15 Jul Thread: And Then There Were Three…

      Yesterday a group of companies including Samsung and Nest Labs banded together to create Thread Group, the latest in IoT consortium “Start-ups”.  Joining the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) announced last week and the AllSeen Alliance announced in December we now have 3 different groups proving how important IoT will be, and just how […]

10 Jul RESEARCH PAPER: Wireless Technologies for Home Automation

Simply put, there are too many choices for today’s low-end mainstream1 and DIY2 consumer when it comes to connecting the new breed of Home Automation (HA) equipment. With the plethora of thermostats, lights, locks and consumer friendly HA devices hitting the market from Nest, Philips, Belkin, Honeywell, Insteon, Schlage and others, it has become increasingly difficult […]

26 Jun Apple v. Google: The Gloves Come Off in the Home

With the announcement this week of Nest Labs purchase of Dropcam, along with their announcement of a new developer platform, including API’s, Google has finally given us an inkling as to where they are going with their home automation strategy. Apple revealed their plans a few weeks ago at their World Wide Developer’s Conference, when […]

24 Jun Bluetooth Smart, A Natural Fit for Home Automation

As I pointed out in my last blog, one of the major impediments in the expansion of home automation technologies is the lack of a single architecture or standard to pull it all together. Some think that that standard is here with Bluetooth 4.0 or Bluetooth Smart. BT is already the crowned king of wireless headsets for […]

23 Jun The Elusive Chase for the Automated Home

Back in December, Patrick Moorhead wrote a piece on Revolv and his experiences with integrating it into his Home Automation (HA) system, a key piece of the ubiquitous Home Internet of Things (HIoT). Pat gave the Revolv Smart Home Hub and App a run-through by actually using it in his home and concluded that Revolv’s […]

02 Jun Apple WWDC 2014: All About Choice And Growth

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I had the pleasure of attending the Apple WWDC 2014 keynote in the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. While Apple didn’t introduce any new hardware, they did announce a dizzying array of software and service improvements for today, but more interestingly, for tomorrow. Two key themes I recognized were “choice” and “growth”, and […]

28 May Nortek’s Elan Latest Whole Home Automation Product: Like A Grown Up Google Nest, Sonos, And Dropcam

I have been in and around home automation for over 20 years and like many in the industry, am very impressed and excited about the future of home automation. While the DIY consumer side of the business is getting a lot of press attention lately particularly with Google’s $3.2B Nest acquisition and Apple rumors, what you may not […]

11 Dec Revolv: The Answer To Home Automation IoT Anarchy

Home automation has had its fits and starts for the last 20 years, but it appears that most of the variables are in place to ignite serious growth in this currently nascent market. As I wrote about here, there are challenges and a few different solutions in home automation. If the consumer desires a best of breed […]

26 Sep The Problem With Home Automation’s Internet Of Things (IoT)

Home automation for years has been the domain of home installers outfitting wealthy consumers with $10,000- $100,000 setups to control lights, home theater, security, air conditioning, and home audio.  After many fits and starts, more mainstream home automation appears to be growing out of that rich niche as evidenced by all the DIY (do it […]

13 May Why Is Intel Investing In Big Media?

Since Intel INTC +0.84%’s Erik Huggers got on stage at D’s Dive Into Media announcing details of their media strategy, there has been a lot of conversation on why Intel is doing it and if they will succeed. Some of it has been high valueconversation, some it is a bit uninformed. It’s easy to criticize Intel if you consider Intel’s ViiV, […]

18 Feb Intel Set-Top Box Camera Controversy: Much Ado About Nothing

Last Tuesday, Erik Huggers, Intel‘s corporate vice president of Intel Media,  announced at D:Dive Into Media that Intel is building a set top box and pay TV service that includes live TV.  Huggers talked about the service which will most likely include friendlier bundling and also about the living-room device itself, which will operate more like a 21st century […]

17 Aug Why do Products like the Google Nexus Q Launch?

At Google’s I/O developer conference in June, Google boldly announced the Nexus Q, a $299 streaming music sphere.  Last week, Google stopped selling the Nexus Q and cancelled all consumer pre-orders, saying buyers would get the unit for free.  It appeared obvious to just about everyone except Google that the Nexus Q value proposition was incredibly weak.  […]

17 Jul Human-Computer Interface Transitions will Continue to Drive Market Changes

As a former executive and product manager for end consumer products and technologies, I have planned and conducted extensive primary research on Human-Computer Interfaces (HCI) or Human Machine Interface (HMI). A lot of this research was for the industrial design of consumer products and their mice, keyboards, and even buttons. I conducted other research for […]

14 Feb Future iPads Will Cannibalize TVs

As ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes points out, we know absolutely “nothing” about the iPad 3 right now.  While pontificating about future Apple products is a lot of fun, drives many page views and makes web site editors very happy, it’s  just a pontification factory.  At some point in the near future, the iPad will have a better display and will be lighter than its […]

19 Jan How the Apple iTV is Accelerated by Samsung

Back in September, I wrote an analysis on why Apple should build an HDTV.   The premise was that there are huge experiential issuesApple could solve and they could strike a deal with the MSO’s and satellite companies.   That was a big premise, but ironically with what Samsung showed at CES, it’s apparent Samsung will accelerate the likelihood […]

17 Jan How Sony can beat Samsung and LG on Smart TV Interfaces

As I wrote last week, Samsung and LG are following Microsoft’s lead in future interfaces for the living room. Both Samsung and LG showed off future voice control and in Samsung’s case, far-field air gestures. Given what Samsung and LG showed at CES, I believe that Sony could actually beat both of them for ease of interaction […]

10 Jan Samsung & LG Validate Microsoft’s Living Room Interaction Model

Microsoft launched Kinect back in November 2010 in a  move to change the man-to-machine interface between the consumer to their living room content.  While incredibly risky, the gamble paid off in the fastest selling consumer device, ever.  I saw the potential after analyzing the usage models and technology for a few months after Kinect launch and […]

20 Dec Voice Control Will Disrupt the Living Room

In what seems to be a routine in high-tech journalism and social media now is to speculate on what Apple will do next. The latest and greatest rumor is that Apple will develop an HDTV set. I wrote back in September that Apple should build a TV given the lousy experience and Apple’s ability to fix big user challenges. […]

02 Sep Why Apple Should Build a TV

While I don’t believe it, to many, it appears that Apple has already won the smartphone and tablet wars, so the next logical conclusion is “what’s next”. Many articles about the Apple in the TV business rumors (not to be confused with the “hobbyist” Apple TV) focus on what a lousy business TVs are or questioning if Apple […]

02 Jul The Future Personal Music Cloud

While many can easily see the need in the future for a Personal Video Cloud, there is a lot more uncertainty about a personal cloud for music. There seem to be three schools of thought for everything and this applies to the Personal Music Cloud, too. In this blog I will be talking about these different points […]