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.
Netatmo, a smart home company, last week announced its ecosystem for third party developers. With Netatmo Connect, developers, product managers and marketing professionals can create relationships between their products, services or apps and Netatmo devices.
Google continues to expand its third version of the maps API to include features already in the second version. Most recently, they've added driving directions, which gives programmatic access to the routing data between two points. As with the rest of Maps V3, which was released in May, the team took a fresh approach, so some interfaces have changed.