How to train your smart home and does the internet of things need an OS?

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This weekend I picked up a Nest thermostat — in part because this seems to be the focal point of Google’s connected home efforts and because I wanted to see what a more intuitive home felt like. So after three days of living with the Nest, Kevin and I discuss how to train the anticipatory home and whether or not mainstream consumers will ever enjoy the learning process that comes with this vision.

We also discuss Kevin’s new Raspberry Pi and his plans for that, a new standards organization for the internet of things (yes, another one) and welcome guest Zach Supalla, CEO of Spark to the show. Supalla has just raised $4.9 million for Spark and he hopes to build what he calls an OS and what I call a platform (yes another one) for the internet of things. Listen up.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Zach Supalla, CEO of Spark

  • Three days with the Nest and trouble training my robot
  • Kevin tries some Pi and builds a print server
  • The evolution of the Spark Core board into an OS for IoT
  • I’m not sure we need an OS for the IoT or even another platform
  • What is the tech stack for an IoT cloud?

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