new Wi-Fi WPA3 security standard and Tesla’s…
169: Alexa gets a hotel gig
Jun 21 • 52 min
This week in IoT news, Kevin and I talk about AT&T’s plans to launch an NB-IoT network. Then we talk about the pros and cons of Marriott putting Alexa into hotel rooms. We also talk about a new voice assistant for the enterprise, HP Enterprises’ $4…
168: How GE’s Current curtailed dreams to meet reality
Jun 14 • 54 min
This week Kevin and I spend a bit of time on industrial IoT news with Rockwell Automation’s $1 billion investment in PTC and also ARM’s buy of a Stream Technologies. On the consumer side, we debate Wi-Fi subscription plans and Nest’s price drop and Ring’s…
167: Apple’s WWDC news and connected musicians
Jun 7 • 49 min
Kevin kicks off the show with his thoughts on Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference news, including Siri’s new IFTTT-like abilities. We continue with Alexa finding a home on computers and a discussion of the OVAL sensor that’s hoping to crowdfund a…
166: Alexa gets better at business and AI at the edge
May 31 • 51 min
The General Data Protection Regulation took effect last week so we kick off this episode by talking about what it means for IoT devices. We then hit the Z-Wave security news and explain why it isn’t so bad, after which we indulge in some speculation on…
165: How Sears plans to use IoT
May 24 • 49 min
I was at the Parks Connections event that covers the smart home this week, so I share a few thoughts on what’s holding back adoption and how to think about using AI to create a smart home. From there, Kevin talks about the new meeting function offered by…
164: New Wi-Fi standards and robots
May 17 • 47 min
The Wi-Fi Alliance has created a new standard for mesh networks, and Kevin and I are on top of it, discussing what it means, who’s participating, and whether or not it matters. We then tackle Sigfox’s new sensor and network in a box offering before…
163: Everything IoT from Microsoft Build and Google I/O
May 10 • 46 min
This week was a big one in the tech ecosystem with Microsoft and Google both hosting their big developer conferences. Microsoft’s featured a lot more IoT. Google shared a few updates for its Google Home and, prior to the show, made its Android Things…
162: Smart walls and dumb homes
May 3 • 51 min
This week Kevin and I discuss Amazon’s big security install reveal and how it made us feel. Plus, a smart home executive leaves Amazon and Facebook’s rumored smart speaker makes another appearance. China is taking surveillance even further and Kevin and I…
161: Amazon’s Alexa Blueprints, home robots and more
Apr 26 • 48 min
This week’s show finds me in Sweden pondering Alexa Blueprints, the Amazon Echo for kids and Amazon’s smart robot plans. Kevin and I talked about all of that, before showcasing new research for IoT out of Carnegie Mellon, the University of Washington, and…
160: A deep dive into Microsoft’s IoT security platform
Apr 19 • 46 min
This week’s show is all about Microsoft’s new IoT security product, Azure Sphere. Kevin and I start with that, before talking about a new checklist from the Online Trust Alliance explaining how to secure your enterprise IoT gear. We then discuss…
159: The Nest doorbell is a great video doorbell
Apr 12 • 49 min
Microsoft plans to spend $5 billion on the internet of things, and it’s more than the usual shell game that big firms play with these sorts of announcements. We discuss its plans on this week’s podcast. We also talk about Qualcomm’s new vision chips for…
158: Stacey and Kevin debate robots
Apr 5 • 51 min
Intel said it would sell its nine-year-old IoT acquisition Wind River to private equity firm TPG this week. We explain why, and offer some context on the deal. Driven by Spotify’s public listing, I suggest how it can improve its service for the IoT, and…
157: Why Foxconn is buying Belkin and the future of healthcare
Mar 29 • 53 min
We discuss two big news issues this week with the first being Foxconn’s offer to buy Belkin for $866 million. The deal would include the Wemo line of smart home devices and the Phyn leak detection joint venture. After that, data, privacy and surveillance…
156: Lennar’s smart home and why it dumped Apple HomeKit
Mar 22 • 64 min
Like the rest of the tech media, Kevin and I kick off the show with a discussion about data collection and privacy in light of the allegations against Cambridge Analytica. It’s a stark reminder on what can be gleaned from your information as well as how…
155: New toys, Pi Day and insect-tracking LIDAR
Mar 15 • 51 min
We have reached the purported end of Broadcom’s bid for Qualcomm, so Kevin and I finally shared our thoughts on the topic. After that we discussed a murder that was solved using evidence from connected devices, Google Routines and Strava’s privacy clean…
154: Google and Amazon fight and we are the losers
Mar 8 • 51 min
The tech titans are feuding again, and this time it means you can no longer buy Google’s Nest gear on Amazon’s online store. Kevin and I dissect the fight and speculate where it could lead. We also hit on funding for Ecobee, Alexa’s creepy laugh, and I…
153: Mobile World Congress news and a deep dive into IOTA
Mar 1 • 50 min
The big news from this week has been Amazon’s proposed acquisition of Ring for $1 billion or more. Kevin and I explain the deal and share our concerns before turning to the issue of smarter cameras including the recently reviewed Google Clip. From there…
152: Hot new sensors and Google’s latest deal
Feb 22 • 54 min
Every week we talk about Alexa, and this week’s story is about Amazon showing Alexa off at the annual Toy Fair in New York City. I went there three years ago to explore tech in toys and didn’t find much. It seems that things haven’t changed much. The…
151: Thoughts on Apple’s HomePod and chip news galore
Feb 15 • 50 min
The big news this week is in machine learning chips. ARM announced a new architecture for machine learning called Trillium, and said it would license an object detection design and one that could handle some basic training at the edge. Amazon, too, is…
150: Mozilla’s IoT Gateway and LoRa Roaming
Feb 8 • 56 min
There was a lot of smart home related news this week as Mozilla launched IoT gateway software, Apple’s HomePod reviews came out and Nest was folded into Google. Kevin and I discuss all of that, plus Netgear spinning out its Arlo home camera business and…
149: Here’s how the GDPR will change IoT
Feb 1 • 50 min
We kick off the podcast this week with a discussion of the unintended costs of combining user data, namely the story that Strava had unintentionally outed clandestine U.S. military bases around the world with the publication of its user heat map. Kevin…
