Please welcome James Liu (@James) to the SharpTools team! James and I have worked together in the industrial IoT space for the past 10+ years and I’m excited to see what we will accomplish in the home automation space. James has been working on a secret project which we are excited to announce as a limited beta release:
SharpTools Rule Engine
As we looked at the Smart Home market and the potential to better integrate devices across platforms, we decided we needed to do something about it. As such, we decided to join forces and build the next generation of SharpTools – a complete home automation platform including a single interface to view, control, and automate your devices.
SharpTools.io is the next generation of SharpTools and we envision building out support for visualizing and automating interactions with your devices from a single central platform. Our immediate focus will remain on building out dashboard and rule automation features using SmartThings as a central platform, but on our shortlist is expansion to support other platforms like Hubitat, Philips Hue, etc.
The end result being that you can use the dashboard as a single pane of glass to view and control devices across various home automation platforms (and apps). And the Rule Engine enables cross platform automation allowing you to trigger actions across traditional ‘app boundaries’.