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Our favorite consumer tech

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Our favorite consumer tech

Tech publications love to rate and recommend products. As a tech company, our team is naturally drawn to consumer technology, so we thought it would be fun (and hopefully useful for our community members) if we put some of these favorites into our own listicle. From multi-tools to trusty homebrew computers, the Keen team has a wide-ranging and eclectic collection of devices in our homes. Who: Nayeem What: Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush and Sonos wireless music system. Why: Philips Sonicare After the very first time using this toothbrush, my first thought was, “My teeth feel like I just got them...

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Why you should build your hardware startup in NYC

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Why you should build your hardware startup in NYC

Whenever I tell someone who doesn’t live in New York City that I work for a hardware startup, I am generally met with incredulity. “How do you have enough space for that?” I often hear. “That must be incredibly expensive” is a common refrain. Entrepreneurs living outside of New York City may assume that starting a tech company that actually makes things in a city known for finance, fashion, and advertising would be a disaster--especially so far away from the venture capital epicenter of Silicon Valley. But in the past seven years, the city has become dramatically friendlier to hardware...

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Behind The Vents - Building Our Own IoT Platform

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Behind The Vents - Building Our Own IoT Platform

From open source packages to smart home hubs to SaaS platforms, these days there is no shortage of pre-packaged solutions to choose from when building an IoT product. While these “off the shelf” services may be very tempting to an otherwise overwhelmed entrepreneur about to embark on years of product development, it is not always the right decision to buy versus build. Failure to do a comprehensive analysis up-front could jeopardize a product launch or lead to huge costs over the long term. So, in the first of a series of blog posts entitled Behind The Vents, I’d like to...

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Smart Vents now work with ecobee

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Smart Vents now work with ecobee

After months of hard work and testing, we are pleased to announce, Keen Home Smart Vents are officially compatible with ecobee3 thermostats and ecobee room sensors!

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A look back at 2016

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A look back at 2016

A year ago today, our team had just completed three significant milestones: we completed shipping every pre-order from 2015, we announced our Smart Filter product, and we completed a successful CES 2016 where we not only had our own booth, but were represented by Lowe’s and SmartThings as well. We were on cloud nine then, but it was just the beginning of a huge year for our company and for the thousands of homeowners throughout the U.S. and Canada who looked to us to make their homes smarter, more comfortable, and more energy efficient. With 2017 well underway, we wanted to share some...

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