MacVoices #15167: The MacJury Discuss Home Automation, Expectations, Wants and Costs

The MacJury takes a look at the state of home automation and the Internet of Things, discussing what they have, what they want and why. Siri, the Amazon Echo and other  hardware devices are included as the panel of Shelly Brisbin, Bret Terpstra and host Chuck Joiner try to balance expectations with costs and privacy with convenience.

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Show Notes:

Chuck Joiner is the producer and host of MacVoices. You can catch up with what he’s doing on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, App.net and LinkedIn.

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Guests:

Shelly Brisbin  is a writer, editor, podcaster, and cocktail enthusiast. Her current project is  iOS Access for All, a comprehensive guide to accessibility for Apple’s iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. The ebook will be published in the spring of 2014. Shelly’s career in tech journalism spans 25 years, 13 books,hundreds of articles and blog posts for leading tech publications, and several stints on the editorial staffs of leading trade publications and Web sites. She served as editor-in-chief of  Blogger & Podcaster Magazine, networking editor for  MacUser Magazine, and an editor for online learning company,  Powered, Inc.  and two  Hoover’s  Web sites. Her podcasts include the award-winning  Shelly’s Podcast, and  App Store Pundit, an iOS app review show. Her cocktail writing appears on this blog, and at the sadly departed  The Spirit World. When she’s not working, Shelly spends time with her husband and cats in Austin, Texas, watches ancient movies, and reads books, many of which are made of paper.  

Brett Terpstra  is a coder, writer and web developer. He works behind the scenes at blogs including Engadget, Joystiq and The Unofficial Apple Weblog. He also writes for The Unofficial Apple Weblog, and contributes to Macworld.  Brett develops  Marked  for Mac and recently co-authored  â€œ60 Mountain Lion Tips”  with David Sparks for the iBookstore. He discusses all things “nerd” on his podcast,  Systematic. You can find Brett as “ttscoff” on  Twitter  and  App.net, and at his website,  brettterpstra.com.

Links:

Share all your browser tabs at once by Bret Terpstra

Amazon Echo

Ring Doorbell

Indigo Domo

My Minority Report Treadmill Desk by Bret Terpstra

Paprika Recipe Manager – Get your recipes organized! – Hindsight Labs LLC

Kitchen Sous Chef – Timer, Calculator, & Grocery Ingredient Converter – ChuChu Train Productions

Amazon Dash Buttons

Kitchen Sous Chef PRO – Timer, Calculator, & Grocery Ingredient Converter – ChuChu Train Productions

Using Amazon Echo to Order Items