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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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What it takes to be HomeKit compatible

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What it takes to be HomeKit compatible

Back in 2014, Apple announced HomeKit, signaling their official entry into the connected home space. HomeKit was hailed as a killer app that would make Apple an unstoppable force in their quest to dominate the home. They already had iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and Apple TVs in millions of homes, and adding support for the burgeoning smart home market would further deepen their reach. It took a whole year after the announcement for the first HomeKit compatible devices to hit store shelves. This included Ecobee3, which we are working on integrating with as I write this. Despite some big name integrations partners like Ecobee and...

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Proactive vs. Reactive: Why The Connected Home 2.0 Is What We’ve All Been Waiting For

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Proactive vs. Reactive: Why The Connected Home 2.0 Is What We’ve All Been Waiting For

In 1962 the Jetsons popularized the home of the future. With its automated walkways and robot maid, the entire house adapted to the homeowners’ needs. Comfort was facilitated by proactive devices that thought about their owners and removed moments of stress that are often all too common in homeownership. Fast forward 50+ years and we are closer to living like the Jetsons than we have ever been. But despite the strides that have been made, our devices — even the smart ones — are still mostly reactive. But not for long. The Connected Home 2.0 is coming, and it’s going to usher in a...

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Don’t Reinvent The Wheel: Why Integration Is Good For The Smart Home

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Don’t Reinvent The Wheel: Why Integration Is Good For The Smart Home

Last week, we gave you a crash course on the smart bridge and explained why it’s an essential part of the smart home. Now, we want to explain why we built our own smart bridge and why we decided early on to not build a new smart home standard, but to instead integrate with platforms homeowners already have. Too Many Platforms It seems like every week a new company is building software and hardware that will simplify the Internet of Things and bring thousands of connected devices into a single, unified platform. While on the surface this seems consumer-friendly, you...

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