1. early2bed's Avatar
    Just about every mobile and tech company is mentioned in this article about the IotT. Just about. Just about every one of these tech companies is leveraging their current devices into a connected devices platforms including the major broadband carriers, content providers, and retailers. For example, Nest/Dropcam is going to allow your smart appliances to know when you are home.

    Is Blackberry showing something at CES?

    The Race to Build Command Centers for Smart Homes
    Nest Labs, Wink and Other Household Gadget Makers Vie for Space on Store Shelves
    Smart-home products is one of the hottest topics at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
    By DON CLARK
    Jan. 4, 2015 2:25 p.m. ET
    19 COMMENTS
    A flood of connected household gadgets is finally reaching consumers, raising a high-stakes question: Who will control them?

    Signs of a struggle can be found on the shelves of Home Depot Inc. The big U.S. retailer features prominent displays by both Nest Labs, the maker of high-tech thermostats and smoke alarms that was purchased last year for $3.2 billion by Google Inc., and Wink, a subsidiary of a gadget startup called Quirky Inc. General Electric Co. is an investor in Quirky.

    Nest and Wink offer software and Web services to orchestrate interactions among their own home gadgets and those made by other companies, which are churning out Internet-connected light bulbs, security cameras, entertainment devices, ovens, water heaters and washing machines. Smart-home promoters describe options like garage-door openers that send a message to users if left open, ceiling fans that slow down when residents go to sleep, and lights that turn on when a door with a smart lock opens.

    The two companies are far from alone. Indeed, the race to build smart-home platforms is one of the hottest topics at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    Samsung Electronics Co. , for example, is expected to use a kickoff keynote at CES on Monday to discuss collaboration with SmartThings, a startup purchased by the South Korean company that makes its own smart-home devices and serves as a command center for others.

    Other players staking out positions include Apple Inc., which last June began courting companies to make future home devices using a platform called HomeKit; Belkin International Inc.’s WeMo unit, which sells its own gadgets as well as helping others work together; house device brands sold by some major retailers and offerings by communication giants like AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. , which now install security systems along with other smart-home devices.

    “Every single one of these U.S. retailers and service providers want to have their own offering of a platform,” says Jimmy Busby, chief executive of Alabama-based CentraLite Systems Inc., which designs home hardware and software for other companies.

    The deluge of smart-home choices is part of a broader movement dubbed the Internet of Things—heavily promoted by companies like Intel Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. —that refers to adding computing, wireless communications and sensing capabilities to hardware used by consumers and companies.

    Though some big names like Apple and Google aren’t exhibiting at CES, hundreds of smart-home hardware makers are.

    Examples include Blossom, a startup offering a new smart sprinkler controller to save on water bills. SkyBell, another startup, plans to show its video doorbell, which has a camera and motion sensor that tells smartphone users who is at their door. Lynx Grills Inc. is delivering on earlier plans for a smartphone-connected outdoor grill that can send users a message when its time to flip the meat. Dado Labs, a newly named company that helps add smart-home features to partner devices, says coming offerings include other grills from Char-Broil LLC and a coffee roaster from Behmor Inc.—both controlled with mobile apps.

    Market researchers at Parks Associates recently estimated that U.S. shipments of such devices would exceed 20 million units by the end of 2014—increasing to nearly 36 million units by 2017—with about 13% of U.S. households with a broadband connection owning at least one smart-home device.

    Smart-home proponents are trying to reach beyond affluent people with new homes to renters and others with simpler needs, like monitoring movements of their children or aging parents. Earlier approaches “required someone to say ‘I’m going to buy a connected home today,’” says Ohad Zeira, WeMo’s director of product management. “We don’t know anyone who thinks that way.”

    Obstacles abound, including a gaggle of incompatible wireless technologies for allowing devices to exchange data. But they haven’t stopped a bunch of new hardware startups or updated offerings from old-line companies like GE, thermostat pioneer Honeywell International Inc. or appliance maker Whirlpool Corp.

    One example is Yale Locks & Hardware, now a unit of Sweden’s Assa Abloy AB. It is using CES to unveil a lock that smartphones control using near-field communication, a short-range wireless technology, rather than Bluetooth, because of what it says are security advantages.

    The larger companies have established brands and distribution channels, advantages that have helped propel consolidation in the sector. Nest, after its purchase by Google, also bought the video-camera maker Dropcam as well as Revolv, a Colorado-based company that sold a wireless hub device for managing home gadgets.

