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Home API

Devices are play a central roles in our daily lives. We carry our smart devices from home to work, and everywhere else we go in the world. It makes sense that APIs will eventually make their way beyond our computers and integrate directly with our homes.

A new wave of companies are emerging and developing the next generation of home automation technology ranging from thermostats for heating and air conditioning to lighting and home security. While much of the home automation technology is still without API, mmany new providers have seen the potential of introducing developer ecosystems and APIs to stimulate innovation around home technology integration.

Our online lives have jumped out of the home computer, into our pockets via our smart phones. The next evolution is naturally for deeper integration with our homes, which play a central role in both our public and private lives.


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Home automation heats up | VentureBeat | Business

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This sponsored post is produced by Alex Haro, Co-founder and President of Life360.Talk of home automation technology has moved into the mainstream this year. Last week Nest broadened its reach into the connected home with its $555M acquisition of DropCam.This week, they announced the “Works with Nest” developer program, designed to enable all home devices to work with the Nest Thermostat, providing automated actions across multiple brands in the connected home.They’re not alone; Apple recently announced its new Homekit platform to be released with iOS 8 this fall. ...read more.



Nest’s Dropcam acquisition shows why the platform is key to Google’s smart home strategy

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One of the early criticisms of the smart home has been that many connected-device applications, like an indicator that lets you know when your mail has arrived, are novel but don’t likely justify adding more complexity to one’s life.So it wasn’t surprising to learn that when Nest wanted to acquire another company to add to its smart home vision the first stop was Dropcam.A connected thermostat offers a very clear ROI — reduced energy consumption and a lower power bill.Security has long been discussed as the second point application with the clearest utility for the smart home.Dropcam allows security monitoring of one’s home or small business with......read more.



Nest Provides A Real-Time Layer By Default For API Consumers

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I had several folks point me to the Nest API release the other day.I enjoy this, because I’m not always the fastest in finding news—eventually I’ll find it, but I rely on my human API monitoring network, just as much as my algorithmic API monitoring network, to bring stories to my attention.I’m still reviewing the Nest API release, but one thing that stood out to me, was how real-time is baked into the API by default, and specifically using Firebase.Use the official Firebase client libraries (Web, iOS, Java, and Node), which allow you to synchronize your data with a subscription-based,......read more.



The smart home is coming, but will it be psychic or programmable?

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Oh yeah, this is the year the smart home goes mainstream.This week Time has devoted a hunk of its magazine to profiling Tony Fadell, the founder of Nest, explaining SmartThings and showing off six “smart homes” that aren’t exactly smart.The profile of Fadell gets into his concept of the conscious home and won’t surprise anyone familiar with Nest, but it is a nice intro into a future with a home that adjusts to your needs.The SmartThings profile shares what I think of as today’s version of the smart home, where the user puts connected devices into their home and develops......read more.