The Weekly Spoon: Andy Rubin's Smart Home Play; IKEA's Startup Bootcamp; Nest Gets Into AI

The big news in smart home - and smart kitchen - this week was all about Essential. Tech star and Android creator Andy Rubin joined Walt Mossberg on stage to talk about his new company and how they're creating a new OS for the home. Read our first take on the Essential smart speaker and ecosystem and what they might mean for the space.

Want more Essential analysis? Don't miss Mike's podcast with further discussion on Rubin's announcement plus special guest Pawel Orzechowski, the Director of Systems Software at Neato Robotics to talk how robotics will impact the smart home.

Amidst the Essential noise, Nest announced a new Nest Cam with face recognition software built in. Is Nest's integration of AI the first effort at a big comeback? There are signs that say yes.

IKEA is getting into the startup accelerator game, announcing the IKEA Bootcamp for entrepreneurs looking to solve the world’s “Big Problems.” Interest areas include food innovation, commerce disruption and robotics and selected startups will get a chance to live in Sweden and work alongside IKEA's greatest minds. 

Speaking of startups, did you miss our Startup Showcase announcement? Read all about the third edition of the smart kitchen and food tech startup competition at the 2017 Smart Kitchen Summit and get your application ready - deadline to apply is August 15

Other quick notes - it's June, which means we're just 4 months away from the 2017 Smart Kitchen Summit in Seattle. You've got until July 31 to get early bird tickets PLUS take 25% off of any ticket price using code SPRING.

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In the 06/02/2017 edition:

Podcast: Robot, Meet Chatbot

By Michael Wolf on Jun 01, 2017 09:57 am
In this episode, Mike looks at Andy Rubin’s new smart home platform, Essential Home. Rubin believes he can eliminate all the friction and fragmentation consumers face today with all the various platforms by focusing on integration. He’s created a smart home platform that plans to play nice with other platforms and hopefully get us out […]
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Is Nest’s New Face Recognition Cam A Sign It’s Waking From Its Slumber?

By Michael Wolf on Jun 01, 2017 09:11 am
One of the great mysteries of the smart home world over the past few years has been the relative quiet of Nest, the one-time connected home star that burst onto the scene with the launch of its impressive Nest Learning Thermostat and, two years later, a smoke and carbon monoxide detector by the name of […]
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Calling All Startups: Apply To Pitch & Demo At 2017 Smart Kitchen Summit

By Ashley Daigneault on May 31, 2017 09:11 am
One of the best parts of attending the Smart Kitchen Summit is getting a front row seat to brand new technology and innovative products that are coming down the pipeline. The event’s startup showcase is now in its third year and invites all startups in the food tech and smart kitchen space to apply for […]
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Rubin: Essential Home Will Be The “Bridge” Between Competing Smart Home Ecosystems

By Michael Wolf on May 31, 2017 06:50 am
Last night Andy Rubin got on stage with Walt Mossberg at the Code Conference to discuss his new company. The two spent a good chunk of the conversation talking about the Essential Phone, but when they finally got to the Essential Home, they didn’t disappoint. I wrote yesterday about what we already knew about the […]
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IKEA Gets In The Startup Game With Bootcamp Accelerator

By Ashley Daigneault on May 30, 2017 12:51 pm
In the last several years, we’ve seen major home, tech and food brands reach out to the startup community in the form of VC funds and accelerators to try and harness the massive innovation taking place in their markets. From General Mills, Kellogg and Google, companies are looking at hot areas like food, agriculture and […]
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First Look At Essential Home, An AI-Powered Smart Home Platform From Andy Rubin

By Michael Wolf on May 30, 2017 11:21 am
Anyone who’s followed tech over the past decade knows what a huge role Andy Rubin has played in mobile computing. As one of the principals behind the Sidekick mobile device, co-creator of the Android operating system and the architect of Google’s mobile strategy, it’s not an exaggeration to say Rubin is one of a handful of people […]
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Meet Heston Bot, A Skype Bot That Helps You Figure Out What To Make For Dinner

By Sam Dean on May 29, 2017 01:45 pm
At the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and the future of food, the race is on to build the bot that truly hits the spot. From bots that “go where consumers are,” to chatbots that help you track food consumption, you can now interact with virtual personalities of many types. Microsoft, one of many companies […]
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