Episode 90: Spend the holidays with Stacey’s family

We’re heading into the holidays with a guest appearance from my family who share their thoughts on what it’s like to live in a smart home, the products they like and what’s missing so far. My husband has been on the show before, but I also invited my 10-year-old daughter on to talk about her favorite toys and what she thinks of Philips Hue bulbs and the Amazon Echo (and Google Home). It’s a short and sweet reality check for us all.

Zuckerberg’s Jarvis ties together several smart home systems. Image courtesy of Mark Zuckerberg.

Before bringing on my family, Kevin and I discuss Mark Zuckerberg’s smart home and how his Jarvis isn’t all that different from what’s already on the market. And because it’s Thursday, we’ve got another security flaw in routers to talk about. Then we hit a solid budget smart watch and the new GPS system that can fine tune location sensing to a few inches. Finally, Kevin and I share some of our go-to home automation tricks to help you get started in making your own home smarter.

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guests: Andrew (Stacey’s husband) and Anna (Stacey’s daughter)
Sponsors: Samsung ARTIK and Level Education

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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 90: Spend the holidays with Stacey’s family”

  1. Great podcast! I really loved hearing from your family, their perspectives were very interesting and insightful. One suggestion they (and your listeners) might like. Change the switch (or the plug) on your garbage disposer to a connected one to use voice control. “Alexa/OK, Google, turn on/off the drain.” This is very useful when doing dishes with wet hands. And simple to do. Being the home cook, this is my most-used automation!

  2. Awesome! I’ll be listening, as always! 🙂
    On another topic, do you have a published page or list of your recommended products and/or solutions from the past year? Sort of like: For outside cameras, I like this. For Garage doors, that, etc. I know I can search and find subjects and listen again, but a compiled recommendations would be a great resource. Thanks & keep up the great work!

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