The tech company's new software lets apps control electronics and household appliances.

Researchers at Microsoft have released Lab of Things (LoT), a flexible platform for experimental research that aims to make it easier for homes to be monitored, automated and controlled. Making the home automation products easier to use could have a significant impact on energy consumption. LoT allows researchers to share ideas, codes and participants, further lowering the barrier to evaluating ideas in a diverse range of homes. It enables easy deployment and monitoring of field studies and analysis of data from experiments.

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