Smart-Home Gadgets Need a Translator Real Bad—Here’s How to Get One
EVERYONE’S HOME COULD stand to be a little more connected. Smart thermostats, sprinklers, smoke alarms, door locks, window shades, light bulbs, water heaters, pet feeders, robotic vacuums, and alarm systems can make life easy and automatic. Problem is, right now all those gadgets are like a little UN: they all speak different languages and don’t get along. If you want the garage door to tell the A/C you’re home and to start pumping cool air, you need a translator. In Internet of Things parlance, you need a hub.