Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for May 26th, 2014

by Tom Nelson

The Financial Times (subscription required) is reporting that Apple plans to offer a development platform that will turn iOS devices into control systems for home automation networks.

Described as a move into the “internet of things,” Apple’s remote management system will take on Google, which recently acquired Nest Labs, maker of popular self-learning home thermostats. Samsung has also started offering smart home products, including refrigerators and other home appliances.

Apple’s approach is said to add a set of APIs to the iOS platform that will allow developers to create home automation platforms that will use various iOS devices, such as an iPhone, as a remote controller or as part of the overall automation platform. An example can be found in a recent patent filing in which Apple describes a system that detects the location of a wireless communication device (an iPhone), and then responds by setting lighting, adjusting temperature, opening or closing garage doors, or configuring entertainment systems appropriately for the detected event.

Read more on About: Macs.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »