Hubitat makes a strong case for the cloud-less smart home hub

On the most recent IoT Podcast, we talked about the Hubitat Elevation: A new smart home hub that doesn’t connect to the cloud. Instead, Hubitat keeps all of the device rules, automations and data locally. With all of the recent news about data privacy issues, social media manipulation and the like, I’ve been wondering if we really need cloud-based hubs.

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Podcast: New Wi-Fi standards and robots

The Misty II is cute and somewhat affordable. The Wi-Fi Alliance has created a new standard for mesh networks, and Kevin and I are on top of it, discussing what it means, who’s participating, and whether or not it matters. We then tackle Sigfox’s new sensorand network in a box offering before sharing details on a new home hubfrom Hubitat that keeps your data local. Kevin

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Podcast: Everything IoT from Microsoft Build and Google I/O

The Fibaro HomeKit compatible button is $60. This week was a big one in the tech ecosystem with Microsoft and Google both hosting their big developer conferences. Microsoft’s featured a lot more IoT. Google shared a few updates for its Google Home and, prior to the show, made its Android Things operating system available. In Alexa news, Microsoft showed off

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Former AlertMe team rebuilds the smart home platform

The IMONT team, from left to right: Nigel Pugh, co-founder & CEO; Larry Poon, co-founder & COO; Graham Nice, from Imont’s software partner Skelmir; Stephen Barker, global software director; Matthew Smart, co-founder & CDPO; Roman Sonkinas, co-founder & CTO. Image courtesy of IMONT. Connected devices may offer convenience and new features, but they are also an ongoing source of expense.

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Podcast: Amazon’s Alexa Blueprints, home robots and more

The IKEA Tradfri lights have expanded to include colors and wall-mounted flat lights. This week’s show finds me in Sweden pondering Alexa Blueprints, the Amazon Echo for kids and Amazon’s smart robot plans. Kevin and I talked about all of that, before showcasing new research for IoT out of Carnegie Mellon, the University of Washington, and Princeton. Two senators proposed a social media data sharing law that appears to

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