The unlikely twins: HomeKit vs. Brillo, similar features, different personalities

The battle for technological dominance between Apple and Google is no news. Both companies offer products and services in the same market with similar features. Inevitably, their supporters turn out to be more like sports fans rallying in the Moscone Center for their favorite team. Much of the feud between the Apple and Google surrounds interconnection and network technology: pay programs, “wallet” applications, proactive assistants, and, most interestingly, their own API platforms for the Internet of Things (HomeKit and Brillo, respectively).

Not surprisingly, much like iOS and Android, HomeKit and Brillo initially appear to have a lot in common but despite all the similarities, there are some major differences.

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January 2015 Newsletter - Link Round Up

10 Internet of Things Design Considerations [White Paper] - Connecting products to the Internet of Things (IoT) is essential to manufacturers looking to stay competitive within their industry. Adding IoT capabilities gives consumers more features. It also allows the manufacturer to stay connected with their customer while discovering new product use cases and applications that open them up to new revenue streams. > Download the White Paper

How the First Apple HomeKit Products Will Work – The first collection of Apple HomeKit-compatible products were quietly announced last week at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, and we saw everything from smart plugs and sensors to garage door openers and locks. There’s nothing too sexy about those types of appliances, but we were able to learn more about how Apple HomeKit and its vision for the smart home will work. > Read more at Mashable

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet Will Give You Command of Your Walls - After months of speculation, we’re finally getting some dirt on which products will work with Apple’s HomeKit once it launches. The Grid Connect ConnectSense Smart Outlet replaces a standard wall outlet and includes a USB port. It’s available for preorder now and should start shipping this quarter. > Read more at CNET

My 2015 Internet of Things Wishlist - The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most hyped technology of 2014 and 2015 promises even more innovative IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology will surface. Building on the growth of IoT in 2014, the IoT will see even more explosive growth and innovation in 2015. Although I have several predictions of what will happen in the IoT world this year, I have one big item on my wish list that involves cellular carriers. > Read more at Embedded Computing Design

Grid Connect’s Biggest Takeaways About the Smart Home Space at CES 2015 – A few members of the Grid Connect and ConnectSense teams were excited to attend CES this year. While a lot of time was spent in the booth demoing the ConnectSense Smart Outlet, we were able to stretch our legs and explore many other CES exhibits as well. Home automation was a big aspect of the show this year and we were definitely proud to be contributing to it. > Read more at ConnectSense.com

A Case for the Functional Gateway

A gateway should be the most simple and obvious device that an everyday home automation user can find a use for. It should be a smart home user's first real experience with home automation and make them want to add more products to communicate with that gateway. While a typical gateway has no use other than to allow devices to communicate between devices and the Internet, a functional gateway is a product that a homeowner could use daily.

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