148: IoT’s nuclear winter
Jan 25 • 60 min
The Apple HomePod goes on sale this week and Kevin is getting one for the show. We’re not sure if you should yet. We discuss that, and our respective Google Home experiments in this week’s show. We also cover Ring raising money at a big valuation, layoffs…
147: Okay Google, manage my home
Jan 18 • 49 min
At CES I made the decision to traumatize my family and swap out the Amazon Echo for the Google Home despite Wi-Fi challenges. We kick off this week’s show explaining why, and discussing some new tricks the Home has. From there, we hit the partnership…
CES 2018 was about more than voice
Jan 16 • 28 min
CES is full of stories if you know where to look. This year we had to look beyond companies putting Alexa in everything from toilets to toothbrushes. If you did, you could find out all kinds of fascinating things, such as the big opportunities in the…
146: ARM’s CEO on Spectre and Meltdown, plus hot CES 2018 takes
Jan 11 • 41 min
This week. the Internet of Things Podcast crew (Kevin and I) went to CES to discover that the consumer electronics industry was ALL OVER the internet of things. We talked about the big trends and news, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant starring in…
145: The block-less blockchain
Jan 4 • 51 min
This week Kevin and I talked about the death of an expensive smart lock, Amazon buying a security company, and spent a lot of time wondering what the heck is going on with Google’s IoT cloud platform. We also wondered what the ad strategy for voice UIs…
144: Our IoT predictions and my family’s thoughts
Dec 28, 2017 • 43 min
Once again it’s time for the holiday episode of the Internet of Things Podcast, where Kevin and I gather weeks ahead of the show’s air date to predict what we think will happen next year. We kick it off with our disappointments from 2017, such as very…
143: The IoT dystopia episode
Dec 21, 2017 • 44 min
This week’s episode starts out with a pretty grim perspective, with Kevin Tofel and I discussing what the end of net neutrality means for the internet of things. We then talk about facial recognition technology in the U.S. and in China. We try to lighten…
142: Smart sheets, suits and carpets are coming
Dec 14, 2017 • 53 min
We begin this week with another cautionary tale about bricked connected devices. This week it’s an automotive product called Mojio. From there I discuss the things I recently learned about building wireless networks in industrial settings while Kevin…
141: Alexa suits up for business
Dec 7, 2017 • 56 min
Last week Amazon made a slew of IoT announcements at its annual user conference, bringing established functions into general availability and surprising us with the launch of Amazon’s Free RTOS after it hired the man responsible for the most popular…
140: How IoT will change war
Nov 30, 2017 • 50 min
This week we kick off the show with a bit about voice such as Google getting better at understanding your commands, the ability to talk to Waze and notifications coming to the Amazon Echo. We also touch on China’s plans to create standards for the smart…
139: The 2017 IoT Podcast Gift Guide!
Nov 22, 2017 • 39 min
You guys, this week’s podcast is all about the toys. Specifically toys for your kids, your dog and your loved ones. In the last year Kevin and I have tried many devices and have compiled our experiences into a gift guide for the connected life. You’ll…
138: Wink’s security system review and Las Vegas is a smart city
Nov 16, 2017 • 53 min
There was a lot of small news this week including updates to the Google Home/Assistant ecosystem that Kevin and I discuss on this week’s podcast. I share my feelings on the Google Mini and then we segue into a conversation about Google’s new AI framework…
137: Is Nest breaking Thread?
Nov 9, 2017 • 47 min
This week’s show has flying cars and lawsuits. What more can anyone really ask for? Kevin and I kick off the show discussing Waymo’s autonomous minivans, Uber’s plan for helicars, and the injunction that ADT won against Ring. There are plenty of other…
136: Sony’s Aibo is back and Chamberlain’s CEO explains its moves
Nov 2, 2017 • 51 min
The best news of the week is that Sony is bringing back the Aibo robotic puppy. The bad news is that it will costs a pretty penny. Kevin Tofel and I discuss the pup, San Diego’s smart city efforts, the Apple HomePod, and funding for Ayla’s IoT platform as…
135: Amazon wants your key and Vodafone wants your sensor data
Oct 26, 2017 • 51 min
The home security train just keeps on rolling in the smart home with Amazon offering a connected camera and door lock combo to enfold Prime Members even more deeply into the ecosystem and Wink launching a new security package for its members. Also on the…
134: KRACKed security and a river of sensors
Oct 19, 2017 • 50 min
This week began with a bang as researchers disclosed a vulnerability in the Wi-Fi protocol that could cause problems for smart device owners. The details of the KRACK vulnerability can be found here, and a list of connected devices affected here. After…
133: August’s new doorbell and Vitamix blends with Bluetooth
Oct 12, 2017 • 43 min
Both Dell and Salesforce made big announcements about their internet of things plans this week, so Kevin and I try to break that down for people. We then discussed Amazon trying to deliver things to the trunk of your car, Google Home going too far in…
132: Ring’s new security system and scaling sensors
Oct 5, 2017 • 51 min
This show is awesome, but we don’t discuss the Google or Sonos news, because it happened after we recorded. I just want to let y’all know going in. Instead we cover Ring’s new security system, ADT’s pair up with SmartThings and why home security is so hot…
131: Amazon’s new gear and Nest’s Matt Rogers
Sep 28, 2017 • 48 min
This week’s show features a quick rundown of Amazon’s new devices. It also has a lot of exciting news on the wearable front. Kevin Tofel reviews his Apple Watch with LTE and we also discuss a new program from the Food and Drug Administration that will…
130: Nest’s a security company now and Hitachi’s new industrial IoT explained
Sep 21, 2017 • 45 min
Wow. This week saw some big news from Nest as it announced a new security system plus other devices. August also updated its line of locks and promised a better doorbell. Meanwhile, rumors of an Amazon Alexa security system or even glasses emerged. And…
129: Apple’s missing IoT news and adding blockchain to the energy grid
