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NextMarket Report: Smart Home Survey, Bluetooth 5, Amazon Go, Reinventing Home Cooling

Mike Wolf Amazon Bluetooth podcast smart home Trackers

NextMarket Report: Smart Home Survey, Bluetooth 5, Amazon Go, Reinventing Home Cooling

We're nearing the end of the year, and that means retrospectives and look forwards. I usually wait to write my connected home outlook for the coming year until after CES since the event is so important in both showcasing company roadmaps as well as getting a broader temperature on where we are as an industry. That said, I am working on some year-end recaps, and for that, I am tapping into the collective knowledge of my readership by conducting a survey on smart home trends. If you have 5 minutes, take the survey, it will be worth your time: The...

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Podcast: Tracking Our Stuff With Tile's Mike Farley

Mike Wolf Bluetooth Tile Trackers

I lose stuff. Wallets, keys. The occasional child. I usually find them, but those lost 15 minutes drive me crazy. Which is why I'm a big fan of trackers. Tile is one of the leading companies in the Bluetooth tracker market and in this podcast I talk with Tile CEO Mike Farley about his company's origin story, the company's product line up and how far we can go in tracking our stuff. You can download this episode here. You can find out more about Tile at www.thetileapp.com  

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Bluetooth 5 Released, Mesh Expected 1H 2017

Mike Wolf Bluetooth

Bluetooth 5 was released last week. The latest version of Bluetooth, which was first announced in June, has a number of significant advances over Bluetooth 4.x. From the Bluetooth SIG:  Up to 2x bandwidth of Bluetooth 4.2 with low energy. Up to 4x range of Bluetooth 4.2 with low energy. Up to 8x the broadcasting message capacity over Bluetooth 4.2 Increased Range. Up to 2x bandwidth of Bluetooth 4.2 with low energy. This means unobstructed Bluetooth range can hit ~ 200 meters, four times Bluetooth 4.2's 50 meters. More advanced Bluetooth modules can conceivably hit 400 meters line-of-site, but in a typical home we're...

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NextMarket Report: A Touchscreen Echo, Uber for Appliances, Smart Home Insider Survey, More

Mike Wolf Amazon appliances Echo Electrolux

As we enter the last month of the year, most consumer tech companies are focused on preparing for CES. If you're Amazon, you're busy readying a new Echo.  There was a report this week Amazon might debut a new touchscreen enabled device in Q1 of next year.  While some believe it could be a kitchen optimized device, I think the implications and potential are bigger. You can read my initial thoughts on a touchscreen Echo here.  Beyond this week's article, I also have been thinking a lot about what it means to be an Alexa hardware partner. At this point, most consumer technology...

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Podcast: Jason Griffing and HomeTech Academy

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  This week Mike talks with his friend Jason Griffing about HomeTech Academy, Jason and Seth's awesome new education site for home system professionals.

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