SmartThings makes bid for Internet of Things with updates to mobile app and developer tools. StrongLoop's LoopBack API gets upgraded for offline synchronization. Plus: New API for image tagging, and Blackberry looks to solve an IoT problem.
While just about everybody would agree that the “Internet of Things” within the context of machine-to-machine (M2M) applications is one of the next big things on the Web, turning that vision into reality has been problematic because of the lack of standards.
The trouble with the Internet of Things (IoT) is that it is more a concept than an actual platform on which to a developer can build applications. Cisco is looking to change that. Cisco, in partnership with nine other companies, today announced a plan to build Intercloud, a global cloud computing platform that will present developers with a standard set of APIs for building IoT applications.