Silk Labs is developing an OS tailored for new breed of ‘smart’ home devices

Silk Labs is developing an OS tailored for new breed of ‘smart’ home devices

Silk Labs, a startup headed by former Mozilla CTO Andreas Gal, is developing an operating system which has been specifically designed for a new breed of more intelligent and responsive ‘smart’ home hardware than the current Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Asserting that the OS being developed by Silk Labs for a new class of ‘smart’ home devices will add more value to people’s lives, Gal said that the currently-available IoT devices are “not very smart — the word smart is totally overloaded.”

Further adding that current IoT devices are based on “very simplistic” software, Gal said that these devices basically work as remote controller receivers for smartphones.

Describing Silk Labs as “a software company for the Internet of Things,” Gal said that all IoT device manufacturers are hardware companies which develop their own software for their connected-home devices. Gal also added that “They [IoT device makers] don’t have the software expertise to do complex neural networks and machine learning;” and said that Silk Labs, with its new OS, is “trying to fill the software gap.”

Meanwhile, in sharing details about Silk Labs’ new OS for much smarter IoT devices, Gal said that the first product to be powered by the OS will be a Wi-Fi connected security camera called ‘Sense.’ The camera will be priced at $250; and it will likely start shipping sometime towards the end of 2016.

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