WeChat, the largest instant messaging app of China is yearning for Internet of Things (IoT) through its open hardware platform. The company has recently initiated a nationwide competition with an objective to promote hardware innovation. As per the report, winner of this competition was announced on Tuesday.
WeChat, owned by Chinese internet giant Tencent, had been preparing for this competition since July 2014 to ensure that hardware manufacturers got enough time to register and promote their ideas. With the help of this competition, WeChat wants to enter into IoT field and take things to another level.
Over 2400 hardware manufacturers had registered for this competition by Tuesday. The major accounts on which this open hardware platform focuses are conditioning systems, routing, toys, smart homes, top-up systems, television, wearables and healthcare. WeChat had tied up with INGDAN.com in 2014 to co-host a similar competition across China.
Wukong i8, owned by GALAXYWIND Network Systems, emerged as the winner of this year’s IoT challenge. The device used by Wukong i8 is equipped with intelligent sensors that are capable of communicating with air-conditioning units and save energy. The competition unveiled many insights in front of WeChat, which can be utilized for further progress. It will be great to see how fast can WeChat establish itself as one of the key players in IoT field.