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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:00:21 +0000
Home automation heats up
Last week Nest broadened its reach into the connected home with its $555M acquisition of DropCam. Users can create connections between the Philips Hue line of connected light bulbs, health tracking products from Withings, the Netatmo Weather Station, motion sensors and object trackers from SmartThings, the UP wearable device from Jawbone, WEMO home automation products from Belkin, and a number of products, such as a smart egg tray, from Wink, a partnership between GE and Quirky, a crowd-sourcing company. The platform supports an ecosystem of more than 5,000 developers and over 100 devices from a variety of manufacturers, making home automation simple and enjoyable today. While smart home platforms from Google, Apple and Samsung will help drive adoption of home automation among the masses; early adopters can enjoy the benefits of this technology now. The potential of the Internet of Things especially as it relates to the connected home and car is unlimited, and when combined with the power of location and the family will be truly exciting. Location will be the anchor when it comes to the IoT world, and will play a critical role when it comes to home automation. Think of the following scenarios as just the tip of a massive iceberg: Worried that Junior leaves the lights on when he leaves the house? How about "If last family member leaves home, turn off Philips Hue light bulbs." Don't like arriving home to a cold house, use the power of location to set an alert that when you leave the office, the thermostat turns on, allowing you to arrive home to a warm house. The future of the smart home is here, and it's just getting started.

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