I just saw an interesting post on c|net about Matter Alliance.  Apparently it is a consortium of companies to bring interoperability to smart home devices.  It has major players like Apple, Google, and Amazon involved.

https://www.cnet.com/videos/the-matter-alliance-could-finally-fix-the-smart-home

 

It's interesting because in addition to having the right companies involved, it is also open-source.  I guess this has roots in project-chip (connected home over ip) and Zigbee.  I'll need to read up on this - hopefully it will be useful.  It would be nice to have interoperability and if I could do my own customization that would be awesome!

 

A couple of other useful links

https://buildwithmatter.com/

https://github.com/project-chip/connectedhomeip