I read an interesting post on The Verge today about Stephen Wolfram and his new Connected Devices Project. It will catalog devices that are part of the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is comprised of devices that are connected to the internet for the operation of the devices, as well as ways to collect data for your use on how you’re using the product. These products in your home allow for more control and understanding of your home.
Wolfram’s project is a great resource for NAR members who want to learn more about these products. I’d definitely keep an eye on this database to see if there are some possible gifts for a new homeowner. Some of these devices are proving to be great additions to the home. From the article:
The project is a repository of device information, a database that keeps track of the size, price, and specifications of electronic products as varied as heart monitors and GPS trackers.The information, Wolfram says in a blog post, is designed to be computable, and can be used to search through Wolfram’s “knowledge engine,” Wolfram Alpha. Device specifications can be quickly compared by searching for their names specifically, or users can input search ranges, asking for cellphones or watches of a certain size, price, or weight.
We believe that this space has been one of the most innovative for technology lately and we’re keeping our eye on it. This Thursday, Greg Stinton, CRT’s Lead Web Software Developer, will write about his experience with the Nest Thermostat and the Nest Protect, two Internet of Things devices, and what it’s meant for his home.
What are your thoughts about the Internet of Things and where this is all going? Now that there are these disparate devices, what is it doing to the cost of traditional home automation systems?