APIs and the Connected Home – Panel at Connections 2014

As connectivity reaches more and more elements of our lives, the home is one of the key places where consumers experience the combination of APIs and devices. We participated in a great panel at the Connections 2014 in San Francisco yesterday (the event is still running – check it out here).

It was a great discussion with fellow panelists Hugo Fiennes, Electric Imp, Stuart Lombard
Letha McLaren of iControl Networks and Kenneth Wacks of ISO/IEC Home Electronic System all talked about various dimensions of success and challenges in APIs and the Connected home.

Our slides are below and emphasize two important points:

  • The connected home is about the devices, hubs, network and so forth within the home itself, but there are also two other dimensions – accessing and controlling the home from outside of it’s walls (inside-out) and also pulling data, media, services into homes (outside-in).

  • Ecosystem challenges such as standards, identity, security, are things that everybody must think about for any deployment.

Other themes on the panel included: business value of APIs accidental openness of your API, Local v’s Cloud hub architectures.

Great discussion and a lot happening in this space!