I met David at a Hackathon. With a mug full of coffee and surrounded by yellow (that was because the event was organized by Direct Energie, a French Utility, which is yellow-branded).
And since, whenever I have a nice demo to prepare for the European Utility Week exhibition, I call David.
Last year, he worked on an amazing application where the Philips HUE was monitored by gestures captured by the Microsoft Kinect, and the nest thermostat interacting with other thermostats through an Android watch. It was very entertaining for our visitors on the booth, and for sure, they came this year to see us again, and, who knows, have fun.
It has been years since the IJENKO platform launched an API. We are not newcomers. We had feedback from our customers, we learned from the ups and downs, and now we are making it best-in-class. The vision explains the reason we are “functionality-centric” and not “device-centric”, plus the whys & hows of working on semantics and grammar of a Smart Home Data model. That alone took us weeks and even more sleepless nights before we settled the choices, but it was riveting and that is when you understand why brainstorming and innovation are the best you can get from working in a start-up.
Once you go through the blabla (but interesting) thing, you can discover the resources (the places, the functionalities, the programs, etc.) and have a look at the API services. Everything you need to build a nice end-user application is there. And you know what? You can do it, as the French say, “finger in the nose”. David can tell you why.
So, what does this Apple watch app do? In one click or by a simple voice command it launches a set of scenes: you click “Dinner” and the Philips HUE switches on blue, the T° is set to 21°C and the Sonos starts playing. And when you say “I am leaving now”, everything switches off and the T° is decreased to help you make savings.
That was possible because we spent most of our time working on nest and HUE integration, implementing HTTP requests to be sent to the Sonos, and having our gateway dealing with local IP and non-IP interactions, and HAN-to-Cloud connectivity (for e.g. to get to the nest cloud). And that is not the end of it. More and more to come.
That is the best we can do: make it simple, make it fast, and you will know it as soon as it is available.
Now, go have a look, learn and enjoy!
See more about David : davidpoulin.com