Home Automation Nation

Smart Home podcast by Scott and Megan Shay, real estate pros in the Seattle area.




      Dark Side of the Moon

      Welcome to Episode 83 of Home Automation Nation!

      The creepy/cool new Moon security camera that does everything, Logitech is getting into a brick house, Alexa’s new routines, and more.

      Episode Articles & Links: The Moon camera floats, swivels, and…well, pretty much everything (CNET, Indiegogo). Honeywell’s new security system is out now, for you Honeywell fans (Indiegogo) Smart home adoption may not be as wide-spread as you think (DigitalTrends) Logitech...



      Fear the Reaper

      Welcome to Episode 82 of Home Automation Nation!

      We will try not to scare you with our annual security edition. Also, Amazon is trick or treating inside your house and a couple of Echo Show imitators that may or may not exist in this scary Halloween episode.

      Episode Articles & Links: The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act attempts to do SOMETHING about IoT security (InternetofThingsAgenda) On the one-year anniversary of the Mirai botnet, we celebrate with the Reaper...



      Spooky Times

      Welcome to Episode 81 of Home Automation Nation!

      The growth of smart home speakers may be the death knell for traditional audio, Google Home Mini is announced and already spying, spooky smart home Halloween tricks, surveys galore and more.

      Episode Articles & Links: Google announces Mini and Max Google Homes (USA Today) Google Home Mini might have been spying on you already (CNET, Business Insider) Amazon searches for...



      The Echo Show. Again.

      Welcome to Episode 79 of Home Automation Nation!

      And you thought we couldn’t talk about Amazon Alexa/Echo anymore?! Google tries to get to the show, and LG is playing both sides of the appliances.

      Episode Articles & Links: Going smart in your home is getting cheaper. A little. (TheVerge) New home builders Brookfield and Lennar continue to embrace smart home tech (BuilderOnline) Google brings a competitor to...



      “Alexa, Add Big Hairy ___ to My Shopping List”

      Welcome to Episode 79 of Home Automation Nation!

      South Park season premier wreaks havoc with Alexa and Google  Home, the new iPhone will save the world, and more.

      Episode Articles & Links: Apple users: is the iPhone X the smart home savior for you? (Twice) Sprint & Vivint team up to put Vivint products in Sprints brick & mortar stores (DigitalTrends) Smart light switch maker Deako raises a $2.1M round of funding, looks to expand across the nation (Geekwire) TP-Link Kasa ...



      Tag Team Smackdown

      Welcome to Episode 78 of Home Automation Nation!

      Smart home frenemies, why we should always be a little paranoid, and more.

      Episode Articles & Links: Microsoft’s Cortana assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, now besties? (CNET) Walmart and Google gang up on Alexa to deliver you stuff (Fortune) Green Canopy Homes gives us a little insight into how Alexa fits into their Net Zero homes Samsung smart speaker, coming...



      Total Eclipse of the Smart Home

      Welcome to Episode 77 of Home Automation Nation!

      A total solar eclipse happened! Also, LockState locks a bunch of people out, far-out underwater smart homes in Dubai, and more.

      Episode Articles & Links: LockState locks out a bunch of customers with a bad, bad update (ARSTechnica, BusinessInsider) Google Home let’s you make free calls (BusinessInsider) 10 smart home gadgets that are “most flexible”...



      Suck It Up

      Welcome to Episode 76 of Home Automation Nation!

      Roomba sucks up–and possibly sells–your floorplan, the U.S. gov thinks about setting some IoT standards, and more.

      Episode Articles & Links:

      Roomba maps your house, may share the floorplan? (CEPro) The U.S. government is trying to set some baseline security for IoT devices and more (KrebsOnSecurity) HUGE Luxembourg smart palace–er,...



      Alexa, Backseat Driver

      Welcome to Episode 75 of Home Automation Nation!



      What a Lifesaver

      The smart home that may have saved lives, yet ANOTHER digital voice assistant, our visit to Kirio, and more.