#CES2019 – Yale and August aren’t new faces when it comes to smart locks for the home, and at CES 2019, both companies have teamed up to create a couple of new smart locks that are also HomeKit enabled, meaning that you’ll be able to use your iOS device to control them remotely or with your voice.
Last week IKEA officially took the wraps off their upcoming smart blinds system. However the announcement at that time was for the European market which meant that it was unclear if there were plans to eventually bring it stateside. The good news is that IKEA has since confirmed with Fast Company that they do plan to launch it in the US and will be doing so on the 1st of […]
#CES2019 – Despite not physically being at CES 2019, Apple seems to have a pretty big presence at the event. This is because several major TV manufacturers have recently announced support for some of Apple’s platforms and services, such as Samsung who announced that their smart TVs would support iTunes Movies and TV Shows and AirPlay 2.
#CES2019 – If you’re in the market for smart lighting systems, there are quite a few options to choose from. At CES 2019, GE unveiled new C by GE smart LED color bulbs as well as new smart wall switches that are compatible with Apple’s HomeKit platform, making it ideal for those looking to build up a collection of HomeKit compatible smart home devices.
#CES2019 – There are plenty of HomeKit compatible devices in the market today, but yet one category that is oddly missing would be the smart doorbell category. Earlier this month it was reported that a company called Robin Telecom could launch the first HomeKit compatible smart doorbell, but it appears that Netamo might have beatne them to the punch.
When it comes to HomeKit compatible devices, there are many options available, ranging from smart lighting to smart locks. However oddly enough there aren’t any HomeKit compatible doorbell systems, despite devices from August and Ring being pretty popular. However could a HomeKit doorbell system be in the works?
#IFA 18 – Eve (formerly known as Elgato) has recently announced a trio of new HomeKit compatible devices. This comes in the form of a light switch, a light strip, and also a new power switch. The HomeKit compatibility means that users will be able to control them via the Home app, or through Siri on the iPhone, Mac computer, or the HomePod.
Known for creating affordable and minimalistic furniture, IKEA has in recent times expanded on their offerings to keep up with the times. For example the company is now dabbling in smart speakers, and previously they also launched smart light bulbs that were compatible with Apple’s HomeKit platform.
Back in July thanks to some leaks, it was revealed that Philips was working on new Hue lights for the home. This included an outdoor Hue LightStrip and also the Adore bathroom mirror with smart lighting features. For those wondering about those products, you’ll be pleased to learn that those products have been officially confirmed.
Apple has been steadily making a push into creating smarter homes with its HomeKit platform, and for those who are wondering what the future holds for HomeKit, Apple could have clued us in as the company has apparently joined The Thread Group. This is a group dedicated to creating smart homes and Apple is now listed as a member.
Philips has its Hue smart lighting system which lets users install smart light bulbs into lamps, into light holders, and more. They also have smart LED lightstrips which does the same thing, except in lightstrip form which allows for more flexibility when it comes to choosing parts of the house to light up.
While the Philips Hue might have started out as a lightbulb, over the years the company has expanded on the Hue lineup where it also now includes lightstrips. The lightstrips were a good way of adding illumination behind desks, televisions, along the walls, and more, but if you’re looking to use it outdoors, you’re in luck.
Earlier it was announced that Amazon would be acquiring Ring, who for those unfamiliar is primarily known for their smart doorbell system. Now given that Apple and Amazon did not have that great of a relationship in the past, where we saw Amazon pull Apple TV from its listings (it was reinstated last year), what does this mean for HomeKit support?
Last year at CES 2017, Netgear launched their Arlo Baby Monitor which allows parents to monitor their kids remotely via a camera. However if you’re looking to make your home a “smarter” one, you might be interested to learn that Netgear has released an update that will make the Arlo Baby Monitor HomeKit compatible.