Sep 14, 2017 • 53 min
This week’s Apple announcement didn’t offer much for the IoT fans in the audience, although Kevin is deciding if he want’s the LTE-capable Apple Watch. We also talk about a big Bluetooth security vulnerability and Chamberlain’s decision to charge…
Everything you need to know from CEDIA
Sep 11, 2017 • 26 min
Grab your headset for a special bonus edition of the Internet of Things Podcast from the CEDIA show floor in San Diego. Last week I attended the show, which is aimed at the professional AV installer market to understand what’s hot, what’s not and how the…
128: The coolest fridges at IFA and how to build a connected product
Sep 7, 2017 • 54 min
This week launched our new hotline feature with a comment and question from you guys. Keep them coming! Before we got to the Q&A, Kevin and I discussed news from IFA, Europe’s largest appliance show. There are smart fridges, roaming fridges, washing…
127: Alexa gets multi-room audio and teaching devices to lie to one another
Aug 31, 2017 • 48 min
GE is not giving up on its industrial IoT dreams, but it is scaling back a bit. We discuss what that means before diving into an array of assistant news. Kevin and I give some tips for using the Amazon Echo’s multi-room audio feature before discussing…
126: Sonos wants to brick your speakers
Aug 24, 2017 • 51 min
The breaking story as we recorded this show was Sonos updating its Terms of Service to prepare for the Amazon Echo integration. As part of this update, the connected speaker maker confirmed that customers who did not accede to the new terms of service…
125: Lockstate’s big goof and a super sensor from CMU
Aug 17, 2017 • 54 min
How do you turn a deadbolt into a brick? Update its software! That’s not funny, especially if you’re Lockstate, which rendered 500 connected door locks useless with a software update last week. Kevin and I add a bit of context to the event and then jump…
124: How to think about cybersecurity in old-line industries
Aug 10, 2017 • 54 min
In this week’s show, we issue a major correction owing to my lack of pop culture information, discuss a fully automated T-shirt factory and wonder why we don’t have more exciting news from the world of energy harvesting technology. On the smart home…
123: Whatever happened to Wink and DefCon’s greatest hacks
Aug 3, 2017 • 48 min
Security was a big topic this week in the internet of things, so on the podcast we talk about news from Defcon, efforts to hack the Amazon Echo and our take on the Senate’s new IoT security bill. We also cover the week’s big news of the Wink platform…
122: Roombas, an IIoT dictionary and IoT networks galore
Jul 27, 2017 • 49 min
Kevin Tofel and I crammed a fine mix of IoT news into the show this week, starting with news of an employer popping RFID tags into employees and ending with a dystopian book recommendation from Kevin. In between we discuss August’s new funding round, the…
121: Everything you need to know about Bluetooth Mesh
Jul 20, 2017 • 46 min
Bluetooth mesh is finally here y’all and we dig in deep to the technology in this episode. First off, Kevin and I discuss what this means for other mesh network technologies and some basic specs. Kevin and I then turn to the topic of IoT security…
120: Learn how 3-D sensors work before Apple puts them in the iPhone
Jul 13, 2017 • 52 min
What did you buy for Prime Day this week? This week we tackle if Amazon’s new program to help folks install Alexa-enabled devices is a big deal and Apple’s retail plans for HomeKit. We also discuss fashion-forward wearables, and a new startup called Nodle…
119: Amazon’s Echo Show makes me feel lonely
Jul 6, 2017 • 47 min
After a week with the Amazon Echo Show I realize that I have no friends–on that device at least. In addition to my review of the Show, Kevin shares a review of the GoControl Z-wave sensor pack he purchased to go with the Wink, and I talk about the Leviton…
118: Reviewing Eero’s new gear and IoT ransomware
Jun 29, 2017 • 50 min
Alexa has new skills thanks to the Echo Show launching this week, and the Google Home gets some fancy new code. Kevin and I discuss how to turn your Echo device into an intercom, my take on the new Eero routers and a new $100 million fund from TrendMicro…
117: Intel’s new IoT strategy has fewer things
Jun 22, 2017 • 47 min
Intel plans to discontinue several of its boards designed for makers. Kevin and I discuss what this means for Intel’s IoT strategy. We also talk about ARM’s extension of a program that eliminates license fees to design custom chips, Ring’s new doorbell…
116: Meet Eero’s new routers and see how Aclima uses IoT to stop pollution
Jun 15, 2017 • 50 min
There was a lot of Wi-Fi news this week with new routers and services from Eero. Meanwhile, the Wi-Fi Alliance has created a certification program for builders to ensure that newly constructed homes get the best in-home coverage available. Since I was out…
115: All about Apple’s HomePod
Jun 8, 2017 • 49 min
Apple’s disclosure of the HomePod, a connected speaker and personal assistant, drove much of the IoT news this week. However, research from Pew on how rapidly people are becoming connected and the lack of transparency about how our data is used might end…
114: The Essential Phone and IBM’s Watson tries IoT
Jun 1, 2017 • 50 min
What makes a phone essential? Or Essential as is the case with Andy Rubin’s new company that features a new smartphone and teases a new connected home assistant? Kevin and I discuss what we know, and Kevin also explains a surprise decision he’s made…
113: Google Home gets way better
May 25, 2017 • 52 min
It has been a week since Google I/O, which gave Kevin and me time to wade through some of the developer videos and ponder the features Google is announcing for the home and for Google Home. The jury is still out on whether Kevin is buying the device, but…
112: Google’s IoT Cloud takes on Amazon and Azure
May 18, 2017 • 47 min
This week we recorded before the big rush of news from Google I/O but we managed to cram in the details on Google’s new IoT Core beta that offers developers a cloud-based platform for connected devices. Kevin Tofel and I also discuss Android Things and…
111: All about the Amazon Show and costs of IoT compute
May 11, 2017 • 51 min
Who’s buying an Echo Show? This week Kevin and I share our thoughts on Amazon’s latest device, which adds a screen to the Echo, video calling and more. We also talk about Apple buying Beddit presumably for sleep data, a new smart home product with a DARPA…
110: IKEA’s smart home plans and will you buy an Amazon Look?
