Smart Living Things

Smart garage door opener

Recently, I had to re-educate my garage door opener. Our house on a hill in San Francisco occasionally settles, and the door is experiencing different stresses than it did 5 years ago when I installed a new opener. So I had to re-teach it how to open and close the door.

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Our Takeaways from NAB Show 2017

A couple of us were among the 100,000+ attendees at the recent NAB Show in April. If you’ve never been to the show, it would be kind of tricky to describe it fully since it’s rather broad and all-encompassing when it comes to media and digital content. The National Association of Broadcasters describes it as follows:

[NAB Show is] the world’s largest convention encompassing The M.E.T. Effect, the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. With 103,000 attendees from 166 countries and 1,700+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is where global visionaries convene to bring content to life in new and exciting ways. (more…)

IoT Smart-Locks: Apple HomeKit & Schlage Sense-lessness (or how to spend $2000 on a deadbolt)

"Hello Siri?"

The goal

  • Upgrade home-office security and take the opportunity to join the Star Trek generation of smart-home IoT.

Exec summary

  • Describe my experience installing and configuring a couple of Schlage Sense smart-locks and configuring them to connect to a couple of Apple TVs as their HomeKit hubs.
  • Examine the pro’s and con’s of smart-home devices: their features are compelling when they work, but IoT remains a bleeding-edge, artful science. (more…)