At CES 2015, iDevices has announced a HomeKit-enabled connected plug, called Switch. The iDevice Switch lets you schedule and control various products throughout your home with the iDevice app, and plugs right into an electrical outlet. You can manage lamps, stereos, and other appliances while at home or remotely, and the Switch itself connects to your home's Wi-Fi network.
Elgato is jumping into the home automation space ahead of Apple's broader HomeKit push when iOS 8 debuts this fall for consumers. Ahead of Apple's plans and the IFA trade show, the company has announced a range of products under the Eve brand and some colorful connected light bulbs that should integrate nicely into your iOS ecosystem this fall.
While smart wireless lightbulbs like Philips Hue are all the rage, a new Kickstarter project is aiming to make any lightbulb a smart one. It's called Emberlight, and it's a simple intermediary device that you screw into the E26/27 socket and then screw your lightbulb into. From there, merely leave your switch in the on position and you'll be able to control your lights wirelessly from your phone.
In an effort to save billions of gallons of wasted water and people's spare time in one fell swoop, Rachio has announced its Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller that lets you manage your lawn sprinkler system from your mobile device over the internet.
Apple introduced HomeKit at WWDC to allow your iPhone and iPad to control your connected home. The current state of connected homes today is that each component requires a separate app and not everything is integrated to make it simple and easy. With HomeKit, Apple is hoping to change that as it is partnering with leading vendors of home automation equipment including Schlage, Honeywell, Kwikset, iDevices, and others.
We're really looking forward to seeing what Apple has to announce next week at their annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC 2014). We'll expected to see and learn about iOS 8, OS X 10.10 'Syrah', a new MacBook Air and more. We're also expecting Apple to announce their initiative in the home. A new report suggests that the move isn't as ambitious as expected.
Apple is reported to have a home automation system in the works, with a reveal set for next week's WWDC 2014 conference. The move, which would be taking on floundering efforts by Google and Samsung, would be a big leap for Apple. Though Apple has over the years released a few components here or there for the home (see: iPod Hi-Fi), they've typically left most of the electronic accessories work to third parties.
Nest, the "learning thermostat" maker founded by former Apple's senior vice president of its iPod division, is reportedly working on a smart smoke detector, according to former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin.
Philips Hue, the smart LED light bulbs for your home, just got a little bit smarter alongside the latest update to the iOS app pushing out now through the App Store. Top of the order is the new Geofencing feature, which can activate a scene automatically when you're coming home, and turn it off when you leave.
AT&T has announced a new home security and automation service that comes with an iPad and iPhone which give you a wide range of security and remote control options. With it, you can change the temperature, switch the lights, manage the alarm system, control the window blinds, shut off the water main, and even remotely unlock doors.