Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 10, 2015
MATRIX is a smart hub for the home and workplace that can be used to carry out a wide range of tasks. Its creators have designed it to be open, which means third party developers can produce apps that can be used to utilise its incredible versatility and power. The company's Kickstarter campaign, which is about to end, has so far raised over $100,000.
Although smarthome devices from the likes of Apple, Samsung and Google, are becoming increasingly popular, I predict that they, and other major players, will all attempt to lock customers in by establishing their own proprietary IoT standards. This means that customers, when buying connected products for the home or workplace, will increasingly be forced to choose products that are only compatible with one IoT network.
What potentially sets MATRIX apart is that the product's creators appear to demonstrate a genuine desire to create a truly open standard. This will enable anyone to build products and apps that work on their open control hub without any restrictions. Their platform of pre-configured and pre-installed sensors (up to fifteen in all), make it really simple and easy for developers to launch and deploy new apps with only a few lines of code.
It will be interesting to see how the smarthome/office landscape evolves. Will plucky independent OEMs such as MATRIX be able to entice developers into supporting their platforms via a more relaxed and open approach, or will the market become dominated by the big boys that prefer to lock customers into closed proprietary standards such as Apple's HomeKit? Time will tell...
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