As some of you might be aware, IKEA recently launched a set of smart blinds. IKEA isn’t exactly new to the smart home game, and one of the selling points of its smart home products is support for Apple’s HomeKit platform. This was supposed to be the case with the smart blinds, but it looks like owners will have to wait until next year.
When it comes to smart locks, there are plenty of choices in the market today, and for the most part, a lot of them requires you to replace the current lock you’re using at home. However, if you’d rather not go through the trouble of calling a locksmith and buy an entirely brand new lock system, Level Lock could be worth checking out.
These days there is a growing number of smart home security cameras available in the market, and for the most part, their selling point is that the videos that their devices capture can be retrieved from the cloud, meaning that users won’t need to worry about storing videos locally and finding a way to store them.
With HomeKit, Apple has attempted to create its own ecosystem of smart and connected home products. However, this is largely dependent on manufacturers choosing whether or not to adopt it and incorporate it into their products, which means that if customers are hoping to furnish their home with HomeKit products, they may run into situations where certain smart home products they want might not necessarily support it.
During WWDC 2019 earlier this year, Apple announced a new feature that would be coming to its HomeKit platform in the form of Secure Video. For those who are unfamiliar with HomeKit Secure Video, this is aimed at users who record video footage using smart security camera systems that are also HomeKit enabled.
Xiaomi is known for their affordable smartphones, but in case you didn’t know, Xiaomi also makes a bunch of other products and gadgets that are equally affordable. One of those products is their Yeelight series of smart lightbulbs, which are possibly one of the cheapest smart lighting solutions in the market today.
One of the selling points of IKEA’s smart home products, apart from its affordability, is how they support Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem. This means that they can be used together with other HomeKit devices and be controlled at the same time or in groups. Unfortunately, one of IKEA’s upcoming smart home products, the FYRTUR smart blinds, will not support HomeKit at launch.
Soon after LG started rolling out support for these Apple technologies to its 2019 4K TVs, Vizio is following suit as well. Vizio is one of the companies that was confirmed to bring support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to its TVs earlier this year. To that end, it’s now rolling out a firmware update for supported TVs.
It was revealed earlier this year that support for Apple’s smart home technology will be coming to premium TVs from different manufacturers. LG is one of the manufacturers that was slated to receive support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. It has now become the first major TV brand to provide support for these technologies to customers in the United States.
If you own an LG smart TV, you might be interested to learn that starting next week, LG has confirmed that they will be rolling out an update to their smart TVs in which they will be receiving both HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support. However, we should point out that not all models will be compatible.
Earlier this year, IKEA launched their smart shades in Europe. The launch of these shades were planned for a launch in February but was later delayed, but it seems that we now have an idea of when they are expected to be available. According to IKEA’s Swedish website, the company is now claiming that the shades will begin shipping in August.
If you wanted a HomeKit product from Philips, you would need to buy one of the company’s Hue branded lightbulbs. However, it seems that the company is trying to make it easier for customers to adopt their products because according to a report from iCulture, the leaked 2019 Philips Hue lineup includes a HomeKit compatible smart plug.
Several years ago, Ring announced that they would be working to bring HomeKit support to its smart doorbells. However, after Amazon acquired the company, some were understandably worried that this would never come to pass, but Ring later clarified that by confirming that HomeKit support would still be coming.
Unlike the web which has established some security standards, the same cannot be said for our smart home devices. This is because for the most part, this is still a relatively new concept which means that it might be a while before a standard can be established and agreed upon. Unfortunately until then, we can expect vulnerabilities every now and then.