May 4, 2017 • 47 min
This week we discuss Apple’s plans to introduce Siri in a can, Amazon’s Style maven ambitions and a few other items on the personal assistant front. We also discuss Orbit, a new security idea from Cloudflare, and a lawsuit filed by ADT against Ring and…
109: How to scale the industrial IoT
Apr 27, 2017 • 55 min
Google Home can recognize your voice, SmartThing’s Connect app on Samsung’s Galaxy 8 can act as a hubless hub for the home, and Spotify may be considering its own connected device. Kevin and I discuss these stories, plus Waymo’s autonomous car testing in…
108: Owning digital property could save our privacy
Apr 20, 2017 • 54 min
Kevin is back for this week’s show, and we talk about Google Home, Amazon’s latest hardware plans for the Echo and how we think voice may evolve. I installed the Honeywell T5 thermostat as well as a leak sensor from Honeywell, and share what I liked and…
107: How the internet of things came to be
Apr 13, 2017 • 56 min
This week’s IoT Podcast starts with a focus on security, beginning with bot bricking connected devices, IKEA’s smart lights and Microsoft’s Project Sopris efforts. After security, we talk about a new home hub from Fibaro, TP-Link’s new mesh router,…
106: Stacey has a secret
Apr 6, 2017 • 53 min
It’s time to swap out my Amazon Echo for a Google Home because all of my integrations are working so well, and because Google added Logitech’s Harmony Hub. August added a lock for the pro channel and Samsung’s Tizen OS has a lot of security flaws. This is…
105: Comcast’s platform plans revealed
Mar 30, 2017 • 51 min
This week there were two big stories in the internet of things. The first is that Google Home has expanded the number of companies it works with, adding Rachio, Wink, August and more. The other story is that Congress has repealed rules that prevented ISPs…
104: Vint Cerf has a lot of questions on IoT
Mar 23, 2017 • 55 min
This week we discuss a personal assistant from Samsung, Amazon Alexa on phones and mistakes from Google Home. We also talk about a Legend of Zelda superfan and how he controls his home through an ocarina. We then talk about ARM’s new architecture and…
103: Sue your way to a safer IoT
Mar 16, 2017 • 57 min
This week Intel said it would spend another small fortune buying a chip company, Kevin discusses uses for LIDAR outside of connected cars and the Ring doorbell is embroiled in a security SNAFU. At SXSW this week, I learned about the IoT Design Manifesto…
102: Wait to buy your next Amazon Echo
Mar 9, 2017 • 48 min
Wow. This week saw a bunch of news about the Amazon Echo. There were rumors of new hardware, the ability to make phone calls and the crazy revelations of the CIA’s hacking ability, which led me to wonder if I want a microphone in my home at all. We also…
101: What happens when everything becomes a service?
Mar 2, 2017 • 56 min
Well, the skies fell this week for the smart home. Or more accurately the cloud was somewhat disconnected thanks to Amazon Web Services stumbling. We discuss what happened and how companies can avoid having similar problems by designing for resiliency. We…
100: Let’s build the internet of moving things
Feb 23, 2017 • 53 min
It’s our 100th podcast, which would be a big deal if Kevin Tofel and I were a TV show hoping for syndication, but in the podcast world it means we’ve been at this for almost two years. YAY! We took a brief stroll down memory lane before digging into the…
99: Tim Cook’s HomeKit setup and Echo mania
Feb 16, 2017 • 59 min
This week we have sales estimates on the Amazon Echo, a new way to unlock your August locks and a hub that may talk to both HomeKit and legacy Z-wave and ZigBee connected devices. We also cover several networking stories ahead of Mobile World Congress…
98: Science fiction prepared me for spying TVs
Feb 9, 2017 • 49 min
This week we discuss the city of Louisville, Kentucky adding an If This Then That channel, a settlement over televisions that spy on you, and a possible new feature for the Amazon Echo that could bridge the gap between it and the Google Home. That last…
97: Enterprises will spend big bucks ($269 billion) on IoT
Feb 2, 2017 • 51 min
There’s a lot of money in the internet of things. No, not just in your smart home gadgets. The Boston Consulting Group estimates that by 2020 enterprises will be spending €250 billion on the internet of things. We discuss the survey, news of the week, an…
96: Okay Computer and Stacey begins with HomeKit
Jan 26, 2017 • 50 min
Talking to the Amazon Echo just got easier, after Amazon adds “Computer” as a wake word, while I test out the use of Google Home’s new partner WeMo (Honeywell also made a connection with Google Home). Ring managed to raise $109 million this week, and we…
95: The industrial internet is gaining ground
Jan 19, 2017 • 55 min
You asked and we delivered! This week Kevin discusses the possibility of using the Nvidia Shield as a smart home controller of sorts (and gives his impression of its gaming chops). I give an early review of the Stringify app which is now out for Android…
94: Our CES Hangover with Alexa, Comcast and Carnival
Jan 12, 2017 • 51 min
Whelp, I’m back from CES with the obligatory cold, thinking over many of the conversations I had and the gadgets I saw. Some of that bubbles up in this show, with talk of Amazon Alexa Voice Services taking a star turn at the event, my thesis that…
93: Special CES Edition covering all the things!
Jan 9, 2017 • 32 min
This week’s podcast has too many guests to list (I’m going to list them anyway) and a format that’s totally different. We start off with a discussion on the state of the smart home and what we can learn from CES about mainstream adoption featuring…
92: At CES Amazon Alexa and robots rule
Jan 5, 2017 • 54 min
This week we bring our first impressions and several bits of news from CES, the consumer electronics trade show held annually in Las Vegas. I’m here while Kevin avoids the lines by staying in Pennsylvania, but we’re both happy to talk about connected…
91: The cops want your smart home data
Dec 29, 2016 • 53 min
This week’s big story was the Bentonville, Arkansas case where police were seeking data from an alleged murderer’s Echo history. Kevin and I share our thoughts on the case, what police could learn from connected gadgets and what this means for your…
90: Spend the holidays with Stacey’s family
Dec 22, 2016 • 46 min
We’re heading into the holidays with a guest appearance from my family who share their thoughts on what it’s like to live in a smart home, the products they like and what’s missing so far. My husband has been on the show before, but I also invited my…
89: Google’s IoT Strategy takes shape and Microsoft enters the fray
Dec 15, 2016 • 47 min
There was so much news this week, that we skipped having a guest in favor of just keeping track of some big moves in the sector. This week was Google’s time to shine since it launched both Actions on Google (an SDK for talking to its Assistant on Google…
88: Bluetooth 5 and testing lights on Echo and Google Home
Dec 8, 2016 • 56 min
Get the bottom line on the Bluetooth 5 specification with Kevin and I in this week’s podcast. If radios aren’t your thing, then delve into the details of connected lights and new features with Amazon Echo and Google Home. We also talk about GE’s new Alexa…
87: We’ll govern the internet of things with mob rules
Dec 1, 2016 • 50 min
Gosh, it’s another week and another show that features security. We kick it off with this week’s news that features ransomware, botnets and a report from the Department of Homeland security discussing the internet of things. Kevin and I then touch on…
86: The Internet of Things Podcast gift guide
Nov 23, 2016 • 57 min
‘Tis almost the season to offer gifts large and small for the loved ones in your life. In the podcast, Kevin and I focus mostly on larger gifts, because once you add connectivity the price takes a big jump. We also discuss Black Friday deals. Vibhu Norby,…
85: Thoughts on Trump, smart locks and troubleshooting
Nov 17, 2016 • 61 min
We recorded last week’s podcast before the election results came out, so this week Kevin and I kick off the show with some thoughts on what Trump means for smart homes and the industrial internet. Then we hit gadgets hard with news about Eero routers…
84: Google Home is in the house!
