The Internet of Things (IoT) is approaching quickly in terms of technological leaps and while network operators are preparing for the huge amount of devices they will most likely encounter, other branches of the industry are tackling different challenges. With even small objects like lightbulbs, switches and tiny sensors with nothing but microcontrollers embedded, it will be necessary to have very lightweight software running on those appliances, and Samsung has now decided to improve that side of the equation.
Rumor has it that Samsung is mainly upping the ante here in view of its own Tizen platform, wishing to spread and improve their own technology by making it accessible to a big number of already existing developers. As so often, acceptance and propagation of something entirely new by the public depends largely on the number of manufacturers producing and therefore developers writing software for it. Just think of alternate operating systems for smartphones, and how their success is mainly determined by the amount and quality of apps available.
Of course, Samsung is not showing us anything final or any products, they are just opening the doors for all kinds of software engineers and inviting them to join this latest movement. Any friend of the opensource idea will rejoice at this news and hopefully many of the gifted developers out there will join Samsung in their endeavor so we may soon live in an even more comfortable world with intelligent lights, heating, fridges, you name it.