Facebook announced a new software development kit (SDK) on Wednesday to support the growing influx of web-connected devices for the home, like smart garage door openers and refrigerators.
The company will be opening its mobile app building suite, Parse, to web-connected devices to support the Internet of Things.
The Internet of Things refers to products — and, well, things — that are connected to the web. This includes everything from smart thermostats and garage doors to toothbrushes, tennis racquets and even your bed. They collect data about your usage patterns and habits, and typically connect to an app that offers feedback to improve your lifestyle (or your racquet swing, for example).
Eventually, these products will work together and form what the industry is calling “smart home.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Facebook accidentally leaked news that it was going to reveal “Parse for IoT” via its official F8 conference app.
It’s unclear as of now how exactly Facebook will want to incorporate Internet of Things technology into its platform, but perhaps dimming the lights at night or opening your garage door could one day all be possible from directly within the social network.