Pairing IKEA Tradfri Smart Lights with SmartThings (How-To)

IKEA’s initial roll-out of smart lighting is a good value with a limited set of functionality, whether you use the physical remotes or the app and their gateway. But luckily, IKEA built Tradfri on the ubiquitous Zigbee standard, so it’s possible to use the Swedish smart bulbs on other smart home controllers. By using a different smart home hub or controller, you can also get more functionality out of your existing IKEA smart bulbs.

Conversation of Things #2 - Dr. John Barentine and Preserving The Night Sky

My super-smart and longtime friend Dr. John Barentine from the International Dark-Sky Association joins me to talk about how lighting affects the night sky and the health and well-being of both humans and many other species across our planet. Whether it’s too much blue light that we’re staring at during nighttime hours or the over-abundance of light in our cities, light pollution is a real thing and the IDA is working to educate the public on how to reduce it. We also chat about how smart lighting from the home automation world is making its ways into cities and street lighting, along with what the future holds for lighting beyond the current LED revolution.

August raises additional venture capital, continues to unlock its future

August Home announced today that it’s raised $25 million in Series C funding. This increases the total funding that the smart home company has achieved to $75 million over the past few years. August says the additional funds will be used to expand their operations and further extend their products and services. In the crowded smart home space, and especially the popular smart lock segment, the company with a solid product, business plan and excellent marketing strategy will usually win.

Conversation of Things #1 - Allison Sheridan

Super-friendly and incredibly knowledgeable technology podcaster Allison Sheridan joins me on this first episode of the Conversation of Things. We chat a bit about how our friendship started at CES 2017, Allison brings us up-to-speed on her many years of being involved with tech and podcasting and we talk about how the iPhone has changed the world (including the smart home) and where is technology going to take us in the future. Plus, the Five Rapid-Fire Questions!

Today’s smart home is a reality thanks to the iPhone

The iPhone as the “Ultimate Digital Device” as coined by Steve Jobs in 2007 became much, much more than even he could have predicted. Today, the iPhone (and modern smartphones) has powerful apps, voice control, proximity automation, the list goes on. And all of those features, based in a hand-held device, have largely solved the decades-old challenges of creating a (real) smart home.

The Fairview Smart Home - Phoenix, AZ

Welcome to the Fairview Smart Home. A collaborative effort between Smarter Home Life and a close friend (and real estate investor) of the show. This is a completely reimagined and redesigned "flip" home in the Fairview Historic Neighborhood of Central Phoenix.