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Summary:

The connected home has some kinks, but Kevin and I discuss how to solve some of them. We also chat with a CEO who has built a connected office to learn how he did it.

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The smart home is still pretty dumb, but that doesn’t mean we should give up or write whiney diatribes in PC Magazine. This week, Kevin Tofel and I discuss this article about one writer’s frustrations with the NEst thermostat and why it’s not a great indictment o n the connected home. We also discuss what Wi-Fi connected sensor Kevin might use to track vibration. He thought my Twine and WigWag suggestions were a bit too pricey.

In general on the show we spend a lot of tim discussing how we can automate our homes , but this week’s guest J Schwan, CEO and Founder of Solstice Mobile discusses how he’s using Beacons, Wi-Fi connected cameras and other tools to build a connected office. He’s built some pretty cool functionality into a suite of software called SmartOffice, that can show who’s in a conference room and may one day help him eliminate his receptionist. We discuss that and the concept of privacy for employees in this week’s show.

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Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guest: Kevin Tofel and J Schwan, CEO and Founder of Solstice Mobile

  • Why this article gets the smart home wrong
  • Using hubs to automate my holiday lights and Kevin’s search for a vibration sensor
  • The connected office is real and sounds pretty sweet
  • If you can track your employees using the itnernet of things, where do you draw the line?
  • Is a a creepy hologram receptionist the future of the connected office?

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  1. Just subscribed to your podcast. Would have thought you would mention the Allseen alliance in the show. Maybe next week?

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    1. We are off the air next week, but I can certainly talk about it on Jan. 31 for our CES preview podcast. In the meantime you can read more about it here: http://gigaom.com/2013/12/09/the-allseen-alliance-alliance-launches-as-a-standard-for-the-internet-of-things/

      OR you can listen to Rob talk about AllJoyn from a few months back: http://gigaom.com/2013/06/27/podcast-freak-out-zigbee-and-z-wave-are-doomed/

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      1. Also, Adam, thanks for subscribing!

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  2. Here is a suggestion for the doggie doorman… The Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell. It’s a wireless doorbell for your dog. It looks like it maybe fairly easy to hack with a dry contact sensor.

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