First Apple HomeKit Devices Launch ahead of Apple’s WWDC
Exactly one year after Apple announced HomeKit, the first Apple HomeKit-certified products are here before the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) 2015.
Almost all smartphone apps presented compatibility with iOS in one way or another, usually using third party apps. However, now these devices would be able to communicate via Apple’s software. The five Apple HomeKit compatible devices are:
- $250 WiFi-connected thermostat (Ecobee)
- Air Quality Data Collector i.e. temperature, humidity and air pressure (Elgato sensors)
- Smart Plugs for switching off and on devices wirelessly (iHOME)
- Brisge device for connecting light sytem with HomeKit (Lutron)
- Bridge device connecting home automation devices with HomeKit (Insteon)
Insteon allows you to control number of gadgets using the company’s own hub. While Lutron offers two different kinds of lighting kits. You can give command to Siri for turning on and off lights of your entire house.
The Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge with HomeKit support allows homeowners to control lights in specific rooms or areas. For example, just before bed, tell Siri “turn the lights off” and the Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge will turn off lights throughout the house. Unsure if the basement light is still on? Ask Siri to check and if so, turn it off.
Stuart Lombard of Ecobee told Forbes in a call that Apple’s long process of in-depth testing allows them to maintain standards. The Canadian company has been working on the project ever since it was announced last year.
It’s a rigorous certification program, Apple wants to ensure the quality is really high, and that’s a good thing. They want great user experience.
All devices that want to get Apple’s stamp of compatibility must go through MFi (Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad) certification.