With a growing market for smart home accessories - and that whole internet of things (shudder) - the lack of a single, widely-adopted communication standard is undoubtedly a bit troubling. Most smart products today use existing 801.15.4 Wi-Fi platforms like ZigBee, Ant, or increasingly commonly, the proprietary Bluetooth Low Energy standard (aka BT Smart).

ARM, Nest, Samsung, and Google (operating under an advisory role, not as a member) though, are now fielding an open platform competitor known as the Thread protocol.

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