Made up of Microsoft, Intel, Samsung, Qualcomm, Cisco, GE Digital and others, the foundation aims to create open-source protocols any manufacturer could implement into their products. The alliance hopes to achieve this regardless of a device's chipset or operating system. It also wants to make sure that anyone that wants to create an IoT device can use its protocols to connect to devices from larger companies. It's a lofty goal that's missing some key players already in the space including Apple, Google, Philips and WeMo.
Apple's HomeKit does the same thing, but requires manufacturers to use select secure chipsets. And of course, it only works on iOS devices. Google's Brillo and communication protocol Weave (done in partnership with Intel and Qualcomm) hasn't actually gotten off the ground yet and is still inviting developers to try it out.
If OCF can do what Apple does but without the need to own an iPhone, it might be exactly what the connected home needs. A way to truly connect.