TecHome Refresh: Weekly Video Update, August 8

TecHome Refresh offers “quick hits” of the content we are working on this week.

Editor-in-Chief Andrea Medeiros leads this week’s TecHome Refresh, going over our top stories from last week and some hot topics to look forward to this week.

What can builders learn from Pokemon? We explore what the “Pokemon GO” phenomenon means for the future of augmented reality in residential construction. Plus, a new report ranks the top smart thermostats on the market. Which one came out on top?

And finally, Microsoft is hoping to join the smart home race with its Windows 10 platform. But with Siri and Alexa leading the charge, is it too little, too late?

But first, coming up this week …

We tour a tiny home from PCBC and explore its use of alternative and rising technologies.

Plus, we take a look at a 30-year old smart home currently owned by an NFL legend.

And lastly, we continue our “My First TecHome” series—focusing on a luxury builder’s journey from old school thermostats to teched-out home theaters and what he’s learned about the importance of integrator partnerships.

TecHome Refresh is shot every Monday, is posted on our social media pages and goes out in Tuesday’s Insights newsletter. If you have any comments or ideas for stories you’d like to see us cover, write them in the comment section below.

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About The Author

Greg Vellante is a staff writer and multimedia specialist at TecHome Builder, as well as a content coordinator for AE Ventures events. He has over a decade of experience writing for various publications on topics that range from cinema to editorials to home technology. His favorite technologies fall into the A/V and home entertainment realm, and he’s keeping a close eye on the rising trends in robotics and virtual/augmented reality. Greg resides in Boston, holds a degree in Media Studies from Emerson College and pursues screenwriting/filmmaking in his free time.

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