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The NextMarket Report — Retail

What Will Target Do With Its Secretive Project Goldfish?

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Last week, the Minneapolis Star Tribune broke the story of a new Target secret project called Goldfish. The story centered around a job listing for what is essentially a CTO for the project, and the piece also hinted that the project was led by someone named West Stringfellow. Much of the speculation turned on one bullet point from the job listing which said "We are ambitious and bent on disrupting the way people shop".  That is intriguing, as it makes me wonder if they are going to scale some of the lessons learned from their Target Open House, the company's San...

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Here Are The Stories That Defined The Smart Home In 2015

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With 2015 breathing its final breath, I thought I'd take a look back at the defining stories and trends for this past year in smart home with a few hints of what this portends for the coming year.   A Shakeout For DIY "Platforms" With consumers still not entirely convinced they want to buy a DIY smart home kit and install it, DIY smart home platforms struggled to get beyond the early adopter crowd.  The end result were some high profile struggles for companies such as Wink. While some researchers painted with too broad a brush and said this lack of interest...

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Smart Home Weekly: B8ta Test, Z-Wave Ups Security, UPnP+OIC, SmartThings Goes Premium

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While most everyone in connected home business being either head's down preparing for CES or slowing down for the holidays (or both), there has been some interesting news coming out in advance of the big show in Vegas.  Maybe the most interesting is the launch of b8ta, a new retail store for IoT. I write about it here and will be publishing a podcast interview with Phillip Straub, cofounder of b8ta, later today. You'll be able to find that here by this evening. There's also been news on the smart home technology front, with OIC absorbing UPnP and Z-Wave upping its security game...

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Here's B8ta, The IoT 'Super Store' We May Have Been Waiting For

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Back in 2014, I posed the question of whether the world needed an IoT super store. You know the kind, one where you could go in the heyday of the personal computer revolution for mice, graphics boards and speakers, only this more modern computing store's shelves would be lined with smart bulbs, connected locks and other consumer-centric IoT devices. As it turns out, someone thinks maybe we do. b8ta, launched by four Nest alum, is launching tomorrow and is basically just that: a store exclusively for IoT devices. Of course, any forward leaning retail concept in 2015 is going to be less OfficeMax and more Apple...

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How to Sell The Smart Kitchen (or Smart Home) At Retail

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One of the best panels from the Smart Kitchen Summit last week was one featuring the President of Williams-Sonoma, Janet Hayes, and the GM of Home Improvement (which includes kitchen and smart home products), Matt Furlong. The observations about how important it is to consider the end-user, including needs of various types of users in the home - including children - were really good. I'll probably feature more videos in coming weeks, but thought I'd start with this one since it is so applicable to the broader smart home space.  If you want to watch more videos from the Summit...

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