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The Web of Things working group, part of the W3C, has gathered many big players in the IoT space to standardize on semantic interoperability based on Linked Data and APIs. The goal is to describe things in a way that developers don't have to know the details or underlying communication patterns.
From lights and switches to people and cars, SmartThings aims at communicating with everyday devices through a smartphone. With the availability of the SmartThings API, developers can add similar functionality with third party applications to create a more automated world. Although SmartThings strongly believes in the power of smart and mobile devices, it believes the inherent intelligence of smart devices will remain limited. Accordingly, SmartThings exists to transfer the “intelligence” of such devices to the application layer, and away from the physical device itself.
Sony recently launched its first Audio Control API. That API allows third party apps to control certain audio features of compatible Sony devices. While this is the first Audio API play from Sony, the same strategy was used in a camera scenario through the Sony Camera Remote API.