Hanging with my husband: His thoughts on our smart home

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Credit: S. Higginbotham

The Internet of Things podcast is back this week with a short and sweet episode featuring my husband as my guest and co-host discussing life in our smart home. He’s playing the role of a normal user as he discusses his favorite device (the Hue lights) and all he really wants his smart home to do. As a note, we couldn’t figure out the name of the product during the show that offers a button that integrates with connected services, but I finally found out the correct spelling and web site. It is called Bttn.

He also shares his thoughts on the Amazon’s Echo, which we received a few weeks back (for my review check here) and graciously asked me about what I think I’ll see at the upcoming International CES next week. And speaking of CES, tune in next week as Kevin Tofel returns as my co-host and he and I discuss what we’re seeing at CES from Las Vegas on next week’s show. We may even have a guest as the show comes back from our six-week hiatus. I missed y’all, so stay tuned for our first show back. (Yes, it does include lights.)

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Andrew Allemann (Stacey’s husband)

  • We are back from break and diving in with our favorite connected device in our home
  • A common man’s perspective on the Amazon Echo
  • Building an Away button for my home using Bttn.
  • A few trends I expect to see at CES

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snuggles

Since I’m too lazy to listen to your podcast, do you think it would be ok if you posted what you have tech wise for the smart home? I’m curious at the level of integration.

Stacey Higginbotham

It changes on an ongoing basis because I review things and also swap out working stuff to test how new integrations work. I currently have running:

Nest, Ecobee, Hue lights, Wink hub, a WeMo outlet, a Chamberlain My Q garage door opener, SmartThings Hub, Somfy Motorized shades w/ a Z-Wave converter, Z-Wave Kwikset locks, Lutron Caseta dimmer switches, a Wink bulb, 4 Jasco ZigBee outdoor modules, 2 Aeon open/close/temp modules, 2 motion sensors, 1 presence sensor, 6 Sonoses, I Amazon Echo, 1 Ubi, 2 sets of iTwinkle Christmas lights and maybe a few odds and ends I can’t recall.

I have tested several other products over the last year including LIFX and TCP lights, August locks, various hubs and thermostats and have a Logitech hub and Kevo lock I really need to take out of their boxes.

markjnorton

I greatly enjoyed your PodCast today – welcome back! It was interesting to hear the perspective of a “user”, rather than someone who has invested a LOT of time in understanding and configuring IoT hardware. It suggests that the Smart Home still has a ways to go (after all these decades). Looking forward to your CES report – I will be as well.

PS. Andrew was good. Have GigaOm sign him up to do a Domain Registry podcast. :)

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