All this acquisition has really done is exposed how little many understand about HA and IoT.
Nest has an inactive Zigbee radio which is great but unfortunately the momentum right now is with
Google really isn't that much closer to gaining a strong foothold in the home anymore than Apple is. Another
thing is the "sleight of hand" that goes on with technology. iBeacon is marketed as a technology that is going
to help me find groceries in the supermarket or get additional info in a retail store. Few people tend to inquire
any more about the technology because they had the lightbulb may come on. iBeacon is about hyper-location.
iBeacon can place your location down to just a couple of feet if not less. That's great accuracy from a low power
(Bluetooth LE) connection. It changes everything. While Nest will laud the magical algorithms that are employed
in Auto-Away features the smart money is with a low cost beacon that doesn't have to guess where you are. iBeacons
can trigger an action based on proximity and location.
Now couple that with their recent acquisition of PrimeSense. Yes this has gaming implications but it also has neatly
puts a reputable company and IP in Apple's controls in the burgeoning market of gesture based automation. So to recap
a bit Apple has WifiSlam, iBeacon, Siri for voice, PrimeSense for gestural input and more. The building blocks are
sitting there slowly coming together and 80% of the tech press is freaking clueless.