Dude, where’s my car? Plus a tour through a Savant home

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Last week I experienced some real highs and lows on the connected scene. Between a tour to a smart home software provider to a lost car in the airport parking lot at 12:30 a.m., this week’s show covers a long 24-hour period. Friday I visited Savant Systems, a smart home provider that has some really sexy software (and hardware) that is smarter (and more expensive) than the DIY crowd we normally cover.

Jim Carroll, cofounder of Savant Systems
Jim Carroll, cofounder of Savant Systems

After that meeting I’m rethinking my idea that services will drive the IoT experience for the consumer. I do think it will become part of the business model for large vendors, but I think software is the make or break aspect for the consumer smart home market. This week’s guest, Savant’s co-funder Jim Carroll, and I will discuss this in the second half of the show.

But before that, Kevin Tofel and I discuss whether a smart device or an app is the solution to my lost car in the Austin airport parking lot. After wandering around until 2 in the morning, I’ve downloaded an app to see if it helps. If it doesn’t, I’ll have to consider a device solution; perhaps Automatic, Zubie, or the OBDLink from a previous podcast. Listen up and find out more about Kevin’s unexpected Yankee Candle addiction.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Jim Carroll, co-founder of Savant.

  • Should a connected device or an app solve my parking problems?
  • SmartThings gets an Android(s goog) app upgrade that focuses on the use case, not the device
  • Software not services will drive the smart home for now. I was wrong.
  • Why Savant is taking its high-end product to the middle market
  • How to make something complex look easy and where the smart home is heading

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