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Will Apple's Internet of Things vision hurt a beautiful idea?

Patrick Thibodeau | June 9, 2014
With HomeKit, Apple promises easy home automation.

In home automation, "the iPhone may initially have a slight advantage over other platforms, but eventually that advantage will spread to other phones, and at the very least you will get parity," said Enderle.

One problem Android faces is the forking of that OS, particularly in Asia. One approach that might work, said Enderle would be the adoption of the open-source stack championed by the Linux Foundation: the AllJoyn Framework. AllJoyn was originally developed by Qualcomm.

There are also ongoing efforts to build one interface for controlling all home device across multiple platforms. A new one is Oort, which is building systems for connecting devices, based on the idea that Bluetooth Low Energy will prevail in home automation. Control across all these devices will be from a common user interface.

Oort sees Apple's entry in the Internet of Things as positive, because it will raise awareness and help educate the public about its value. But Adam Handzlik, Oort's CTO, worries about a fracturing, or an uneven experience across platforms that could unravel of the idea of a truly connected home.

"I'm afraid there will be some manufacturers, and maybe Apple [itself], that will decide to close access to some of the functions and, therefore, this beautiful idea may not come true," said Handzlik.

 

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