Insteon is continuing to roll out more and more supported platforms. After announcing support for the Apple Watch, Windows 10 and AllJoyn, the company has now revealed that developers can create home automation Apps for the Microsoft Band.
Microsoft and Insteon have had a close relationship, with the company being one of the only home automation systems to support Windows Phone.
Insteon is now the first home automation company to announce support for the Microsoft Band, although developers will have to build their own Apps using the company’s RESTful API, rather than using a dedicated Insteon app.
“We’re taking home automation to inspiring new places and we’re delighted to extend our control to the Microsoft Band,” says Joe Dada, CEO of Insteon.
“Together with our developer community, we’re bringing new power and flexibility to home automation, making it easier than ever for consumers to enjoy life at home – wherever you happen to be.”
Developers interested in building Apps using the Insteon RESTful API can sign up for developer access on the company’s website. Those developers will also need an Insteon hub which can be bought for around £30 from smarthome.com.
The Microsoft Band support was announced at Microsoft’s annual developers conference, BUILD, where Insteon showed off controlling a light switch with a Microsoft Band connected to a Windows Phone.
“Interoperability with Insteon is a powerful, real-world example of what can be achieved when you combine a sensor-rich technology like the Microsoft Band with cloud-centric, intelligent software like Windows,” says Zulfi Alam, general manager, personal devices at Microsoft.
For more information on how to develop Apps using Insteon’s RESTful API, visit the company’s developer’s portal.