Logitech Harmony API Targets Home Automation

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Logitech today announced the new Harmony API that it says will let developers take advantage of the Logitec Harmony platform, which extends to more than a quarter-million devices in consumers' homes. Developers who are interested in the smart home and advanced home entertainment should take a look. 

The Harmony API lets developers add features such as "watch a movie," "play games," or "listen to music" to their home-focused apps and hardware. Developers can add voice, motion, or gesture-based controls to their apps/devices, for example, that let people turn on their TV and start their favorite movie with the wave of an arm. 

"We know that entertainment is critical to the smart home experience, and will be a main driver for mass adoption of smart home products," said Logitech Harmony head Mark Spates. "By opening our platform to developers, we’re giving developers the ability to create complete smart home experiences that include the living room, knowing that their entertainment component will offer the same flawless experience that consumers have come to expect from Harmony."

The company is playing its hand close to the vest, though, and is partnering with a limited number of companies at first. Some of the initial firms making use of the API include IFTTT, SmartThings, Myo armband, Playtabase, and UCIC. However, Logitech says developers who have devices or services they'd like to make compatible with the Harmony Platform should reach out for early access. 

Logitech's developer web site offers some tools that allow developers to check compatibility with the Harmony platform, as well as apply for access to beta version of the API, but that's all. There's no word on what sort of documentation is available in the API. Harmony did say that its platform is compatible with popular hardware from Samsung, Apple, Roku, LG, Sony, Nest, Philips hue, Lutron lights and blinds, Honeywell, and many others.

Logitech's Harmony remotes are able to control home entertainment equipment and perform complex operations with the press of a single button. They've long been a staple of tech savvy home theater buffs thanks, in part, to their ability to reduce the number of remote controls cluttering coffee tables and armchairs. 

Eric Zeman I am a journalist who covers the mobile telecommunications industry. I freelance for ProgrammableWeb and other online properties.

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