The big winners in connected homes will be vendors of whole platforms, not individual products, and Google’s Nest division is pushing hard to play that role.
After pioneering Thread, a low-power networking protocol, Nest is now introducing an application layer that device and appliance makers can use to integrate their products tightly with Nest’s.
The new tool, called Weave, is for direct interactions between devices without resorting to processing in the cloud. That’s good for in-home connections that are fast, don’t require much energy and work even if the home’s Wi-Fi network is down, said Greg Hu, senior manager of the Nest platform. Nest already uses Weave in its own products.