Jason Thompson

Jason is excited to join the ForwardGeek team! A longtime technology enthusiast, programmer and executive who has spent 20+ years developing, designing and tinkering and couldn't be more excited to share every mistake he's made and more with this new site. When not driving his family crazy and re-wiring the house, you can find him working for one of the largest IT firms in the Northeast.




Smarter Home Drinking? Meet KEGSMARTS
by Jason Thompson

I've been following for a while the success on Kickstarter of KEGSMARTS, but while I'm fine breaking my home's lighting, temperature, security and smoke, we weren't ready to take the leap on messing with our booze till we were sure that the product was delivering as promised in the real world. Good news beer drinkers, things just got smarter. 

Is Your COUCH Smart Enough? Enter the Immersit
by Jason Thompson

I'm reporting this news now from my couch and I must admit that after months of immersion in the Smart Home world, I've never once considered if my sofa was on the list of home products needing to be upgraded. Until, I suppose...today. Welcome to the Immersit, the new device which might have you never looking at your La-Z-Boy the same way again. Or, if you're like me ... wondering if the product will work, destroy your sofa, or frighten the heck out of your pet. 

XIBOT, Home Robot Assistant Coming July 2016 Doubles IndieGogo Goal
by Jason Thompson

XIBOT, which bills itself as 'Your New Robotic Family Member' has now doubled it's IndieGogo fundraising goals, reaching 232% of $10,000 flexible goal, via 78 backers and with a month left. Perks and details are still available here on the unit, which aims to reach the market by July of 2016. 

Cool/Hot News, Amazon Echo Gets Ecobee Support
by Jason Thompson

Our favorite home voice control, the Amazon Echo continues to add 'skills', seemingly by the week as the platform is now growing exponentially. Prior to today, you had to use IFTT to control your connected thermostat (and sorry, you still need to do that NEST users). 

Twitter Accounts Hacked for NY Post & UPI; Announce World War III
by Jason Thompson

Washington Post's Jason Rezaian to Stand Trial in Iran, but No Charges Specified...
by Jason Thompson

This just in from the AP, to be filed under very disconcerting news that just passed the 6 month mark before ANY sort of actual news, and today's report doesn't add much to what we already know. 'A Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for months has been indicted and will stand trial, Iran's state news agency reported Wednesday, without elaborating on what charges he faced.'

Jeb Bush vs. Mitt Romney on Tech
by Jason Thompson

Got a NEST? It Just Got Better as a Slew of New Partners Sign On
by Jason Thompson

One of the great things for those of us that jumped early onto the NEST bandwagon (long before Google did!) has been the company's enthusiastic and careful expansion, including partnerships with some great natural fits for the product. Hoping to leave behind the Smoke Dectector issues of 2014 (we still miss waving our hands to turn it off), the company kicked off 2015 with a slew of partner additions, announced at CES.