With eKeypad Alarm for Apple Watch, it is now easier than ever for customers to access to the security features of their ELK M1 system.
Michael Wolf for Forbes: HomeKit is Apple’s attempt to bring sanity to the smart home space (and also sell a lot of iOS devices while they’re at it), but unlike Apple Watch the effort involves a whole bunch of hardware partners. In fact, it’s probably the first major Apple strategic initiative that is as much about other companies hardware as its own, which is what makes HomeKit both so compelling for the industry and challenging for Apple itself.
Compelling because many believe Apple’s entry into the smart home will bring both consumer attention and possibly more coherence to what’s been a fairly fractured market to this point. In my view this may be the biggest impact of HomeKit, alongside putting a core smart home control app on iOS devices.
Long term, we expect HomeKit to become one of the most important platforms for companies building connected devices for the home, to the tune of 180 million HomeKit enabled devices shipping annually by 2020.
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Lutron Announces Availability of Apple HomeKit-enabled Cas©ta Wireless Smart Bridge Smart Bridge Provides Remote Control of Lights Using Siri, Adding Convenience and Simplicity to Everyday Life
Cas©ta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit, including Smart Bridge, Available Now at Apple Stores
- WeR@Home new version update offers enhanced flexibility for end users and their service providers
Aaron Tilley for Forbes: Five startups are announcing the launch of the very first HomeKit-certified devices today. HomeKit is Apple’s standard for how third-party smart home gadgets connect in iOS.
These five HomeKit-compliant devices include:
- Ecobee’s $250 WiFi-connected thermostat.
- Elgato’s line of sensors that collect data on air quality, humidity, air pressure, temperature as well as energy and water consumption.
- iHOME’s smart plug that allows users to turn on and off appliances wirelessly.
- Lutron’s bridge device that connects the HomeKit standard with its connected lighting system.
- Insteon’s bridge device that connects its massive catalogue of existing home automation devices with HomeKit.
Each of these device makers had to go through Apple’s MFi (“Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad”) program to achieve certification. Apple requires device makers to install an authentication chip in their product as well as go through extensive usability testing to make sure the products live up to Apple’s lofty standards.
New software version 3.2 introduces support for Apple Watch and TiVo One Pass recording.
By Adriana Lee for ReadWrite: Since Apple announced its HomeKit smart home initiative last year, it's been mostly quiet about just how iPhones and other Apple gadgets will wrangle those connected devices. Now, however, the company may have a fancy new app in the works—complete with virtual rooms, a clever and apparently easy-to-grasp metaphor for running a smart home.
Apple’s approach, according to a 9to5Mac report, will be to launch a new "Home" app for controlling smart-home gadgets—think smart locks, sensors, garage openers, thermostats, lights, security cameras and other connected appliances. The Home app will sort gadgets by function and location into a visual arrangements of virtual rooms
The goal is to simplify the otherwise bewildering task of finding, adding and controlling smart devices and appliances from Apple and other companies.
The Savant App On Apple Watch Makes It Easier Than Ever To Access Your Home From Anywhere
Crestron once again revolutionizes how people control their homes
iBaby Labs Scores Two Prestigious Awards & Becomes First Top Seller on Apple.com Connected Home Category
iBaby Labs, Inc., a Silicon Valley based company, specializing in family care wireless monitoring devices and smart lifestyle products announced that they received two prestigious awards. iBaby Monitor M6 was selected by National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) as Gold award winner and been named among the best in family-friendly media, products and services by Mom's Choice Award.
OmniMount's 3-piece kit adds versatility and mobility to whole house iPad integration
Mobile Integrated Solutions Announces Apple Watch and iPhone Support for Global Cach©
Crestron app combines the power of home automation with popular wearable technology device
Simpler and More Powerful Smart Home Control with Alarm.com for Apple Watch
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