02. July 2017 · Comments Off on Amazon Alexa: Smart Home Skill Gives Cameras Voice Commands · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant is getting more capable around the house.The retail giant said Thursday that it built a new developer tool that will let companies specializing in home automation technology integrate Alexa into their products.Now, businesses that use Amazon’s new API—the software that links together Alexa to their respective products—can create new “skills” that can imbue their technologies with voice-activated controls. Amazon refers to the apps that coders can build for Alexa as skills.

Source: Amazon Alexa: Smart Home Skill Gives Cameras Voice Commands | Fortune.com

03. June 2016 · Comments Off on Try out Alexa’s Echo first-hand in your browser before buying it  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Amazon’s smart home offering, ‘Echo’ has been a super-duper hit with 3 million plus units sold. In fact Echo has create a whole new niche for smart homes and Google and Apple are planning to join it soon. Google has already unveiled its own Google Home while Apple is launching a API to take on Amazon’s Echo.If you are planning to buy Amazon’s Echo to test out the new smart home concept, you need to shell out $200 for the product. Now you can try it out before deciding on buying it.

Source: Try out Alexa’s Echo first-hand in your browser before buying it » TechWorm

26. October 2015 · Comments Off on Overheard at CEDIA 2015: Sonos to Open API for Some Home Automation Vendors · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

After years of reverse-engineering Sonos to integrate with third-party home automation systems, the home-technology community is finally getting some love from the famously-closed manufacturer of wireless multiroom audio systems.Details are scarce, but CE Pro heard from several sources at CEDIA Expo 2015 that Sonos is offering something like an open API to select home-control vendors for integration.

Source: Overheard at CEDIA 2015: Sonos to Open API for Some Home Automation Vendors – Cedia News Article from CE Pro

05. October 2015 · Comments Off on Streaming APIs and the Internet of Things · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In a recent study, the McKinsey Global Institute concluded that the Internet of Things (IOT) has an economic potential of up to $11.1 trillion a year by 2025. APIs – specifically streaming APIs – enable the IOT vision to become reality. The addition of a real-time streaming proxy and an API management solution addresses some of the unique challenges of these streaming APIs and makes a great combination for any IOT-based enterprise.

Source: Streaming APIs and the Internet of Things

01. October 2015 · Comments Off on Nest’s Weave protocol for the connected home now open to third-party developers · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Nest Weave, the communications protocol that Nest uses to make its connected home devices talk to each other, definitely isn’t new. But as of today, Nest is making it part of its Works with Nest program so that third-party hardware makers and developers can use the protocol in their own products…Before now, developers could use Nest’s cloud API to connect to Nest products, which — while it’s easy implement — is more restricted because it requires that devices have a WiFi connection. Weave is going to take more investment and time to build into products, and it works with products that might not have or need WiFi.

Source: Nest’s Weave protocol for the connected home now open to third-party developers | 9to5Google