Logitech, which launched its own connected home devices in 2014 with its Harmony Ultimate Home products, has now expanded its efforts with the new Harmony API. The aim is to give smart home developers a way to link tons of different products under one software protocal.
Logitech claims that over 270,000 entertainment and smart home devices are covered by the Harmony API. It added:
Before the Harmony API it was extremely difficult for developers to create smart home entertainment experiences because of the vast diversity of protocols that controlled devices in the living room and the metadata needed to keep the devices in sync. This is a problem Harmony has solved and we wanted to open our platform to the smart home ecosystem. The Harmony API allows developers to bring to life new smart home control interfaces such as voice, gesture, touch and presence driven experiences that launch Harmony entertainment activities such as 'Watch a Movie' or 'Listen to Music.'