In signs of the growing competitiveness in the connected home/Internet of Things market, smart thermostat maker Nest has attempted a shot across the bow by launching a developer program – that won’t actually come online until “early 2014”. The news was announced at last week’s CEDIA Expo, on the same day that iControl and EcoFactor launched a partnership in direct competition to Nest.
Spark Devices just launched on Kickstarter and offers investors of $49 and above a free Spark Socket--the flagship product that connects standard light bulbs to the internet. Once a light bulb connects to the internet via the Spark Socket, consumers can control the light through an app (e.g. turn on and off, dim, monitor use, etc.). Additionally, Spark Devices has released Spark Devices API that allows developers to integrate light control into third party apps or websites.