When it comes to smart home tech, the concept of a home hub and control center seems a long way off.
But one startup is developing a device that could one day help make the technology mainstream.
The SmartHome, which was announced on Wednesday, is based on the open source, Arduino-based Arduino microcontroller that powers a variety of smart devices, including Google Home, Nest, Nest Aware and Samsung’s SmartThings.
But it’s the Arduino platform that’s powering the new smart home device.
Arduino-based smart devices are used in a number of ways in the smart home, including to control lights, thermostats, thermoregulators, lighting controls, and more.
This device could potentially make it easier to connect and control many of these devices, which could help to bring control to a greater number of homes.
“We are very excited to be working with the Arduino community to help bring this technology to the world, as well as to create a new platform that will enable us to create more connected, energy-efficient smart devices for our users,” said Rob Fenton, chief executive of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a non-profit organization that is leading the development of the SmartHome.
The company is working on the project under the umbrella of the Open Source Hardware Foundation, an initiative to build the infrastructure necessary for future commercial development of open source hardware.
Fenton said that he was working with other members of the hardware community to develop the SmartHive, a “small but robust and affordable device that will be available to the general public” in the second half of the year.
“This project is part of our Open Source Infrastructure Initiative, a broad initiative to encourage the creation of open hardware,” he said.
“With more and more devices coming online, we can expect a lot of hardware from the Open Hardware Foundation to be released in the future.”
The SmartHives hardware consists of two components: a controller board that connects to a Raspberry Pi, and a USB hub, which is used to power the sensors and lights inside the Smart Home.
The SmartHIVE has two sensors and four lights, and will also include a thermostat.
It’s unclear how many of the devices will be made available for purchase, but Fenton says that he expects the total number of available smart home devices to be in the hundreds.
The Raspberry Pi foundation announced its Open Source IoT Initiative in November of last year.
Fenton said the foundation is partnering with several other organizations to help develop and support the platform.
The Arduino-powered Arduino platform has been used in several different smart home projects in recent years, including Nest Aware, Google Home and Samsung SmartThings, as a hub for the devices’ control.
But the platform has never been integrated into the same way that the Raspberry Pis are now, so it’s difficult to control them with a controller.
The new SmartHouses hardware is based around a different approach, but it could still be a long ways off.
The Raspberry Pi’s open source platform is capable of building devices, but the hardware that runs the project is limited to the Raspberry PI, which means it’s only compatible with that particular model of the platform, according to Fenton.