Apple HomeKit Sees New Hope

As an iPhone and iPad user, this is good news for me!

Apple announced it’s Homekit for home automation last year and hasn’t really gotten it off the ground.  Since then, I know that they’ve been selling Nests and Dropcams at Apple stores, so it seemed like they were struggling to blaze a trail in that market.

Last week, a few companies came out with news of hope for Apple-fans.

“IHome, a maker of iPhone- and iPod-compatible clock radios and audio accessories, said its first HomeKit product would begin reaching stores in late June.  Its SmartPlug allows consumers to use Siri to control their lighting, fans and other home devices.”

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Additionally, Lutron Electronics is making a wireless lighting kit which should provide “wireless plugs, remote control dimmer switches and a smart bridge, which allows homeowners to adjust their lights (and, in some cases, the window shades and thermostats) without leaving their couches.”

That’s what I like to hear!

Lastly, Ecobee (One of Nest’s upcoming rivals) recently jumped in the mix and announced their partnership with Apple Homekit.  It now syncs up with all iOS devices, including the iWatch and anything that has Siri. :

“ecobee announces world’s first HomeKit-enabled smart thermostat

BY ON JUNE 1, 2015

We’re very excited today to announce HomeKit-enabled ecobee3 as the world’s first smart thermostat to support Apple HomeKit. HomeKit makes it easy to discover, group, and control Apple HomeKit-enabled accessories in your home. You can also control your HomeKit-enabled ecobee3 using Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

HomeKit-enabled ecobee3 will be available for $249 when it goes on sale on July 7, with pre-orders beginning on June 23rd.

At ecobee, we’re always focused on innovation that makes a meaningful impact on our customers’ comfort and convenience. ecobee3 makes it easy for you to monitor and control your heating and cooling anytime, from anywhere, using your smartphone, tablet, computer, Apple Watch, and now Siri (with HomeKit-enabled ecobee3).”

Next up, I need them all to connect with my Amazon Echo. 🙂