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Home automation is building automation for a home; it involves the control and automation of lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and security, as well as home appliances such as washer/dryers, ovens or refrigerators/freezers. WiFi is often used for remote monitoring and control. Home devices, when remotely monitored and controlled via the Internet, are an important constituent of the Internet of Things. Modern systems generally consist of switches and sensors connected to a central hub sometimes called a "gateway" from which the system is controlled with a user interface that is interacted either with a wall-mounted terminal, mobile phone software, tablet computer or a web interface, often but not always via Internet cloud services.  While there are many competing vendors, there are very few worldwide accepted industry standards and the smart home space is heavily fragmented. Manufacturers often prevent independent implementations by withholding documentation and by litigation so...caveat emptor! 



Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Echo-And-Alexa-Devices)

ecosystem: Alexa

home hardware controllers:

    supported:Echo/EchoDot/EchoPlus/Tap(portable wireless speaker for Alexa on-the-go)

    future support: EchoSpot/EchoShow/FireTV 

O/S: FireOS - Android fork

mobile app development: none,proprietary 

mobile hardware controllers(w/ downloadable apps on Amazon,GooglePlay, and Apple's AppStore):

   KindleFire / FirePhone (FireOS), amazon products

   Android Phones (AndroidOS, app development: AndroidStudio) alternate controllers

   Apple Phones (iOS, app develoment tool: XCode)

   WebBrowser/Website control 

compatibility: pandora, tunein, iHeartRadio, Spotify, SiriusXm,

skills: GoogleCalendar,Uber, Fitbit, CapitalOne, Dominos,1-800-Flowers

smart-home hardware compatibility: wemo, samsungSmartThings, phillipsHue, Insteon, tp-link, NEST, ecobee 

supported NEST device types:

  • NestThermostat
  • NestThermostatE
  • NestProtect
  • NestCam
  • NestSecure
  • NestConnect



Apple (https://www.apple.com/ios/home/accessories/)

ecosystem: HomeKit

mobile app: Home (in Apple's App Store)

home hardware controller: HomePod (which is also the *only* speaker available on HomeKit system)

O/S: iOS

mobile app development: none, proprietary

hardware development: MFI, licensed

smart-home hardware compatibility: HomeKit products only

skills: Siri (many: see https://www.apple.com/ios/siri/)


Google (https://store.google.com/us/product/meet_google_home)

ecosystem: GoogleHome

home hardware controller: GoogleHomeMax and GoogleHomeMini

mobile app: GoogleHome

O/S: AndroidOS

app development: AndroidStudio

supported services: 

  • Spotify
  • Pandora
  • Google Play Music
  • TuneIn Radio
  • YouTube

smart-home hardware compatibility: 

  • Chromecast
  • Nest
  • SmartThings
  • Phillips Hue
  • LIFX Smart Lights
  • TP-Link Smart Home
  • Vivint Home Security
  • Rachio Sprinklers
  • Logitech Harmony
  • Geeni Connected Tech
  • August Smart Locks
  • iHome Control
  • Hive Home Automation
  • Honeywell


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