Apple Gets It Right Again

Imagine a tech company that hands you a deck with the following business plan: “We’re going straight for the top end of the mass market. We’re all about software services and licensing, but most of our revenue will come from selling hardware, which by the way, will always cost more than the competition and will…

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Builder Innovator Week 2023 – Our Takeaways

The homebuilder market is undergoing dramatic changes and technology is underpinning most of them. At the recent Builder Innovator Week in Phoenix, the bluesalve team saw – and presented – the latest trends in technology for builders of single- and multi-family residences. Here are a few of our takeaways… Technology is now an expectation “If…

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What If Our Homes Can Be That Smart Too?

I often reminisce about this question posed 8 years ago during my time at Fibaro, which was in this video, Everything Is Connected. The video, narrated by my then 8-year-old son, envisioned a home smart enough to expand our senses, enabling us to see the music, touch the weather, or hear the energy around us.…

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Random Notes: CEDIA and Z-Wave Summit, 2023

September brings us the annual CEDIA Expo, which was followed this year by the annual Z-Wave Summit. We had a great time as judges and presenters for the CE Pro Best Awards. Here are a few impressions of both events that we thought worth sharing:   Mary at the DEN booth Mary Miller, Senior Consultant:…

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Crafting a Comprehensive PRD: 5 Must-Have Elements

In the ever-evolving landscape of IoT products, a well-defined Product Requirements Document (PRD) is crucial to the development process. Whether you’re a product manager, engineer or designer, a meticulously crafted PRD is the roadmap, ensuring your team stays aligned and focused on delivering a successful product. This post will explore the five essential items to…

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Is Matter Stifling Smart Home Innovation?

With all due respect to the parties that are working hard to develop it, the Matter standard is struggling. Sure, it’s a new protocol and it will get better. But how much better? How long will that take? And if I’m a manufacturer or consumer, should I hold off on new products until I find…

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Breaking Through Stigma in Senior Tech

Ended soon For all its diversity, the huge Boomer generation usually has one experience in common: the challenge of helping aging parents and loved ones stay healthy and independent. I call it a challenge because many seniors aren’t happy to think they need help, and as a result, they often turn it away, whether it…

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Audio Fests: Making the Experience Tangible Again

Ended soon I recently had the pleasure of attending the annual Pacific Audio Fest, held in my hometown of Seattle. In just its second year, the show has already become an important date for the specialty audio market, with nearly 100 vendors participating. It was fun to see old friends and make new ones at…

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Embracing Generative AI From a Product Development Perspective

Ended soon As the world of generative AI continues to evolve at an astonishing pace, businesses must stay informed and test new solutions, while also being cautious of how it’s being used within the organization. With the rapid expansion of AI tools, it’s essential to ensure that your team is using these resources responsibly by…

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OTC Hearing Aids: Why So Slow?

Ended soon Half a year has passed since over the counter hearing aids became available for sale. Where do things stand today? Not as far along as we’d have expected for a market estimated at 25 million customers in the U.S. alone. Is this category simply slow out of the gate or are there problems…

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