Nov 10, 2016 • 52 min
The Google Home arrived this week and I detail a few first impressions here. Kevin Tofel and I also came up with a sneaky way to control a wider variety of devices using If This Then That and the Google Home. We kicked off the show talking about the…
83: Merger mania, more outdoor cameras and security galore!
Nov 3, 2016 • 46 min
This week’s podcast is light on the smart home and heavy on the infrastructure required to make the internet of things work. Kevin and I explain why Qualcomm’s $37 billion buy of NXP makes sense, the details behind NB-IoT, which is yet another low power…
82: IoT botnets and the Nucleus intercom review
Oct 27, 2016 • 51 min
Security was the big topic this week after a massive botnet comprised of connected devices disrupted many popular internet services. I hated the thought of all connected devices coming under attack, so I wrote a bit about the realities of IoT security…
81: Reviewing the Wink Hub 2 and new gear from Philips Hue
Oct 20, 2016 • 44 min
The second version of the Wink hub, complete with an Ethernet connection, Bluetooth and a $99 price tag is out, and I started testing it. The good news so far for folks who have existing Wink gear is in this week’s show, along with my take on the new,…
80: Comcast builds an IoT network and Amazon streams music
Oct 13, 2016 • 45 min
Comcast has decided to bet big on the internet of things by investing in LoRa, a radio standard used for low power wide area networks. Kevin and I discuss the cable company’s plans in this week’s show along with Amazon’s new streaming music service, new…
79: Google’s Home versus Amazon’s Echo
Oct 6, 2016 • 48 min
Google finally told us what to expect with its Google Home product, a new mesh router configuration and an updated Chromecast this week at its hardware event. Kevin and I break down what we know about Google Home, how it compares to other devices on the…
78: There are no dead dogs on the internet of things
Sep 29, 2016 • 49 min
There’s a new Wink hub heading to Walmart, Home Depot and Amazon, so Kevin Tofel and I unpacked the new features on the second generation of the smart home hub in this week’s episode. We also discussed Amazon’s delivery plans that could take advantage of…
77: So much about security plus Canary’s new service
Sep 22, 2016 • 42 min
The internet of things is about services, not devices. This is why I had Jon Troutman, co-founder of Canary on the show this week to talk about Membership, a new service offering from the all-in-one security device maker. This week Canary joined the…
76: Tips and tricks for Apple’s HomeKit
Sep 15, 2016 • 48 min
Have you downloaded iOS 10 yet? If you have, and are wondering what to do with the Home app and your HomeKit home automation, then this show is for you. We brought on Adam Justice the head of ConnectSense, a home automation brand to discuss his experience…
75: What connected cars can learn from tractors
Sep 8, 2016 • 45 min
Nest is in the news again this week with a clarification on what its software engineers are really up to and new products. Its outdoor camera is launching as are thermostats in 3 new colors. It’s also unveiling a new software product that looks pretty…
74: More Nest distress and a primer on protocols
Sep 1, 2016 • 47 min
As IFA starts in Berlin, there’s a bunch of product news to cover, including a partnership between Sonos and Amazon, that will let you control your Sonos from the Amazon Echo … in 2017. But before we get to that, Kevin Tofel and I explore what it means…
73: AI is just a buzzword
Aug 25, 2016 • 48 min
Can we change the way companies use our consumer and personal data derived from connected devices? Gilad Meiri, the CEO of Neura, discusses a new model for data privacy and a way to apply machine learning to connected devices. The results he’s after sound…
72: Your IoT efforts can expose you to legal risks
Aug 18, 2016 • 40 min
Hell hath frozen over at Intel, with the big news this week that Intel has taken an ARM license so it can manufacture ARM-based chips. We talk about what this news means for Intel, its IoT strategy and more. We also try to make sense of Fucshia, a…
71: Don’t panic over IoT hacks
Aug 11, 2016 • 46 min
Ransomware on a connected thermostat. Bluetooth locks that can be opened from a quarter-mile away. Cars that can be controlled at highway speeds. All of this and a Mr. Robot reference await you in this week’s show as I discuss the news from Defcon and…
70: Distributed computing comes to the smart home
Aug 4, 2016 • 50 min
Wearables make a return to the podcast with Philips’ news of a suite of medical-grade devices to measure health. Plus, I give my impressions of the UnderArmor Fitness box after a few months living with it. Kevin Tofel and I also talk about Black Hat and…
69: Amazon opens up about the Echo
Jul 28, 2016 • 47 min
The Amazon Echo is the gateway drug to the smart home for many folks. They start with Alexa and move to shopping for connected lights or outlets. So we brought Charlie Kindel, director of Alexa Smart Home at Amazon, on the show to discuss the Echo’s…
68: The future of food and ARM’s buyout
Jul 21, 2016 • 43 min
Japanese conglomerate SoftBank making an offer to buy chip design firm ARM in a deal worth $32 billion kicks off our show this week, as Kevin and I weigh the merits and opportunities presented by the deal. We then skip over to ZenReach, the Wi-Fi provider…
67: New Nest gear and a shocking experience
Jul 14, 2016 • 42 min
For the first time since it became part of Google/Alphabet, Nest has released a new product. It’s an outdoor camera for home security. But Nest has added a bit of a twist. We discuss the $199 camera and the ideas behind it with Mehul Nariyawala, a product…
66: The smart home will make you love your insurance company
Jul 7, 2016 • 50 min
Insurance firms might be the savior of smart home technology. Because the price for many connected gadgets are so high, and consumers are uncertain if they are worth the investment, insurance discounts and programs are one way connected devices could find…
65: All about Wink and Alexa’s new Skills
Jun 30, 2016 • 43 min
Are you curious about Wink? On June 11 it started selling its Relay switch, a light switch that contains a screen and two soft programmable switches for $99 each. Two cost $149 and also double as an intercom. So we talked to Nathan Smith, Wink’s…
64: How a VC views the internet of things
Jun 23, 2016 • 44 min
Do you need money? Want to buy or sell an internet of things startup? Then this week’s interview is must-listen stuff. Matt Turck, of FirstMark Capital came on the show to give some advice to those seeking financing, discuss the overall funding landscape…
63: Two summertime gadget reviews and wisdom on wearables
Jun 16, 2016 • 42 min
This week is all about health and wearables, starting with Kevin Tofel discussing his frustration with fitness trackers that aren’t sharing everything. This ties into this week’s guest, Ernesto Ramirez, who just received a doctorate in public health and…
62: Tony Fadell set to Away mode
Jun 9, 2016 • 38 min
This week we got to the big story of the last few days, Tony Fadell leaving Nest. We discuss what that means for any Nest buyers out there and what it says about selling connected device. And because Father’s Day is around the corner, we came up with…
61: Look inside Google Home and what’s up with Jawbone?
