This week’s show is all about Seattle-area companies. First up, Wyze wants to raise money, so it shared its sales from last year and plans for 30 more smart home products. Kevin and I talk about the company and its impact on the industry. Then we shift to Microsoft and its Build event, which took place this week. We discuss the IoT news including Azure RTOS, an update to Azure IoT Central (the SaaS IoT platform for Azure), and more. We also took a side trip to explore a new consortium dedicated to digital twins. We then discuss what $4.99 a month buys you from Wink, a new wearable for contact tracing from Nodle and Avnet, the new Logitech Circle View camera, and Google Assistant getting new skills for appliances. We conclude by answering an email from Australia about door locks for rentals.
This week’s guest is Dr. Ben Calhoun, co-founder, and co-CTO at Everactive. I profiled the company a few years back when it had a different name but the same mission — building battery-free sensors that are powered via energy harvesting. The company has sold its steam trap sensor since 2018 and is now launching a vibration sensor. We talk about how to build a sensor that can harvest enough energy to monitor factory conditions, how COVID-19 is changing the demand for industrial IoT, and what changes once plant managers get a continuous stream of data about their operations. It’s a fun show, and you’ll learn all about steam traps!
Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guest: Dr. Ben Calhoun, co-founder, and co-CTO at Everactive
Sponsors: Very and Edge Impulse
- Wyze sold $95 million in gear last year
- Microsoft’s really building out an end-to-end IoT infrastructure
- Wink is charging me $5 a month so my voice assistants integrate better
- Why we need energy harvesting sensors
- How to sell a big name on a startup’s tech
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2 thoughts on “Episode 269: Wyze wants to bulk up and Microsoft Build news”
When you and Kevin record the podcast, do you record separate audio tracks, one for you and one for Kevin, then during editing merge them?
If so, would you please amplify the audio on Kevin’s track a smidge so that it’s comparable with yours before merging the tracks? [I do this with another podcast that I do audio editing for.]
I often listen to your podcast when I’m out running and the vehicles around me are noisy. If you’re loud enough to hear, Kevin is too quiet. If he’s loud enough to hear, your voice in the podcast is deafening. I’m constantly having to fiddle with the volume while listening to the podcast so that I can comfortably hear it.
For a time Kevin was on a computer that was unknowingly tweaking his audio to turn him down. He has since fixed that. Has it improved for you?