We have been watching for many years as home automation fails to take off, “always with the eternal promise that in the near future all our home electronic devices will be connected to the Internet, but the future of the”Internet of things”in the end it is not so close it seems that you never want to get”.
Every few years a company presents its own solution to try to make accessible to the average consumer that connected home, but then it remains in water of nowhere because of incompatibilities with the competition devices protocols and by high prices. It does lack a strong company to place order, and this seems to be Google.
Google has already for several years trying to conquer the connected home and the Internet of things – secure more than one recalls that Android @ Home which Google introduced in 2011 and that within weeks of its submission passed into oblivion – but now seems to be the definitive now that Apple, Amazon and Microsoft to the heels.
Proposals for Google to conquer the IoT are as follows:
Android Things, the operating system of the IoT
To facilitate the creation of IoT devices, manufacturers and so that these can be affordable, the Google proposal is the new operating system Android Things that already have support for the Intel Edison, NXP peak and Raspberry Pi 3, so developers can already create their first home automation devices. With Android Things, If you can create an application you know to create an IoT device.
More information | Android Things
Weave, the IoT universal communication protocol
To make IoT devices can communicate each other, regardless of their operating system, Google offers the Weave communication protocol. So devices can use a single API communication so that they can interact between them easily, and without compatibility issues by using different operating system. Android Things using Weave.
This Protocol of communication from Google is having very good reception for domotic sector. Manufacturers such as Nest, Philips and Samsung companies have already implemented it in their devices, and soon as Belkin WeMo, LiFX, Honeywell, Wink, TP-Link and First Alert will give support in next updates of your devices.
More information | Weave
Google Assistant, the smart wizard to control the IoT
All these devices IoT with Weave will connect easily to Google services to make them more intelligent and enjoy compatibility with applications of mobile devices with voice commands so that the user can control voice your home. Here the Google Assistant will play a very important role.
More information | Google Assistant
Google Home, to control our home voice
Google Home It will be the center of our home. On the one hand we have an application to configure all home accessories. On the other hand it also a speaker that allows us to control our voice with its integration with Google Assistant.
More information | Google Home
Google Cast, for the reproduction of contents in streaming
Google Cast (now known as Chromecast built-in) is a technology that has already been six years with us. It is the technology that there is behind Chromecast that are gradually integrating speakers and televisions from many manufacturers, as well as the Google Home speaker.
Technology Google Cast It is what enables us to send content streaming to our TV and stereo in a very simple way. With Google Home can you say “Ok Google, want to see The Crown of Netflix on the TV” and automatically turns on the TV and play series.
More information | Google Cast
Thread, for the wireless connection of the IoT
To democratize the connected home and put an end to such wireless technology that used the devices to connect to the Internet, here Nest (Google), along with Samsung, LG, Philips, Osram, Amazon and other manufacturers have come together to promote wireless technology Thread.
Thread is an open technology based on the network of low power consumption IEEE 802.15.4 MAC/PHY Protocol and the IPv6 protocol, highlighting its security and that IoT devices are connected together to create a network in mesh to extend coverage. Thread is compatible with the specification ZigBee. Both technologies formed an Alliance to walk together towards the standardization of the connected home.
More information | Thread Group
OnHub, do the jumper of the IoT Internet?
Finally we have to the OnHub Google, the routers last year launched with TP-Link and ASUS. It seems that the original idea of Google was converting these routers WiFi on the bridge of the IoT devices Internet connection. OnHub supports WiFi, Bluetooth and ZigBee/Thread, But Google still has not squeezed this connections with IoT devices compatibility.
Since last summer, Google routers are already capable of controlling light bulbs Philips Hue, although at the moment to connect the light bulbs to the OnHub still missing use Phlips Bridge. At the moment there is no way to synchronize the bulbs directly in Google OnHub.