The internet of mi. Discussing Xiaomi, Yonomi and smart homes

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Building an interface for the connected home that won’t freak out mainstream consumers is tough. So when I head about an app called Yonomi, that attempted to help the casually connected consumer eke a bit more functionality out of their connected devices without making them program a smart home, I downloaded the free, Android-only app to see what it was like.

We discussed the result of my experiment on this week’s podcast along with news about Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s plans for the smart home and a few other bits of news from this week. We also brought the CEO of Yonomi on to discuss the design decisions his team made and how to build an app that’s designed for a shared environment. The bottom line was that we’re going to need a lot more sensors delivering a lot more context clues about the home before we get the intuitive home of our dreams. Or even one that doesn’t wake us up at 12:30 in the morning as mine did this past weekend. Tune in to hear about my automated wake up call and early morning brush with public radio.

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guests: Kent Dickson, CEO of Yonomi

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  • Xiaomi is planning its move into the smart home with an app and four sensors. Kevin tells us more.
  • I downloaded an app that woke me up at 12:30 in the morning and you’ll never believe what happened next.
  • The CEO of the company came on the show to explain why it happened and we discussed building UIs for the smart home

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markjnorton

Personally, I think that applications like Yonomi are the future of home automation. Casual users (and even more sophisticated ones) needs to be sheltered from the complexities that can arise from many connected devices in the home (etc). This is especially true given the many competing standards and protocols that exists. Kent Dickson was a good guest and I found his insight into intelligent home agents to be useful.

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