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Hey! I'm Eric Welander

Every month I'll explore a different side of how Apple and your smart home are going to change.

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How will spatial computing change your home?

Apple visionOS home screen from Apple's press release​ Smart home tech fits into the world around us. Since you already need a lightbulb, a thermostat, and a door lock, why not get the smart versions? And if you’re reading this newsletter, I don’t have to convince you of the convenience, peace of mind, and consistency the smart versions bring when they function properly. While home surveillance cameras and sensors are new ideas, they have a minimal footprint and try to fit into existing...

24 days ago • 2 min read

Tim Cook next to Steve Jobs in 2010 - CNBC.com Kimberly White Getty Images Almost 15 years ago, on January 21st, 2009, Tim Cook, then Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, outlined some core values of Apple’s product strategy that came to be known as the Cook Doctrine. In this Cook stated that: We believe that we need to own and control the primary technologies behind the products we make, and participate only in markets where we can make a significant contribution.” In the 15 years since Apple...

about 2 months ago • 3 min read

But first some quick housekeeping: Today is the last day to enter my giveaway to win an Aqara E1 camera. If you are subscribed to this newsletter, you are all set. I will draw the winner tomorrow (12/1/2023) and I will email them from this email address, eric@ericw.org. If you’re new here, welcome to my monthly newsletter. Each month, usually on the last day of the month, I explore a part of how Apple and your smart home are going to change. Sonos Era 100 next to a HomePod mini On to the...

3 months ago • 2 min read

Matter 1.2 hero image from CSA Press Release From the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA): The Alliance is excited to share that the second update to Matter, version 1.2, is now available for device makers and platforms to build into their products. It is packed with nine new device types, revisions, and additions to existing categories, core improvements to the specification and SDK, and certification and testing tools. The Matter 1.2 certification program is now open and members expect to...

4 months ago • 4 min read

At the end of August, I posted an abridged version of Philips Hue’s IFA press event covering the announcement of their new security system and cameras. The event started with Philips Hue also announcing support for Matter on their current bridge (or hub). I was surprised to find comments from many people angry at how Philips Hue still hasn’t updated their bridge or released a more powerful version. Comment from my Philips Hue IFA YouTube video Why build a bridge? (aka a hub) In Apple’s...

5 months ago • 4 min read

Welcome back to my email newsletter. I'm starting this again by sending an email once a month exploring how Apple and your smart home are going to change. If you subscribed a long time ago and are no longer interested, the unsubscribe link is always at the bottom of the email. If you have thoughts on this email, I’d love to hear them if you just hit reply. This is technically the August edition, sent a day late because I covered Philips Hue's IFA announcements on YouTube yesterday. Looking...

6 months ago • 4 min read
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