Today, Mozilla announced a framework of software and services that can bridge the communication gap between connected devices, months after the firm announced the technology.
Dubbed Project Things, the Internet of Things Gateway will control users connected device directly from the web.
“We kicked off “Project Things”, with the goal of building a decentralized ‘Internet of Things’ that is focused on security, privacy, and interoperability. Since our announcement last year, we have continued to engage in open and collaborative development with a community of makers, testers, contributors, and end-users, to build the foundation for this future.
Today’s launch makes it easy for anyone with a Raspberry Pi to build their own Things Gateway with web-based commands and controls. With this tutorial Mozilla sees its Things Gateway as a single standard for how devices on the web should talk to each other unlike the trend now where each vendor creates a custom application that only works with their own brand.
Mozilla says a future of connected devices should be more like the open web-decentralized, with power and control put into the hands of the people who use those devices. With these users can connect to their network and add their devices via a secure URL that can be used to access and control your connected devices from anywhere.
The Things Gateway has the ability to use the microphone on your computer to issue voice commands, a rules engine for setting ‘If this, then that’ logic for how devices interact with each other, a floor-plan view to lay out devices on a map of your home, a additional device type support, such as smart plugs, dimmable and colored lights, multi-level switches and sensors, and “virtual” versions of them, in case you don’t have a real device and an all-new add-on system for supporting new protocols and devices and a new system for safely authorizing third-party applications (using OAuth).
Project Things has been made easy for anyone to get started on building their own Things Gateway to control their devices.
Users can view the complete walkthrough here.