Episode 113: Google Home gets way better

It has been a week since Google I/O, which gave Kevin and me time to wade through some of the developer videos and ponder the features Google is announcing for the home and for Google Home. The jury is still out on whether Kevin is buying the device, but he is tempted, y’all! We discussed Dish’s integration with the Amazon Echo, the new maker tier on IFTTT and IKEA’s plans to make its smart lights work with a variety of platforms.

Google’s Home speaker and AI assistant.

Our guest this week gives us a chance to discuss both the smart grid and saving sea turtles, which I imagine is a relative rarity. Michael Bell, the CEO of Silver Springs Networks, joined us this week to talk about scale, the future of the electric grid and the trouble with solar power. He also talks about new businesses for Silver Springs and turtles. Enjoy the show.

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guest: Michael Bell, CEO of Silver Springs Networks
Sponsors: Aeris and Smart Kitchen Summit

  • Google Home makes calls, offers shortcuts and has new partners
  • IFTTT gets way more flexible
  • The smart grid is just the beginning
  • How to scale to 25 million devices (and then more)
  • Saving sea turtles with smart street lights

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Stacey Higginbotham

I am a journalist who has covered technology for over a decade at publications such as Fortune, PCMag, Gigaom, The Deal and BusinessWeek.

3 thoughts on “Episode 113: Google Home gets way better”

  1. Thanks Stacey and Kevin for another awesome show. This is certainly the most informative IoT podcast out there.

    I’m not sure if you guys had seen it, but TI had a blog post regrading their CapTivate touch technology having the ability to sense touch through wood; laminated that is. I could see this controlling the ground effect lighting on an IKEA sectional or having a tough remote embedded in the center console of a couch. This could give furniture and the like a real touchy-feely option.
    Check it out:
    http://e2e.ti.com/blogs_/b/msp430blog/archive/2017/05/25/why-knock-on-wood-when-touch-will-do

    Cheers,

    Jon

      1. Cool! I’m glad you guys thought the same as myself with regards the technology and mentioned it on the recent podcast.

        You guys Rock!.

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