The Internet of things with proprietary interfaces; tangentially, see With Meld, Another Step Toward the Internet of Tasty Things (NYT)
"But the race to develop such “smart” homes has been complicated by competing goals from hardware makers, as well as challenges like inconsistent Internet service.Amazon Hints at Smart Home Future Through Echo Device - Digits - WSJ
The Echo’s new features rely on power outlets from Belkin’s WeMo unit and Hue light bulbs from Philips, both of which can connect to a home’s Wi-Fi network. Amazon said three WeMo products, including a light switch, would work with the Echo, as well as five different Philips light bulbs. The Seattle-based company didn’t say whether it would enable other companies’ devices to work in tandem with the Echo."