    Marketing a home platform “is really a big-scale game,” says Alex Hawkinson, CEO of SmartThings, in explaining the company’s decision to sell the company to Samsung last summer. “We saw this as the fastest way to reach a huge number of consumers.”

    The sheer number of vendors and gadget types has spurred the rise of platforms, which often include online marketplaces for gadgets, Web services and wireless hub devices to control multiple objects. Another draw is apps that can manage many things.

    “There is nothing worse than 15 different apps for 15 different devices,” says Nate Williams, chief marketing officer of Greenwave Systems, an Irvine, Calif., software and services company specializing in the field.

    Apple, with HomeKit, is trying to reduce the need for individual apps and hub devices by building features into its iOS software that help configure and coordinate multiple wireless gadgets more easily. “It becomes a lot less confusing for the consumer,” says Chris Allen, CEO of iDevices LLC, one of multiple companies announcing HomeKit-based products at CES.

    Many other tie-ups are on tap at the show. PEQ, a hardware and service provider owned by SmartHome Ventures, is expected to announce plans to exchange data with a connected vehicle service called Zubie. The combination could allow subscribers who drive away from home to have their front doors automatically lock and a thermostat turn down the temperature, PEQ says.

    Nest, for its part, plans to announce new options like making Hue smart bulbs from Philips NV flash on and off if one of its sensors detects smoke. It already announced combinations like a Dropcam camera recording footage in the event of smoke and sending it to the Web, which can aid later investigations.

    Rivals like Wink, SmartThings and WeMo say their users can program an even broader set of interactions and share them on the Web service IFTTT—which stands for “if this, then that.” The site, for example, lists a popular action “recipe” for use with a WeMo motion sensor: “Post a Facebook status message anytime someone reaches for the cookie jar.”

    Maxime Veron, Nest’s director of product marketing, questions whether users want to program such sequences. His company’s devices, instead, stress software that learns from user actions and do more on their own. “It’s not another remote control,” Mr. Veron says.

    But platform rivals say their approach is working. Brett Worthington, Wink’s vice president and general manager, says the average number of devices per Wink user is now 3.9—with 35% of the devices set up to work together in some automated fashion. “I think Nest is underestimating the consumer,” he says.

    Whirlpool is hedging its bets. The company was an early participant in the “works with Nest” program, enabling interactions such as spinning its dryers periodically to minimize wrinkling when users are absent. At CES, Whirlpool is also announcing a parallel relationship with Wink, to get into broader automation of the home in “a very user-friendly way,” says Ben Artis, Whirlpool’s senior category manager for the connected home.

    Relationships between the competitors can be confusing. Wink, for example, last year added the ability to command Nest devices to its home app as well as many others; Nest’s app doesn’t control other companies’ devices.

    Perhaps the thorniest topic is what data platform providers may gather about the usage of home devices, which can help hardware makers refine their products.

    Vendors say they take great care to protect consumer privacy, but their policies differ about how much information to share with partners.

    “Everyone knows data is going to be the most valuable part of any smart home,” says Mike Watson, vice president of product strategy at Cree Inc., a maker of LED light bulbs that is expected to announce connected versions soon. “I think the platform wars are really a consequence of who owns the data.”

    Write to Don Clark at don.clark@wsj.com
    01-04-15 08:35 PM
  2. Bla1ze's Avatar
    Is Blackberry showing something at CES?
    No, QNX is. IoT roadmap plus a new concept Maserati. - http://www.qnx.com/news/events/ces2015/
    01-04-15 08:44 PM
  3. lnichols's Avatar
    No, QNX is. IoT roadmap plus a new concept Maserati. - http://www.qnx.com/news/events/ces2015/
    Lol. Here is another unrealistic concept car, oh and the phones built on this same OS and technology still don't support Mirrorlink for infotainment integration!

    Posted via CB10
    01-04-15 09:39 PM
  4. BBVegasGirl80's Avatar
    Is Mobile Nations going to be at CES again this year? It would be nice to meet up with you all again! :-)

    Sent from my sexy white hot Z10 in Sin City ;-)
    01-05-15 07:28 PM
  5. Bla1ze's Avatar
    Is Mobile Nations going to be at CES again this year? It would be nice to meet up with you all again! :-)

    Sent from my sexy white hot Z10 in Sin City ;-)

    CES Live 2015 | CrackBerry.com
    BBVegasGirl80 likes this.
    01-05-15 07:30 PM

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