Andrew Thomas wanted to build a better doorbell, but now he’s in the enviable position of pitching his wares to Comcast’s millions of subscribers, and is an Apple HomeKit partner. The Skybell co-founder joined my on this week’s podcast to discuss how to allocate time and resources as a hardware startup and also to talk about what it feels like to get a call from Cupertino about your device. For that, thoughts on the boom in connected devices and whether there is a bubble, listen to our guest segment.
But first Kevin Tofel and I share the news of NinjaBlocks’ demise and what happens when a connected hardware company goes out of business. We also discuss Samsung’s new chip family for the internet of things and introduce a new segment. We call it the 5-minute device review, and this week we start with the Myo armband, a $200, gesture-based controller you can buy on Amazon. And of course, Kevin shares his thoughts on the Apple Watch and its ability to control his new Philips Hue light bulbs.
Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guest: Andrew Thomas of Skybell
- The death of NinjaSphere’s hub and what happens when a connected device goes down
- Samsung’s new Artik chips for the internet of things
- Our 5-minute gadget review on the Myo armband
- Skybell’s Andrew Thomas on prioritizing resources as a small device startup
- Is there a bubble in the smart home space?