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This may be the killer app for the smart home, plus thoughts on wearables

This week Kevin and I began the podcast with his thoughts on the Apple event he attended last week. We both think the upcoming watch is a nice device, but it’s clear that no one yet knows what we want a smart watch to do. We decided that with wearables it would be a loss if all we ended up with was a choice between varying screen sizes and platforms. The market should be far more customizable, and it’s not clear tech firms are the ones that will bring that to us.

We also addressed the results of the poll from two weeks ago, with the realization that seven out of ten respondents do carry their phones with them in the home at all times. Kevin enjoyed telling me I was wrong. Then we talked about Savant’s new software and the upcoming Ecobee thermostat that I’m really excited about. Our guest for the week is actually Stuart Lombard, a co-CEO of Ecobee who talks about the new thermostat the firm is launching and the future of comfort in a smart home. Enjoy!

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Stuart Lombard, co-CEO at Ecobee

  • Thoughts on the furture of wearables and Apple’s watch
  • Kevin is right, most people do carry their phones at home
  • Savant gets flexible with new app
  • Ecobee’s new thermostat and how presence could be the killer app
  • What’s the future of comfort in a smarter world?

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2 Responses to “This may be the killer app for the smart home, plus thoughts on wearables”

  1. After owning two Ecobee thermostats, I think you’d be crazy to give them a try again.

    EcoBee announced IFTTT integration over a year ago and have failed to deliver it. In the mean time, Nest has begun opening up their thermostat with more apis and more integration partners.

    The thermostat has seen only bug updates, no new value has been added. The mobile apps have horrible user interface, are dated, and again, haven’t seen any new functionality, nor take advantage of the lastest mobile platforms. Their Android app supports 1.5 and up!

    An app that looks just like the thermostat is the wrong way to go. I’m using my phone, not a thermostat.

    There’s just too many thermostats available now to gamble and lose on EcoBee.

  2. Serafim Arruda

    Congratulations! Mr. Lombard and All he Best to you and your family!
    With warmest regards
    Serafim Arruda P.S. I haven’t forgotten, Mrs. Lombard, I have just been too busy will get back to you next week. Thank you for your continued Patience and Patronage.