The internet of mi. Discussing Xiaomi, Yonomi and smart homes

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Building an interface for the connected home that won’t freak out mainstream consumers is tough. So when I head about an app called Yonomi, that attempted to help the casually connected consumer eke a bit more functionality out of their connected devices without making them program a smart home, I downloaded the free, Android-only app to see what it was like.

We discussed the result of my experiment on this week’s podcast along with news about Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s plans for the smart home and a few other bits of news from this week. We also brought the CEO of Yonomi on to discuss the design decisions his team made and how to build an app that’s designed for a shared environment. The bottom line was that we’re going to need a lot more sensors delivering a lot more context clues about the home before we get the intuitive home of our dreams. Or even one that doesn’t wake us up at 12:30 in the morning as mine did this past weekend. Tune in to hear about my automated wake up call and early morning brush with public radio.

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guests: Kent Dickson, CEO of Yonomi

  • The Cree $15 connected LEDs are good but GE’s Link bulbs are better
  • Xiaomi is planning its move into the smart home with an app and four sensors. Kevin tells us more.
  • I downloaded an app that woke me up at 12:30 in the morning and you’ll never believe what happened next.
  • The CEO of the company came on the show to explain why it happened and we discussed building UIs for the smart home

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The internet of things isn’t ready to roil Wall Street this year. Or at least that’s the conclusion of former Deutsche Bank financial analyst Jonathan Goldberg, who is now a development executive for Paragon Semiconductor and still write analysts notes at Digits to Dollars. I asked him to come on the show this week for his opinion after International CES and because don’t often get a public equities analysts’ opinions on the show.

Goldberg, who is former semiconductor analyst, broke down the internet of things market into four categories and discussed the opportunities for companies in each. He concluded that this year Wall Street won’t be fooled by hype, so we’re not likely to see a lot of crazy stock movement driven by the buzzwords. For that and more listen to the interview after hearing Kevin Tofel and I discuss our final days at CES, Samsung’s keynote, the best UI for the smart home right now and a few other odds and ends. Enjoy the show.

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guests: Jonathan Goldberg, a former equities analysts and current VP of development at Paragon Semiconductor

  • Kevin and I dove right in with Samsung’s CES keynote
  • The best UI for the smart home right now is Works with Nest and I’ll tell you why
  • What used to be M2M is not IoT and it’s moved from marketing to the product manager
  • How Wall Street divides up internet of things companies

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Smart coffee makers, cheap light bulbs and better voice control

Hanging with my husband: His thoughts on our smart home

Exploring Amazon’s Echo and the retailer’s home automation channel plans

Looking for an architecture for the internet of things? Try DNS.

Building networks that can expand and survive the internet of things, plus some tips on crowdfunding

Why the internet of things should be designed with efficiency in mind

Mother may I? Building hardware that can change with the flip of an app.

We’re already driving smart cars, so when will they be autonomous?

Everyone should be a maker. So how do we get there?

Learning lightbulbs, Logitech’s new hub and the ideal smart home owner

This may be the killer app for the smart home, plus thoughts on wearables

Let’s discuss IBM’s new block chain internet of things architecture and robots

In praise of a subscription plan on your smart home and wild Apple speculation

Smart coffee makers, cheap light bulbs and better voice control

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Edit note: We had some sound issues on the podcast with Kevin and I because of some radio interference with the mic as we recorded on site. They occur at 5:30, 6:30, 9:10, 17:17-17:34 and then from 17:45 to about 18:18. Next week we won’t be on the road and we figured out the cause so it won’t happen again when we are. Apologies.

This week in the podcast we took on two intractable problems: voice control of the smart home and International CES. First up, Kevin Tofel and I hit up the first day of CES and discussed some of the news we heard and products we’ve seen. Among the highlights were a connected coffee maker for $199 from Smarter that grinds your beans before it brews and a full color, Bluetooth connected LED light for $29 from a French company called BeeWi.

