Sandra Vogel: Facebook wants to talk to your IoT home tech

Facebook has a new US patent which will allow it to control personal Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

With the Internet of Things now starting to become established in the home, this could represent a big addition to Facebook’s range of activities – and a change in direction.

The social network is currently focussed on allowing people to interact with other people. This new patent would augment that, and allow people to interact with things.

The patent includes examples of the kinds of ‘machines’ that might be controlled. These include a thermostat, an automobile, a drone, a toaster, a computer, a refrigerator, an air conditioner, a robot, a vacuum, an actuator, and a heater.