As the field of connected gadgets gains traction among tech companies and consumers alike, some owners will eventually experience one of the hazards that come with the Internet of Things: abandoned Things.
That’s what will soon happen with Nest’s Revolv connected-home hub as the company announced the hubs that control all the devices in the home with a smartphone app will no longer receive support come May 15.
Not only that but the Revolv will also stop working, and the devices (retailed at $299) will be deactivated, to the dismay of owners. But Nest – the Alphabet division that purchased Revolv in 2014 – thinks can control connected devices in a better way.
It’s a complete shutdown, according to a post on the company’s site; the Revolv app will no longer open, and the hub won’t work. Additionally, all Revolv data will be deleted from Nest’s servers.
Even before we started dealing with IoT (Internet of Things), there was a certain vulnerability to devices that relied on cloud-based software that they will eventually be left behind if their software gets shut down.
However, IoT just made things even messier. When a gadget becomes useless, it’s not just a lone device left behind; a larger system may now have a missing link.
The Revolv hubs could communicate with and control a lot of smart-home gear, such as Yale locks, Philips Hue lights, and Sonos music players. Thanks to a user interface built in the Revolv apps, users were able to set up various behaviors for those devices.
After Nest had purchased Revolv, it discontinued the product immediately but kept the service going for existing customers. Now that it’s closing down, Nest has started alerted customers with a series of notifications.
While users have become vocal about their disagreement with the Revolv news, Nest believes that ‘Works with Nest’ could be the next step in the connected home, building on the technology introduced by Revolv.
According to Nest spokeswoman Ivy Choi, the company is using the resources to better projects like ‘Works with Nest,’ which means that other need to be left behind.
This new program allows Nest to certify home IoT devices like hubs, appliances, and lights to communicate with Nest products, including smoke detectors, thermostats, and DropCam cameras sold by Nest.
Analysts believe that Revolv owners have unfortunately been caught between the old and new ways of the IoT; consumers do want to live in smart-home, but they’re angered by having bought devices that will no longer work.
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