Jun 2, 2016 • 44 min
This week is all about chips and presence. First Kevin and I dig into the disclosure that the Google Home Device will have the same chip as the Chromecast, and we explain what that means. Then we dive into the Jawbone rumors and cover Atari’s plans for…
60: Everyone takes on the Amazon Echo
May 26, 2016 • 43 min
Kevin is back from Google IO this week, and so of course, we discussed the Google Home product in detail. But since voice + a personal assistant is so hot right now, we also talked about the recent Apple rumors that said it was building its own Echo-like…
59: Chipmakers love the smart car
May 19, 2016 • 30 min
This week I was at the NXP Technology Forum interviewing the semiconductor company’s CEO Rick Clemmer about smart cities and smart cars. The most interesting fact he shared was that the BMW Series 7 cars have about $300 worth of silicon inside them. To…
58: How to stop vampire power consumption
May 12, 2016 • 41 min
Since a quarter of residential energy use is consumed by gadgets that are “off”, Kevin and I discuss how to measure and cut back on that power consumption with a few connected devices. We also talk about Apple’s rumored Home app for HomeKit, the launch of…
57: A deep dive into OpenHAB and some problem devices
May 5, 2016 • 45 min
We dove into the deep end of wearables this week discussing the dresses at this year’s Met Gala, where Kevin shared that Clare Danes’ princess fantasy gown took 30 battery packs to operate. It’s not all celebrity this week as Kevin and I dove into several…
56: How Ericsson plans to remake its business for a networked era
Apr 28, 2016 • 41 min
After a beating on the stock market last week, I spoke with Ericsson’s CEO Hans Vestberg to understand how the company’s 5-year-old plan to change its business is going. The company has just announced a restructuring as it tried to convince Wall Street…
55: Find out what Ford learned from Tesla
Apr 21, 2016 • 47 min
With ride-sharing, electric vehicles and millennials who aren’t super keen on owning a car all converging, the auto industry is in a panic. But Ford, led by both Bill Ford and Ford CEO Mark Fields has created a plan to keep the carmaker relevant, even if…
54: Fashion meets the internet of things
Apr 14, 2016 • 50 min
Do you want your smart jewelry to have a screen? If we have multiple pieces of connected jewelry how do you make it easy to program for the day? Or will you only have one sensor-laden wearable akin to to a smart watch that does everything? These are some…
53: How to prevent good devices from being killed
Apr 7, 2016 • 46 min
This week’s show deals with recurring themes such as whether or not you should trust the cloud, device lifespan, the Amazon Alexa platform and more lighting than a Times Square billboard. Our guest this week is Mike Pessina, the co-CEO of Lutron. He…
52: These 9 ideas can secure the smart home
Mar 31, 2016 • 46 min
Security is a big deal for the Internet of things, which is why we’re so pumped about having Beau Woods, the deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, on the show to discuss nine new recommendations for securing smart home…
51: This CEO killed his hardware startup to start a wireless network
Mar 24, 2016 • 36 min
This week we have a two for one in the guest portion of the show, with Daniel Conrad, the CEO of Beep Networks explaining how he decided to stop making a connected device, take his VC funding and find a new business model. That’s part one. Part two is all…
50: Are your devices being held hostage?
Mar 17, 2016 • 51 min
This week, Kevin Tofel and I discuss the challenges of treating connected hardware like software. Nest is experiencing one of those challenges this week as it requests users accept new terms and conditions in order to use their Nest. If you don’t agree,…
49: Did you buy an Amazon Dot?
Mar 10, 2016 • 29 min
This week’s podcast is chock full of smart home stuff with updates from Nest, new products from Amazon and some new tech on the Wi-Fi front. Mozilla is getting into the Internet of things, with four ideas for possible open-source products that range from…
48: Realtors ready for the smart home
Mar 3, 2016 • 45 min
We’ve talked about how whether you should take your connected devices with you when you move on previous shows, but on this week’s show Chad Curry, managing director at the center for Realtor Technology at the National Association of Realtors, takes…
47: New money for IoT startups, new routers for homes and Eero’s CEO
Feb 26, 2016 • 46 min
This week was so full of small news items Kevin and I could barely keep up. We kicked off the show with a review of the Eero routers that launched on Tuesday, that I tried for this show and wrote about for PCMag, and we also had Eero CEO Nick Weaver on…
46: Barbie has a smart home and Sense gives your home computer vision
Feb 18, 2016 • 45 min
Andreas Gal, the CEO of Silk Labs has built what feels impossible. With the Sense hub he has created an artificially intelligent home hub that contains a camera, controls for other connected devices and a dedicated to privacy that means he can still offer…
45: A Playground for IoT and how to buy a data plan for your device
Feb 11, 2016 • 42 min
So you wanna build a connected device? If so, there’s apparently no better place for a startup to go than Andy Rubin’s new incubator/VC/design shop called Playground. With an in-depth profile in Wired, the former founder of Danger and the man behind…
44: Mandatory Fitbits and a new ISP with smart home aspirations
Feb 4, 2016 • 43 min
Last week the man who founded Aereo, a company that was aimed at bringing over the air television to the masses who couldn’t always get it, and then allowing them to time-shift that television by recording it, launched Starry. Starry is a new type of ISP…
43: This smart home needs an email address
Jan 28, 2016 • 44 min
Freak out! This week’s episode isn’t about disco, it’s all about the security of your things. Or insecurity as the case may be. We talk about Shodan, the search engine for connected devices and the creation of a security framework for connected devices by…
42: These are the two biggest challenges facing the smart home
Jan 22, 2016 • 42 min
There is no winner takes all in the smart home yet, because none of the products and services available have the scale yet says Om Malik, this week’s guest on the Internet of Things Podcast. Malik, who is a partner at True Ventures and wrote a great…
41: Can a $20 device stop the spread of disease?
