The Gang from with the Current State and Challenges of Home Automation – HGG607

This week I have Gavin Campell, TJ Huddleston and Seth Johnson, hosts of the HomeTech Podcast at and we discuss the current state of the home tech market, including challenges and strategies for hiding technology in home theater installations, integrating various smart home devices and systems, and the benefits and drawbacks of robot lawn mowers. They also shared their experiences with USB power and cable management, highlighting the need for longer cables and the potential of battery-powered millimeter wave sensors. They emphasized the importance of standardization, seamless control, and user-friendly interfaces, while acknowledging the challenges of keeping up with the rapid pace of innovation in the industry. Thanks for listening!

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Show Segments

  • Home automation and tech with industry professionals.[0:00]
  • Podcasting, home automation, and video workflow.[4:01]
  • Home automation and retrofitting older homes with new technology.[7:36]
  • Hiding technology in home theaters, including tips and tricks for custom integrators.[11:04]
  • Home automation systems, protocols, and compatibility.[15:08]
  • Smart home technology adoption and innovation slowdown.[21:46]
  • Home automation challenges and industry standards.[25:11]
  • Home automation and AI integration to improve smart home systems.[31:47]
  • AI and automation in home assistants, with mixed opinions on its effectiveness and potential issues.[35:52]
  • AI technology and its applications in home automation, including voice assistants, robot vacuum cleaners, and large language models.[40:23]
  • Lawn mowing robots, features, and experiences.[44:57]
  • Robot lawn mowers and snow blowers, safety concerns, and personal preferences.[50:57]
  • Lawn mowing technology and potential future products.[56:37]
  • Smart home lighting and automation, with a focus on white tunable LED bulbs and battery-powered millimeter wave sensors.[59:56]
  • Tech gadgets, including USB cables, power adapters, and sticker campaign.[1:03:44]
  • Podcasting, stamps, and mail fraud.[1:09:30]

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