Something about Ivee: Building a voice UI for the smart home

IVEE CEO and co-founder  Jonathon Nostrant

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Smart home, make me a coffee! We’re not there yet, but voice control of our connected homes is something we’ll see this year (in the next month in some cases) so my guest this week was Jonathon Nostrant the cofounder and CEO of Ivee who explained how Ivee wants to help tie together a variety of connected devices already in the home. The platform will work with the Staples Connect Hub and the Lowes Iris system.

But first my colleague Kevin Tofel and I discussed some comments on last week’s podcast.Not everyone is convinced that Bluetooth can overtake Zwave and Zigbee in the smart home, and there are a lot of questions about different ways to tie the internet of things together. We discussed All Joyn and the All Seen Alliance in this context as well as IFTTT. And Kevin wanted a smart lock, but when he couldn’t find a Wi-Fi one he gave up. Kevin’s a sucker for Wi-Fi in the home.

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Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Jonathon Nostrant the cofounder and CEO of Ivee

Today’s episode is brought to you by Freshbooks.

  • Addressing reader comments on ZigBee, All Joyn and IFTTT
  • Kevin can’t find a Wi-Fi smart lock so went with a dumb one instead
  • What is Ivee and how to use voice macros in the smart home
  • The trouble with voice as a UI

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