Jan 14, 2016 • 38 min
After a week at CES, the giant technology trade show in Las Vegas I’m beat, but full of observations about the future of the Internet of things. I wrote up a few over at Fortune, but Kevin and I talked about some of them on this week’s show as well. We…
40: The Amazon Echo and AI take a starring role at CES
Jan 7, 2016 • 38 min
This week I was at CES, the huge consumer electronics trade show held in LAs Vegas. Kevin wisely stayed home, but monitored the news. It’s actually easier to do that from 2,000 miles away. There’s more news than we can cover in one show, but we started…
39: CES bound and the Internet of postage
Dec 31, 2015 • 47 min
If you haven’t gone totally paper free on your bills yet, it’s highly likely that the envelope that arrives via the mail has been touched by a Pitney Bowes machine. Pitney Bowes is a $4 billion company that makes mail its business, and Roger Pilc, its…
38: A holiday troubleshooting guide under your tree
Dec 24, 2015 • 17 min
Just in case you open a few Christmas goodies in the coming days or decide to use the holidays as an excuse to set up a few connected devices, Kevin and I decided to offer the gift of our experience. We’ve condensed our stupid mistakes (like not reading…
37: Philips Hue drama and plan to fail even as you hope for success
Dec 17, 2015 • 41 min
Phillips caused a kerfuffle this week when it stopped supporting third-party light bulbs with its Philips Hue bridge and software. It has since reversed the decision after customers complained, but because the crazy time travel that Kevin and I undergo…
36: A total breakdown in connected gadgets and the Hiku review
Dec 11, 2015 • 38 min
This week it seemed that many of my devices and some other people’s devices were experiencing some troubles. My Nest thermostat decided to roast my family in bed at night and it seemed I wasn’t alone. Kevin and I discussed Nest’s response as well as why…
35: Raspberry Pi creator Eben Upton shares ideas for the Pi Zero
Dec 3, 2015 • 50 min
Sure it’s a week after Thanksgiving, but we are all about Pi with this week’s episode. Yes, I went there! With the launch of the Raspberry Pi Zero, the cheapest Linux computer yet at $5, we invited Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton on the show to discuss…
34: All I want for the holidays is a smarter home
Nov 26, 2015 • 24 min
The holidays are rapidly approaching so as you’re prepping your Thanksgiving dinner or wallowing in that special feeling of torpor that only comes after downing three servings of stuffing and a piece of pumpkin pie, check out Kevin and my selections for…
33: Better Bluetooth and an AI for the smart home
Nov 19, 2015 • 36 min
If you’ve learned anything from this podcast, you’ve probably learned that the smart home is pretty much a mess if you want everything to work together in some sort of seamless, easy-to-use way. Amazon’s Echo helps. HomeKit has a roadmap, but it’s still…
32: Amazon for the kitchen and Apple for the living room?
Nov 13, 2015 • 44 min
This week had so much connect home and internet of things news Kevin and I covered everything from a brand new way to turn your old smoke detectors into connected smoke detectors using a $35 battery replacement to new chip design from ARM that could make…
31: Walmart gets connected and this is what you want for Christmas
Nov 5, 2015 • 40 min
This week’s guest Rob Katcher is working with Wal-Mart to take a little of the pain out of grocery shopping with the Hiku connected fridge magnet. I chatted with Katcher to understand how he decided to create an entirely new category of device—a button…
30: My SmartThings hub must be haunted
Oct 30, 2015 • 46 min
Does your office need more conference rooms? Or maybe there’s wasted space where the printer and several reams of paper sit. In this week’s podcast we discuss how companies can use connected sensors in their lights to make better decisions about their…
29: The smart home may one day have a debt to NASA
Oct 23, 2015 • 40 min
If you’ve ever wondered how to get started on a smart home of your own, Kevin Tofel and I share a few ways to get started, answering some questions about hubs outlets and how to think about buying connected gadgets for the first time. We also discuss a…
28: Warm and fuzzy drones and living with Apple’s HomeKit
Oct 15, 2015 • 36 min
Several HomeKit devices finally arrived in the house and were installed with relative ease. I had the Lutron bridge that had come out earlier this summer paired with two dimmer switches, a lamp module and my Nest thermostat, the new Philips Hue bridge…
27: Early adopters will suffer for their love of the smart home
Oct 8, 2015 • 38 min
This week the smart home got some new capabilities with Philips Hue announcing a new HomeKit enabled bridge that also will be upgraded to support the newly announced Nest Weave protocol. Kevin Tofel and I discuss both the new bridge and the new Nest Weave…
26: A skeptic’s view on the smart home and how to build services, not products
Oct 1, 2015 • 41 min
This week I invited my husband to replace Kevin Tofel (it’s only for this week, y’all) to get a viewpoint from someone who isn’t exactly enamored of the connected home. Andrew Allemann (my husband) talks about the devices he likes and the things he…
What will happen with Wink and a review of Zuli’s presence-promoting smart outlets
Sep 24, 2015 • 48 min
In episode 25 companies are spending billions trying to figuring out how to use wearables to help seniors age in place so we asked Philips Digital Health solutions’ Liat Ben-Zur on the show to discuss some of the things the health giant is doing to…
24: HomeKit surprise and no more passwords for the internet of things
Sep 17, 2015 • 43 min
Apple didn’t cover HomeKit in its massive event last week, but Kevin and spent a good chunk of time explaining what we we knew. Sadly, it’s not a lot, but it should be worth downloading iOS 9 and waiting a few more weeks. In enterprise news, we covered…
23: Smart home breweries and Amazon’s konnected kitchen kabinets
Sep 10, 2015 • 45 min
I hope you’re hungry for some smart kitchen news because this week I have smart home analyst and the host of The Smart Home Show podcast Michael Wolf coming on to discuss Amazon’s plans for the kitchen and some really awesome technology he’s seeing in…
22: The new Nest and behind the scenes with SmartThings’ new hub
Sep 3, 2015 • 46 min
This week has a bunch of updates on old favorites for the smart home with a third generation thermostat from Nest and a new home hub from SmartThings. We start the show with Kevin and I discussing the slimmer Nest thermostat with a bigger screen and…
21: Here’s what Amazon’s Echo will and won’t do
Aug 27, 2015 • 41 min
We connected our lights and locks to the Internet and frankly, we don’t seem to be much better off. In this week’s podcast I talk to Claire Rowland a user experience consultant and lead author of Designing Connected Products about why that is, and who…
