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What to Look Out For as the Internet of Things Evolves

The Internet of Things is starting to take off, and new home automation systems and devices are entering the market at a quicker and quicker pace every day, and they will continue. With so many options, you may ask what system best fits my needs. All of these promises of a Jetsons-esque “home of the future” swirling around can be quite dizzying, but if we look at the core details of some of these systems, we can see that the devil is in the details.

Popular home automation systems on the market today including Revolv, SmartThings, and Quirky and Home Depot’s newest offering, Wink, support mesh networks like Z-Wave and ZigBee. But with the recent launch of the Thread Group, which consists of Samsung, Nest, ARM and other big players in the industry, a new standard has come to the forefront—Thread.

thread The Thread network is designed using the 6loWPAN protocol as its foundation in order to reduce the drain on bandwidth and the battery life of your devices, in addition to optimizing their interoperability. This move by the Thread Group indicates that 6LoWPAN will most likely be the dominant protocol that the industry will eventually be supporting. WigWag uses 6LoWPAN as our standard protocol, which means you’ll be insulated from many device incompatibility issues versus products like the Revolv hub, which you’ll have to wait until 2015 for compatibility with Thread.

In addition, many of the services offered by companies like SmartThings, Wink, and Revolv use a cloud-based approach to execute their systems. The issue with this is that your hardware (hub) will always need an Internet connection in order for your system to work. WigWag uses the cloud for data storage, but logic and controls are distributed and completed on location in real time using DeviceJS. With WigWag, as long as your rules involve devices or services that are “local” (meaning they are in the same network as your WigWag Relay), you’ll only need an Internet connection for initial setup and to modify your rules.

WigWag’s use of the DeviceJS platform gives it a competitive edge over other players in the home automation industry. Since Javascript is one of the most widely used programming languages, DeviceJS is capable of supporting protocols that allow developers and DIYers to easily write rules for their WigWag systems. The WigWag Relay is designed to communicate with a variety of protocols and devices including IP/WiFi (Belkin Wemo, Phillips Hue, Nest, etc.) BlueTooth, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Insteon and more. WigWag’s open system makes customizing and experimenting easy even for the inexperienced programmer through its support of HTML and CSS.

WigWag’s Sensor Block detects eight environmental factors—light, motion, noise, humidity, vibration, temperature, acceleration, and an invisible tripwire (using two sensors)—and has the capacity for expansion ports such as plant moisture sensors. Then, using the mobile app for IOS or Android, users can easily make their own rules (When This, Then That) to customize their system to do things like turning on a light when someone moves past a sensor or send a text to your phone when the front door to your house is opened.

Even though the home automation industry is in flux, when you are shopping for the right system for your home, WigWag will be worth the wait. Let us help you make your world intelligent!

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