Nest opens its smart home Thread framework to third-party developers.
In a move to build out its smart home presence (and propel the industry forward), the company is opening up its Thread network, Nest‘s smart home network that connects various Internet-of-Things gadgets (like smart thermostats, locks and so on) together.
By making Thread available for open source, it gives manufacturers the option of using the networking technology rather than creating their own.
Called OpenThread, the move is part of an effort to accelerate the process of getting more connected products on the market.
As of today, vendors can now go to GitHub to download the Thread code to incorporate into products.
When those gadgets are ready to ship, the Thread Group will approve certification and give developers access to its network and cloud.
Of course, Thread isn’t the only smart home protocol already available: in some ways, it already competes with networks such as ZigBee and Apple HomeKit.
However, developers will still need to join the Works with Nest program to build Integrations with Nest products.
In theory, third-party gadget companies, like a web-connected garage door opener, could work on the Thread network and ultimately, more seamlessly connect Nest products in the home.
This is the first bit of news to come out of Nest since it announced it is dropping support for its Revolv smart home hub, which connected various Internet of Things-powered products — a move that will go into effect on May 15.
Revolv users, while there aren’t a ton, were upset by the news.
As one Revolv owner on Medium put it, “Imagine if you bought a Dell computer and Dell then informed you that when your warranty ends your computer will power down.”
But Nest is forging ahead with growing out its own network and looking to get more third-party manufacturers on board its network.
Although Nest thermostat was once the clear gadget leader in the smart home industry, Amazon — thanks to its popular Echo speaker — has emerged as the company to catch in the smart home space. Perhaps the secret ingredient to Amazon’s success is not only that it’s a solid speaker on its own, it’s incredibly easy to use and moved quickly on building out partners — Uber, Domino’s and even Nest, to name a few.
Via Mashable – By Samantha Murphy Kelly –