What you need to know
- Bosch has announced that they are opening up to all smart home platforms, HomeKit included.
- Specific HomeKit compatible accessories have yet to be announced.
- Once implemented, users will be able to control accessories using the Home app and Siri.
Global appliance and technology services giant Bosch, has taken to CES this year to share that it is turning over a new leaf when it comes to its smart home platform. In a press release titled "New Year, New Perspectives" the company has announced that it is opening up it's Bosch Smart Home System to not just to select partners via cloud API, but also Apple's HomeKit.
Starting this year, integrations with other apps and services will be able to control and report on the status of Bosch Smart Home accessories directly. Bosch states that this will ultimately lead to a "safe living, and optimized living environment", which will start with integration with the company's smart cameras in the spring of this year.
In addition to cameras, the Bosch Smart Home platform currently supports shutters, thermostats, lighting and more, but it is currently unknown if the company's household appliances portion will come along for the ride. Bosch also did not specify if all of the company's current products would support HomeKit, or if it will be limited to certain categories.
As of now, HomeKit does not have specific categories for appliances, which may indicate that Bosch will just stick to the smart home devices for the time being. So it may be a while still before we can ask Siri to preheat the oven.
Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit and the Home app. Whether it is installing smart light switches, testing the latest door locks, or automating his households daily routines, Christopher has done it all.
It is unlikely that Bosch kitchen appliances will support HomeKit. As the article says, Apple has not defined services or characteristics for appliances. Hence, official support will probably be limited to things like lighting and thermostats. However, appliances with Home Connect can already be integrated with HomeKit and controlled by Siri - either via Homebridge (using the homebridge-homeconnect plugin) or via IFTTT (using Maker Webhooks, either from the Shortcuts app or using homebridge-ifttt).
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