Fortune's Stacey Higginbotham takes a look at consumer product giant Procter & Gamble's smart home product-related plans for the future, and reports that they don't involve Bluetooth. Rather, P&G is testing a relatively new wireless protocol that just went live with public certification this week.
The protocol, Thread, was created by a group of companies including Nest, Samsung, Freescale, and Silicon Labs. Thread competes with other wireless standards that connect devices to each other and ultimately the internet, like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and Z-wave.
The system is purpose-built for the internet of things in a residential setting, and offers essential features like mesh networking and the ability to send information straight to internet without needing to go through a smartphone or a hub.
[Alan Goldstein, associate director with P&G Ventures] discussed how today it’s not too far-fetched to think about using a camera to picture the color and type of fabric used on a piece of clothing as well as any stains on the item. From there, having a washing machine select the right formulation of detergent, or even mixing a custom version from chemicals stored in a reservoir in the machine is entirely feasible.