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No matter what you call it, we’re at a pivotal moment in the evolution of human creativity, business creation and productivity gains. We could see the gains we make in these next few years help us conserve resources and let us lead safer and healthier lives or we could open the door to a dystopian society where our every thought is monitored and our every utterance is effectively for sale. I hope to explore all of these issues, the people who will make it possible and the devices that will lead us there in the IoT Podcast. I hope you will join me.

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Episode 172: The smart home goes public (Jul 12th, 2018)

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 answering sale with Walmart,  before digging into this week’s … Continue reading Episode 172: The smart home goes public

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Episode 171: Your smart home questions, answered! (Jul 5th, 2018)

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 to leave so many unanswered, so we combined a slow holiday … Continue reading Episode 171: Your smart home questions, answered!

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Episode 170: Smart stents, surveillance tech and Alexa-powered faucets (Jun 28th, 2018)

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 new plan to charge users for data and what it … Continue reading Episode 170: Smart stents, surveillance tech and Alexa-powered faucets

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Episode 169: Alexa gets a hotel gig (Jun 21st, 2018)

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 billion investment in IoT, and digital rights management in … Continue reading Episode 169: Alexa gets a hotel gig

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Episode 168: How GE’s Current curtailed dreams to meet reality (Jun 14th, 2018)

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 new security system. We also talk about Thread’s milestone in industrial IoT, … Continue reading Episode 168: How GE’s Current curtailed dreams to meet reality

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Episode 167: Apple’s WWDC news and connected musicians (Jun 7th, 2018)

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 second-generation product. I’m disappointed that Lenovo’s new Google Assistant screen-enabled device won’t ship until … Continue reading Episode 167: Apple’s WWDC news and connected musicians

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166: Alexa gets better at business and AI at the edge (May 31st, 2018)

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 Amazon’s need to buy a security company. We also … Continue reading 166: Alexa gets better at business and AI at the edge

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Episode 165: How Sears plans to use IoT (May 24th, 2018)

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 Alexa and we add nuance to the … Continue reading Episode 165: How Sears plans to use IoT

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Episode 164: New Wi-Fi standards and robots (May 17th, 2018)

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 sharing details on a new home hub from Hubitat that … Continue reading Episode 164: New Wi-Fi standards and robots

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Episode 163: Everything IoT from Microsoft Build and Google I/O (May 10th, 2018)

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 operating system available. In Alexa news, Microsoft showed off its integration … Continue reading Episode 163: Everything IoT from Microsoft Build and Google I/O

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Episode 162: Smart walls and dumb homes (May 3rd, 2018)

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 share our thoughts on the state of the smart home, and failed projects. … Continue reading Episode 162: Smart walls and dumb homes

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Episode 161: Amazon’s Alexa Blueprints, home robots and more (Apr 26th, 2018)

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 Princeton. Two senators proposed a social media data sharing law that appears … Continue reading Episode 161: Amazon’s Alexa Blueprints, home robots and more

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Episode 160: A deep dive into Microsoft’s IoT security platform (Apr 19th, 2018)

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 acquisitions such as Nice buying a 75% stake in home security startup abode, Lutron … Continue reading Episode 160: A deep dive into Microsoft’s IoT security platform

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Episode 159: The Nest doorbell is a great video doorbell (Apr 12th, 2018)

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 edge devices, what it means that apps are disappearing from … Continue reading Episode 159: The Nest doorbell is a great video doorbell

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Episode 158: Stacey and Kevin debate robots (Apr 5th, 2018)

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 then Kevin and I debate what we’d like to see … Continue reading Episode 158: Stacey and Kevin debate robots

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Episode 157: Why Foxconn is buying Belkin and the future of healthcare (Mar 29th, 2018)

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 rule the show in light of Facebook’s decision to delay its … Continue reading Episode 157: Why Foxconn is buying Belkin and the future of healthcare

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Episode 156: Lennar’s smart home and why it dumped Apple HomeKit (Mar 22nd, 2018)

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 much of your data is being gathered without your … Continue reading Episode 156: Lennar’s smart home and why it dumped Apple HomeKit

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Episode 155: New toys, Pi Day and insect-tracking LIDAR (Mar 15th, 2018)

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 up. We used the SmartThings outage to discuss whether or not we need … Continue reading Episode 155: New toys, Pi Day and insect-tracking LIDAR

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Episode 154: Google and Amazon fight and we are the losers (Mar 8th, 2018)

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 ponder buying Delta’s pricey new Alexa-enabled faucet. Kevin … Continue reading Episode 154: Google and Amazon fight and we are the losers

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Episode 153: Mobile World Congress news and a deep dive into IOTA (Mar 1st, 2018)

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 we discuss news from Mobile World Congress and then dig into … Continue reading Episode 153: Mobile World Congress news and a deep dive into IOTA

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