The Smarter connected coffee pot.

The Smarter connected coffee pot.

Kevin and I discuss many more products and things that we’ve seen, and you can expect more from our time later this week on the show floor and after notable keynotes that we didn’t have time to hear before we recorded the show — notably Samsung’s where it discussed its plans for SmartThings. But there’s plenty to listen to before we head into our guest who is Leor Grebler the CEO of the Unified Computer Intelligence Corp, which makes the Ubi.

Regular listeners will be familiar with the Ubi, a computer that tries to be a home version of Siri or Google’s voice recognition service for the home. While Ubi needs work, Grebler came on the show to discuss the future of voice interaction in the home, Amazon’s Echo and how to build a business pushing a technology that the market may not be ready for yet. I hope you enjoy.

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guests: Leor Grebler, Co-founder and CEO of the Unified Computer Intelligence Corp.

  • Cool devices we’ve seen at CES from smart coffee makers to Netatmo’s new cameras
  • Cheap LEDs, new locks and a new Wi-Fi standard
  • What’s tough about making voice interactions work in the home
  • What the Ubi guys think about the Amazon Echo

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Hanging with my husband: His thoughts on our smart home

Exploring Amazon’s Echo and the retailer’s home automation channel plans

Looking for an architecture for the internet of things? Try DNS.

Building networks that can expand and survive the internet of things, plus some tips on crowdfunding

Why the internet of things should be designed with efficiency in mind

Mother may I? Building hardware that can change with the flip of an app.

We’re already driving smart cars, so when will they be autonomous?

Everyone should be a maker. So how do we get there?

Learning lightbulbs, Logitech’s new hub and the ideal smart home owner

This may be the killer app for the smart home, plus thoughts on wearables

Let’s discuss IBM’s new block chain internet of things architecture and robots

In praise of a subscription plan on your smart home and wild Apple speculation

A peek at the Peq hub expected at Best Buy and making the trains run on time

Hanging with my husband: His thoughts on our smart home

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The Internet of Things podcast is back this week with a short and sweet episode featuring my husband as my guest and co-host discussing life in our smart home. He’s playing the role of a normal user as he discusses his favorite device (the Hue lights) and all he really wants his smart home to do. As a note, we couldn’t figure out the name of the product during the show that offers a button that integrates with connected services, but I finally found out the correct spelling and web site. It is called Bttn.

He also shares his thoughts on the Amazon’s Echo, which we received a few weeks back (for my review check here) and graciously asked me about what I think I’ll see at the upcoming International CES next week. And speaking of CES, tune in next week as Kevin Tofel returns as my co-host and he and I discuss what we’re seeing at CES from Las Vegas on next week’s show. We may even have a guest as the show comes back from our six-week hiatus. I missed y’all, so stay tuned for our first show back. (Yes, it does include lights.)

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Andrew Allemann (Stacey’s husband)

  • We are back from break and diving in with our favorite connected device in our home
  • A common man’s perspective on the Amazon Echo
  • Building an Away button for my home using Bttn.
  • A few trends I expect to see at CES

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PREVIOUS IoT PODCASTS:

Exploring Amazon’s Echo and the retailer’s home automation channel plans

Looking for an architecture for the internet of things? Try DNS.

Building networks that can expand and survive the internet of things, plus some tips on crowdfunding

Why the internet of things should be designed with efficiency in mind

Mother may I? Building hardware that can change with the flip of an app.

We’re already driving smart cars, so when will they be autonomous?

Everyone should be a maker. So how do we get there?

Learning lightbulbs, Logitech’s new hub and the ideal smart home owner

This may be the killer app for the smart home, plus thoughts on wearables

Let’s discuss IBM’s new block chain internet of things architecture and robots

In praise of a subscription plan on your smart home and wild Apple speculation

A peek at the Peq hub expected at Best Buy and making the trains run on time

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