ICYMI: Tracking your electric data and some thoughts on Quirky’s Wink hub

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I spend way too much time attaching devices to my home network, and on this week’s podcast I did a cursory review of the Wink home hub, that’s came out earlier this month at Home Depot and Amazon stores (a more detailed Wink review can be found here). I liked the software, but had a lot of trouble with attaching devices, so I didn’t find it much better than the existing products out there.

However, I also brought Stephen Sorkin of Splunk on the show. Sorkin is notable because he’s spent a few thousand dollars on electricity tracking devices, home weather stations and gear to hack his pool data. As an employee of a data analytics company, you’d expect his attachment to open data for the home, but he goes above and beyond when it comes to grabbing between 175 MB and 200 MB of data each day and then trying to use that data to influence everything from his new appliance purchases to his watering schedule. Listen up.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Fitchard and Stephen Sorkin of Splunk

  • A few thoughts on Wink. It has Lutron and a nice interface
  • Stop trying to push the iOS v. Android worldview on the internet of things
  • Does the internet of things need cellular networks?
  • Why open data is not just useful, but essential
  • Tips to monitor your electric meter and pool

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