At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Lynx Technology announced its entrance into the Smart Home market with SmartLynx 1.0, a Smart Home connectivity solution that comes in Mac, Windows, and Linux versions.
SmartLynx 1.0 allows customers of device manufacturers to coordinate and control the features of their products, to interoperate with Smart Home devices and services. Since SmartLynx 1.0 is integrated with the IFTTT service, end users can create IFTTT applets (“if-then” rules) that are connected to other Smart Home devices and services. IFTTT is a free web-based service that allows users to create chains of simple conditional statements, called “applets,” which are triggered based on changes to other web services.
These applets can trigger SmartLynx to beam photos and songs to any Smart TV, speaker or DLNA-enabled media renderer on their home network, either directly or through Apple TV, Fire TV or Chromecast. Also, through integration with Twonky Server, consumers can beam photo slideshows and music playlists to the same devices, and can store any file to the device where the SmartLynx engine is installed.
Lynx, a member of the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), plans future releases of SmartLynx that will allow consumers to discover other Smart Home devices (e.g. thermostats, lights, locks, cameras etc.), across a range of Smart Home protocols (e.g. Zigbee, Z-Wave, Thread, DLNA etc.) in the home, says John Driver, chairman and CEO. SmartLynx will ensure reliable interoperability with these smart devices, whether the consumer is at home or on-the-go, that will enable a gateway, router, NAS or STB to be a central Smart Home hub, he adds.