With the continuing growth of societal concern for the environment and climate, alongside the long strides being taken by consumer technology, it was inevitable that the two would cross over at some point. Tech-savvy consumers jumped on board the Nest Smart Thermostat train as if it was the last out of the station, while WiFi connected-light bulbs are illuminating the homes and workspaces of consumers the world over, as are air conditioning controls such as the Smart AC Control from tado°.
Of course, following in a long line of consumer technology gadgets, the niche market has also been well served. Nest introduced the Nest Cam, “designed to watch out for your home and family — even when you can’t.” Even the green-thumbs among us have been brought into the consumer technology world with smart devices like Blossom’s smart sprinkler system
And crowdfunding platforms are littered with “The World’s Most Intelligent Home Energy Monitoring System” or “most intelligent smart home monitor” ever!
With home energy management and smart home monitoring devices seeming to multiply like rabbits, the Internet of Things is being well populated. And stepping up to the plate to make the most of it all is Muzzley.
I first heard about Muzzley a few months ago when one of their PR agents reached out to me in light of a) my coverage of smart home and home energy management tools, and b) Muzzley’s recent integration with GreenIQ’s Smart Garden Hub — another Internet of Things device aimed at the gardeners in all of us.
Founded in 2012, Muzzley was born of a “curiosity to interact with the world” through smartphones. What followed is “an intuitive app that lets you have the best experience possible with connected devices.” Muzzley, through a veritable plethora of integrations, “gathers all your connected devices in a single place” — a free app that lets you control almost any connected device right from your smartphone of iOS and Android device.
Muzzley doesn’t limit you either. By using Muzzley, you not only get the opportunity to use all of the features that are natural to the device’s own app, but also a host of other features.
For example, Muzzley introduced a “workers” feature which allows users to easily create connections between any of their devices, regardless of manufacturer, brands, or protocols.
“Our team is dedicated to taking IoT to the next level, and our brand partnerships are an integral piece of our vision for the future,” said Eduardo Pinheiro, Co-Founder and CEO of Muzzley, at the time of the GreenIQ announcement. “Working with an innovative brand like GreenIQ showcases our app as an ideal solution for optimizing the smart home experience. We are working on machine learning updates for the future and are confident these connected devices will be able to be used even more effectively.”
A Plethora of Integrations
I was contacted by the Muzzley press people in mid-September about the GreenIQ announcement, but was swamped with work at the time. It’s taken me a month to be able to find the time to write about Muzzley, and in that time the company has announced integration with seven more services — including ecobee and Philips Hue, and Koubachi’s WiFi Plant Sensor.
The number of devices that work with Muzzley is quite impressive, and a testament not only to Muzzley’s own abilities, but also to the growing awareness in the tech space of needing to work together.
Muzzley works with thermostats by ecobee and Nest, lighting from Philips and LIFX, Nest’s Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector, the WeMo Crock-Pot and coffee machine, as well as the aforementioned garden sensors from Koubachi and GreenIQ.
With this many products on board, creating a truly smart home is becoming increasingly likely.
“In the past, users of home connected devices have been forced to manually set up rules to manage their devices,” explained Eduardo Pinheiro in January. “This tedious process essentially requires the user to adapt to the device. That’s backwards! By adding intelligent predictive behavior to our platform Muzzley is bringing a new experience to users that enables intelligent home devices to adapt to the user. This is the way forward.”
“Moreover, smart device manufacturers benefit greatly from integrating with our platform,” continued Pinheiro. “Muzzley not only provides these makers with the technology, documentation and tools they need to enhance their products. Our new intelligence feature also makes it much easier for their customers to use their products. Ease of use and rapid time-to-market translates to a real competitive advantage in the marketplace.”
Whether or not Muzzley holds out as the dominant app for creating links between smart home devices is up to the future to tell us, but for the moment, and with all its numerous integrations, Muzzley is providing something that will be hard to beat.