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Our favorite consumer tech

Our favorite consumer tech

Tech publications love to rate and recommend products. As a tech company, our team is naturally drawn to consumer technology, so we thought it would...

Why you should build your hardware startup in NYC

Why you should build your hardware startup in NYC

Whenever I tell someone who doesn’t live in New York City that I work for a hardware startup, I am generally met with incredulity. “How...

Behind The Vents - Building Our Own IoT Platform

Behind The Vents - Building Our Own IoT Platform

From open source packages to smart home hubs to SaaS platforms, these days there is no shortage of pre-packaged solutions to choose from when building...

Smart Vents now work with ecobee

Smart Vents now work with ecobee

From the moment we introduced the Smart Vent System on Shark Tank in early 2015, integration with ecobee’s smart thermostat has consistently ranked as one...

A look back at 2016

A look back at 2016

A year ago today, our team had just completed three significant milestones: we completed shipping every pre-order from 2015, we announced our Smart Filter product, and we...

Now accepting investment reservations

Now accepting investment reservations

It’s hard to believe that nearly two years ago Ryan and I were pitching the Sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank. Back then we were in...

What it takes to be HomeKit compatible

What it takes to be HomeKit compatible

Back in 2014, Apple announced HomeKit, signaling their official entry into the connected home space. HomeKit was hailed as a killer app that would make...

How HVAC Zoning Works

How HVAC Zoning Works

Your HVAC system is more than just a thermostat. It’s actually several machines doing several different jobs, all coordinated by your thermostat. Courtesy of starrmechanicalservices.com...

All About Execution Part II: Making the Smart Filter

All About Execution Part II: Making the Smart Filter

Welcome to Part II of our series about building the Smart Filter. We’ve been writing about the Smart Filter a lot lately. Can you blame...

All About Execution Part I: Inspiration and Motivation to Build the Smart Filter

All About Execution Part I: Inspiration and Motivation to Build the Smart Filter

  Vents are filthy. We’ve been pulling old vents from walls and replacing them with shiny new robo vents for over a year now and...

If you build a product in a forest, will anyone see it?

If you build a product in a forest, will anyone see it?

The Forest of Lost Products, courtesy of pixabay In the past, we have shared a lot about what goes on behind the scenes to design, manufacture,...

Welcome to Our House

Welcome to Our House

Introduction It goes without saying that great consumer electronics products require extensive testing. In this post, we detail some of the unique product testing we...

Nest and Future Smart Vent Integrations

Nest and Future Smart Vent Integrations

This is an updated version of our August 2015 post with the same title, originally posted on Medium.  We’ve said it before: integration is good and...

We’re sellouts, but in hardware that’s a good thing

We’re sellouts, but in hardware that’s a good thing

In April we appeared on Shark Tank for the second time in one year and we were proud to share our progress following our first...

Manufacturing The Smart Vent: Making It Work

Manufacturing The Smart Vent: Making It Work

Most people have no idea what goes into making the products they know and love. As a company dedicated to improving lives through hardware, we...

Keen Home's Arbor faceplate - Mathematics, Lasers and Designing Like Nature

Keen Home's Arbor faceplate - Mathematics, Lasers and Designing Like Nature

The road to a customer-ready Arbor faceplate has been longer than we’d hoped, but we’re getting ready to produce. Lesson: working with wood can be...

Air purification and the next frontier of smart home comfort

Air purification and the next frontier of smart home comfort

If you were at CES 2016 and had an opportunity to drop by the Keen Home booth you probably noticed a new product on display....

One year later, we're back on Shark Tank

One year later, we're back on Shark Tank

It’s hard to believe that over a year has passed since Ryan and I pitched the Sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank. After shaking on one...

Manufacturing the Smart Vent: Floor Rating

Manufacturing the Smart Vent: Floor Rating

  Air vents are typically installed in three locations: the wall, the ceiling, and the floor. That last one requires special consideration. Unlike wall and...

7 Causes of Temperature Imbalances In The Home

7 Causes of Temperature Imbalances In The Home

  We’ve all been there: no matter how hard you try, at least one room in your home is either too hot or too cold....

Getting the most out of your Smart Vents

Getting the most out of your Smart Vents

  You finally received your Smart Vent System and can’t wait to get it set up. You follow our setup guide and in-app instructions, and...

SmartThings and Smart Vents

SmartThings and Smart Vents

  If you are unfamiliar with SmartThings, it is a platform that connects hundreds of smart devices together and gives its community members the tools to...

Designing A Keen Home User Experience

Designing A Keen Home User Experience

  One way or another, every smart home device aims to make life more enjoyable. But often, these devices end up perpetuating pains they originally...

How We Landed One of the Biggest Deals in ‘Shark Tank’ History

How We Landed One of the Biggest Deals in ‘Shark Tank’ History

This post originally appeared on Inc.com These days it seems like everywhere you look some startup is pulling back the curtain on their launch or...

What’s a Smart Bridge?

What’s a Smart Bridge?

If you have smart home devices or are considering turning your home into a smart home, you’re probably aware that you need a smart bridge — a...

Proactive vs. Reactive: Why The Connected Home 2.0 Is What We’ve All Been Waiting For

Proactive vs. Reactive: Why The Connected Home 2.0 Is What We’ve All Been Waiting For

In 1962 the Jetsons popularized the home of the future. With its automated walkways and robot maid, the entire house adapted to the homeowners’ needs....

An Intro To Electrical Discharge Machining

An Intro To Electrical Discharge Machining

Before 2012, the extent of my manufacturing knowledge came from Michael Shuman’s book The Miracle: The Epic Story of Asia’s Quest for Wealth (highly recommended)....

Don’t Reinvent The Wheel: Why Integration Is Good For The Smart Home

Don’t Reinvent The Wheel: Why Integration Is Good For The Smart Home

Last week, we gave you a crash course on the smart bridge and explained why it’s an essential part of the smart home. Now, we...

Manufacturing The Smart Vent: Batteries Included

Manufacturing The Smart Vent: Batteries Included

Most people have no idea what goes into making the products they know and love. As a company dedicated to improving lives through hardware, we...

Manufacturing The Smart Vent: Good, Fast, Cheap — Choose Two

Manufacturing The Smart Vent: Good, Fast, Cheap — Choose Two

Most people have no idea what goes into making the products they know and love. As a company dedicated to improving lives through hardware, we...

Manufacturing The Smart Vent: Why China Is Essential

Manufacturing The Smart Vent: Why China Is Essential

Most people have no idea what goes into making the products they know and love. As a company dedicated to improving lives through hardware, we...

6 Home Energy Efficiency Tips

6 Home Energy Efficiency Tips

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 22.5% of the country’s energy is collectively used by its 115 million residences, who on average spend $2,200...

A Vision of the Smart Home

A Vision of the Smart Home

  The concept of a “smart home” has been around for decades. In 1939 Popular Mechanics Magazine wrote about “The Electric Home of the Future.”...

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