Let’s talk about some of the news in the past week or so. We heard that Philips Hue has some sort of vulnerability. I think vulnerability is a good thing. Not the same vulnerability? We talked to the Rivian group at CES 2020. Apart from a really solid truck model, they are building electric vans for Amazon delivery. Nest Learning Thermostats can tell you if something is wrong with your furnace; not
Vulnerability in Philips Hue
I don’t really like talking about security issues in devices. Earlier last year, we heard of instances where people were controlling people’s Indoor Cameras. In this case, Chris Morris of Fortune Magazine reported that there was a vulnerability with Philips Hue. It’s a doozy. You can basically use a laptop and an antenna! What!? You’re probably asking what protocol. It was the Zigbee protocol. I want to hear more about how that happened. In the meantime, also looking forward to the patch – Philips probably has it on it’s way right now. The big techs (Google, Apple, Amazon) were working on an open protocol with Zigbee. Let’s hope they got it worked out too for end of 2020.
Rivian leading the ‘charge’ for Amazon
I have to tell you looking at the Rivian truck in person at CES 2020 was cool. It looked like a really solid truck. Now, that’s coming from a truck owner. Can I get a “arrgghh arrggh arrrghh!” Rivian has built a solid electric truck with a ‘Tank Turn’ ability. When we talked to the Rivian rep from Michigan, they mentioned that they are applying their Electric Vehicle technology into an Electric Delivery Van for Amazon. One Hundred Thousand EV delivery vans should be on the roads very soon. Congratulations Plymouth, Michigan. Stay tuned. I wonder about the infrastructure required to power and service these vans; will more charging stations be available.
Nest Learning Thermostats Detects HVAC Issues
I used to own the first-generation Nest Learning Thermostat. The idea that these thermostats were going to save me money enticed me. Nest was able to figure out when you were home, or away, and suggest temperatures to lower your energy bill. 9to5Google reported that the Nest Learning Thermostat (Affiliate Link – we may make money from proceeds) can now notify you if they think something is wrong. If the temperature in your house was not changing over time, the Nest Learning Thermostat would notify you, suggesting that something could be wrong with your HVAC unit (furnace or A/C). That’s good.
I currently own the Ecobee3 Thermostat. Over Christmas, during our -40C (-40F) break, our furnace was not responding either. The Ecobee notified us right away. So, I guess this is news, but Ecobee3 (Affiliate Link) does it too. It’s a good feature to have. It gives you some warning to tell you that something is up. However, the point here is that it gives you time to prepare. If it’s really cold or really hot, you can start making arrangements too keep your pipes from freezing, or your house from melting!
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