Nest’s New Developer Program Is Another Sign The ‘Internet Of Things’ Moment Has Arrived

Historically, smart thermostat maker Nest has kept its API behind closed doors, allowing only its proprietary products to communicate and build off its connected home platform. Now, the Google-owned company has made a shift, and launched a developer program that opens its API to outside developers.

The company’s blog explains that this program is to “[allow] everything form lighting to appliances to fitness bands and even cars to securely connect with Nest products.”

“It’s really designed for integration to work across any sized company,” a company spokesperson told BI Intelligence.

With the competition between connected home device makers heating up, Nest is looking to stay ahead of the pack. More companies are entering the space, including Apple, whose HomeKit allows for users to control their home settings with an iOS app. Honeywell too just launched a smart thermostat called Lyric that uses geofencing to sense when users are home or away, and promises to release more apps and products for the Lyric platform. … (Read more)