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.
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.
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.
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.
AnyPresence has announced a major change in how the company will approach its product offerings as it moves its solutions beyond traditional MBaaS and API management towards a comprehensive solution for API-driven enterprise app development and IoT ecosystem enablement.
SmartBear Software, the leader in software quality tools for the connected world, announced today the release of SoapUI 5.2 Open Source which includes integration to AlertSite UXM and support for Internet-of-Things (IoT) messaging format MQTT. Integration with these tools provides developers and testers the industry’s easiest way to test and monitor APIs and IoT devices.
Less than a year old, startup MODE Inc. has unveiled a cloud platform designed to help mobile developers connect their apps to Internet of Things (IoT) devices spewing out high-volume data. “The platform provides an intuitive cloud API for devices, mobile clients and application servers,” the company said in a statement this week. “IoT developers can utilize MODE as the back-end infrastructure throughout the entire development cycle, from prototyping to product launch.”
The Tado thermostat is already a smart device, rivaling the Nest Learning Thermostat in several ways. Today the company is announcing an API and IFTTT integration, which will drastically upgrade the Tado’s capabilities.As Tado founder and CEO Christian Deilmann said in a released statement, a device’s user experience is paramount. “The key differentiator between a good product and a great product will be the digital user experience – how good is the user interface, how seamless will it integrate into our lifestyles and how well do different devices and applications communicate with each other.”
HGI has defined a new project, under Apache 2.0 open source licensing, to create a framework and set of examples describing SmartHome appliance functionality (control and read-out of devices) using XML and with XSD to ensure proper conformance. Individuals/companies/fora are invited to comment and contribute.
The goal of the project is to have a basis for technologies such as OSGi to provide appliance interface APIs to software application developers, independent of the home area network technology (ZigBee, EnOcean, Z-Wave, EchonetLite etc). Use of the SmartHome Device Templates (SDTs) is proposed as part of the extended API for the OSGi Device Abstraction Layer (DAL, RFC196), an element within SmartHome gateway implementations. The SDT is explicitly aimed to be applicable within multiple execution environments however.
OpenMotics is an open source home automation hardware and software system that offers features like switching lights and outputs, multi-zone heating and cooling, power measurements, and automated actions. The system encompases both open source software and hardware. For interoperability with other systems, the OpenMotics Gateway provides an API through which various actions can be executed.