In Pictures: Beyond the smartphone - Emerging platforms developers should target next

From the car to the living room, technologies and markets are quickly evolving to offer lucrative possibilities for programming pioneers

Appliance app development opportunity: ZigBee

There are more elaborate APIs. The ZigBee standard is growing more common because it offers a more elaborate, energy-savvy API (PDF) for making decisions about energy use. The specification allows developers to add intelligent features that improve the efficiency, safety, security, reliability, and convenience of appliances and home electical networks, ranging from keeping consumers informed about power consumption to the automated re-scheduling of power-hungry activities into off-peak hours.

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