Why should a user buy an expensive IoT-solution? Because it provides convenience. But to unleash the full potential, the user needs freedom to access all functions of a connected thing to support his special use case. Sadly, this often gets lost in abstractions to support only the common features of a device class. In this talk, I’ll show some examples of how to model things and how Eclipse SmartHome can help you to get the best experience for developing and using your IoT solution.