Logitech launches Harmony API to spur smart home connections

Logitech said it has already wired its Harmony platform and API to support more than 270,000 connected devices made by the likes of Nest, Honeywell, Sonos and SmartThings, among others.

Moving full throttle into the connected home fawned over at the Consumer Electronics Show last week, Logitech has debuted a new API to spur more smart living room and entertainment connections.

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The API provides developers direct access with Logitech Harmony, a platform designed to enable personalized smart home entertainment and automation experiences through the digital control of connected lights, locks, thermostats, sensors, TVs and more.

Consumers might be more interested to hear that this API is promised to enable voice, gesture and motion controls - such as responding to simply "Watch a Movie" - to activate a connected TV, media player, or sound system.

But the API's power ties back to Logitech's Harmony suite of wireless products, such as digital remote controls, smart keyboards, and set-top boxes rather than the onward shift toward centralizing all these commands on a smartphone or tablet.

Nevertheless, Logitech said it has already wired its Harmony platform and API to support more than 270,000 connected devices made by the likes of Nest, Honeywell, Sonos and SmartThings, among others.

Mark Spates, head of the smart home platform for Logitech Harmony, stressed in Wednesday's announcement that entertainment will be the key driver to fueling the adoption of the connected home.

"By opening our platform to developers, we're giving developers the ability to create complete smart home experiences that include the living room, knowing that their entertainment component will offer the same flawless experience that consumers have come to expect from Harmony," Spates continued.

The Harmony API is available now through Logitech's online developer portal.

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