Episode 119: Amazon’s Echo Show makes me feel lonely

After a week with the Amazon Echo Show I realize that I have no friends–on that device at least. In addition to my review of the Show, Kevin shares a review of the GoControl Z-wave sensor pack he purchased to go with the Wink, and I talk about the Leviton Decora light switch in depth. Reviews aside, we also chat (and sing!) about low power wide area networks, Ingenu’s departing CEO and the closure of the company behind a $500 backup camera.

The Plume WiFi pods

And because I’m so obsessed with Wi-Fi, I interview Fahri Diner, the CEO of Plume about where Wi-Fi is heading. He’s one of those that convinced me that Wi-Fi will end up in more devices, and he talks about how his deals with Comcast and Samsung will make that possible. We also discuss why you’re going to pay your ISP for Wi-Fi and where the retail model will struggle. You’ll have opinions about this episode.

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guest: Fahri Diner, CEO of Plume
Sponsors: Schlage and Affiliated Monitoring

  • I’m not totally sold on the Echo Show
  • Say goodbye to Pearl Backup cameras
  • Kevin tries some GoControl security sensors
  • Where will Wi-Fi be? Everywhere!
  • Retail Wi-Fi isn’t a big market

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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.

2 thoughts on “Episode 119: Amazon’s Echo Show makes me feel lonely”

  1. Great show this week! Sometimes I drop off when you start talking about the B2B applications and integrations. (as an end user, not very interesting)

    I am very excited about Plume, I think I may make that my next system. Leo (from TWIT) did some tests and it looks very promising.

    It was good to hear that there are other applications for Plume, but I worry about my ISP being on my local network and wifi. I currently have Charter, and they are constantly trying to get me to use their high speed router to beef up my wifi. No offense, but I don’t want Charter nosing around my wifi or anywhere on my LAN. Maybe I am uniformed? I can see where that is the next step, but it just seems like we keep getting invaded more and more. It seems this is where all the money is? Consumers don’t help with their laziness either, just jump onto wifi, don’t worry about hard wiring anything. (even though ethernet is way more reliable and faster)

    My apologies, great show! Keep up the good work. I am looking forward to seeing your video segments when they come out. I would love to see you do a live video podcast!!!!!


  2. The news that Samsung’s mesh hardware will get upgraded with Plume networking is big news. Plume needed more powerful hardware and the Samsung products would be a huge step up from their pods. I couldn’t find any mention of this on the web.

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