There’s been a lot of talk in tech circles the last few years about “Thread” and what it means for your smart home.
Thread is a low powered mesh networking technology that can connect all your devices in your home that is becoming an industry-standard meaning your devices will drain less power and work more efficiently.
This could mean that a light switch could soon be a thing of the past.
The devices connect to each other without a single point of failure, which also means the network can "self-heal." So if one device goes down or a connection becomes spotty, the network can adjust and carry on without breaking.
You’ve been to your mate house who has all the gadgets right. They are like... “Watch this, google turn the lights off”. And nothing happens.
Now there are lots of excuses for this but the main one is broken in the chain that's stopping the commands from getting to where they need to be.
So at the moment, things are seemingly connected in your smart home, but its kind of on appearance only.
What Thread does is let different brand devices talk to each other. So you could be using a Philips light or an LG smart fridge or something from Nanoleaf, who just announced that they are using the technology on all their new products like Essentials Smart lights or light strip.
This will mean that they’ll all be able to communicate with each other with no need for extra devices like a hub to keep it all running smoothly.
Essentially with Thread, you could have 250 devices in your house all connected and with Google, Amazon and Apple all on the list of supporters having the product integrated into your home is going to mean that smart home bugs will be a thing of the past.
Basically for you the home user it means that your smart home devices work faster and more efficiently. They are more secure from outside influence, especially when compared to Bluetooth and wi-fi.
More and more companies have adopted “Thread” as a technology with Google adding a Thread radio to the Google Nests and with the big names on board we’ll see more leaps ahead as smart homes gain even more intelligence and become the norm for average users.