Episode 114: The Essential Phone and IBM’s Watson tries IoT

What makes a phone essential? Or Essential as is the case with Andy Rubin’s new company that features a new smartphone and teases a new connected home assistant? Kevin and I discuss what we know, and Kevin also explains a surprise decision he’s made regarding Google (here’s the link he mentions during the show). We also discuss Apple’s potential AI chips, ARM’s new designs and a way to add capacitive touch to wood! Finally, I share my WeMo dimmer switch thoughts.

The Essential Phone in white.

This week’s in the guest segment we discuss assistants and bots in the home and enterprise. Bret Greenstein, VP of Watson IoT for Consumer Business at IBM, shared a bit about Watson and IoT, but his biggest service might be his help breaking down how analytics, machine learning and AI all relate. It’s a good mix of the future for enterprises and consumers. Enjoy the show.

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guest: Bret Greenstein of IBM
Sponsors: Aeris and Affiliated Monitoring

  • Essential Phone and Home launch thoughts
  • Kevin’s surprise purchase
  • The WeMo dimmer is nice, but pricey
  • Time for an AI vocabulary lesson
  • What happens when computers know how you feel?

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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.

One thought on “Episode 114: The Essential Phone and IBM’s Watson tries IoT”

  1. I received this post from via an email message from SiliconLabs regarding NanoLeaf which is a company that creates very cool products that merge art and smart lighting. From the nanoleaf site, their products are supported with Google Assistant, IFTTT Madame A, and their own Cloud.
    nanoleaf:
    https://nanoleaf.me/en/
    Article:
    http://community.silabs.com/t5/Official-Blog-of-Silicon-Labs/IoT-Hero-Nanoleaf-Breaks-Down-Barriers-Between-Doing-Good/ba-p/197285?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=may2017newsletter&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTURKbU9EWmpZVE0wWWpBeSIsInQiOiJWa3IrajU3VGJ5aUJGeG5oVWROYlRuY3FrckJlMGk2N0RmaG9JNnNPckxxbzlNXC9tVTZ4Nm1ZNE5yRmJuMWZSdGVQSzN1QytLenZBdzhoVlJcL0ZhRkxtUEczWktBSVRkMG1rSlhiaEluUjJ1MEd5N2FlSjlvelwvVDVKRlNaQkoybSJ9

    Cheers,

    Jon

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