What’s ahead for the internet of things: Our CES preview podcast


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Next week at this time my colleague and co-host Kevin Tofel will be fighting the hordes at the Consumer Electronics Show and reporting back on the cool widgets and gadgets that he finds. But before he takes off, we discussed a bit of what he’s expecting to see, including voice controls for the internet of things, presence awareness and smarter algorithms that will turn the smart home from something people have to program into the anticipatory home, that will react to you.

And because Kevin and I aren’t exactly consumer electronics industry insiders, my guest this week is Chet J. Pipkin, the CEO of Belkin, the maker of the WeMo line of connected devices. Belkin will have a smart home setup at CES (so will SmartThings) and while Pipkin declined to scoop his own company’s news, we discussed the big trends ahead for the smart home. So listen up as you pack and prepare for the internet of things to dominate the conversation at CES.

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Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guest: Kevin Tofel and Chet Pipken, CEO of Belkin

  • Explaining the anticipatory home as opposed to the smart home
  • Kevin and I think this is the year Zigbee and Z-wave give up
  • Belkin’s CEO explains how Wi-Fi might be used to give you presence even without your smartphone and beacons
  • What UI makes the most sense for the smart home?


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