Connected home device makers can already see the guts of future products that will use the Thread wireless protocol. Now’s a good time to get those going, judging from a new Internet of Things forecast.The Thread Group released its specification for low-power mesh networks on Tuesday, and two companies that helped to develop the spec have already announced components based on it. Vendors developing home IoT devices can start to work with those platforms now to get ready for Thread certification starting in September. Certified Thread devices should start going on sale by the end of this year.
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) has become a key building block for the Internet of Things, and chip makers are working to make it an even better fit by using the technology to further reduce power consumption of devices and helping developers implement it.Applications have been a key ingredient in making smartphones a huge success. Vendors are hoping to repeat that recipe for IoT, with semiconductor companies such as ST Microelectronics coming up with tools to make BLE, a set of specifications for reduced-power wireless networking, easier for developers to use.