The Smart Home Has a Lot to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

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This past year we’ve seen tremendous innovation in the smart home space. The luxury residential conference, CEDIA 2017, saw record numbers of attendees and almost every manufacturer in the space released cutting edge new products. This year we saw Apple, Google, and many others announce their voice products and control systems like Crestron, Control4, and Savant continue to improve. At, we’re standing on the shoulders of these giants and wanted to give thanks to the market dynamics and innovations making what we do possible.

From deep-linking voice commands on Netflix to streaming the perfect song throughout the house, a lot of the magic behind wouldn’t be possible without really robust networks. There are many, many companies to thank for getting us here. In our industry, companies like Access Networks, Ruckus, and Pakedge are just some of the players helping to guarantee homes can support hundreds of devices. From voice control to remote access, we are very thankful for the incredible innovations surrounding the smart home’s network. 🦃

Breakthroughs over the last few years in machine learning, deep learning, and neural networks are pivotal to what we do. Thousands of brilliant engineers spanning academia, national labs, and industry have collectively accelerated this technology to a place where we and many others can build world-class products. This is a thank you to all of those who’s work has allowed us to get here. 💬

This is an amazing organization filled with thousands of members making what we do possible. From press to dealers manufacturing partners, CEDIA brings them all together and has been nothing but inviting to us. We’ve been proud to teach courses, serve on the Tech Council, and guest lecture across the country and abroad in partnership with CEDIA. Not only that, but CEDIA lobbies for our industry in DC, recruits and trains new talent, and represents us at sister events like CES and Home Builders. Thank you CEDIA! 🙏

Amazon is a potentially controversial one here as many dealers feel threatened (and maybe they should), but from our perspective they’ve done more than any other organization at raising awareness for both the smart home as well as voice control. More than that, Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides the cloud network many of us rely on to host our services. Like them or hate them, Amazon has had a truly profound impact on what we do and for that we are very grateful. 📦

The backbone of our industry, and more importantly, of our business, are the professional installers pulling wire, solving hard problems, and introducing our products to the customers they support. We are very thankful to our integrator partners scattered all across the country (and abroad) who provide invaluable insight, introduce to their trusting clients, and help ensure we have a future selling world-class smart home solutions. Thank you! 🔧

The smart home is a complicated environment where dozens of products need to work together in perfect harmony to produce the results our clients demand. At we’re thankful to the dozens of companies who have opened their APIs and engineering know-how in order to construct amazing applications for our shared customers. Because of their amazing work making televisions and speakers, routers and light fixtures, and everything in between, we’re able to deliver awe-inspiring moments. Thank you to all of our partners! 💡

7. Our Team

Last but not least, I wanted to personally thank our amazing team of engineers, designers, and business development colleagues who make what we do possible. From flying all over the country and the world, to pulling late nights working to make the perfect software or hardware solution, I am lucky to have the best team in the world. Thank you to everyone who’s been part of the family! In particular, a big thank you to my business partner and co-founder Tim Gill who’s vision and brilliance keeps us at the leading edge of innovation. 😎

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This post was written by Alex Capecelatro, Co-Founder & CEO of Previously, Alex was a research scientist for NASA, Sandia National Lab, and the NRL. Before that, Alex worked at Fisker Automotive and founded At The Pool and Yeti. Alex has an engineering degree from UCLA, lives in Los Angeles, and likes to tweet about AI, Technology, and Design. is an artificial intelligence agent for your home. If you’re interested in learning more, visit us at

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