- By Tony Hanly
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Google continues to invest in companies that build systems like thermostats and home security cameras that are connected to the Internet. Industry analysts call this trend the “Internet of Things.”
Soon, a person could control their garage door, home lighting, heating and air conditioning, and even their car with their smartphone. It’s more than a gadget, because with Internet connectivity, it could change how people live their lives.
The dominant mobile device operating systems, Android and iOS, undoubtedly want their share of the Internet of Things industry.
Google paid $3.2 billion for NestLabs, which makes online thermostats, then $550 million for Dropcam, which is developing Internet security cameras. Meanwhile Apple announced an Internet of Things company called Homekit at a recent developer conference.