The Zigbee alliance announced on CES 2017 “dotdot”, the universal language for the IoT, making it possible for smart objects to work together on any network. Most IoT devices don’t speak the same language even if they use the same wireless technology. The result is an Internet of Things that is often a patchwork of translations, adding complexity for developers and limiting users to single-vendor systems. The solution lies in a common language between all IoT devices on any network, giving developers a common platform to innovate on, and users the freedom to choose products that work for them. Today’s zigbee devices speak a common language. With dotdot, that language – the application layer at the heart of zigbee technology – can be applied across other IoT networks.
LG’s Hub Robot takes the concept of the smart home to the next level. By connecting to other smart appliances in the home, the Hub Robot uses Amazon Alexa’s voice recognition technology to complete household tasks such as turning on the air conditioner or changing a dryer cycle with simple verbal commands. The Hub Robot is equipped with an interactive display that can showcase a wide variety of information such as images of contents inside of the refrigerator. Additionally, the Hub Robot offers everyday consumer conveniences such as the ability to play music, set alarms and provide weather and traffic updates.
Silicon Labs has launched two new wireless occupancy sensor and smart designs for the home automation market, providing IoT connected device solutions. The pre-certified reference designs include all of the hardware, firmware and software tools to create connected home products based on Silicon Labs’ ZigBee “Golden Unit” home automation software stack and multiprotocol Wireless Gecko system-on-chip range.
Google has launched Android Things, an IoT platform that lets you build connected devices while leveraging Android APIs and the company’s cloud-based services for delivering updates and enabling voice commands.
Google released a Developer Preview of Android Things, a comprehensive way to build IoT products with Android, one of the most supported operating systems. Any Android developer will be able to quickly build a smart device using Android APIs and Google services, while staying highly secure with updates from Google. The IoT platform provides applications like Android Studio, the Android Software Development Kit, Google Play Services and Google Cloud Platform.
The Z-Wave Alliance is adding a security requirement to its interoperability certification. This is an important addition to its certification program that will require manufacturers to adopt the strongest levels of IoT security. The Z-Wave Alliance will make the implementation of the new Security 2 (S2) framework mandatory for all products that are Z-Wave certified after April 2nd, 2017. The security measures in S2 provide the most advanced security for smart home devices and controllers, gateways and hubs.