Episode #45

Your So-Called Future Life: Homes and To-Do Lists Get 'Smart'

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

In the smart home of the future, your milk jug will tell you when your milk has gone sour, your plants will text you when they need watering and with solar panels on your roof, you may not even need to be connected to the power grid. 

This week on WNYC's New Tech City, host Manoush Zomorodi tours a "Home of the Future" where appliances talk to their owners and each other and furniture can be taken apart and hung on the wall. 

"The systems are going to start talking to each other," says Piers Fawkes, founder of the consulting firm PSFK, which set up the smart home (really, a smart apartment) in Manhattan.

Across town, some Brooklyn homeowners are teaming up to bring their apartments and houses solar technology. WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports on Solarize Brooklyn, a coalition that's trying to help hundreds of families make their own electricity. 

Finally, Astrid, one of the most popular to-apps shuts down for good August 5th.  Jill Duffy, PC Magazine's resident productivity expert, gives her advice on the strategies and apps for staying on task and organizing your life in a digital world.

This is an extended podcast of New Tech City. You can listen to the broadcast version every Wednesday morning at 5:50 and 7:50 a.m. on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 and New Jersey Public Radio or subscribe to the program on iTunes.


Jill Duffy

Hosted by:

Manoush Zomorodi

Produced by:

Collin Campbell, Tim Einenkel and Daniel P. Tucker


Charlie Herman


Ilya Marritz

Productivity in the Digital Age

This week marks the demise of one of the most popular task-list apps out there. Yahoo bought Astrid in May and subsequently announced that it would be shutting down the service on August 5.


Solar Roof Cluster in Brooklyn?

The benefits of home solar technology aren't news, but very few homeowners and businesses have it installed. A new group, Solarize Brooklyn, is helping people get over the hump of paperwork, bureaucracy, and subsidies, to make their own electricity. 


Comments [1]

Robby from San Francisco, Calif.

Great show, but the Sunshine State is Florida, not California (the Golden State).

: )

Jul. 31 2013 05:02 PM

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