31 Jan RESEARCH PAPER: Consumer Networking Gains Wi-Fi Mesh

Consumers traditionally deploy a single Wi-Fi router for the home and adapt their usage around the router. But, changing needs are rendering this strategy unworkable for many homes as the coverage area needs are increasing, the prevalence of mobile devices is changing the access patterns and a host of consumer Internet of Things (IoT) devices are now entering the […]

09 Jan NVIDIA Doubles Down On Automotive And Cloud Gaming, Adds Smart Home Capability At CES 2017

At this year’s CES 2017, NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang presented in the CES opening keynote his vision for the company’s future to the audience, explaining where he believes the company will succeed in the future. I also liked that Huang simplified AI and graphics so more could understand it. Of the areas where NVIDIA participates […]

18 Jan A Disappointing Consumer Electronic Show (CES) For Home Automation

(Photo credit: Mike Krell) Anyone who attended CES would have seen a huge space allocated to home automation with products and services from ADT ADT, Honeywell International, iControl, Lowe’s Cos, Vivint, and so many others. From a consumer’s perspective we saw every kind of home automation product you could currently think of. I saw: Hubs Light […]

30 Nov Experience And Scale Matter In The Home Improvement HaaS Space

I have been covering the home improvement HaaS (humans as a service) space for a while now, and if there’s one thing I am evangelizing is that the notion of experience and scale matters. I know that sounds basic, but that’s the reality, and one that is challenged by some. I am all for changing […]

16 Oct Is “Home Automation As A Service” The Future?

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As I prepare to head to CEDIA this week to visit with companies such as Comcast, Control4 Corporation, Core Brands Nortek, Honeywell International, Insteon, and Napco Security Technologies, I’ll be excited to see what’s new in the Home Automation space. Tradeshows are a fountain of information, and as I try to determine who (and what) consumers are […]

04 Sep Apple TV: What Features Should It Have?

Over the past 25 years, I have personally used no less than 25 DMAs (digital media adapters) or some sort of digital electronics connected to or inside my TVs. I have used 10 of the 25 in the last five years as the experience, content and technology is slowly but surely improving. The first 15 […]

02 Sep IAC’s HomeAdvisor Adds Instant Contractor Booking, Upping The Stakes In Home Improvement HaaS Market

As I wrote previously, “Humans as a Service” or HaaS, is looking to become one of the biggest cultural and economic phenomenon of our time. As the internet and e-commerce drove big change in the 90’s, HaaS is a major driver today. On-demand, many of us can get drivers from Uber and Lyft, a warehouse-full […]

15 Jul What’s Driving All The Home Automation Growth?

Home Automation (Credit: Mark Moz) I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what exactly is driving the recent explosion of home automation applications and equipment. Over the past few years we have seen a great deal of change. The plethora of equipment includes (and this is a small sample, not an exhaustive list): Do it […]

15 Jul lAC’s HomeAdvisor Is One To Watch In The Growing “Humans As A Service” (HaaS) Business

I have become recently fascinated with what some have referred to as “People as a Service”. Because “PaaS” was already taken as a tech acronym as “platform as a service”, I’ll call it “HaaS”, or “Humans as a Service”, for short. HaaS refers to the growing business of digitally mechanizing and monetizing people’s fractional time. […]

11 May Saudia Arabia: Home Of One Of the World’s Largest Planned Smart Home Cities?

The Internet of Things (IoT) has certainly been a hot topic of discussion over the past few years, and some would argue it’s an over-used buzzword, reconditioned from the embedded world while adding big data analytics. All of the talk is turning into reality in many areas, though, and is emerging in some areas much […]

13 Jan Show Me the Money: IoT Style Part 1

So, as I walk the show floor at CES, one of the constant things I am considering is where is the money in IoT? I think we can all agree there is money in analytics and big data on the consumer as well as the industrial side.  But where will the cash come from in […]

06 Jan Qualcomm AllPlay Gains Broader Audio Adoption At CES 2015

In the annals of high tech history, you will find many battles between companies, chaebals, consortiums, and standards bodies. This is true today for the security, content sharing and messaging in home automation. For instance we have the AllSeen Alliance, Designed for Nest (Google), Apple’s HomeKit, and OIC all vying for a place at the […]

22 Sep Apple Watch: The New Controller for Home Automation?

By now I think everyone interested in technology has dissected every word of Apple’s announcements last week of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with the Apple Watch.  As someone who is interested in home automation, I was rather disappointed by the fact that there were no announcements on HomeKit [though none were […]

26 Aug Curb Energy: Real-time Monitoring of Home Energy Usage

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  Every now and then in our home town of Austin, TX we get the pleasure of visiting with a new start-up. Such was the case a few weeks ago I visited Curb Energy in the Capital Factory. In the Human IoT world of home automation we think of the panacea of every device being […]

18 Jul Is ARM the Secret Winner in the Human IOT Race?

        With all the churn going on in the Human (wearables, home automation) side of the IoT space not many folks are going out on a limb to call winners and losers yet. There are going to be many winners (and losers) over time in Human IoT, but right now I’m going to […]

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 […]