The steady drip of new members to the AllSeen Alliance continues. Industrial sensor and consumer appliance maker Bosch, Cloud of Things, home hub maker Revolv and building management service Shaspa have joined the effort to promote the open source AllJoyn protocol as a standard for the internet of things. Adding Bosch is significant because it brings another large appliance brand to existing members LG, Sears and Panasonic, and the addition of Revolv is also interesting since the common thinking is a protocol like AllJoyn might one day replace hubs. For more on the Alliance, check out the recent podcast I did with Liat Ben-Zur, the head of the Alliance.
Revolv, whose home hub lets you control a variety of connected devices in one app, has finally released an Android version as well as added official support for the Nest thermostat. When I tested Revolv, I liked the hardware, but found the software only okay. I also couldn’t access the geo-fencing capabilities as an Android phone user (I used the app on my iPad). So this news has me wondering if should give the Revolv another test. Revolv also added support for multiple “authorized phones” so it no longer turns off that Nest if an authorized user is still home.
A spot check of Home Depot’s push into the connected home yields uneven results.
Samsung is in talks to buy smart home hub startup SmartThings in a deal valued at $200 million. If so, this is a win for both companies.
Staples, the office supply chain, is doubling down in the smart home. It’s expanding of the number of stores that sell its Staples Connect hub and is supporting more radios and devices.
Apple is reportedly assembling a team of people to possibly, maybe build hardware for the smart home. If it does so, here are a few ideas for it.
Quirky will launch Wink, its connected home brand, as a separate company. But the real test of Wink’s success in the market will depend on awesome software and a distribution channel that educates consumers.
Everyone wants to get in on the smart home, so the launch of a DIY home hub by lighting automation provider Lutron isn’t a huge surprise. Here are the details.
Apple’s reported plans for the smart home let Apple do what it does best, create a magical software experience while extracting a fee from developers. Who wins if Apple makes a smart home play?
Is it different building a connected device in Europe? Where are wearables heading?What are the risks of hacked smart home integrations? We discuss these questions and more on the podcast this week.