7 things successful companies do to make money with the Internet of things
Aug 20, 2015 • 44 min
Technical skills are important when it comes to deploying a new connected manufacturing plant or designing a just-in-time inventory management system. But equally important is developing a management culture that can really take advantage of the data…
19: Meet the chef teaching a connected oven how to cook
Aug 13, 2015 • 48 min
This week’s podcast explores how sausage gets made. Actually we explore how roast chickens, cookies and salmon get made. Ryan Baker is the research chef at June, a company making a $1,500 connected oven. When he’s not appearing on the IoT podcast he…
18: Why Target chose clear furniture for its smart home concept store
Jul 30, 2015 • 41 min
Forget about connecting your smart home, can you imagine the technical challenge of connecting a rhinoceros to the internet? That’s what a new anti-poaching organization called Protect has done with its effort to connect rhinos in South Africa to the…
17: Hacked Jeeps and hardware’s broken funding model
Jul 23, 2015 • 44 min
This week we discuss what happens when you’re driving along in your automobile, and suddenly you’re not in control of the wheel, as happened to a Wired reporter. While, he was lucky, Kevin and I discuss the very real threat this can pose and what the…
16: The internet of Ts: Target, Thread, and tennis
Jul 17, 2015 • 36 min
This week we don’t have a guest on the show, but we covered a lot of great stuff starting with the week’s news about The Thread Group releasing its code and Qualcomm joining the group touting the wireless protocol. We also spent a considerable amount of…
I spent $120 on lights so I could control them with my Amazon Echo
Jul 9, 2015 • 40 min
If you love something you should set it free, but if you love a connected device you should spend gobs of money adding more gadgets until you have a platform. And this week I have done just that, spending $20 on six light bulbs that I can control with my…
What does President Obama think about the Internet of things?
Jul 2, 2015 • 44 min
The president recently made a famous podcast appearance but he didn’t talk about the internet of things. Since he has yet to offer to visit the IoT Podcast, I spoke to Darren Samuelsohn, a senior policy reporter at Politico who recently spent seven weeks…
Ladies love wearables and you should buy the Amazon Echo: Episode 13
Jun 25, 2015 • 45 min
This week was a big one for fans of the connected home. Amazon announced that its Siri-like personal assistant for the home is now available for anyone to buy, so Kevin Tofel and I did a fairly extensive review on the show. There’s more over at Fortune.…
It will soon be so cheap to add connectivity, everyone will do it
Jun 18, 2015 • 38 min
We spend a lot of our time focused on the U.S. market, but this week’s show we review an IP camera from a French company and feature Dave Friedman, the CEO of Ayla Networks, discussing the Internet of things evolution in China. Friedman discusses a recent…
11: HomeKit certification comes at a big cost for consumers and device makers.
Jun 12, 2015 • 28 min
This week Apple disappointed the smart home aficionados at its WWDC conference by not mentioning much in the way of new HomeKit news and new devices. But Kevin Tofel and I discussed the challenges that Apple’s HomeKit partners faced trying to accommodate…
10: When will connected devices get cheaper?
Jun 4, 2015 • 40 min
We now have four devices for Apple’s HomeKit and about as many slides detailing Google’s own entry into the Internet of things with its Brillo operating system and Weave communications platform. Kevin and I discuss what we know about the Google strategy…
9: How connected devices will change the way you travel
May 28, 2015 • 37 min
Google is about to get into the smart home with new software called Brillo that will connect devices to a router. It won’t be part of the Nest ecosystem of devices, but it will work with Nest devices, according to reports on the Google news. By the time…
8: Which devices will the internet of things drive to extinction?
May 21, 2015 • 45 min
Hold your books and costume jewelry close because they may not survive the connected device revolution, according to Rob Coneybeer of Shasta Ventures. In a conversation on this week’s podcast he and I had a fun conversation about what devices might…
7: How does a startup catch Apple’s and Comcast’s eye?
May 14, 2015 • 45 min
Andrew Thomas wanted to build a better doorbell, but now he’s in the enviable position of pitching his wares to Comcast’s millions of subscribers, and is an Apple HomeKit partner. The Skybell co-founder joined my on this week’s podcast to discuss how to…
6: Who will make the smart home mainstream? Comcast, Amazon or Apple?
May 5, 2015 • 29 min
Kevin and I both got what we wanted this week, with Kevin getting his Apple Watch about an hour before we recorded the show and Amazon adding support for If This Then That for the Echo speaker/personal assistant device. However both long-awaited dreams…
5: The Apple Watch is a “hot mess” and other design considerations
Apr 29, 2015 • 42 min
The Apple Watch is out, and while Kevin Tofel didn’t wake up early enough to get one, I interview Mark Rolston, the co-founder and chief creative officer at Argo Design, who did, to see what he thinks of his. Rolston is designing the interface for the Peq…
4: The evolution of an IoT services business and build a connected garden
Apr 22, 2015 • 40 min
Spring is in the air, so this week’s podcast celebrates with a preview of an upcoming connected garden product that looks pretty smart — the Edyn sensor and connected water valve system that will hit Home Depot shelves in May and is available for…
3: Restaurant too dark? You could soon control the lights with your phone.
Apr 15, 2015 • 38 min
This week’s podcast we hit on my favorite topic. Lighting! First we start off in the home with Kevin Tofel and I discussing how I’m using the Amazon Echo to control my Hue lights and a WeMo connected lamp via the Amazon Echo. Then we chat with my guest…
2: Is it too late to secure the internet of things?
Apr 7, 2015 • 45 min
Fans of the connected home got some exciting news when Amazon showed of its Dash Buttons, a simple, connected button that consumers could press to order a single products from the e-commerce giant. The idea is consumers would pop a Tide button by their…
1: How to build hardware that doesn’t suck
Apr 1, 2015 • 46 min
Welcome to the inaugural Internet of Things Podcast with Stacey Higginbotham. It’s super exciting to be able to share the show with all of you, after these past few weeks of Gigaom closing its doors and us wondering about the fate of the show. This week…