Microsoft Research launches Lab of Things SDK as part of HomeOS project

For the past few years, Microsoft Research has been working pretty quietly on HomeOS. The goal of the program is to create a home automation operating system that would be used by a number of interconnected devices and services. Now HomeOS has popped up again, this time as the central theme of a new software development kit for something called Lab of Things.

The SDK is available to download on the official Lab of Things website. It's made mainly for researchers who want to conduct field studies in how new home automation products would work when connected inside a house or other building that's using HomeOS for its automation needs.

The product researcher would write a driver and small application for his or her new HomeOS device and connected to the Home Hub for the field study. The driver and app then connect to Microsoft's Lab of Things platform where he can monitor and store any data collected in the field study to a cloud server. The researcher can also issue software updates to the product via the platform.

Lab of Things can also be used to share data and collaborate with other researchers on their own HomeOS products. In 2012, Microsoft said that 12 homes were conducting real life trials of the HomeOS program. However, there's been no word on if Microsoft has expanded those trials.

Source: Lab of Things via ZDNet | Image via Microsoft

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Well actually your responses combined with the other couple of billion discussions circulating presently may very well be enough to make some lasting changes for good... now where was I...

Microsoft said that 12,000,000 homes were conducting real life trials of the HomeOS program. However, there's been no word if they were even aware of those trials

^This.... and..

Like I said in a previous post, everybody is dumping their whole life on the social media sites, and the NSA is suddenly an issue about privacy?
Also, if you have a internet connection, a mobile phone and some form of bank/credit card, you're being tracked already.

So, yes, privacy is dead, and it's been for a long time......

And to get back on topic, interesting to see where this is going. Return of a enhanced HomeServer?

Torolol said,

NSA friendly i guess?

ok, all tech companies have to comply with unconstitutional laws which compel to comply with NSA requests while not being allowed to acknowledge this to anyone. This is an issue of government and not companies. They all comply or face hugh repercussions.

lets just focus our anger at the people responsible or it will simply not change.

duddit2 said,

ok, all tech companies have to comply with unconstitutional laws which compel to comply with NSA requests while not being allowed to acknowledge this to anyone. This is an issue of government and not companies. They all comply or face hugh repercussions.

lets just focus our anger at the people responsible or it will simply not change.

btw not aimed just at you, you might well share my view, its for everyone using this NSA issue to further their own company biases, or fan boyisms

Also there is nothing you can do about this anymore. Privacy is gone forever and it's never coming back. It has been gone for a long time. You can complain as much as you like...

LegendaryRamzi said,
Also there is nothing you can do about this anymore. Privacy is gone forever and it's never coming back. It has been gone for a long time. You can complain as much as you like...

This, it's been "known" for a long time already. Don't put on the internet what you want to keep private, this includes chats, apps, clouds, anything.

Getting tired of people acting like its something new. They did this from the moment the internet was born. It started as a military network for Christ's sake.